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Church leader hopes park helps spread important message

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South church congregation and the Memphis Islamic Center are working together to build a park people of all faiths can enjoy.

Ever since Pastor Steve Stone hung a banner from Heartsong Church to welcome his new neighbors at the Memphis Islamic Center, the bond has been unlike any other.

"We're doing something together," said Stone. "Not trading religions. We're being good neighbors and loving each other."

Months after Stone allowed members of the Memphis Islamic Center to use his church during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the two congregations are taking their relationship a step further by joining together to build a community park.

"They have about 30 acres. We have about 30 acres and probably together we've got maybe 30 that we can use," said Stone. "So we asked them what they thought about that and they had already been thinking about that."

Stone said plans call for a park with all the amenities.

"Pavilions, picnic tables, and ball fields," said Stone. "They've got a pond and we've got a pond, so we'll make what's around our pond look the same. So we want to go with one theme throughout all of the area."

Stone said he hopes the park will help unite the community and spread an important message.

"This is a joint venture between two people groups that in some places in the world are trying to kill each other," said Stone. "In this place in the world, we're trying to live together in peace and harmony. And hopefully that's a message they'll have in their hearts and share with their children and it'll just continue to build and grow."

Both churches are seeking assistance from foundations and corporations that may want to be a part of the project.

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