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    Sunday, March 26, 2023

    First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to hold interfaith service

    Old Lyme — The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme announced that it is inviting the entire community to an Interfaith Service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

    The service is "to celebrate the many friendships the congregation has established with people of other faiths through its sanctuary work; and call attention to the plight of Malik bin Rehman, his wife Zahida and their daughter Roniya, who continue to live in sanctuary at the church, awaiting a stay of deportation," according to a news release. The church is at 2 Ferry Road in Old Lyme.

    “We’ll share the service with our Muslim brothers and sisters, particularly those whose country of origin is Pakistan, listening to holy texts from the Bible and the Quran," FCCOL Senior Minister Steve Jungkeit said in a statement. "We’ll share prayers and music together, and bless our neighbors — Malik, Zahida and Roniya — as they continue to sojourn with us, even as we sojourn with them.”

    Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both D-Conn., New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, the New Britain City Council, the New Britain Democratic Town Committee and human rights organizations have asked federal authorities to grant the family a stay of deportation, according to the release.

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