The friendship between two local religious leaders has grown in the past year to include occasional pulpit exchanges at each other’s houses of worship.

Christian Pastor Keni Ashby of Covenant House Of Faith International (CHOFI) and Jewish Rabbi Steven Sirbu of Temple Emeth have their third pulpit exchange scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Temple Emeth.

The congregations from CHOFI and Temple Emeth will be in attendance, and members of the community also are invited.

Ashby said he first met Sirbu briefly in 2004 when he was invited to attend a Seder service. It would be about another five years before the two would cross paths again, and a friendship would begin to flourish.

The two were participants in an ongoing dialogue between Jews and evangelical Christians that was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC).


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