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Winchester-Frederick Habitat build draws groups of faith

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By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com

STEPHENS CITY -- Sometimes it takes faith to build a home.

A new house project for Winchester-Frederick County Habitat for Humanity draws together representatives of numerous faiths in the area.

Organizers of Habitat for Humanity's first-ever Interfaith Build in Frederick County plan to hold a ground blessing ceremony at 5259 Crooked Lane, Stephens City, at 4 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited.

Representatives of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Baha'i and Unitarian faith groups will conduct the ground blessing, to include brief rituals, traditional attire, music and language interpretations, according to a press release from the Habitat chapter. Food samples from various represented cultures will be available.

More than 19 Covenant Faith Partners have sponsored the build.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry dedicated to building homes for low-income families, the release states. The mission of the Interfaith Build is to bring together people of different faith communities to learn about each other and work toward a common goal of combating poverty housing one home, and one family at a time, according to Habitat.

"This will be the first such Habitat build in Frederick County that brings together faiths groups beyond those representing the Christian communities," Cheryl Connolly, executive director of the chapter, states in the release. "We believe that inherent among many people of faith is the call to serve the poor, to make the world a better place and to be in service to others. Building a Habitat home is a clear expression of faith for people of many beliefs and an effective way to build diverse faith partnerships that work toward the betterment of our communities at-large."

Volunteers may self-register online to help build the InterFaith Build house by going to www.habitatwfc.org, and clicking on "Volunteer Now." For more information about InterFaith Build 2009, e-mail volunteer@habitatwfc.org.

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