Members of West Seattle church, mosque meet for dinner

Thanks to Brian Callanan for the photos from Our Lady of Guadalupe, which hosted visitors from the nearby High Point mosque for a potluck dinner on Friday night.

That’s Father Jack Walmesley and Imam Osman Yusuf. Hundreds of people came for fellowship.

The church and mosque are just blocks apart.

23 Replies to "Members of West Seattle church, mosque meet for dinner"

  • Lorrie February 18, 2017 (6:56 am)

    Fantastic!  A simply great idea.

  • B's Mom February 18, 2017 (7:20 am)

    I absolutely love this!  Way to go!  An awesome example of what it’s going to take to get us through the current climate of intolerance.

    • Mike February 18, 2017 (3:32 pm)

      Exactly!  Good to see leaders of various faiths stepping up to the plate and taking charge on the topic.

  • cil February 18, 2017 (7:57 am)

    Best story ever! Thank you.

  • amy February 18, 2017 (8:18 am)

    That is so fabulous that it makes me want to cry for joy. Bravo!    

  • Mike February 18, 2017 (8:21 am)


  • Person February 18, 2017 (8:29 am)

    This is delightful! I’m not Christian or Muslim and really believe organized religion is a main source of all problems in the world, but stuff like this gives me hope. I’d go if they have another. I think it would be great to include the “nones”!

  • flimflam February 18, 2017 (8:55 am)

    very nice. i’m not a religious person, but as “person” above stated, a very positive gesture and does offer some much needed hope.

  • Colette February 18, 2017 (9:47 am)

    This is wonderful to see!  I’m not a religious person either, but just to see people of different faiths and cultures come together in a fellowship event provides hope for the future.

  • CanDo February 18, 2017 (9:56 am)

    Brought tears to my eyes.  This is wonderful!

  • Cindy February 18, 2017 (10:28 am)

    Great job Brian!  I really wanted to be there but ended up sick last night and didn’t want to share THAT!! I so love that,  as a parish, we are trying to ‘walk the walk’.  Fr Jack is such a great servant leader.  I am proud of to be a Catholic Christian from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish!! 

  • skeeter February 18, 2017 (11:28 am)

    This was such an amazing event!  Very glad I could meet our neighbors from the mosque and learn about their beautiful faith. 

  • Kimbee2 February 18, 2017 (12:13 pm)

    Keep building bridges everyone! 

  • sc February 18, 2017 (12:33 pm)

    “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…

    the people who give you their food give you their heart.”

    Cesar Chavez

  • Grandma Kathy from Reno February 18, 2017 (2:32 pm)

    This is a terrific idea. Kudos to Fr. Jack and all the folks who made the event so successful. More of this would mean less hate and misunderstanding that plague our relations with Muslims.

  • realWS February 18, 2017 (7:12 pm)

    This is super cool. I’m a Christian and I’m betting Jesus is smiling. 

  • dmk February 19, 2017 (9:42 am)

    This is awesome! Maybe someday an event like this will be so common place that it will no longer be newsworthy.  Continue to spread love and joy :)

  • JenJam February 20, 2017 (8:37 am)

    My husband and I are not religious, and we went to this event with our neighbor who attends OLG.  We had a fantastic time and agree with everyone’s comments here! It was a lovely event and a great opportunity to get to know some of our High Point neighbors. Hope to see more events like this around our hood!

  • Terri February 20, 2017 (10:41 am)


    West Seattle Elementary was having our 5th Annual Family Health Carnival at the same time! So glad to see both events had great turnouts! ❤️

  • Rita Kerr February 20, 2017 (5:04 pm)

    Looking at these photos forwarded to me by Frank Handler made me homesick for Columbus where I worshiped for 50 years.  Our Muslim population has had a big feast at the end of each Romadin (sp.) which started with about 20 people in a small restaurant and now has taken  on the character of a wedding feast in a a big hotel with about 500 people.  At  the other event which has gone on for about 10 years is a once a year super of Christians, Jews and Muslims.  The Dominican Sisters of Peace provided the room, and the food served was middle eastern.  A Christian, Jew, and Muslim discussed a topic for about 5 minutes each.  Topics I remember included education, Abraham, and altruism.  How lucky we were.  the photos show a success story.  I can’t imagine you not continuing it.  We really can live our faiths in harmony and be all the better for it.

  • Theresa February 26, 2017 (8:44 pm)

    Does anyone have contact information for Imam Osman Yusuf? I am organizing a similar event in Burien in a few weeks. One of the Muslim ladies that attended this event in West Seattle said she had been given talking points. I was interested in what they were. Thanks!

  • Theresa February 26, 2017 (8:49 pm)

    This is the event in Burien coming up March 9th. 

    • WSB February 26, 2017 (9:00 pm)

      Hi – I would suggest that if you can’t find a phone number for the Imam or the mosque via Google (always good to try boolean queries – putting quote marks around the key term such as a name), contact OLG directly and ask if they can put you in touch with the organizer –

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