On February 13, 2016, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Peace Islands Institute New Jersey (PIINJ) organized an interfaith movie night featuring an excerpt from the documentary Love is a Verb. More than a dozen Christians and Muslims attended the event, which was hosted by Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC) in Martinsville, New Jersey.

Attendees watched the first twenty minutes of the documentary, which examined the Hizmet Movement, an international civic movement of Muslims seeking to create a culture of coexistence based on universal values. The film traced the movement’s origins in Turkey and highlighted examples of their peace-building initiatives, such as the establishment of intercultural schools in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.

The documentary’s emphasis on living a faith-inspired life of service represented common ground for both PIINJ and CPC.

The movie was followed by discussion and Q&A. Topics ranged from the definition of an imam to the difference between orthodoxy and orthopraxy.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a variety of foods, including sesame noodles and Turkish lentil balls, as well as the house specialty: Rev. Susan Rack’s spinach lasagna.