Moving America Forward

Upstanders: The Mosque Across the Street

September 12, 2016
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Upstanders: The Mosque Across the Street
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Jessey Dearing
How a church in the Bible Belt responds to a new neighbor.

When an Islamic center purchased a plot of land opposite a church in Memphis, Tenn., the local Muslim community expected hostility. Pastor Steve Stone had something else in mind.

Upstanders is a collection of short stories celebrating ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities produced by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran. These stories of humanity remind us that we all have the power to make a difference.