AIC Explores Swahili Service in Virtual Program

Like many other organizations, the Abilene Interfaith Council has been meeting virtually since its programming year began in September.

The latest program is a video interview with the Rev. Bikole Malunda and members of the Swahili language worship service that is held on Sunday afternoons at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. The video includes some of the service, as well as interviews with Malunda, David Ekombe, Pilli Hasha, and Baya Baya Jerome.

Also coming in February, which is Black History Month, will be an online tour of the Curtis House Cultural Center and its director, the Rev. Andrew Penns, pastor of Valley View Missionary Baptist Church. The cultural center houses the history of contributions by Black Abilenians to the city’s history.

The Abilene Interfaith Council meets September through May. Until COVID shutdown in-person meetings, the council met monthly at various venues in town. That format will continue once the pandemic has passed. Meetings are open to the public. For more information on the council and how to join, go to

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