Thanks to all that participated in our end of year surveys. From these surveys, we found two major themes that the community expressed a huge need for.
Theme #1: Convenience
Much of our first survey responses touched on shorter, clearer, and more focused khutbahs. Also, we recognized that the contents of the khutbahs should spark inspiration in our hearts. To that end, we will work towards making these shorter, with perhaps a 20-minute limit, since we do not want to short change the message. We do see opportunities to keep our Friday khutbahs more english-focused, and less repetitive, so that all can follow along with minimum listening efforts.
The parking lot is an issue that we very much agree needs attention. Our parking lot is old, and is in need of a major renovation to accommodate more vehicles - as well as facilitate a more efficient way to enter and exit the lot. To that end, we are actively seeking rental agreement options with our landlord, and hope to come to an understanding on how best to handle (and ultimately fund) a new $40,000 - $80,000 parking lot.
Lastly, we understand that many who come to our Friday khutbahs are taking their lunch breaks in order to attend, and would appreciate speedy food options after each khutbah. To that end, we are in conversations with El Turkito, a favored halal food truck, as well as given the restaurant next door, Hayati Mediterranean Grill, a heads up, so that they will be available to serve quick meals, so you can get on your way.
Theme #2: Connection
The Colorado Muslim Leadership Council and its affiliated organizations mourn our community. Our hearts are heavy as we stand with the survivors of violence. We will continue to remember and grieve for the innocent victims of this horrific and senseless crime:
Boulder Police Officer Talley was personally known to many of us, and we are devastated by his death. Please consider supporting all victims and survivors of this horrific crime by donating whatever you can to the Colorado State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, the Colorado Healing Fund, and the Community Foundation of Boulder County (www.boulderoem.com/donations).
We thank law enforcement for their bravery and commitment in apprehending the shooter. We call for the prosecution of the shooter to the fullest extent of the law. Finally, we look forward to engaging with Colorado’s leadership on actions to make our state a safe place for all.