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In times of great loss, Northern California faith communities prepare to support those affected by wildfires

There is no rule book for responding to crisis on this magnitude, Executive Director of the San Fransisco Interfaith Council (SFIC) Michael Pappas said. As the fires In California rage, he is focused on being a “portal of communication” to other faith leaders who are in a better position to help during this humanitarian crisis.… Continue reading In times of great loss, Northern California faith communities prepare to support those affected by wildfires

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Interfaith Coalitions Intervene to Address Homelessness

On Tuesday mornings, Bentley Stewart prepares to share a meal with several dozen of his friends experiencing homelessness. Before they eat, Stewart passes a feather around the circle and asks people to share whatever is on their heart. Some speak of a profound, heartbreaking prayer request. Others read a weather report. One man stands up… Continue reading Interfaith Coalitions Intervene to Address Homelessness

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Women’s Group Fosters Future Collaborations During Ramadan Season

As five panelists of different religious backgrounds discussed their traditions, women around the room at an iftar held in Syracuse, NY, began to latch onto the thread of commonality that brought them together. The Women’s Iftar was the first of its kind organized by Women Transcending Boundaries, a URI Cooperation Circle and egalitarian community of… Continue reading Women’s Group Fosters Future Collaborations During Ramadan Season

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Scarboro Mission Closing, Interfaith Studies Program to Launch at Ontario University

Instead of looking at the closing of Scarboro Mission after over 30 years of service as the end of an era, Director of Interfaith Work Paul McKenna sees it as an opportunity to take their ministry to college campuses. Although Scarboro Mission as we know it will disband this year, their work will continue, beginning… Continue reading Scarboro Mission Closing, Interfaith Studies Program to Launch at Ontario University