September 21, 2017 –
[caption id="attachment_1760" align="aligncenter" width="201"] Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud[/caption]
5:30 potluck followed by meeting and talk at 6pm
In this season of great uncertainty and troubling division, the Interfaith Council of Franklin County invites local faith communities and individuals to come together to strengthen and affirm our faith in the power of love and compassionate action for the healing of our world.
We look to the coming year with excitement and hope as we seek to be responsive to new concerns as well as continuing our initiatives with local groups:
You are cordially invited to our first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 21 at Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square in Greenfield, with a potluck at 5:30 pm and program to follow at 6 pm. Our guest speaker will be Muslim attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud who will update us on local repercussions of the travel ban and how human rights groups are responding. We will also hear about the launching of the NuDay Syria relief efforts in Franklin County. Our October 19 meeting will take place at Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Turners Falls with a focus on our local efforts to support immigrants.
Our Thanksgiving service (Sunday, November 19 at 2 pm) is a rich sharing of our diverse faith traditions which invites breaking down boundaries and building community.
The Peacemaker Awards Ceremony in May at Greenfield Community College is an inspiring gathering which recognizes high school age students who have made a significant impact on their world by initiating some action that brings about peace and greater understanding.
The Housing Assistance Program helps individuals caught in the painful situation of not being able to afford housing. With the help of many donations, we assist with the first and last month’s rent and security deposit to qualified individuals.
Will you join us at our first meeting this fall, on September 21? Also, please consider taking part in our interfaith community efforts and in making a financial contribution (tax deductible for individuals).Members will receive a letter in the mail inviting you to renew your membership.
We meet on the third Thursday of every month with the exception of December, July and August. After the 5:30 potluck, we share a time of deepening our relationship to one another and raising our consciousness about how we can be the peace we seek in the world.
We, the Interfaith Council of Franklin County Leadership Team, thank you for your interest and support and hope to see you at our September 21 meeting or a subsequent meeting or event.
Jennifer Bennett, Sue Bowman, Karin Clough, Rabbi Andrea Cohen Kiener, Rev. Leslie Fraser, Ben Tousley