World Religion Day
January, 24, 2016 - 2pm
Interfaith Panel: "What in your religion inspires peace & hope?"
St Paul's Episcopal Church, Concord, NH
Thank you to Rabbi Robin Nafshi and Temple Beth Jacob for organizing and hosting our annual WORLD AIDS DAY service. Thank you to our featured speaker, The Rev. Curtis Metzger, for your prayers and words of remembrance. Thank you to the New Hampshire Gay Men's Chorus and Cantor Shira Nafshi for your lovely music. Thank you to the Northern New England Chapter of the Names Project for loaning a section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt for display.
Thank you, all who attended our Thanksgiving Day Interfaith Gathering. We raised almost $500 for Family Promise of Greater Concord!
Did you know that as of 2015 the Greater Concord Interfaith Council has hosted Concord's annual Holocaust Remembrance Week for 30 years?
This photo is of the Rev. Rosanne Roberts of Wesley United Methodist Church reading the names of victims of the holocaust in April outside of South Church.
Events also included a book display at Gibson's, a service at Temple Beth Jacob and a screening of the film "Europa, Europa" at Red River Theatre followed by a question and answer session with a trained Holocaust educator. Rabbi Robin Nafshi of Concord's Temple Beth Jacob said in a co-authored an op-ed in the Concord Monitor: "This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, symbolic of the end of the European Holocaust. The political philosopher Hannah Arendt said concerning the Nazi genocide of Jews, that human history 'has known no story more difficult to tell.' With the passing of 70 years, fewer and fewer survivors remain; as they die, they take with them the stories that only they can tell."
The Greater Concord Interfaith Council promotes understanding, peace, and respect. We affirm that what unites us is greater than what divides us. We work to create a respectful environment in which earnest people can explore our religious diversity through common worship, mutual education and community outreach.
On September 21, 1949, several area churches met to form a group whose purpose would be to further ecumenical religious life in the Concord area. On February 24, 1950, by-laws were adopted for the Greater Concord Council of Churches. The original membership was comprised of Protestant and Catholic Churches.
In the mid 1980's the constitution was revised to become the Greater Concord Interfaith Council and membership was extended to the Jewish Synagogue, Bahai Faith, Concord Friends Meeting, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Unitarian Universalist Church, and other religious bodies interested in furthering our mission.
Photo Credit: Tony Schinella