Giving Thanks for Our Neighbors
(The Interfaith Council offers many thanks to Aaron Baker at Mulberry Creek Imagery for donating his amazing photography talent for this event.)
On Sunday November 18th, 2018 at 5pm, members of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council gathered with fellow Concord residents at Temple Beth Jacob to celebrate and express gratitude for our rich human diversity. Prayers, reflections, and sacred readings from Unitarian Universalist, Baha'i, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Society of Friends (Quaker), Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, and Episcopal faith traditions were offered.
Musical selections included:
"I'm Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table"
"Dona Nobis Pacem" ("Give Us Peace")
"Let There Be Peace on Earth"
"Shalom Chaverim" ("Farewell in Peace:")
Each year the coordinating team from the Interfaith Council that plans the Thanksgiving service chooses a local non-profit to support through an invitational donation. This year those gathered heard from the Director of the Concord Multicultural Festival who shared that they are working towards expanding the program to become more than a single event each summer. At the end of the event, everyone was invited to donate towards the efforts to expand the wonderful work of the Concord Multicultural Festival. (If you would like to support the Festival, click here to donate.)
The Interfaith Council is grateful to everyone who participated in this year's Thanksgiving event.
An evening with the Greater Concord Interfaith Council.
Bringing some light and hope into the world!
Our next CROP Hunger Walk will be on Saturday, September 29. 2018 Save the Date!
There is a New England CROP Hunger Walk Leadership Day on Saturday, March 24, from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm in Holden, MA. The event is open to all CROP Hunger Walk organizers and recruiters, as well as those with an interest in learning more or getting involved for the first time. There is no charge, but you do need to register so they have a head count. https://necld2018.eventbrite.com
Dear CROP Recruiters, Team Captains, other volunteers and all our walkers,
Thank you for your participation in this year's CROP walk!!
We still have a few outstanding walker envelopes to collect, and donations can still be made online for at least another month. So the numbers below will go up, and our “top fundraisers” list could change. But here’s where we are now. Please share this good news with your faith communities.
Cash and checks turned in at the walk $5582.74
Donations made online $4716.00
(Note that on walk day last year we had raised $9161, and our final total was $11, 474.25. So we are $1137 ahead of where we were at this time last year. Wouldn’t it be great if the trend continues and we exceed our 2016 total!)
Top individual fundraiser (as of 10.7.17):
Cy Sherman, South Congregational - $1475
Top 5 teams (as of 10.7.17):
Concord Quaker Meeting - $1586
South Congregational - $1500
East Congregational - $1302
Unitarian Universalist- $931
Boscawen Congregational- $849.53
I will send out individual team totals when all the outstanding envelopes have been received and counted.
Today we raised money to help with international, domestic, and local needs. (Remember that 25% of our total will be returned to the Interfaith Council for distribution to local food programs.) Thanks to all of you for a job well done!
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.