EMERGENCY VIGIL OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
Sunday, October 28th, 4pm
Congregation Agudath Shalom
301 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford
The Interfaith Council of Southwest Connecticut provides spiritual leadership to solve community problems.
Spirituality Seminar at Stamford Hospital
October 28, 2017
9:00 am - Registration and continental breakfast
9:45 am - "Maintaining Wholeness in the Face of Challenges - the Role of Spiritual Resiliency" The Rev. Christopher L. Smith, LCAC, LMHC, LMFT, President and Clinical Director, Seeking Shalom, Chaplain, Stamford Hospital
10:45 am - "The Cost of Caring is Not Inevitable" Maria Maldonado, MD, Director of Education for Cross Cultural and Patient Centered Communication, Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
12:30 pm - Panel Discussion - Reflections on Spiritual Resilience from Different Faith Traditions:
Bahá'í - Sara Hakim, Treasurer, Norwalk Bahá'í Community; Board Member, Interfaith Council
Baptist - Reverend Dr. Michael G. Christie, Assistant to the Pastor and Minister of Prison Ministry, Union Baptist Church
Buddhist - Jampa Gyalsten, Chaplain, Stamford Hospital
Congregational - Rev. R. Maxwell Grant, Pastor, Second Congregational Church of Greenwich
Jewish - Marie Orsini Rosen, Director of Philanthropy, The Nature Conservancy, CT Field Office; Vice-President, Interfaith Council
Muslim - Shahrzad Mohammadi, MD, Stamford Hospital
Ever year, the Interfaith Council co-sponsors this event, where the greater community is invited to join in a Ramadan Iftar, which is when Muslims around the globe break their fast at the end of the day during the month long observance of Ramadan. It was truly an interfaith evening! Iftar was provided by the Muslim community with help from the Sikh Community, and the Union Baptist Church generously hosted us all for the second time. Mayor Martin was in attendance, and Mr. Adama Dieng, the UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide, spoke to the gathering. It was an evening full of lively discussion, learning, and the warmth that surrounds us when we break bread together.
A Vigil For Commitment and Hope
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Stamford
January 22, 2017
Bring your light: Now is the time to let it shine! Join the Interfaith Council and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at a vigil for commitment, hope and unity.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Union Baptist Church
November 20, 2016
The New World Chorus offered inspired choral music to help celebrate Thanksgiving, and the voices of many traditions were heard as we came together in this season of Thanks.
Humor and God, Passion and Humanity
Avon Theatre Film Center
June 22, 2016
The Interfaith Council is pleased to promote this summer film series presented by the Avon Theatre and Mockingbird Ministries. Curated by the Rev. Paul Zahl, each film has been selected to entertain and provoke thought. A conversation will follow each screening. (July 27 and August 24 are the dates for the second and third.) Click to view flyer.
Community Catalyst Conversation: Cultivating the Arts in Southwest CT
June 21, 2016
How can we as a community foster and promote a more active arts scene? David Green, of the Culture Alliance of Fairfield County; Lou Ursone of Curtain Call; and Angie Durrell of INTAKEMusic will offer their perspectives, and then we will gather in strategy circles to discuss our experiences and ideas. Join the conversation! Click to view flyer.
Union Baptist Church
June 18, 2016
This annual celebration of faith, food and interfaith friendship has outgrown its previous quarters. This year, you are invited to join with members of our area Muslim communities to break the day's Ramadan fast at Union Baptist. We will gather at 8:15 to be ready for prayers and feasting to begin at sundown, 8:29.
All are welcome to participate in the traditional Muslim prayers, or to observe - and certainly everyone will partake of the incredible food from many countries of origin of Muslims in our communities - as well as food brought by those of other religions and ethnicities. It is one big, delightful, delicious interfaith melting pot. Click to view flyer.
Honest Conversations with our Muslim Neighbors
March 31, 2016
This program, organized by the Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut, is the latest in a series of experiences designed to enhance healthy relationship with our Islamic American neighbors. The format placed three Muslims on a panel fielding moderated questions from the audience.
Ingrid Stellmacher, International and Interfaith Conflict Practitioner, will offer tools for mapping conflicts and developing effective strategies to transform communities. Hands-on, interactive sessions facilitated by communities leaders will help us become creative peace-builders. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsoring partners: The Christian Coalition of Connecticut, Fairfield University, Norwalk Community College, St. Luke's Parish Darien, and Subway.