Interfaith Council of The Thanks-Giving Foundation
A Diverse Council Connected by Goodwill
The Interfaith Council’s mission is to promote harmony, diversity and goodwill among all faiths, as we unite on the common ground of gratitude. The Council, embodied by 26 denominations that cover almost every continent in the world, leads our Goodwill initiative by developing and fostering a broad understanding and appreciation of faith traditions through dialogue, education, visitations and various programs.
The Interfaith Council regularly meets to plan speaker series, visits to local congregations, special prayer vigils, tours, open houses and other community events that bring people together including yoga, poetry and musical performances. Other events include an interfaith thanksgiving celebration, Veterans Day, The National Day of Prayer Luncheon, and Festival of Faiths in both the spring and the fall.
The Interfaith Council serves victims of discrimination, the economically disadvantaged, those grieving from personal loss, children and adolescents, enthusiasts of greenspaces, devotees of art and architecture, as well as our downtown residential neighbors. To help serve our business neighbors, the Council is developing a Best Practices Guide for Diversity in the Workplace.
The Interfaith Council works to transform people by introducing gratitude, virtue and goodwill into their everyday lives, which will transform communities for the better.
INTERFAITH COUNCIL MISSION
The Interfaith Council’s mission is to explore harmony and diversity among all faith traditions, as we unite in gratitude.
- Almas Muscatwalla – Chair and Board Liaison
- Rosie Stromberg – Co-Chair
- Mark Romney – Co-Chair
- Forrest Boaz – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
- Chris Slaughter – Third Church of Christ, Scientist
- Regina Hunt – First Presbyterian Church
- Peggy Williams – Third Church of Christ, Scientist
- Harbans Lal
Routine gatherings of the Interfaith Council occur up to 10 times per year. Organizational, business, and planning matters are discussed, and announcements are exchanged. Sometimes guests present issues of common concern.
Programs & Initiatives
Programs include a community-wide speaker series, congregational visits to tour sacred spaces and learn about faith traditions, days of service, and prayer vigils on major concerns.
Preliminary meeting and event dates for 2020 are as follows:
- Monday, January 13th at 10:30 am at Thanks-Giving Square: 2020 IFC Rejuvenation Meeting
- Monday, February 10th at 10:30 am: Congregation Visit to The Ismaili Jamatkhana, Plano
- March 2020: Spring Fest (TBD) at Thanks-Giving Square
- Monday, April 20th at 10:30 am: Day of Service @ Refugee Organization (TBD)
- Thursday, May 7th: National Day of Prayer Luncheon
- Monday, June 8th at 10:30 am: Congregation Visit to The Oaklawn United Methodist Church (TBD)
- Monday, September 14th: Together We Lunch (Project Unity TBD)
- Monday, October 12th at 10:30 am: Day of Service @ Homeless Shelter (TBD)
- Monday, November 9th at 10:30 am: Visit to Congregation (TBD)
- December: Festival of Faiths (TBD)
PAST EVENTS & PROGRAMS
- National Day of Prayer Luncheon | May 2, 2018 | Read More
- Spring Festival of Faiths | March 20, 2017 | Read More
- Winter Festival of Faiths | December 18, 2017 | Read More
WELCOMING INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
The U.S. Department of State often requests that the Interfaith Council host international visitors who are being introduced to the customs and organizations of the United States. The Interfaith Council accommodates those visitors at Thanks-Giving Square with information about multi-faith activities.
Recent visitors to Thanks-Giving Square include young adults from Germany, international guests participating in a panel discussion on countering extremist messaging and protecting youth (organized by the World Affairs Council), and visitors from Russia discussing diverse citizen initiatives (organized by the Committee for Citizens Initiatives).