As one of Houston’s oldest interfaith service organizations in Houston, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s interreligious engagement stands at the heart of our mission to feed 5000+ homebound seniors and their pets daily, resettle refugees fleeing persecution in their homelands, foster interfaith and community dialogue and understanding, and transform our community through volunteerism.
As a core pillar of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, the Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships department, affectionately known as IRCP, connects people of faith, and of no faith, in the agency’s important work of creating a more respectful, connected, and caring society. We are a diverse community, and what we have found is that, regardless of how we define ourselves religiously or non-religiously, there is a spark within each of us to connect, learn, share, and serve and to change our community for the good.
Through innovative, interactive, informative, impactful, and fun community programming, dialogues, vital conversations, tours, vigils, and service, we help people do just that! We help people:
- Learn about each other, important societal issues, and how to have respectful conversations with people who have different perspectives.
- Work together for a more just society and in caring support of our community’s most vulnerable.
- Expand their “cultural and religious literacy” to help prevent stereotypes and generalizations and fear about the other.
Stephen Klineberg, Founding Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, is a leading sociologist whose 40+ years of tracking Houston’s demographics through the “Houston Annual Survey” has helped many understand complicated issues, data, and important trends that impact our city. His research showed that “America is now increasingly made up of all the world’s ethnicities and all the world’s religions. Nowhere is that clearer than in Houston.” We agree.
Given that nowhere is it clearer that Houston is increasingly made up of all the world’s ethnicities and all the world’s religions, we are glad to lead the way in helping people to share their stories! Be a part of the dialogue. Join us in service. Collaborate with us as we learn more about the ethnicities, world religions and stories of the people who call our community home.
Our team includes:
- Jodi Bernstein, Vice President
- Kim Mabry, M. Div., Program Manager, Interfaith Engagement
- Gayla Wilson, Program Manager, Community Engagement
- Gevetta “Jet’ Phillips, Department Administrator
- Jenny Abbott, Project Coordinator, and M.A. Ministry Candidate, Perkins School of Theology
To sign up to receive information about our work and programs, email Jet Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.