HOUSTON (August 28, 2023) – Conversation serves as the catalyst of change, and on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Interfaith Relations and Community Partnership Department (IRCP) invites you to engage in a Vital Conversation addressing “The Rising Tide of Hate.” This informative event, in collaboration with the Houston Coalition Against Hate, promises an evening of insight, inspiration, and actionable solutions to counteract the pervasive challenge of hatred and bias in society.

The Vital Conversation will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, located at 3303 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004, next to the Brigitte and Bashar Kalai Plaza of Respect. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to a moderated panel featuring experts from communities impacted by hate and actively participate in moderated table conversations, guided by the evening’s theme, and will be provided with a discussion guide to facilitate meaningful engagement.

Gayla Wilson, Community Engagement Program Manager of IRCP, shared her thoughts on the imperative nature of addressing hate in our communities: “Our community is in no way immune to the horrific impact of hate activities occurring across the United States. In Greater Houston, manifestations of hate, bias, and discrimination show up in various ways, and the impact is long-lasting and far-reaching in our community. Hate instills fear and distress in its victims, and we must as a community work to ensure the message of respecting everyone, regardless of race, faith, ethnicity, or who they love is part of our language and action. Our work here at Interfaith Ministries…supports the effort to make Houston a welcoming and safe community for everyone.”

Media is welcome. For more information, please contact Gayla Wilson at gwilson@imgh.org or visit www.imgh.org/rising-tide-of-hate.

Interfaith Ministries’ Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships Program would like to thank our sponsors, Vican Sun and Family, Bridgeway Capital Management, and Nadia Tajalli and Dr. Shahin Tavackoli, for their generous support of The Rising Tide of Hate.


A United Way partner, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (Interfaith Ministries) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. Interfaith Ministries provides four main services: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston and Galveston County which delivers more than 1.7 million meals each year to homebound seniors and people with disabilities across five counties; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles thousands of refugees in Houston; Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships, which provides community services fostering understanding, respect and engagement among Houstonians of all faiths; the Vic Samuels Center for Volunteerism and Civic Service, which establishes a positive and lasting impact on the Greater Houston community through organized service and leadership through Volunteer Houston and SERVE HOUSTON. For more information, visit https://www.imgh.org/.


Jodi Bernstein
Vice President, Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships