What is the Council?

The Multi-Faith Council is a membership organization comprised of a network of allied communities of faith that sustains and expands IM’s Interfaith Relations & Community Partnership’s (IRCP) efforts to engage faith leaders in dialogue, collaboration, and respect, including feeding hungry seniors, resettling refugees, and promoting understanding.

The Council is made up of members who want…

  • To be bridge-builders by building respect and understanding across religious traditions.
  • To support the work of IM’s Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships Department by attending events and informing other people about our programs.
  • To be a resource when we seek support to respond to community emergencies.

 

Who joins the Council?

Faith communities, similar organizations, and individuals who want to visibly and tangibly support the work of IM’s Interfaith Relations & Community Partnerships by supporting our programs, attending our events, volunteering, being our presence in the community and spreading the word about the value of interfaith understanding.

 

Why join the Council?

Building respect and understanding among people of different religions, or no religion, can no longer be considered an act of goodwill from well-meaning congregations but it is now a necessity which enables us to create a more respectful, connected, and caring society. The Council demonstrates that there is a web of communities that see differences as a source of strength, similarities a source of unity and that the forces of ignorance and fear can be disrupted when faith communities serve together.

The department of Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships at IM is uniquely situated to play a key role in making the Greater Houston area a better informed, respectful, and service-minded region. These bridges are vital in a city that is very diverse, but also very segregated, often across lines of both race and economics.

Benefits of Joining the Council…

The Multi-Faith Council is in its fourth year and 2020 marks the beginning of a major leap forward in the mission of bringing people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. The council is a membership organization in which members have access to …

Dialogue

  • Participate in virtual support and networking groups for connection around professional, spiritual and social needs specific to faith community leaders across traditions.
  • Educational opportunities organized in response to the needs and interests voiced my MFC members. Seminars and workshops for 2021 will include; A discussion with Dr. Stephen Klineberg specific to how faith communities should prepare to meet the changing demographics of Houston, Communication tools for civil discourse on divisive issues, Mental health first-aid for clergy & congregation and Tools for effective community organizing around specific social needs.

Collaboration

  • Unified multi-faith responses to social, environmental and economic disruption and/or injustice which call for unity, mutual respect and compassion.
  • Examples of such responses include:
    • Continued COVID-19 Faith Leader call with elected officials, the Texas Medical Center, public health officials and the office of emergency management personnel.
    • City-wide letter of solidarity after the killing of George Floyd
    • Banner of support and prayer after the Santa Fe school shootings.

Service

  • Information on community needs and resources for Faith Communities through the Volunteer Houston portal.
  • Gain up-to-date access to volunteer needs from the IM service areas of Meals on Wheels, Ani-meals on Wheels, and Refugee Services.
  • Engage your congregation’s young adults in interfaith opportunities through our IMpulse young professionals’ group.

Financial Support of Interfaith Relations & Community Partnerships

There is a lot that we can accomplish together to make Houston the model city for the country of multi-faith inclusion and engagement. BUT first it takes commitment from faith leaders like you. By joining the Multi-Faith Council you are supporting the vision of Interfaith Ministries that we work and act together across faith traditions in response to the needs of Greater Houston to create a more respectful, connected, and caring society.

To join the council and participate in these activities around dialogue, collaboration and service…we ask that you click the “Join Here” link below and commit to any amount that is proportional to the needs and/or resources of your community.

Your contributions go to support the following IRCP programs and projects…

  • Our expanding Dialogue Project, which will include Dinner Dialogues, Vital Conversations with our Community, Faith in Our City “Lunch and Learn” meals, and House of Worship visits.
  • Youth MLK Day of Service
  • Multi-Faith Council programming, Faith Leader Gatherings and Trainings
  • Lecture Series
  • Our ongoing projects providing resources to the Houston community, including:
    • Speakers’ Bureau
    • Workplace Diversity Training
    • House of Worship Visits
    • Trainings, panels, expert information for faith communities, non-profits, and businesses regarding religious literacy
    • Resources to help faith communities prepare for disasters.

Contact Kim Mabry at Kmabry@imgh.org with questions