What is the Council?

The Multi-Faith Council, the latest evolution of our Interfaith Circle, is a network of allied communities of faith that will sustain and expand 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 Multi-Faith Council is an essential component of IRCP’s mission and goals. There is an ongoing need for faith communities to come together for dialogue, discussion, and action. Houston continues to recover from Harvey, hunger impacts Houston’s homebound seniors, and anti-immigrant/anti-refugee rhetoric as well as hate incidents challenge all of us.

The Multi-Faith Council is our alliance of key partners. Conservative estimates forecast a growth of one million residents per decade over the next 40 years in Greater Houston. We are a growing region and a diverse region, but growth and diverse communities need leadership, especially from the faith communities, for changes to be positive ones. In these challenging times, 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 resisted when faith communities serve together.

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, isn’t a luxury anymore. It’s a necessity. Interfaith Ministries’ IRCP Department is uniquely situated to play a key role in making the Greater Houston area a better informed, respectful, and service-minded region. As the most diverse city in the nation that will grow significantly in the coming years, we can be a model for inclusion and engagement for the rest of the country.

Joining the Multi-Faith Council lets IM and its network know that your faith community wants to be involved. We’ll get you connected with our new dialogue projects, Young Professionals Groups, and Women’s Programs. As IRCP now runs Volunteer Houston, we are the hub for connecting volunteer needs with people who want to serve. You’ll be the first to know about speaker events, partner events, and you’ll have easy access to our expanding multi-media library.

Interfaith Ministries is Houston’s community-based interfaith service and dialogue organization. Since 1955, we have sought to be at the center of building interreligious understanding and service. Please support our work in being the “go-to” resource for connecting faith communities and providing accurate information through speakers, house of worship visits, and online learning.

Benefits to You

By joining the Multi-Faith Council, you agree:

  • 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.

By joining the Council, here’s what you’ll receive:

  • You and your faith community will be listed on Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s (IM) website.
  • You will be the first to know about speaker events, partner events, and have easy access to our expanding multi-media library.
  • You will have the opportunity to sign on to IMGH statements relating to feeding the hungry, resettling refugees, and promoting respect.

Financial Support of Interfaith Relations & Community Partnerships

Your personally or congregationally meaningful financial gift will help support IM’s Interfaith Relations & Community Partnerships, in 2018-2019, as we achieve a great set of programs and projects:

  • Our expanding Dialogue Project, which will include not only our Dinner Dialogues, but also breakfast meetings, “Lunch and Learn” meals, and House of Worship visits.
  • Support our interfaith youth engagement initiatives such as our MLK Day of Service
  • Faith Leader Gatherings and Trainings
  • Lecture Series
  • Our ongoing projects providing resources to the Houston community, including:
    • Speakers’ Bureau
    • 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 Greg Han at 713-533-4904 with questions