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Welcome to Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond!

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Statement of Purpose

The Purpose of the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond is to develop understanding, respect and cooperation among the various religious faiths.

Introduction

The Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond (ICGR) Inc. is an organization of 19 different religious denominations in the city of Richmond and surrounding counties. The member congregations within these faith groups bring together diverse doctrinal, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The uniqueness of the Interfaith Council is its ability to cherish this rich diversity and at the same time to celebrate the unity of all these faiths by addressing basic human needs through cooperative community service.

This group, due to the many diverse traditions of its members, does not worship together or involve itself in specialized political concerns of component denominations. In this way, the integrity of each denomination is preserved while working to enhance the sensitivity of groups toward one another and to identify and eliminate prejudice where it is found.

Statement of Values

Through our belief in God, the Interfaith Council holds up the following Values:
• We value the participation of persons who model and communicate a vision of expectancy and hope for the future.
• We intend to create a climate of respect for each other’s traditions and acceptance of members and guests as people of religious faith.
• We aspire to develop spiritual connections through education about the beliefs and practices of the world’s religions.
• We welcome non-members as participants in our activities.
• We work cooperatively and interdependently to support the achievement of peace and harmony in our community.
• We value opportunities to recognize youth who work for unity and reconciliation in the community.
• We reach out to help meet the needs of less-fortunate children in our community.

Executive Officers for 2017 – 2018:

President Ms. Ashley Pelli Omnism
Director, Membership & Outreach Hayat Bain Universal Unitarian, Sufi
Vice President, Programs Sarah Amick AlZubi Baptist
Treasurer Ms. Pat Mays Disciples of Christ
Secretary Mrs. Annette Khan Islam