A Message from the President of the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council
The Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council is an exceptional extended family. Its members include: Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Beth Judea, Congregation B’nai Shalom, Hope Lutheran Church, Kingswood United Methodist Church, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Shir Hadash Synagogue, St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church, St. Mary Catholic Parish and Temple Chai. We are a diverse group. While we do not share the same faiths, we do share the same basic beliefs: to do right, to act justly, to have mercy, to protect the fallen and the weak and to feed the hungry.
This family was born 30 years ago when the local Jewish Community Center was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. Clergy and members of local congregations banded together-not only to decry and condemn a hateful act but to create something new: an organization that could work together to foster understanding of other faiths, encourage cooperative social service efforts and serve as an ethical and moral voice promoting positive growth and unity in our community.
Our annual programs are pro-active throughout the year. In our “Knock your socks off!” campaign, we collect socks for the homeless; the council is the recipient of the local Postal Services’ “Stamp out Hunger” program where canned goods are collected for our food pantries; we have an annual fund raiser, “i-walk” against hunger;” members collect food on National Night Out and host our Thanksgiving Celebration Service. Throughout the year, we host educational programming and are currently working on an early childhood literacy program. We also endeavor to promote programs and create partnerships with other like-minded organizations.
We are all volunteers. The Interfaith Council is funded by our annual membership dues and donations and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Congregational representatives meet once a month at each house of worship to help us get acquainted and familiar with other traditions, customs and rituals.