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Interfaith Alliance Meetings

I recently joined The Interfaith Alliance because I support what they are doing. The Interfaith Alliance “celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism.”

The Interfaith Alliance was created in 1994 to challenge the bigotry and hatred arising from religious and political extremism infiltrating American politics. Today, Interfaith Alliance has 185,000 members across the country made up of 75 faith traditions as well as those of no faith tradition.

Their goal is to make a difference in America by:

  • Promoting the positive and healing role of religion in public life;
  • Encouraging civic participation;
  • facilitating community activism; and
  • Challenging religious political extremism.

“We work from city hall to Capitol Hill to protect religious liberty and the separation of church and state for ALL Americans.”

From the TIA Newsletter, President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy says TIA will “continue to focus on the elections and ensuring that candidates don’t manipulate religion for partisan political purposes.”

Regarding Dr. Gaddy, Walter Cronkite was quoted: “Personally, I appreciate Welton Gaddy’s courageous leadership of the Interfaith Alliance. He continues to… give people of faith a strong voice of reason in public discussions and media presentations on the issues of the day and the proper role of religion in the life of the nation.”

Beliefs

  • We believe that religious freedom is a foundation for American democracy.
  • We believe that individual rights and matters of personal conscience must be held sacred.
  • We believe that religious and political extremists are a threat to individual liberty and democracy.
  • We believe that celebrating religious and cultural difference is the way to achieve a vibrant community.

Meetings

Monthly public meetings take place all across the country at 7 p.m. local time, with face-to-face discussions of local and national issues. An Interfaith Alliance Meeting helps members of The Interfaith Alliance form lasting, influential and active community groups via informal monthly discussions about religion and politics.

Although local volunteers facilitate the Interfaith Alliance Meeting groups, the national staff of The Interfaith Alliance furnishes all the materials necessary for a successful Interfaith Alliance Meeting.  These materials are posted online the third Tuesday of each month.

If you are interested in creating a local Interfaith Alliance Meeting in Redding, CA please contact me or leave a comment.

  • Ann Corrin

    How would such a group interact with SCIF? I see it as more of a political action group. I’m with you on it.