The Interfaith Council’s mission is to explore harmony and diversity among all faith traditions, as we unite in gratitude.

The Council is made up of 26 faith denominations, covering almost every major continent of the world. Programs include a speaker series, visits to local congregations, special prayer vigils on major concerns and regular monthly meetings. Highlight events include honoring of veterans, service days, support of National Day of Prayer, and the Festival of Faiths, celebrating the seasons of holidays.

Meetings

Routine gatherings of the Interfaith Council occur up to 10 times per year. Organizational, business, and planning matters are discussed, and announcements are exchanged. Sometimes guests present issues of common concern.

International Visitors

The U.S. Department of State often requests that Interfaith Council hosts international visitors who are being introduced to the customs and organizations of the United States. The Interfaith Council accommodates those visitors with information about multi-faith activities.

Ongoing Initiatives

Congregational Visits

Individual faith groups invite the Interfaith Council to tour the sacred spaces and learn about the faith tradition. Through this effort, there is relationship building and a greater understanding between and among different traditions. The Council averages three visits per year.

Past Events:

  • Ismaili Jamatkhana
  • Baha’i Center
  • Mormon Center
  • Greek Orthodox Church
  • Sikh Temple
  • Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas
  • Park Cities Baptist Church

Upcoming Events:

  • April 23, 2017: Visit to the Zoroastrian Center, Flower Mound
  • October 9, 2017: Visit to Temple Emanu-El (details TBD)

Veterans Day

Each year close to National Veterans days the Interfaith Council invites selected veterans past wars to bring their stories of gratitude. The purpose is to embrace those who returned, to learn from them, and to show appreciation for their sacrifices.

Past Events:

  • VA Dallas Medical Center day of service
  • Visiting with senior returnees from World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc.

Upcoming Events:

November 13, 2017: Honoring Veterans event

Days of Service

The Interfaith Council members provide a day of service at least two times a year in local agencies. The two-way purpose is to expose the interfaith council to the needs that must be addressed in the community and to educate the agencies that we serve about the diversity of this community and Interfaith Council.

Past Events:

  • HungerBuster
  • Hope of Cathedral
  • Austin Street Shelter
  • VA Dallas Medical Center

Upcoming Events:

  • June 12, 2017: Day of Service

National Day of Prayer

On the first Thursday of each May, The Thanks-Giving Foundation and Interfaith Council celebrate a community-wide recognition of the National Day of Prayer — a time at which multiple faith groups share their prayers for the nation. This day is celebrated in Dallas with a special luncheon program calling all faith groups together to celebrate common ground as United States residents. The program often includes presentations from area youth and inspiring messages from honored speakers. Proceeds from the luncheon are used to further the work of The Thanks-Giving Foundation, including Thanks-Giving Square and the Interfaith Council.

Click here to learn more about this year’s event.

Interfaith Council Speaker Series

The Interfaith Council sponsors community-wide speaker series events, which feature specialists on current topics of interest. The purpose is to expand educational information to differing segments of the community.

Past Events:

  • Dr. Richard Brettell – Thanks-Giving Square: Landscape and Architecture
  • Janessa Gans Wilder – CEO of Euphrates Institute, who spoke on positive techniques of conflict resolution.
  • Jane Allen Petrick – Norman Rockwell and messages of diversity

Upcoming Events:

Dr. Jeff Gusky, volunteer photographer for National Geographic and Smithsonian, presents on “Finding Hope in Time of Terror” on September 11, 2017.

Festival of Faiths

Spring Festival of Faiths

During the spring month of March, the Interfaith Council celebrates many of the traditions that acknowledge rituals of the season. This festival includes an exhibit, food sampling, music, ceremonies and presentations from various faiths. The purpose is to share commonalities and difference between faith groups and to appreciate the mutual recognition of the rituals. This event is free and open to the community. 

Past Events:

March 14, 2016

Upcoming Events:

March 20, 2017

Winter Festival of Faiths

Celebrate the onset of winter with religious and cultural expressions of joy. The Winter Festival of Faiths at Thanks-Giving Square is a free community event showcasing faith traditions through dance, song, music and more.

Past Events:

2015 Highlights Video2016 Highlights Video

Upcoming Events:

December 18, 2017