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.
The Interfaith Council’s mission is to explore harmony and diversity among all faith traditions, as we unite in gratitude.
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.
- Ismaili Jamatkhana
- Baha’i Center
- Mormon Center
- Greek Orthodox Church
- Sikh Temple
- Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas
- Park Cities Baptist Church
- April 23, 2017: Visit to the Zoroastrian Center, Flower Mound
- October 9, 2017: Visit to Temple Emanu-El (details TBD)
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.
- VA Dallas Medical Center day of service
- Visiting with senior returnees from World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc.
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.
- Hope of Cathedral
- Austin Street Shelter
- VA Dallas Medical Center
- 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.
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.
- 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
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
- March 14, 2016
- March 20, 2017 (Download Flyer of Participants)
Winter Festival of Faiths
- December 22, 2014
- December 16, 2015
- December 19, 2016 (Download Program)