May 3, 2015: Two attackers were killed before they could enter the “First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest” in Garland, Texas. After this event, individuals from The Thanks-Giving Foundation and its Interfaith Council realized there was no well-organized group of faith leaders to provide a coordinated message to the community after a civic emergency.
Conversations began with Dr. Robert Hunt at Southern Methodist University. Upon his recommendation, we connected with Rev. Bob Roberts of Northwood Church in Keller — leader of the most robust interfaith ministry in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. With the guidance of Hunt and Roberts, we clarified the nature and purpose of a new group to be formed.