The Akron Area Interfaith Council
exists to initiate, coordinate and enable
effective interfaith responses
to the social, moral, ethical
and cultural issues of our community
and to promote freedom of
religion, equality and understanding.
AAIC has been in existence for 40 years, when faith leaders of different denominations came together to discuss issues of racism, social justice, and to promote understanding between the religions. For centuries religion has been misused to cause wars, hate and division world-wide. AAIC is a witness to the power of love and compassion for all humankind which is the basis of every faith tradition. Our organization seeks to contribute to peace in the midst of a world which continues to suffer from divisions among and between religious adherents.
We are told that all people are descendants from
a single person so that no person can say, “my ancestor is
greater than yours.” God created humanity from the four
corners of the earth – yellow clay, and white sand, black loam
and red soil. Therefore, the earth can not declare to any part
of humanity that it does not belong here, that this soil is not
their rightful home.
(2021) MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES
Membership includes approximately 17 Congregations and 60 individuals
Note: memberships may not have been updated yet for the new year
AKRON-CANTON REGIONAL FOODBANK
AKRON FIRST SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
BATH UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
BETH EL CONGREGATION
CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR
DOMINICAN SISTERS OF PEACE
FAITH LUTHERAN, FAIRLAWN
FAIRLAWN WEST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF AKRON
GLOBAL TIES AKRON
ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF AKRON AND KENT
JEWISH COMMUNITY BOARD OF AKRON
NEW COVENANT COMMUNITY CHURCH
ST. HILARY PARISH
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF AKRON
UNITY CHAPEL OF LIGHT
WISH – WOMEN’S INTERFAITH SPIRITUAL HERITAGE
The organizational structure of the AAIC includes a council and executive board consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Standing committees exists in the areas of Education, Finance, Public Relations, Social Justice and Spiritual Life. These committees work to plan and conduct activities and programs that enrich interfaith interaction, enhance the mission of the AAIC, and empower AAIC members to magnify interfaith work in their respective spheres of influence.
CURRENT LEADERSHIP (21 -2022)
Constance Dubick, Associate, Dominicans of Peace
Alan Lane, Secretary Unitarian Universalist Church
Judy DiNardo, Catholic Commision of Summit County Co-Treasurer,
Kathryn Ress, WISH, President Emeritus
Reesa Mathews, New Covenant Community Church
Statements Made in 2021
1/11/21 Akron Area Interfaith Council Condemns invasion of Capitol Building today
Statement on Events at U. S. Capital 1/6/21
The Akron Area Interfaith Council condemns the invasion into the Capitol building on Wednesday January 6, putting legislators and all personnel at risk for harm. While protests are appropriate for raising often unheard voices, this was a blatant disregard for property and the proceedings of democracy. We also see this as voter suppression and disregard for the democratic processes as promoted by and enabled by the current president. We urge those in faith communities to call out this extremism and articulate the meanings of peace and justice as established in our faith traditions.
3/19/21 Statement on Shootings in Georgia: The Akron Area Interfaith Council and the local interfaith community stand in solidarity with the Asian American community as it grieves the many incidents of racism and bigotry that have increased in the last year. We join with you in combating this bigotry and will work to confront the bias of those who discriminate, exploit, or exclude others.