Past Events of 2021:

“An Interfaith Meditation: Prayers for the Pandemic”, Sunday, January 17

Join faith leaders from many parts of Akron as they share meditations and prayers to lament, heal, and find hope in these difficult times.

Rev Nannette Pitt of First Congregational Church began our Prayers for the Pandemic

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Prologue :
Madeline Breen, OPA, Dominican Associate of Peace

Kathryn Ress, LISW-S Chair Akron Area Interfaith Council

Rev. Nanette Pitt, First Congregational Church of Akron

Period of Lament of Loss:
Rabbi Michael Ross, Temple Beth Shalom, Hudson and Jewish Educator
for Hillel at Kent State University

Lament of Injustice:
Pastor Herman A. Matterson Jr., The House of the Lord
Jaudith Yepes Nunez Delegate of V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.

Call for Interracial/Interfaith Work:
Pastor “Coach” Kemp Boyd, Love Akron
Rev. Dr. Roderick Pounds, Second Baptist Church of Akron
Minister Stephen Muhammad, Nation of Islam

Calming Meditation to Prepare for Work Ahead:
Shih Ying-Fa, CloudWater Zendo of Cleveland
Rebekah Benner, Terra Amma Grove

Rabbi Elyssa Joy Austerklein, Beth El Congregation
Imam Abdulkareem Sekta, Islamic Society of Akron and Kent

Rabbi Joshua Brown, Temple Israel

Rev. Kate Landis, Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron
“Prayer: A COVID 19 Song,” Nimo Patel, Empty Hands Music

The First One Hundred Days: Promises Made, Promises Kept? 

April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 7:00-8:15 pm 

Because of the importance of an individual’s religious/spiritual choices in developing his or her values, faith communities can contribute to the development of a more just, humane, and ecologically responsible society. This central organizing principle of the Akron Area Interfaith Council (AAIC) underlies it’s social justice work in our community. In that spirit, AAIC announces a public discussion series, examining new national policy initiatives in five issue areas identified by the Biden Administration in setting its initial agenda: immigration, healthcare access, racial justice, climate change, and economic justice. We hope to contribute opportunity for education and conversation around new national level policies and on the impact of these changes on the Akron metro region. 

Moderated by local media personality M.L. Schultze, WKSU Social Justice Reporter


April 6: Immigration Justice 

Dr. Steven Volk, Emeritus Professor of History/Latin American Studies, Oberlin College 

Dr. Khalid Madhi, Islamic Society of Akron and Kent 

Sr. Juliana Beck, OSU, Catholic Worker Community of Akron 

April 13: Healthcare Access 

Dr. Kristin Kranz, Metro Health Hospital 

Yvonka Marie Hall, Executive Director, NE Ohio Black Health Coalition, Christian 

Rev. Dr. Joyce Penfield, Episcopal Priest 

Pastor David Nelson, New Hope Baptist Church 

April 27: Climate Change 

William S. Jordan, Retired Associate Dean and Professor, Akron Law School 

Sr. Marguerite Chandler, Former Director, Crown Point Ecology Center 

Bhakta Rizal, Founder, Shanti Farms 

May 4: Economic Justice 

Brant T. Lee, Professor of Law, University of Akron School of Law, 

Assistant Dean of Diversity and Social Justice Initiatives 

Rabbi Joshua Brown, Temple Israel 

Rev. Michael Howard, Living Waters United Church of Christ 

Meeting in July to support Racial Justice at Antioch Baptist Church, to support reforms in Policing

12 Annual Hunger Walk, May 2, 2021

2021: Raised $34,000 for Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank
Chair, Nancy Williams

Photo of Annual Hunger Walk (2018);



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Previous Events: 

Author Dr. Bernard Powers, “We are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel”
Interfaith Harmony Choir
Interfaith Potluck ater annual Hunger Walks, for past 10 years
Annual Fall event 2019
Interfaith Social Justice: Vigil Against Racism; Say His/Her Name!
Over 200 people converged at Second Baptist Church for Vigil