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Program for An Interfaith Meditation: Prayers for the Pandemic
January 17, 2021 2:00 pm
https://bit.ly/InterfaithMeditation Click here to register

Prologue :
Madeline Breen, OPA, Dominican Associate of Peace

Welcome:
Kathryn Ress, LISW-S Chair Akron Area Interfaith Council

Opening:
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

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

Hope:
Rabbi Joshua Brown, Temple Israel

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

Please join us for a virtual event, “An Interfaith Meditation: Prayers for the Pandemic”, Sunday, January 17, 2 pm.

Join faith leaders from many parts of Akron as they share meditations and prayers to lament, heal, and find hope in these difficult times. Click here to register https://bit.ly/InterfaithMeditation

Photo of Annual Hunger Walk (2018); Raised $34,000 for Akron Area Food Bank in 2020

MISSION

The Akron Area Interfaith Council (AAIC) 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.

VISION

We envision a strong network of faith communities that collaborate to make our city a haven for all.

HISTORY

The AAIC was founded in 1980, when Akron area faith leaders collaborated toward better understanding. From the start, the AAIC focused on issues of peace, finding common denominators among different faith traditions. Members do not proselytize, convert, or emphasize one view over another.

CURRENT MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES

AKRON-CANTON REGIONAL FOODBANK

AKRON FIRST SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 

BAHA’I FAITH

BATH UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

BETH EL CONGREGATION

CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOR

DOMINICAN SISTERS OF PEACE

FAITH LUTHERAN, FAIRLAWN

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF AKRON 

GLOBAL TIES AKRON

HINDU COMMUNITY

ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF AKRON AND KENT

JEWISH COMMUNITY BOARD OF AKRON

NEW COVENANT COMMUNITY CHURCH

ST. HILARY PARISH

TEMPLE ISRAEL

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF AKRON

UNITY CHAPEL OF LIGHT

WALSH JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL

WISH – WOMEN’S INTERFAITH SPIRITUAL HERITAGE

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The organizational structure of the AAIC includes a nominated and council approved 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 Council Executive Board

Kathy Ress, President
akronaaic@gmail.com

Alan Fortnoff, Vice President
afortnoff@gmail.com

Constance Dubick, Secretary

Noor Najjar, Co-Treasurer
najjarnr@aol.com

Judy DiNardo, Co-Treasurer
tdinardo@att.net

BYLAWS

Click here to read the AAIC Bylaws

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