History & Vision

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.


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


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.

For centuries religion has been misused to cause wars, hate and division world-wide. The 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.