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    CIC is still in the community

    Category April 19, 2020 | Add Comment

    Just because we are sheltering in place doesn't mean the Center for Interfaith is not still engaged in the community.

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    Love! in the Time of COVID-19

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    Religious groups are essential for helping their most vulnerable congregants to avoid social isolation. Volunteers can keep in contact with those who are particularly suffering because of the absence of community worship services.

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    Social connecting while physical distancing

    Category April 18, 2020 | Add Comment

    Meeting on Zoom or witnessing a virtual worship service is different than interacting with our fellow social beings in the real world. But it's an opportunity as well as a challenge. If you are spending most of your time at home, you can more easily engage in conversations that might have been possible before the lockdown.

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    Celebrating Holy Days under lockdown

    Category April 17, 2020 | Add Comment

    Let's use this time as an opportunity to learn more about the beliefs and practices of our neighbors ... and when we can come together, let's join them in their Sacred Spaces.

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    Quarantine news you can use

    Category April 17, 2020 | Add Comment

    Every day we search for interfaith news stories from around Central Indiana, the United States, and the world. Here are our latest recommendations.

Indy faith leaders: How does the city return to in-person worship?

It’s a discussion faith leaders across the country are having: How can churches and synagogues balance the right to worship while considering public health because of the coronavirus? It’s a conversation faith leaders in Indianapolis want to continue having.

Deaths of Despair and the Role of Religion

Religious community associated with fewer deaths from suicide, drug, and alcohol

Wesley Stevens — Meet n Interfaith Enrichment Corps member

Wesley is serving at UNITE INDY; working with churches and ministries to develop capacity and new connections.

May 20 — A virtual discussion of Sabbath and sacred rest

How do we do “Sabbath?” And what is “Sabbath” anyway? Sabbath is sacred intentional time we take for rest and returning to our core. During this session, we will talk more about what Sabbath means, why we need it, and provide tools to build your own Sabbath!

“New drive-thru food pantry opens in Castleton”

This story is about Faith Hope Love & Love Community, a nonprofit supporting churches' missional food pantries and based in the Indiana Interchurch Center. Great job, Merlin and colleagues!

Making your home a Sacred Space

During these stress-filled times, it can be difficult for those with faith practices to be away from their sacred spaces. However, it is important to keep our distance from one another in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some tips for bringing sacred space into your home while keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe.

A message from Central Indiana’s religious leaders

The Carmel Interfaith Alliance drafted this pastoral letter regarding the COVID-19 lockdown, and invited toher relgious leaders to sign it. CIC's board was well-represented among the signatories.

Carmel Interfaith Alliance — Pastoral Response to Reopening

"We urge congregations to refrain from in-person religious gatherings, including worship. Decisions to return to in-person gatherings should be based on science, the best practices recommended by public health officials, and in consultation with the leaders of our faith communities."

“Has Religion Surged During COVID-19 Pandemic?”

What has been the experience of you and the people you know during the crisis? Has religion become more or less significant? What is likely to be long term changes in beliefs and practices?

Letter from Archbishop Thompson to Buddhist Community

One of the important interfaith events of 2019 was Pope Francis's visit to Asia. There he engaged in dialogue with Buddhist leaders and invited the world's Buddhist communities to join Catholics in fighting against injustice and war. This letter from Archibishop Charles C. Thompson of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis reflects the spirit of Pope Francis.

“As American Muslims fast this Ramadan, maybe the rest of America should consider joining in”

Imam Omar Suleiman is the founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and an Islamic studies professor at Southern Methodist University.

Afshan Paarlberg: Faith, Family and Service

This report comes from good firend of CIC, Afshan Paarlberg. Afshan is one of the drivers behind OBAT Helpers work to empower the dispossessed and vulnerable in Bangladesh. She's also VP of the board of directors of Exodus.

IEC member Elsa Kunz on how she is supported by service and faith

We’ve asked members of the Interfaith Enrichment Corps how they are serving remotely during the lockdown. Some share the spiritual resources on which they are drawing. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the

IEC member Maryam Sobhani reflects on the crisis

We've asked members of the Interfaith Enrichment Corps how they are serving remotely during the lockdown. Some share the spiritual resources on which they are drawing.

“New drive-thru pantry near Castleton needs community support”

Before it can open, it's looking for support from the community. It's looking for tables, chairs, floor mats, a large or commercial refrigerator, and 10 steel shelving units.

How IEC member Sophia Spencer is spending her quarantine

One of the many, many casualties of the current public health crisis is the Interfaith Service Corps, the AmeriCorps program CIC ruuns. Members continue to serve their hosts, albeit remotely.