Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

CIC wishes you a joyful Thanksgiving!

The Center for Interfaith Cooperation celebrates Thanksgiving as America’s most inclusive holiday. We grapple with the challenges of our past, while struggling to forge new traditions by welcoming newcomers.

A relatively new part of the Thanksgiving tradition is “Giving Tuesday,” a national day of generosity that this year is on November 27th. Please consider making a donation to the Center for Interfaith Cooperation this Giving Tuesday.

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Why are we at CIC grateful?

We are thankful to the first members of the Interfaith Leaders Circle, donors who very generously make the work of CIC possible — the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, Second Presbyterian Church, and the Jewish Community of Greater Indianapolis. (If you would like to learn how your congregation or community organization can join the Interfaith Leaders Circle, please contact Charlie Wiles at

We are thankful to the dozens volunteers who pitched in to make the Indy Festival of Faiths and the Annual Interfaith Banquet such great events. (Please start making plans to join the next Interfaith Banquet March 24th, 2019, at Martin University, where we will honor Imam Michael “Mikal” Saahir as the 2019 Interfaith Ambassador of the Year.)

We are thankful to partners such as Butler University and Marian University for helping organize educational programs such as the New View Film Series and the Interfaith Lectures. (The next New View film: “The Lemon Tree” on Thursday, January 24th.)

We are thankful to CIC’s remarkable board members who organize the Living Room Dialogues, which may offer the most enlightening conversations about different religions the city has to offer. (The next Living Room Dialogue will be Wednesday November 28th at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, where we’ll discuss the Unitarian experience of family life.)

Most of all, we are grateful to the Central Indiana community for joining us when we need to stand in solidarity with religious groups that feel threatened and vulnerable. We are proud to serve a community that mobilizes hundreds, even thousands of people to protest and grieve acts of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of intolerance.

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Please remember CIC on Giving Tuesday

The work of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation seems to grow more urgent every month. This isn’t only because for many Americans, religion is a source of fear and divisiveness. For a large majority of people in this country, religion is one of the most important aspects of their lives. We strongly believe that the challenges we face in our community cannot be solved until people of all religions work together to solve them.

The CIC would have no chance of success if not for our sponsors, our volunteers, our partners, and our board members.

We need you too. With your help, we will be able to:

  • Broaden the audiences for CIC’s programs and events, including reaching out to provide corporations with religious literacy training and helping prepare the next generation of religious leaders.
  • Expand CIC’s service programs, including the Interfaith Coalition for Mental Health and our AmeriCorps program, the Interfaith Enrichment Corps.
  • Create more opportunities for interfaith dialogue with young people in middle and high school.

How can you be part of CIC’s work? Here are a few simple ideas.

  • Consider making a donation to CIC through credit card or PayPal here.
  • Mail a donation check to:
    Center for Interfaith Cooperation
    1100 W. 42nd St. Suite 125
    Indianapolis IN 46208
  • Help us get the word out by using social media, using @IndyCIC and the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
  • Post pictures of why you love CIC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Be kind to someone, and be sure to be thankful every day.

Thank you again for supporting the work of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. Working together, we are sure that the best days of our community lie ahead of us!

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