Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

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."

Improving the lives of prisoners (and others) through meditation

January 28th — From the office to the hospital room, the benefits of mindfulness have been scientifically proven. In this session, we learn about various efforts to improve the lives of inmates through the practice of meditation.

“Airing Dirty Linen” — The film and the book

The Hoosier Renaissance Woman, Rev. Delores Thornton, has a new accomplishment to add to her list: she is the writer, director, and producer of a movie. Where’s why you should see Airing Dirty Linen.

Watch a film about Thomas Merton, then discuss it with the director

January 23rd — We are in for a special treat when A New View film series screens "The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton" followed by a discussion with director Morgan Atkinson

What’s happening in Central Indiana this week?

December 30 - January 6 ... the last days of 2019, the first days of 2020. What can you do to restore your spirit, body, and mind for the new year?

Karamu — Kwanzaa recipes

No one type of food is necessarily associated with this feast. Depending on the region, however, many families do serve sweet potato waffles, sweet potato pie or soup, besides fried okra, collard greens, and benne cakes.

Join the Community Menorah

If anyone is interested in celebrating with the Jewish community, throughout the holiday several different Jewish organizations will take turns lighting the large outdoor Community Menorah on the Max & Mae Simon Jewish Community Campus, which all are welcome to attend

Visions of Peace

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis has been exploring the birth stories of four remarkable religious leaders: Confucius, Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad.

“‘Opportunity to reflect’: Service honors 58 homeless who died in Marion County in 2019”

The bell at Roberts Park United Methodist Church tolled 59 times Friday — each of the known deaths of those experiencing homelessness in Marion County, and once more for those unknown.

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service

Around the country, communities host public events on or near December 21 to remember neighbors who have died homeless in the past year.

Blue Christmas — A Christmas celebration for non-Christians?

What is a good celebration for non-Christians to attend? Try a Blue Christmas service.

“What You Need to be Warm,” by Neil Gaiman

To raise awareness for Syrian refugees,, Nei Gaiman crafted a freeform public poem, "What it Means to be Warm."

Celebrating Yule & Solstice

We asked CIC board member Ashley Wagner for an explanation of the relation between the pagan celebration of Yule and the celebration of Christmas. As always when asked a question, Ashley illuminates!

Yule: Forerunner of Christmas

From 2 years ago: CIC's Kat Gagne explains some of the many ways that our modern celebration of Christmas draws from much older pagan practices in northern Europe.

Beyond Green Congregations to neighborhoods?

NPR reports on congregations that have embraced solar energy for their own buildings offering clean and cheap energy to their neighborhoods. Is that happening in Indy?

Interfaith Celebration of Life

December 14 — Many people first met Indiana Donor Network at the 2019 Indy Festival of Faiths. Learn more at their Celebration of Life