“From Compassion to Justice” Thanksgiving Interfaith Program

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Interfaith Council presents the 23d Annual Mayor’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Program, with the theme "From Compassion to Justice: Working Together Now that the Election is Over”.

This event takes place starting at 3pm, Sunday, Nov. 18, at Fisher Memorial Chapel, Rockford College, 5050 East State St. The program lasts 90 minutes.

The program features the Reverend Christopher Pierson, Director of Connectional Ministries for the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Special music will be provided by Womansong Chorale directed by Roberta Flaherty, and Gospel Singer Aaron Bolden.

Faith communities of Rockford will offer 1minute prayers include Hindu, Native American, the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, Jewish, Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Christian, Buddhist, Unitarian Universalist, and Muslim. Refreshments will be provided.

A free will offering will be taken for the women’s outreach ministries of Womanspace.
People are invited to bring canned goods for local food pantries. The event is free and open to the public.

The Reverend Christopher Pierson currently serves as Director of Connectional Ministries for the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Chris also serves as Chair of the Peace with Justice/United Nations and International Affairs work area of the General Board of Church and Society and serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America.
Prior to serving in his current position Chris served for seven years as Director of Outreach and Witness Ministries. Chris has extensive experience and training in community organizing, non-profit development, diversity and anti-racism. He has become known for faith-based legislative advocacy and interfaith relations work.

The Rockford Interfaith Council co-sponsors the annual Thanksgiving Interfaith program with the Mayor’s office. They host regular meetings and have representatives from every major faith who pray and work for a tolerant community.

Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey says, “The City of Rockford is committed to partnering with faith-based organizations to support our mission to provide assistance and guidance to the members of our community.”

For more information, call Phyllis Peterson, treasurer of Rockford Interfaith, 815-633-0492.

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