Interfaith Federation = Network of CongregationsWE are a network of congregations who share the religious value of compassionate love for our neighbor in need.
WE build bridges of understanding.
WE bear public witness to a vision of peace.
WE are a catalyst of change.
WE cultivate unity, justice, and peace.
WE feed the hungry through Holy Grill.
WE wage peace.
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More Information about Congregation Partnerships1986 - Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge formed (Originally called the Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues)
1987 - Holy Grill, Annual Community Prayer Breakfast and other programs launched
KEY DATES with Congregation-to-Congregation Pairings1992 - Black-White Dialogues among clergy begun
1994 - Community-Wide What Color is Community? A Citizen’s Town Meeting Followed by: Going the Second Mile Dialogue on Racism
1995 - In response to the burning of 30 black churches (primarily in the South) during an 18-month period from 1995-1996, the Interfaith Federation launched: Sustained Dialogues for Racial Harmony (based on the Kettering Foundation model) & Shared Meals (pairing of congregations across racial lines for meals, dialogue, etc.)
1996 - Congregation-to-Congregation partnerships formed crossing race and denominational lines. Two of these partnerships continue today:
- Elm Grove Baptist Church & St. Paul Lutheran Church
- Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church & Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge
CONGREGATION-TO-CONGREGATION (CTC)What? A partnership between black and white congregations
Why? Response to the love of God which calls people together to tear down barriers and build bridges, bearing witness to a new community which is not defined nor limited by color
How? Build relationships, listen, learn, be blessed by each other, and bless others
When? Each Congregation-to-Congregation partnership chooses its own timeline
Guidelines? Models and resources are available to assist and encourage the process
Contact Interfaith Federation office for more information.