The Interfaith Initiatives Program provides chaplaincy services to as many as 2,000 persons each month in hospitals, nursing homes and correctional facilities throughout Onondaga County. Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Interfaith chaplains offer worship services, study groups, spiritual counseling and prayer for those in need of solace and spiritual support.
The Interfaith Initiatives Program’s Spiritual Care Day is an annual educational event held every October in conjunction with Crouse Hospital. Participants, including clergy, chaplains, medical professionals, social workers and volunteer caregivers, enjoy a breakfast together before listening to an address on a timely subject designed to support their caregiving work in the community.
InterFaith Works organizes the annual InterFaith Dinner Dialogues hosted in private homes and other gathering places throughout Central New York. More than 200 people come together across many faith communities to share a meal and participate in facilitated dialogues about faith. Dialogues address the challenge of building peace by promoting acceptance of religious and cultural differences to build bridges and eliminate hatred and suspicion.
Each year in February, InterFaith Works celebrates World Interfaith Harmony Assembly, in conjunction with the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week. Almost 500 people gather to spread the message of harmony and tolerance by showcasing and celebrating the many faith traditions in Central New York.
The “CNY Inspirations” interfaith column in The Post-Standard and on Syracuse.com is coordinated by the InterFaith Works’ Director of Interfaith Initiatives. Inspiring articles, written by area leaders who represent a wide variety of faith traditions, educate readers about the diversity of faiths and inspire them to learn more. Click here to read CNY Inspirations columns.
The Interfaith Initiatives Program also administers the Clergy Parking Card distribution. For a $30 annual fee, ordained clergy and lay leaders can park at area hospitals free of charge while visiting constituents in hospitals, nursing homes and correctional facilities.
For more information about the Interfaith Initiatives Program, contact Rev. Gracious Moyo at (315) 449-3552, ext. 111, or email email@example.com
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