Interfaith Partnership Turns 30 in 2015!
Thank you enormously to all our wonderful 30th Anniversary supporters as we continue with our $10,000 drive through till May 22, the actual anniversary of incorporation. If you haven’t had the opportunity to be included in this membership and contribution effort – it’s not too late!
Greetings Interfaith Partnership Members and Friends,
Thirty years ago this spring, then Missouri Secretary of State Roy Blunt signed an incorporation document to what was called at the time “Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis.” There were five signing directors. The stated purpose of those visionaries, among other phrases, was “to bring together people of religious faith and conviction in the common goal of increasing resources available to address the needs of the poor.” The period of duration of the corporation was noted as “perpetual.”
Love that word, perpetual! Those earnest founders understood that there would always be social ills to address. The needs would be ongoing. As one of the nation’s oldest interfaith organizations, much has been accomplished locally to advance interreligious understanding, engagement and service. And, yes, there’s still much to be done – to work tirelessly to combat the impoverishment of religious intolerance and hatred through ever-expanding educational, social, celebratory and service events. Recent upticks in violence at home and abroad should cause us to redouble our leadership efforts to turn public perceptions of diversity from threat to promise. Interfaith Partnership is in a time of resurgence. We currently boast 30 different faith groups represented and a host of partnering organizations. The time for expanded energies is now!
Maybe you’ve been involved in the work of Interfaith Partnership for many years. Or maybe you’ve just come aboard recently – attended an educational event or an Annual Dinner at the behest of a dear friend or found us online, and something about this perpetual effort strikes a resonant chord. No matter where you are on the spectrum of Interfaith Partnership participation, you are vital to building an engaged and informed St. Louis.
By May 22, the anniversary of our incorporation, we hope to raise $10,000 in contributions, and/or new, upgraded or renewed membership dues to strengthen IP’s ability to act effectively. With each dove (see below), we’re closer to our goal. Ambitious? Yes. We can do this together. Perpetual? That’s why we’re still here – for the next thirty!
How to participate in 30th Anniversary Giving
- To become a member or renew your membership, fill out this membership form and then pay either through PayPal or by mailing a check to IP at 483 E. Lockwood Ave, Suite 107, St. Louis, MO 63119
- To give an anniversary gift, pay either through PayPal or by mailing a check to IP at 483 E. Lockwood Ave, Suite 107, St. Louis, MO 63119
Our Faithful Friends – Contributors Toward our 30th Anniversary Goal
These givers have contributed gifts or membership dues toward the 30th Anniversary Goal of $10,000. This list includes households, individuals, congregations, corporations, businesses, entire faith groups, etc. We are enormously grateful for the support of all.
Rev. Dr. Warren Crews and Mrs. Mary Jane Crews $35
Mr. Jerome and Mrs. Mary Wuller $35
Rabbi Neal and Mrs. Carol Rose $50
Mrs. Stefany and Mr. Fred Brot
Rabbi Neal and Mrs. Carol Rose $50
Ms. Asma and Mr. Hashim Raza $35
Vedanta Society of St. Louis $200
Mr. James and Mrs. Susan Stepleton $35
Mr. Ghulam and Mrs. Attia Malik $135
Dr. Syed and Mrs. Maliha Abdul-Aziz
Dr. Behrad and Dr. Shohreh Majidi
Shia Islamic Education Center $100
Mr. Ron and Mrs. Gwen Moitzfield $35
Mr. Naseer and Mrs. Tanvir Ahmad
Diversity Awareness Partnership $100
Mr. Stan and Mrs. Jean Margul $100
Mr. Merrill and Mrs. Elaine Boudreaux $100
Emmanuel Episcopal Church $500
Ms. Maryl Walters, C.S.B. $400
Community Action Agency of St. Louis County $100
Mr. Paul and Mrs. Patricia Hintze
Dr. Sultan and Dr. Ghazala Hayat
Church Women United of Metro St. Louis
Dr. David and Mrs. Marie Oughton
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church $250
St. Louis Association United Church of Christ $500
United Hebrew Congregation $500
Mr. James and Ms. Terry Coleman
Mr. Jack and Ms. Annette Heller
Dr. Billie and Mr. Marvin Mayo
Mr. Gregory and Mrs. Nancy Robinson
Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Ellen White
Mr. William and Mrs. Ann Miller
Mr. Martin and Mrs. Margaret Israel
We update this list weekly. If you have sent a gift and don’t see your name, please contact us in the office at 314-918-2541.