“There will be peace on earth
when there is peace among the world religions.” (Hans Kung)
The InterReligious Council (IRC) of Central New York was founded in 1976 to bring together the wonderfully diverse array of faith traditions in our community, with the belief that engagement among these different faith groups would lead to understanding, friendships and a collaborative strength to address community issues. Today, this remains the essence of our work.
The IRC promotes compassion, cooperation and partnership among the diverse faith traditions in Central New York with the goal of increasing understanding and harmony among all people. We do this through education and dialogue.
We also provide advocacy and human care through our six social service programs which serve people in need, including refugees, the elderly, the disabled, and the institutionalized. As a result, thousands of people in our community are enabled to live better lives as our neighbors.
“If you picture Central New York as a tapestry of all colors and sizes and shapes,
then the IRC is the ribbing that gives it shape and holds it together.”
~ Stephen A. Rogers
“I think about recent world events based largely on misconceptions and religious intolerance… and then I think about how blessed we are with an organization right in our midst that stands for religious harmony and a mission of bringing faith communities TOGETHER in mutual respect and understanding. What better time than now to support the InterReligious Council.” ~ Aminy I. Audi
The IRC provides EDUCATION, SERVICE, AND DIALOGUE
through the following:
- Inter-religious educational forums, lectures, and exploratory exchanges.
- Inter-racial dialogue circles for adults and youth.
- Assistance, support, resettlement and training services for refugee and immigrant individuals and families.
- Advocacy programs for the homebound, frail elderly and disabled.
- Spiritual care for the hospitalized and institutionalized.
Center for New Americans
Community-Wide Dialogue to End Racism
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Spiritual Care Program