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Honoring MLK Day 2021

In our commitment as members of GVIN to fulfill its statements of Purpose… Cooperate in efforts that will serve the community as proponents of human dignity and agents of compassion in seeking to meet essential human needs; Offer opportunities for community worship, spiritual celebrations, shared learning activities, fellowship, and service; Exchange ideas and resources among members; Enrich our common ties around shared principles and hopes; and Demonstrate positive acceptance of religious diversity and share such information in the Grand Valley communities.  … we have provided several short videos about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his sacred work to unite people in the 1960’s. In one interview he talks about needing a “revolution of values” in order for government leaders and the citizens of this country to find common ground. In many ways, what Dr. King describes then applies to today’s political and societal challenges…more than 50 years

ThanksGVIN 2020 Event Results

Grand Valley Interfaith Network (GVIN) presented its annual ThanksGVIN Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude November 24 via a “virtual” service recording. It is now available on GVIN’s YouTube channel and their website. The theme was “Gratitude in the Midst of Crisis.” This year’s recipient of all encouraged donations is Grand Valley Peace & Justice. Peace & Justice shared recently that donations received thus far are over $4,000. Additional contributions continue to come in and are welcome. For more information about this organization and to make a donation, visit: https://gvpeacejustice.org/ and follow the DONATE links. The donations help Peace & Justice to provide food bags to those without a home, living in shelters or elsewhere. The demand is high, especially during a pandemic. Other organizations are also sharing in the distribution of food items: Volunteers of America (for Veterans), Center for Independence (for persons of disability), the Blessing Box at the UU

ThanksGVIN Goes Virtual

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Grand Valley Interfaith Network (GVIN) usually presents an annual ThanksGVIN Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude event on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. However, due to COVID restrictions this year, GVIN has gone virtual! UPDATE:  Here is the link to the one-hour video service:    https://youtu.be/Sh8KS26UBTk On Tuesday, 11/24/20, GVIN will launch its first “virtual” service recording, complete with speakers, music, and gratitude. Filming took place last week at First Congregational United Church of Christ ( https://www.uccgj.org/ ), the 2020 church host for the event. After video production is complete, the recorded service will be available on GVIN’s YouTube channel and their website. Video recording and production was organized by Rev. Dr. David Dethmers and completed by their office administrator, Rev. Beth Rakestraw. The virtual event included short presentations on the topic by leaders of GVIN’s member organizations. The theme is “Gratitude in the Midst of Crisis.” This y

2020 Proclamation

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Grand Valley Interfaith Network accepted the 2020 Proclamation for "Interfaith Awareness Week" (August 3-9, 2020) at the Grand Junction City Council meeting on Wednesday, July 15th. Chair Carla Ryan accepted the document after Councilman Chuck McDaniel read the Proclamation to those in attendance. Here are the words GVIN's chair then shared with the audience: " Thank you, members of the Grand Junction City Council, for inviting me here today to accept this Proclamation on behalf of Grand Valley Interfaith Network. In these times of economic hardship, social injustices, and disappointments in political leadership – it’s easy to blame others for our difficulties. However, it’s important for us to remember that we ALL have a responsibility about how and what we create as our future… as a community AND as individuals. We have a choice about how we think and respond. We have a choice about how we live or what job we take or skills we develop. We have a choice about what G

June Newsletter & Updates

The June newsletter theme is "Connections." It's a good reminder of what's important during a time of separation from a pandemic virus, racial tensions, political divides, and religious differences. At Grand Valley Interfaith Network (GVIN), our spiritual community leaders courageously and compassionately address these and other issues within our individual congregations and as an organization of various religious beliefs.  GVIN has taken many steps in recent months to redefine what it is as an organization. Step-by-step the leadership board has sought the counsel of its committed members and friends to determine what direction is best for the organization, and then created a Task Force to implement those directives. The Bylaws have been reviewed, revised, and approved. A "Covenant of Cooperation" has been written. The decision to define our membership (Member or Friend) also was recently approved, with the next step being for the existing and supporting org

Resources in 4/10/2020 Newsletter

The early April issue of the GVIN-TAKE newsletter has an extensive list of local community resources amid the COVID-19 challenge... provided by one of our GVIN members. If you or someone you know is seeking help for food or housing challenges, check out the websites and what is offered. Some deadlines may apply. Stay healthy. Be well.

Inspiring Our Community

During this time of social distancing or personal retreats in an effort to slow the COVID-19 virus and keep ourselves and others safe from illness, we may seek inspiration to get us through. If that is the case for you, check out the GVIN Facebook page to read selections posted by the GVIN community and its religious/spiritual/faith leaders. ( https://www.facebook.com/GrandValleyInterfaithNetwork/ Be sure to LIKE GVIN's page for future inspirational postings and other information about projects and events once we return from this wellness retreat. Prayers & Blessings to you all. # # #