Interfaith Week, Blood Drive and Movie Night

The Grand Valley Interfaith Network (GVIN) is coordinating and hosting two public events during “Interfaith Awareness Week” (August 5-11, 2018), as well as encouraging its members / faith leaders and their respective congregations to participate in these inclusive activities or host similar, independent events that support humanity and our similarities through love and kindness.

It is the intention of GVIN to raise awareness of the many ways the organization and its faith leaders interact with and befriend one another, and how we can mutually support our neighbors regardless of our preferred religion, spiritual beliefs, or secular affiliation.

This is GVIN’s first year participating in this week-long recognition of all world religions in conjunction with other interfaith groups across the country, initiated by the California Interfaith Association (www.cainterfaith.org). GVIN recently submitted a request to the City of Grand Junction to recognize the second week in August as “Interfaith Awareness Week” via a proclamation reading by City Council.

GVIN is also promoting a week-long community blood drive through St. Mary’s Blood Center (750 Wellington, Entrance 22 / North side of building) from August 6-11. Congregants of all faiths are invited to donate blood Monday-Friday (8:00a-5:30p) or Saturday (8:00a-12:00p). An Interfaith poster will be displayed to acknowledge GVIN’s involvement and member donors are asked to place an available sticker on the poster for their participation.

To encourage donations, the Blood Center is having a “Pint for Pint” drive in August. Each person who donates a pint of blood will take home a pint of ice cream! The Blood Center also provides water and snacks to those who donate.

Private screening rooms are utilized to complete the intake process. Most of the population is eligible to donate blood. All you need to do is show up, bring your driver’s license, answer a few questions, and see if you’re eligible to donate either blood or plasma. As this Center supplies blood to seventeen hospitals on the Western Slope, all blood types and donations are welcome. For more information, check their website: www.StMaryGJ.org or call the Blood Center at 970-298-2555.
Faith leaders and members of GVIN will end the week by hosting a movie night on Friday, August 10, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church (631 26-1/2 Road, GJ 81506). Water and light snacks will be provided. The movie “ONE” will be presented on a love offering basis. The public is invited to share in this event.

The documentary-style movie (80 min.) is described as “a contemporary journey toward a timeless destiny” and features teachers and religious leaders from around the globe. They wrestle with the big questions of life and humanity’s efforts to see the world as ONE.

The Grand Valley Interfaith Network was originally incorporated on November 2, 1977. It consists of historical churches and congregations, faith-based agencies, chaplaincies, and other established faith traditions in the Grand Valley of Western Colorado.

The purpose of the GVIN is to foster friendship, coexistence, communication, collaboration, and cooperation between the faith communities of the Grand Valley. GVIN seeks to provide a means for coordinated community service and action, to foster opportunities for learning and mutual support, and to serve as a clearing house of information and resources between the community and the members.

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