Thursday, July 16, 2020

2020 Proclamation

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 God we pray to – or none at all.

This Proclamation of Interfaith Awareness Week is important in that it reminds us of the many religions available to us. It publicly recognizes the diversity of our community… and the choices available in Grand Junction to pursue religious freedom.

ALL religions teach Love.

ALL offer a path to spiritual enlightenment and growth.

ALL provide hope for the soul’s journey to a greater expression of Life.

In these times of confusion and fear, having FAITH, a religion, can be the guiding light out of darkness. Pick one. Explore others. And you’ll discover that we have more in common than you might realize. Respect the differences and celebrate the similarities.

Not only are we all in this together… whatever religion you choose to follow … we are ALL children of that Divine Creative Energy called Life… One human family."

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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 organizations to "re-apply" and specify how they wish to be involved. 

One thing is now clear, Grand Valley Interfaith Network is an organization of "historical churches and congregations, faith-based agencies, spiritual communities, and other established religious traditions in the Grand Valley of Western Colorado..." Our Vision is "to create a harmonious life for all." 

We have much work to do... one step at a time... in faith... together.

For more information about GVIN, check out our twice-monthly newsletter or send us an email at: GrandValleyInterfaithNetwork@gmail.com

Thursday, April 9, 2020

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.


Monday, March 23, 2020

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.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A video about Inclusivity in Grand Junction

The video (link below - approx. 11 minutes) was shown at a February gathering of religious leaders and congregants in Grand Junction. It was followed by small group discussions related to diversity, racism, inclusion, and similar topics. The event brought many people closer together. It also gave people the opportunity to explore their own biases, beliefs, or welcoming nature.

The video is entitled "GJ Inclusion." It's a thoughtful presentation. Are we as welcoming as we declare to be? Let it begin with me.
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Inter-religious Sharing & Lunch - Members of GVIN ask: Who is God?


The Baha'i Community hosted our 5th Inter-religious Sharing in their lovely home in Grand Junction on Feb. 26th, 2020.

Five religious leaders spoke on the topic "Who is God?"   Two denominations of Christianity represented by The Heart of Grand Junction and The Spirit of Life Church; also present were members of the Baha'i faith and Family Federation for World Peace.

 

There was a beautiful spirit of sincere listening and freedom to share openly with one another. We all appreciated each faith's understanding of God. We all got to know each other a little better over good food, dessert and coffee.


For Your Entertainment & Consideration

Something fun to explore: an e-newsletter from folks at Spirituality & Practice (FEB 21, 2020). A look at movies, books, DVDs, practices, holidays, etc. from different religions and cultures. Enjoy!

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