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August 2011 Interfaith Relations Newsletter - Student VideoChallenge VOTE at
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

August, 2011

Interfaith Relations Newsletter August 2011
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    Well we are heading into the final month of summer. I am amazed at how quickly June and July passed! This month I would like to share two reflections with you as we begin to get ready for the fall.  

     The first is a very personal note as my 30th birthday will be at the end of this month. As I reflect on my life, I am grateful for the privilege of working with many wonderful people of faith over the past three years during my time at IM. As I learn from those who I am blessed to work with on a daily basis, I find myself called deeper into my own faith tradition. One of my strongest beliefs is that as a Christian I am to reflect the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, humbleness, and gentleness of Jesus in my daily life. Some days I am successful through my actions, and other days I have still have room for improvement. Over the years, I have taken note of how my Muslim, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, LDS friends (and so many others) exemplify the command of Jesus to love others well. So as my 30th birthday arrives, I would like to thank my teachers from every faith tradition that inspire me to be a better Christian.   

      The second reflection is more of a moment to brag about our wonderful students at our annual iFaith Youth Camp. We maxed out our capacity at over 50 students this year. We had students from 9 different faith traditions. The youth had a great time learning about one another, the faith traditions of the world, serving the community, and even creating their own videos about the importance of interfaith work. As a matter of fact, we want YOU to go and vote on which video you like best here. Overall, the camp was a huge success and I am thrilled that our youth program continues to grow! It is my hope that we can provide tools, resources, and encouragement for our youth so that they are inspired and able to create a more peaceful and respectful society. You can learn all about our youth program here.

      We would like to thank our fabulous volunteers, our community presenters, and our generous sponsors. A special thank you goes to
The Baha'i Center for hosting our camp, and to St. Paul's United Methodist Church for providing bus transportation for our students. We are also grateful for our partners at the FBI, The Andulucia Center, Congregation Or Ami, El Farouq Mosque, the Chung Tai Chan Monastery, and Bread of Life,  who were an integral part of our camp programming!  The camp would not have been a success without all of the wonderful folks and organizations who supported us. Thank you everyone!!!    


We will have exciting events coming up in the fall, so stay tuned!        



Lauren Santerre
Director of Interfaith Relations
iFaith Campers make PSA Videos
Students Share, Learn & Lead  IFaith Bus


The PSA Challenge by the numbers:


52 students, were split into 3 teams, each allowed 2 hours of planning, given 19 images and 30 minutes of studio time, in order to produce ONE 30 second public service announcement.


VOTE for your favorite video here!

About the camp:


A three day camp focused on interfaith dialogue, community service, and leadership development.  


See the media coverage listed below:


Feedback from students and parents:


"THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!!! Some people told me this camp "made their summer"

"Thank you for an awesome three days!"


"ifaith camp should be longer. This was my first time, and i liked it. I can't wait for next year."


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Women's Interfaith Retreat

February 24-26, 2012

Camp Allen


We invite you to join together with women from various faith traditions and backgrounds for an intimate weekend together exploring the deep complexity of loving ourselves. We invite you to read all about it...  


Join us for a DIVINE weekend!



Keynote Speaker: Kristin Ritzau   

Workshops, Meditations, Small Groups and More....


Register Early for Our Best Rate!!

Semi-Private: $200.00

Private: $275.00










Dinner Dialogue in a Box
Questions for Dinner Dialogue Groups   Many of you have let us know that you are continuing to meet with your Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue groups and we are thrilled to hear that great news! Each month you will find in this section a few discussion questions that you can use for your follow up meetings!
We would love to hear about how your groups are doing and any activities that you all choose to do together! 

August Questions:  

1. "Honor God in prosperity and He will remember you in adversity."
                                                                                           --Prophet Muhammad  
What does your spiritual/religious life look like when life is going well? Do you find that draw closer to God/Spirit when you are enduring hard times? How do you honor God in prosperity?       

2. "Whoever loveth to meet God, God loveth to meet him."

                                                                                           --Prophet Muhammad 


What does this quote teach you? Do you feel that you have to be at a certain level of holiness or righteousness to meet God? Have there been times when you have felt that you were not "fit" to meet with God? Do you think there are pre-requisites for meeting with God?  

Do you have news to share?

The Interfaith Relations Department asks that all requests to promote upcoming events be received by the 3rd Friday of the month preceeding your event. Click here to fill out our line request form. Thank you!
In This Issue
Youth Camp 2011
Women's Retreat 2012
Dinner Dialogue in a Box

"Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions"


Resolving Disputes in Abrahamic Traditions 


August  16, 2011

Turquoise Center 

9301 W. Bellfort Ave.

Houston, Texas 77031


To register click here.

"Taize' Service"


August 18, 2011 

St. Paul's United Methodist Church 

5501 Main Street

Houston, Texas 77004


Taize is a mediative and ecumenical service with repetitive words and music and periods of silence. This practice allows one to invite God's presence to penetrate one's most innermost being.


For more info contact Donna Adair, Director of Communications

"Resonant Screams of Vedic Chanting"

August 19, 2011 

India House  

8888 West Belfort   

Houston, Texas 77031


Be in the serene divinity and saintly presence of a highly ordained spiritual master who was trained in the Himalayan Mountains.


Email for more info!

Women's Interfaith Iftars

Interfaith Iftars

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community



Women of all faiths are invited to come and learn about Ramadan, share their own religious traditions, and taste the iftar flavors of many countries. Entrance is free.


Every Wednesday in August


Baitus Samee Mosque

 1333 Spears Rd.

 Houston, TX 77067




2nd Annual Pink Iftar

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2011 Pink Iftar

 August 18, 2011



Dr. Elora Shehabuddin of Rice University will open the program with a discussion about Islamic Faith and Feminism.  Muslim women of diverse backgrounds will gather to welcome women from other faith traditions and lead a conversation about their life experiences and perspectives. Traditional Ramadan foods from around the world will be served alongside engaging conversation.  


Tickets are $45.  

Christ Church Cathedral

1117 Texas Avenue

Houston, Texas 77002


Information and Registration 



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