Mission and Vision

MISSION: The Groton Interfaith Council is an association of religious organizations and individual community members in Groton, Massachusetts. The mission of the Groton Interfaith Council is to foster understanding, respect, justice and peace among people of a variety of religious traditions through worship, fellowship, education, and service.

VISION: Inspired by our different faiths and our common values, we thus bind ourselves together in association for mutual enrichment and community service and agree to honor the differences among us in theology, polity, worship, and practice. Together we will seek ways to create more understanding and acceptance of people of diverse religions and cultures.

GIC Recipes: Chanukah Potato Latkes

If you’ve been to an event hosted by the Groton Interfaith Council, you know we have talented chefs among us who always bring delicious home-made treats. So we’ve decided to start sharing some of our tastiest recipes. Here’s one from a GIC member from the Groton Jewish community, she will be making her famous potato pancakes for Chanukah:

Latke Recipe
Makes 12 latkes

  • 3 potatoes, peeled 
  • 4 Tablespoons grated onion (my ratio is one onion to every 3 potatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • Oil about 1/2 inch high in frying pan (add more as needed)

Put peeled potatoes in Cuisinart until mushy.  Put potatoes in a strainer to get out the water. Chop onions finely with a knife or in Cuisinart.  Mix onions with potatoes and eggs, flour and salt.  Heat oil in pain.  Place mixture in heated oil, making small pancakes.  Cook on both sides until lightly brown.  Remove and put latkes between paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Serve with applesauce or sour cream. 


Pictures from Global Fusion: A Musical Exploration of Faith and Culture

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our music program, “Global Fusion: A Musical Exploration of Faith and Culture.”  About 200 people in attendance, plus those watching on video recorded by the Groton Channel, were swept up by a spirit of peace and a feeling of goodness. This was a room filled with people of many faith traditions who all share a belief that love, peace, respect, and understanding are the way we should live. It is our hope that events like this one can help break down barriers and make this world a more understanding and respectful place.  

Global Fusion: A Musical Exploration of Faith and Culture

Sunday, September 15th, 3:00-5:00

Sponsored by the Groton Interfaith Council (GIC)

Music is a universal language which is used, understood, and enjoyed by people of diverse ages and backgrounds. This event will include musical presentations from faiths represented on the GIC: Muslim, Native American, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Unitarian, and more! Our goal in organizing this event is to present the surrounding communities with an opportunity to experience something new, and to foster respect and recognize the humanity in our fellow women and men. We hope attendees and participants will see the commonalities and differences between their own beliefs and that of others, and see that diversity is enriching.

Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (represented on the GIC) –
616 Great Rd., Littleton MA

Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Project

Sunday, March 24th, 2-4pm @ First Parish Church in Groton – 1 Powderhouse Rd, Groton, MA

Amy and Josh Degen have been coordinating a volunteer effort to restore a Jewish Cemetery in Bialystok Poland since the summer of 2016.  They established a nonprofit 501c3 called The Bialystok Cemetery Restoration Fund. 

The Bagnowka cemetery is the only remaining Jewish cemetery in Bialystok; a city which had a Jewish population of 150,000 up until 1941 before the Nazis invaded.  Only 1,000 Bialystok Jews survived, and today there are less than 5 Jews in Bialystok.
Come and learn about the Degen’s Project and their quest to ‘Right a Wrong’.

Coffee and desserts will be provided.

For more information email grotoninterfaithcouncil@gmail.com

Groton Community Tree Lighting 2019

GROTON COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2019 AT 4:00 PM 

The Groton Interfaith Council will again host the annual Groton Community Tree Lighting ceremony across the street from the Community Tree at Union Congregational Church, Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm. The tree lighting ceremony will feature music provided by members of the Groton Brass Ensemble and the Nashoba Valley Concert Band, readings, blessings and prayers by members of the Groton Interfaith Council, and the singing of Carols. Each year, the Groton Interfaith Council honors a citizen or group of citizens by asking them to be the honorary tree lighters, an honor bestowed because they have made significant contributions to the town. This year we will be honoring representatives of the Groton Center, who have just cut the ribbon for a brand new beautiful facility opened earlier this month and built on the site of the former Groton Senior Center. We will also be honoring the folks who were instrumental in bringing this beautiful new community resource to fruition. 

Immediately following the tree lighting, Union Congregation Church will host a reception inside the church with warm drinks and goodies. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information contact Nadia Madden, 781-640-4814, Judy Nauman, 978-808-4881, or Marie Melican, 978-448-8224.

The Groton Interfaith Council was established in 2009. Any worship community, faith tradition or individual in the Groton area interested in furthering the group’s mission may apply for membership. The Groton Interfaith Council’s mission is to foster understanding, respect, justice and peace among people of a variety of religious and faith traditions through worship, fellowship, education and service.

Groton Community Tree Lighting

GROTON COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017 AT 4:00 PM
The Groton Interfaith Council will again host the annual Groton Community Tree Lighting ceremony on the front lawn of Union Congregational Church, Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm. The tree lighting ceremony will feature the singing of Christmas Carols, prayers and readings by Groton clergy, and music provided by members of the Groton Brass Ensemble and the Nashoba Valley Concert Band. Each year the Groton Interfaith Council honors a citizen or group of citizens by asking them to be the honorary tree lighters, an honor bestowed because they have made significant contributions to the town. This year we will be honoring Groton’s First Responders. Representatives of the Groton Police Department and the Groton Fire Department will light the tree.

Immediately following the tree lighting, Union Congregation Church will host a reception inside the church with warm drinks and homemade cookies.

The event is free and open to the public.

Waking in Oak Creek screening and talk on April 29, 2017

The Groton Interfaith Council, in conjunction with the Groton Police Department, is sponsoring a showing of the film “Waking In Oak Creek”, a 34 minute documentary about a hate crime shooting in a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, and the community’s inspiring response to the tragedy. The film will be followed by a panel discussion which will include Groton’s Chief of Police, Donald Palma and two people who are featured in the film.

The focus of the film and the discussion afterwards is how the town came together and learned about each other, working together to embrace their differences and to build a stronger community. It is the Groton Interfaith Council’s intention to also bring this focus to our community, as we welcome a large, new Shirdi Sai Parivaar temple this summer, and to continue fostering conversations in our town about our differences and our commonalities.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 pm. at the Groton Middle School Performing Arts Center, located at 344 W. Main Street in Groton. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

All are welcome, although there are parts of the film that can be disturbing to see, and it may be more appropriate for older teenagers and adults.

The Groton Interfaith Council, established in 2009, is made up of members representing various churches, worship communities, faith traditions and individuals in the Groton area. The mission of the Interfaith Council is to foster understanding, respect, justice and peace among people of various religious and faith traditions through worship, fellowship, education and service.

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Join GIC on MLK Day

REPRESENTATIVE OF FUTURE GROTON HINDU TEMPLE TALKS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AT ANNUAL GROTON INTERFAITH COUNCIL POTLUCK BREAKFAST

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Groton Interfaith Council is once again hosting the Annual Community Pot-luck Breakfast. This year will feature an enlightening presentation by Neelkanth Mishra of the New England Shirdi Sai Parviaar Temple and its approach to social justice and community service. There will be ample time for discussion following his presentation.

The event will begin with breakfast at 10:00 AM at the First Parish Church (UU) in Groton on Monday, January 19, and the speaker will follow.

The event is free. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

This annual breakfast is one of many community events sponsored during the year by the Groton Interfaith Council. The Council was begun in Groton in 2009 with the mission of fostering understanding, respect, justice and peace among people of differing religious and faith traditions through education, fellowship, service and worship.

Christmas Tree Lighting 2014

Groton Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 7, at 4:00 p.m.

The Groton Interfaith Council will host the annual Groton Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the front lawn of Union Congregational Church this coming Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4:00 pm. The service will feature the singing of Christmas Carols, prayers and readings from representatives of Groton clergy. The honorary tree lighter this year will be Betsy Sawyer, the Groton Middle School teacher who has been the leader and inspiration for hundreds of Groton students who have created the Big Book–Pages for Peace. Joining Betsy in the lighting of the tree will be a number of her students.

Immediately following the ceremony Union Congregational Church will be hosting a gathering inside the church for some warm drinks and goodies.