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MLK Breakfast

Each year, Groton Interfaith Council hosts an annual potluck breakfast in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Traditionally, this event is held in close proximity to the civil rights leader’s birthday, and the theme of the breakfast focuses on community service as a way to honor Dr. King’s legacy of service.

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.

This year’s breakfast will take place on Monday, January 20, 2014. The Potluck Breakfast will begin at 9:00 am and will be held at First Parish Church of Groton. Bring your favorite breakfast treat and join the discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s speaker will be Maggie Monroe­-Cassel, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable quality housing through construction, rehabilitation and preserving of homes and communities. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built, renovated and repaired more than 600,000 decent, affordable homes sheltering more than 3 million people world­wide.

Originally from New York State, Maggie Monroe­-Cassel is an ordained American Baptist clergywoman. While serving churches in New York for 25 years, Maggie founded a Habitat affiliate and a local credit union, to pursue her belief in economic justice. Maggie will speak about the work of Habitat for Humanity locally but also about the roots of this organization which sprang up from amidst the American Civil Rights Movement.

For additional information contact Steve Boczenowski, President, Groton Interfaith Council (978-­448-­5013 or boczeno@gmail.com); or Judy Nauman, Secretary, Groton Interfaith Council (978-­808-­4881 or judy.g.nauman@gmail.com).

Christmas Tree Lighting 2013

On Sunday, December 8th, at 4PM, the Groton Interfaith Council hosted the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Town Common.Prayers, seasonal readings, and carols were accompanied by local musicians.

This year, the honorary tree lighters were Edie and Bert Tompkins, longtime Groton residents and enthusiastic supporters of the performing arts for children and adults.

Following the ceremony, Union Congregational Church hosted a reception in its Fellowship Hall featuring warm beverages and assorted goodies.

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A Response to the Marathon Bombing

We have all been saddened to read the news of the past week and we abhor the violence that has been perpetrated on so many innocent people.

The Groton Interfaith Council would like to remind everyone in our community that we should recognize that these acts of hate were conducted by a small group of troubled individuals. Until we learn more from reliable news sources, we should not conclude that they are representative of any group of people.

We also ask our community to remember that violence done in the name of any faith is a misrepresentation of that faith. During these difficult times, we would encourage everyone to stay calm, seek peace, and perform acts of kindness and compassion.

Let us seek to be among the peacemakers and open our hearts especially wide to one another in this time of stress and sorrow. The Groton Interfaith Council is an association of religious organizations and individual community members from the greater Groton area.

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.

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.

Gospel Concert 2013

On Saturday, January 12, at 4:00 PM, the Groton Interfaith Council will sponsor a gospel concert featuring the Boston Community Choir in the sanctuary of the First Parish Church.  The Boston Community Choir has become well-known throughout the Boston area for its inspired and uplifting performances.  In its special way, this choir is adding to the very rich and exciting history of gospel music.  This event is free and open to the public.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Groton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  This program is also supported in part by the Groton Trust Funds.

Christmas Tree Lighting 2012

On Sunday, December 2nd, the Groton Interfaith Council held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.  There were prayers, led by Groton’s clergy, and music, accompanied by the Groton Wind Ensemble.  And, of course, we lit the Christmas Tree – recently retired Town Moderator, Bob Gosselin, did us the honor of flipping the switch.

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.

Christmas Tree Lighting 2011

On Sunday, December 4th at 4:00, the Groton Interfaith Council hosted the annual Groton Christmas Tree Lighting service on the Town Common (across from Filhos).

This year, the honorary tree lighter was Marion Stoddart. The service also featured the singing of our favorite Christmas Carols, prayers and readings from four Groton clergy members, and the Groton Interfaith Brass.

Following the service, the Union Congregational Church hosted a reception with warm beverages and goodies.

Sukkot 2012

In Judaism, the sukkah is a temporary structure that symbolizes shelters in which the Israelites dwelt during 40 years of travel in the desert after leaving Egypt. This year’s GIC sukkah was felled prematurely by unusually high winds, but not before serving as the focal point of a joyful interfaith celebration of Sukkot on Sunday, kicking off the week-long harvest festival that follows the solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

Ramadan Break-the-Fast Dinner 2011

The Groton Interfaith Council welcomes the entire Groton community to a “Break-The-Fast” Pot Luck Dinner on Sunday, August 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the First Parish Church, 1 Powder House Road, Groton. We will honor our Muslim sisters and brothers who have fasted each day from sunrise to sundown for one month. Ramadan is “a sacred time for contemplation, good conduct, self-restraint, and generous giving to the poor” (Lahaj). Shua Arshad will give a short explanation of Ramadan followed by a joyous shared dinner. Any dish is welcome. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. For questions, contact Shua Arshad at 978-448-2103 orshuakarshad@gmail.com or Steve Boczenowski at 978-448-5013 or boczeno@gmail.com .