Greater Nashua Interfaith Council

This profile was last updated in 2005

History

The Nashua Council of Churches was founded in the 1940s to establish a dialogue among the churches in the Nashua area. In the 1990s the members of this organization become an interfaith council, expanding their welcome to local synagogues, the Islamic community, the Spiritual Assembly of Bahais, and the Soughegan Valley Interfaith Council. The Nashua Area Interfaith Council has grown over the last several years and now works with many organizations in the Nashua area, including hospitals, the city government, and local newspapers.

Description

The Nashua Area Interfaith Council believes there is unity and strength in their God-given diversity. They gather as an interfaith council of congregations, organizations, and individuals to create a climate of understanding, respect, and education. They worship together to promote unity before God, to support collaborative interests of their faith communities, and to serve their community and world.

Building and Space

The Nashua Area Interfaith Council does not have a central building location, but uses members’ churches, synagogues, and centers for their gatherings.

Activities and Schedule

This interfaith council is extremely vibrant and active. From September to June, they hold monthly breakfast meetings from 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Each meeting begins with a prayer, followed by a presentation on a topic of interest, ranging from issues of depression to communication with the city government. This presentation is followed by announcements, a question and answer session, business and financial information, and concludes with members sharing their concerns and joys. Aside from these monthly meetings, the Nashua Area Interfaith Council also sponsors annual events such as a Crop Walk and a “Children of Abraham” series that hopes to increase understanding of the common roots of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They also sponsor an interfaith book study, interfaith discussions on prayer, and a New Hampshire Youth Interfaith Council to educate and create a dialogue between youth of different religions. Please visit their website for more information on activities (www.nashuainterfaith.org).

Demographics

Nashua Area Interfaith Council attracts over 25 communities from the greater Nashua area. This includes 19 churches, 2 synagogues, the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of Nashua, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Salvation Army, Greater Nashua Interfaith Hospitality Network, the Emmaus Institute, and Home Health and Hospice Care. They also work in conjunction with the Soughegan Valley Interfaith Council.