More than the basic talking points and tour, Imam Amsal offered some remarkable insight as he taught us more about beliefs and practices – – as everyone seemed to collectively recognize pieces of their own religious experience, tenets, and beliefs – it was a remarkable time that we shared. After the lesson, both Imam Memic and Imam Mehmedovic took questions and invited us and others to continue growing and building these relationships.
We gathered at Samaritan Center for July and what an amazing day it was … here are some pictures from the day. Thanks to all who worked to make the day just picture perfect -it is easy to list the many reasons one might be grateful to God on these kinds of days and we thank Father Paul Drobin for doing just that as he blessed the delicious food and offered a prayer of thanks to God before we shared the meal. See you all next month. I can already imagine the smell of the hamburgers and hot dogs and smile as I recognize the warm spirit each of our luncheons has been blessed with – we invite you to come and experience one for yourself. Bring a friend. Drop us a note to get on the invitation list.
Our Ramadan Gathering at Bosnian Islamic Mosque on Court Street
We had a very special night as [Imam] Amsal taught about Islam, Ramadan, – then we prayed – after which we all gathered for the most amazing feast … [Imam] Ahmedin -and the families from the Kossuth Street Mosque were there as well and collectively were the most humble and gracious hosts – it was like a huge family Sunday dinner from my childhood. It was just the greatest night. The Mayor of Utica stopped by with some friends -Michael Arcuri , Sonny Greco -others I don’t know – the pictures speak for themselves -it was the perfect interfaith gathering and celebration of Ramadan… as you can see from the pictures.
A pic from a gathering – a Candlelight Vigil – at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Utica as many around the world continue to pray and reflect on the recent madness in Florida – in the photo are Rabbi Cassi Kail, Imam Amsal Memic, Reverend Eve Stevens, and Reverend Jeanne Kumbalek.
The Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica invites you to feel the warm Spirit of unity and enjoy the company of our interfaith group at the Bosnian Islamic Mosque on Court Street in Utica.
Imam Amsal Memic – welcomes you to experience a unique and remarkable opportunity to learn and experience a night of Ramadan with his congregation and ICGU.
Whether a Christian, a Jew, or a Buddhist – a Mormon or a Presbyterian …or just a curious neighbor – …you are invited to celebrate a Ramadan Fast Breaking Gathering and meal tonight – Wednesday June 22 – beginning at 8:15 PM. 306 Court Street, Utica.
The Imam will teach about Ramadan, lead those who wish in prayer – after which there will be an amazing feast and time to make new friends.
June 19 @ 5 pm – Prayer Vigil – Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica Please scroll down for new announcements and details…
Updated June 14th 2016 Ramadan Breaking Fast Gathering and Meal at Kossuth Street Mosque…
A truly special invitation for you to experience a traditional Ramadan Breaking Fast Dinner at the local American BH Islamic Center of Utica.
Imam Ahmedin Mehmedovic will teach about Ramadan and share in a very personal way his insights into its historical traditions, meanings, and origins.
After the teaching, we will join Ahmedin and the congregation in prayer and then share the most amazing meal – with the most amazing people – you can imagine!
There is no charge
Ladies, please, headgear is respectfully requested.
We are sorry for the short notice – and urge you, even so, to try and make it to this unique and [promises to be] unforgettable evening with Imam Ahmedin, and his congregation. Many of you recently felt the wonderful spirit as we shared time during a recent luncheon.
Wednesday June 15th from 8:15 PM – unknown
Our Gathering Place will be at…
407 Kossuth Avenue, Utica, NY 13501
American BH Islamic Center of Utica
The Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica invites you to attend a prayer vigil Sunday, June 19th at 5pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church Of Utica
10 Higby Rd, Utica, NY 13501
Leaders from a variety of Utica area faith communities will offer words of peace, comfort, and solidarity as we heal as a community and a nation one week after the tragedy in Orlando. We will sing, pray, and light candles, spreading the love and light in every human heart throughout our community so that all may feel more welcome, safe and loved.
Parking available at 10 Higby Rd and adjoining property as well as GPO Credit Union across the street
Statement of solidarity [In Response to recent events in Florida]
The Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica stands together against violence and hatred. In the days following the largest mass shooting in the United States, we seek to offer support to the family and friends of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people who were targeted by a heavily armed gunman in Orlando, Fl. This is time to reaffirm our belief that hatred and violence are not legitimate aspects of any religious teaching.
Last week gunmen attacked a restaurant in Tel Aviv killing 4 citizens of Israel. Bombs in Damascus this weekend took dozens of lives. Local Jewish leaders have experienced cyber bullying and hate mail because of their identity. People claim that they are killing in the name of their religious beliefs.
Identity based hate and fear are not religious beliefs. As community leaders of many faiths in the Greater Utica area, we stand united against bigotry, fear, hatred and violence. When one person is attacked because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, we are all diminished.
We want to be certain that if anyone is feeling afraid that they may be targeted because of who they are, we will defend you. We will support your right to dignity, safety and freedom. Check out our website at interfaithutica.org and let us know how we can support you.
We are planning a candle light vigil on Sunday June 19 at 5 pm at the Unitarian Church on Higby Road in Utica. This will be an opportunity to come together as a community to stand against fear and hate.
Rev. Jill Farnham-Us
Rev. Jeanne Kumbalek
Rev. Jeff McArn
Rev. Robert Umidi
Prof. S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate
Rev. Eve Stevens
Please Note we hold our monthly Interfaith Luncheons on the 1st Wednesday of each month. You can block it out on your calendar every First Wednesday – rain or shine 11:30 – 1:00 and sites are posted below.
Next Luncheon Wednesday July 6th @ St. Anthony’s/St. Agnes Catholic Church
A Few Memories from recent Luncheon Experiences
Listed Below Are Future ICGU Luncheon Sites
April 6 – Veteran’s Outreach Center Vincent Scalise, Executive Director
May 4 WERC – Women’s Employment Resource Center
June 1 St. Anthony’s/St. Agnes Catholic Church – Father Mark Kaminski, Pastor
July 6 Samaritan Counseling Center – Picnic on the lawn[back up at 1st Presbyterian]
August 3 – Parkway Center
September 7 – Court Street Mosque
St Louis Gonzaga –tentative October 5 Open Date – check back