MIM and Monroeville Public Library partner to host “Sanctity of Life” panel

Dozens of interested community members joined the religious leaders of MIM this week for a panel discussion on "the sanctity of life," followed by a time of Q&A. Religious leaders spoke from their own traditions about concepts such as the value of human life, how to protect human life and what makes life holy. The panelists included: Dr. Salah Almoukamal, Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh Rev. Buena Smith Dudley, African Methodist Episcopal Church Deacon Michael Kelly, St. Bernadette Catholic Church Harilal Patel, Hindu-Jain Temple Rabbi ...

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Trib: “Series exploring Monroeville’s religions, interfaith dialogue through March 14”

The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium and member congregation Monroeville United Methodist Church were featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Series exploring Monroeville's religions, interfaith dialogue through March 14  By Emily Balser | Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, 8:27 p.m.   About 40 people came to Monroeville United Methodist Church on Monday to learn about other religions as part of the church's new series, “Understanding the Religions of Monroeville.” “My hope is to help build understanding and build bridges of respect,” said the Rev. Ed ...

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Trib: “ACLU, ministerium happy with Monroeville’s moment-of-silence decision”

The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium was featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: ACLU, ministerium happy with Monroeville's moment-of-silence decision By Emily Balser Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, 8:09 p.m. Updated 20 hours ago Political and religious leaders in Monroeville say they anticipate positive changes from the municipality's decision to replace prayer at its council meetings with a moment of silence. Even the American Civil Liberties Union, which threatened a lawsuit on behalf of a resident who complained to the group, said it is pleased that ...

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Post-Gazette: “Monroeville Council to start meetings with moment of silence”

The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium was featured in an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Monroeville Council to start meetings with moment of silence January 12, 2016 10:31 PM By Deana Carpenter Starting next month, Monroeville Council meetings will begin with a moment of silence and not the Lord’s Prayer, which had been recited at council meetings in the municipality for nearly five decades. Council voted down an invocation ordinance Tuesday tonight that would have called on various community religious leaders to lead council in prayer prior to ...

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Trib: “Monroeville Council drops meeting prayer”

The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium was featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Monroeville Council drops meeting prayer By Emily Balser Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 11:00 p.m. Updated 15 hours ago Monroeville officials decided Tuesday not to move forward with a proposed ordinance that would have allowed local religious leaders to open meetings with an invocation. Instead, they unanimously decided to go with a moment of silence to begin council meetings in place of a prayer. The moment of silence was suggested by the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium, ...

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TRIB: “Pittsburgh-area religious leaders fear Trump remarks fan intolerance”

The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium and its member Dr. Salah Almoukamal were featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh-area religious leaders fear Trump remarks fan intolerance Getty Images Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for a campaign event at Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds on Dec. 5, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa.   By Natasha Lindstrom Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, 11:04 p.m. Western Pennsylvania religious leaders spanning Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist faiths convened an ...

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MIM responds to Monroeville Council prayer controversy

The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium has issued the following statement in response to reports that the Monroeville Council may face legal action over its practice of beginning council meetings with the Lord's Prayer: December 4, 2015 Dear Mayor Erosenko and Members of the Council, As member congregations of the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium, we believe that the power of prayer guides each of us to live our values. As a diverse community, we also believe that no single tradition’s prayer represents all of the religions of Monroeville. Therefore, we ...

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MIM houses of worship observe 2015 Thanksgiving Gathering

In contrast to acts of hate and intolerance, the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium came together for its annual Thanksgiving Gathering on November 24, 2015 hosted by the Monroeville United Methodist Church. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Unitarian Universalists, Sikhs and Bahais led prayers, chants and hymns in thankfulness for the diversity of America. A collection benefited the three Monroeville food pantries. To learn more about our ongoing work, explore this site at www.mimcares.org.

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Trib covers MIM’s Community Conversations

MIM's work to address issues of poverty in our community was covered by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Local, religious leaders to meet on poverty issues facing Monroeville residents By Gideon Bradshaw Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, 7:21 p.m. A local group is looking to learn more about the unmet needs of residents in Monroeville and surrounding areas. Local officials and religious leaders began holding community conversations as an offshoot of the Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium — a coalition of about 19 member groups in Monroeville and nearby communi...

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MIM houses of worship, president featured in Trib

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The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium received some good press in an August Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article about the many religious traditions represented in the Monroeville area. Rabbi Barbara Symons, MIM President, is quoted several times in the article, which is reprinted below:   Monroeville offers melting pot of faiths By Gideon Bradshaw Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, 7:21 p.m. Most Sundays, Dr. Tejinder Singh Bal travels from Youngstown, Ohio, to Monroeville with his wife and mother to attend services at the Pittsburgh Sikh Gurdwara — the ...

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