Hickory – The Catawba Valley Interfaith Council (CVIC) recently organized by forming a board of directors, elected officers, created CVIC Executive Committee 2016by-laws, and formed a constitution. Their mission is to be a group of faith-based and secular communities serving as a catalyst for hope and cooperation with dialogue, information sharing, and celebration. Their purpose is to honor the rich variety of religious, spiritual, and secular traditions in our community. The group will work to be a forum and force for greater understanding; human enrichment, justice, and peace. CVIC wants to provide a voice for the vulnerable and defenseless, and advocate for the wise stewardship of the earth and its resources.

CVIC is planning a “Fostering a Compassionate Community Forum” on July 28, 2016 at 7:00pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hickory. The forum will include ten minute presentations on a variety of topics followed by a time for questions and answers. Speakers and their topics will be Rabbi Dennis Jones of Temple Beth Shalom (Trust); Rev. Karla Woggon, Episcopal Church of the Ascension (Respect); William Keener, Hickory Humanist Alliance (Human Enrichment); Duston Barto representing Islam (Understanding); and Rev. David Roberts, Morning Star First Baptist Church (Cooperative Spirit). Each speaker will share about about the faith community they represent, and what they bring to help create a community where all are accepted and respected. Individuals, clergy, lay representatives, and others from faith-based and secular communities are strongly encouraged to attend.

The CVIC Executive Committee of the Board of Directors includes President Rev. Don Flick, Church of the Master UCC; Vice President Min. Michelle Mathis, Exodus Missionary Outreach Church; Secretary Dr. Barbara Laufer, Temple Beth Shalom; and Treasurer Mick Berry, President, Church of Latter Day Saints.

The community forum is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rev. Don Flick 828-495-8400 or jodonplace@aol.com.

Photo: The Executive Committee of the Catawba Valley Interfaith Council are:  
Left to Right Front Row: CVIC Secretary Dr. Barbara Laufer, Temple Beth Shalom; CVIC Vice President Min. Michelle Mathis, Exodus Missionary Outreach Church  
Left to Right Back Row: CVIC Treasurer Mick Berry, President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; CVIC President Rev. Don Flick, Church of the Master UCC