Pilgrimage: a journey of a pilgrim or wayfarer, especially : one to a shrine or a sacred place. (Merriam-Webster.com)
Purpose: To foster an interfaith exchange while raising funds to combat family homelessness in East Hawaiʻi and encouraging our community to exercise.
Join the interfaith community on Wednesday, March 1, 7-8:30 pm as we kick off our Virtual Interfaith Pilgrimage at Church of the Holy Apostles in Hilo. There will be brief presentations on each faith community, as well as displays to help us get to know our faith community.
Then join us from March 1-April 9, 2023, as we log our walking/running/biking mileage while “following along” on a virtual route connecting participating places of worship in an overall pilgrimage route.
Participants can gather donations by encouraging their supporters to pledge either a fixed amount for each mile they walk or a fixed amount for completing the mileage for the overall virtual route.
All donations and funds will go directly to Hale Ka Po’e Keiki (Homes for Children), ICIA’s signature fund that provides support for local nonprofits working to end family homelessness in Hawai’i County.
Interfaith Communities in Action (ICIA), with member congregations representing a good portion of the religious traditions of East Hawai’i, will hold a special Interfaith Service Toward Hope at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 13, at Community of Christ in Hilo.
“One of the tasks of religious traditions has been to foster compassionate and caring societies,” said the Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor of Church of the Holy Cross UCC and President of ICIA. “In these days of significant social divides and amidst many stresses, we seek to recommit ourselves to that goal.”
The service will center on local religious leaders from Buddhist, Christian, and Jewish traditions who will speak about the ways that their traditions have understood and nurtured civil society. Attendees will also be asked to consider the things they have learned in their households of faith and to comment on those disciplines. Musicians from various faith communities will participate as well.
Community of Christ is located at 1842 Kinoole St. in Hilo.
About Interfaith Communities in Action: ICIA has engaged in interfaith networking, education, fundraising, and service in East Hawai’i since 1999. In 2022 they launched their first Walk to End Family Homelessness. Member communities include Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities of a variety of denominations.
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