Giving Thanks for ALL
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The Interfaith Resource Center strives to encourage and equip faith communities in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore by providing support and resources, so that all may study the scriptures, share the faith, serve others, promote interfaith understanding and praise God.
How do we respond?
On the evening of June 17, 2015, a mass shooting took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Nine people were killed, including the senior pastor and state senator, Clementa C. Pinckney. A tenth person was shot and survived. Police arrested a white suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof, in Shelby, North Carolina the morning after the attack.
On August 5, 2012, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page fatally shot six people and wounded four others at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Page committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after he was shot in the stomach by a responding police officer. Page was an American white supremacist and United States Army veteran from Cudahy, Wisconsin. Apart from the shooter, all of the dead were members of the Sikh faith.
On April 13, 2014, a pair of shootings committed by a lone gunman occurred at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement community, both located in Overland Park, Kansas. A total of three people were killed in both shootings. The suspected gunman, described as a man in his seventies, was taken into custody. The suspect was later identified as 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. of Aurora, Missouri, originally from North Carolina. He was a Neo-Nazi and former political candidate.
The common fact in all of these horrific incidents is that one person ended the lives of many innocent people by the use of a gun. Mental illness, hatred, or evil ideology may have been the root causes of these heinous acts, but no matter what the reason or excuse or cause… killings keep happening, and little if anything is being done to stop it.
If it only takes one person to commit such vile acts, why can not a multitude of those of us who stand in pain and solidarity with the victims of such violations against humanity do something to interrupt, change and stop this from happening again, and again, and again? Black Lives Matter! Jewish Lives Matter! Sikh Lives Matter! My life matters and your life matters!
To at least begin the search for solutions, to begin the dialog with others, here are some resources that the IRC has on its shelves for your use. But, don’t just read a book or watch a movie about racism, sexism, cultural difference or religious plurality… begin to talk with each other about your own prejudices and discomforts with difference, and seek together the ways to fulfill the desire “that we all may be One”.
Cultural Diversity Sourcebook by Dr. Bob Abrams
Cultural Diversity Fieldbook by Bob Abrams
Where the Edge Gathers by Yvette Flunder
Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? B. McLaren
Slave Religion by Albert J. Raboteau
Defending Black Faith by Craig Keener
Divinity and Diversity by Marjorie Suchocki
Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell
Race Matters by Cornel West
Race, Religion and Racism by Frederick Price
IRC Operating Hours
Open 9 AM to Noon
Monday - Thursday
302-477-0910... call before you come
Please check the schedule for our Holiday Hours
Or call for appointments - 302-477-0910
As we enter the season of Religious celebrations and formation, please remember that the Center has a multitude of resources to educate, illuminate and recreate our spiritual lives. If you know what you are looking for, give us a call... If you don't know what you are looking for, give us a call. If we have it, we will check it out to you. If it is not an item in our catalog, we will consider getting it so that you can check it out.
Welcome to the IRC... Your source for faith resources
The Interfaith Resource Center is a Theological Lending Library offering support to faith communities. Member congregations pay a small yearly fee for many benefits, including:
- Approximately 10,000 resources (DVDs, CD's, curricula, and books) on a wide range of topics. Our large reference section includes William Hawley Clark Ecumenical Library. See our on-line Card Catalog.
- All resources available at no additional charge.
- Handicapped accessible.
- Professional consultations and program coordinators to aid lay and clergy in program planning.
- Dependable resource delivery - USPS (UPS delivery at additional charge).
- Resource displays at conventions, meetings and workshops.
- Quiet space for clergy to come and spend a day in study or reflection.
Directions: I-95 to Exit 8 (North 202). As you leave the exit ramp, follow North Rte.261, (Foulk Road). Stay on Foulk Road, passing the Public Library and Brandywine High School. Good Shepherd Church is on your right and you will turn into that neighborhood to enter the church parking lot. The Center will be located at the far end of the Church complex, just off the back parking lot. Please come and see our new location after August 12, 2013.
Mission Statement: The Interfaith Resource Center strives to encourage and equip faith communities in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore by providing support and resources, so that all may study the scriptures, share the faith, serve others, promote interfaith understanding and praise God.
Special Thanks to the Board of the Interfaith Resource Center
The Rev. Bruce Gillette, Limestone Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE, President
The Rev. Patti Collette, Wyoming UMC, Wyoming, DE
The Rev. Ted Day, Ebenezer UMC, Newark, DE
The Rev. John Riley, First Presbyterian, Smyrna, DE
The Rev. Deacon Sheila Brigid Sharpe, Immanuel Highlands, Wilmington, DE
The Rev. Kathleen Ierien, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Wilmington, DE
Dennis Siebold, Wilmington, DE
The Rev. Sheryl Allston, Principio UMC, Perryville, MD
Dorothy Cutting - Recording Secretary
Executive Director: Sister Barbara Jean Brown
Participating Judicatories: New Castle Presbytery
Pen-Del Conference UMC
Interfaith Resource Center
1530 Foulk Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19803