Interfaith Opportunities



                                    Neighbors by Kate Forman

ION is

a lay interfaith network

that strengthens

 participating religious
congregations for

education and


UN and Vatican team up
for climate change agenda

AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP

        Pope Francis shakes hands with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon during their meeting at the Vatican on April 28, 2015. 

       The U.N. chief praised Pope Francis for framing climate change as an urgent moral imperative, saying his upcoming encyclical, combined with a new round of U.M. climate talks in Paris, provide an "unprecedented opportunity" to create a more sustainable future for the planet.

ION, founded in 2005,

now has 16 participating faith communities:  

Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Unitarian

Hampshire Mosque, Amherst 

Naz Mohamed - ION Convener

South Congregational Church, Amherst 

Lee Bridegam

First Congregational Church, Amherst

Bob Stover

                    First Congregational Church, Hadley                        
 Urshula Wood  

Goodwin Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Amherst
Judy Brooks

Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst 
Zina Tillona

Hope Community Church, Amherst
Scottie Faerber

Melba Larson

Jewish Community of Amherst
Frieda Howards

Marian Center, Holyoke
Miriam Najimy, DHM

Mount Toby Friends Meeting, Leverett
Frank Gatti

Newman Center, UMass
Christina DiMarco-Crook

Turkish Cultural Center - Western Massachusetts
UMass Rumi Club, Amherst
Havva Ozturk

Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
Mary Beth Seminario

Wesley United Methodist Church, Hadley
Doris Newton


Barbara Jenkins, Assistant Convener
Bonny Vaught, Webmaster
Joan Lindeman, Founder

Check this ION calendar for

Jewish-Christian-Muslim-Unitarian festivals and events