Interfaith open houses of worship May 4

Online Staff Report

Rockford Interfaith Council is inviting the public to visit three area houses of worship in the Rockford area Sunday, May 4.

First, the group will visit Temple Beth El, 1203 Comanche Drive (one block east of North Alpine, just north of Guilford Road). Rabbi Binah Wing will greet and speak about the building, the Jewish faith and how Rockford has welcomed their community.

Second, people are invited to drive the three blocks to the Bahia Center, at 1600 N. Alpine in Highcrest Center (almost in the middle, with stairs leading down). At 3 p.m., member Judy Moe will welcome visitors and give a short tour and explain the tenets of the Baha’i faith.

Third, the last stop in the interfaith tour will be Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1703 S. Central Ave. Senior Pastor the Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Board will give a tour of this, one of the oldest and largest Baptist congregations in Rockford. The building is especially beautiful, as well as the local history.

Individuals or groups are welcome. People are encouraged to carpool or travel in their own vehicles.

The Rockford Interfaith Council has representatives from every major faith and many denominations who pray and work for a tolerant community. The Interfaith Council also hosts the annual Mayor’s Thanksgiving Service the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

For more information, contact Reid Ferguson, vice president of the Interfaith Council, at (815) 964-8852, or Rockford Urban Ministries at (815) 964-7111.

Posted April 30, 2014

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