Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, Inc.
77 Sherman Street
Hartford, CT 06105

CCIU Members attend “Peace to Peace” event in New Haven, CT organized by Yale medical students
CCIU Members attend “Peace to Peace” event in New Haven, CT organized by Yale medical students

Welcome to the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding (CCIU).

For over 14 years CCIU has been working to advance the goals of interreligious understanding, respect, and religious pluralism in the Greater Hartford area. As people of faith we believe that learning about each other's religion in an honest, open and respectful atmosphere is vital to the thriving of our society and culture.

To accomplish these goals CCIU has engaged in a variety of educational activities including, issuing public statements on religious issues, dialogue luncheons, and lectures, and seminars that are geared towards providing an honest and educated exploration of its member religious groups.

Our organization is made up of at least two representatives from the following faith groups: Baha-i Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Unitarian Universalism. Our Board meets monthly in the Greater Hartford area. For more information on our organization please visit or contact us. We welcome people of all ages, and religious backgrounds.

Please join us in promoting interreligious understanding through our society and world. View our brochure.

H. Bruce McEver to Speak at Richard B. Griffis Award Dinner
NCCJ and West Hartford Schools will be Honored

CCIU will be honoring two great organizations and four wonderful people at its upcoming celebratory dinner on June 9th at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, CT. We would love to have you join us, which you can do by downloading and filling out the invitation found here: Download Invitation

The National Conference for Community and Justice along with its Executive Director, Andrea Kandel will be cited for their work to promote understanding and respect for all races, religions, and cultures over the past 80 years. Their work continues to touch the lives of many people, young and old, in the Western Massachusetts and Central Connecticut region with innovative programming that addresses prejudices of all kinds.

The West Hartford Public Schools is being recognized for its support of CCIU's project to reduce religious illiteracy in the classrooms of Connecticut schools. Superintendent Karen List and Social Studies Department Supervisor Jessica Blitzer will be honored for their willingness to help teachers from many area high schools improve their ability to include religious understanding in course work. Prof. Diane Moore, of the Harvard Divinity School, will also be honored as the inspirational leader of the seminar work with area social studies teachers.

The keynote address will be presented by H. Bruce McEver, founder of the Religious Literacy Program, Chairman of Berkshire Capital, and supporter of poetry who is also a published poet in his own right. He will explore the difficult and vital issues at work in his longstanding concern with the need for today's world citizens to understand and respect religious traditions beyond their own.

Please join us for this great event honoring people and organizations who do such important work in our region. Send in your acceptance, which you can download here.

Hartford Seminary President Heidi Hadsell to speak at Annual meeting June 19th

We're holding our Annual Meetingon Thursday evening, June 19th -- and we hope you can come.

We'll talk a bit about the projects we've been working on this year -- in education, the arts, and the multi-religious / multi-cultural sharing of wisdom & ideals. We'll also share our thoughts about where we hope to venture next.

But the most important part of our evening will be a vigorous & thoughtful discusson on "The State of Interreligious Understanding" -- at the global *and* the local leve. Heidi Hadsell, Hartford Seminar president and CCIU board member, wil share her experiences in dialogue, relationship-building & partnerships over this past year -- experiences accumulated through travel to destinations near & far. And allof us will engage in conversation about the challenges & rewards of *interreligous understanding* as we have experienced it -- likely on a much more local scale.

Here are the basics: add this to your calendar, let us know you're coming, and we'll see you soon!

***If you're a friend & supporter of CCIU, but not a current member, you can join AT the meeting. ***
***Bring your dues, and we'll sign you up!***

DATE & TIME: Thursday evening, June 19th, 2014 - 6:45 - 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Asylum Hill Congregational Church - 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford
PROGRAM: Refreshments~Business Meeting: Reporting of Activities & Plans, Elections, Appreciations~
Keynote Address ~ Q&A~Conversation
RSVP to: CCIU co-chairs: Shyamala Raman ( *or* Carol Fay ( by June 16th

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