IDENTITY

The Triangle Interfaith Alliance is an organization of people of diverse faiths committed to building and encouraging interfaith relationships and communities of collaboration, care and compassion.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the TIA is to promote understanding, religious tolerance, acceptance, education and respect among all faith groups who are interested in interfaith work in the hopes of building compassionate communities to benefit Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas of the greater Triangle. To this end, the TIA seeks to:

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Provide a trusted and credible moral voice in the community
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Provide a positive and unifying influence in shaping the nature of our society and building better communities
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Provide educational opportunities to explore and learn about the various faith traditions and spiritual expressions germane to the Triangle area
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Break down barriers by people joining together in a safe environment, engaging in thoughtful, reasoned, respectful discussion, to search for and work together for the common good of all.

MISSION

The TIA seeks to offer hope by providing a grassroots, non-partisan, statewide, faith-based organization where all people of good will can participate by:

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Promoting the insight and wisdom of religion and spirituality as a positive force in life, and as a reconciling and unifying influence in our society
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Uniting behind shared beliefs of ethical and moral principles and behavior
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Being an influence in shaping the nature of our society by engaging in human rights issues
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Promoting harmony, trust and understanding among all faiths, races, groups and all people
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Fostering friendships and partnerships
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Providing mechanisms and resources (information, education, expertise, cooperative activities, etc.) to build compassionate community

HISTORY

The Interfaith Alliance of Wake County was initially encouraged to come into being by the National Interfaith Alliance. Although there has been no formal or legal affiliation between the two organizations, the TIA has maintained ongoing communications with the National Organization.


A few members of the Raleigh area Jewish and Christian communities initiated the Interfaith coalition in 1996, and other groups, such as the Muslim and Siikh communities, joined after 9/11/2001.


The name “Interfaith Alliance of Wake County” was later changed to the “Triangle Interfaith Alliance” to be more inclusive of a broader area.