Past Events

TIA Annual Dinner – February 2019

The Triangle Interfaith Alliance held its annual dinner on February 21, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The well-attended dinner included a panel discussion on volunteerism featuring representatives from the U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants, HOPE International, Habitat for Humanity, with additional information provided by and Rise Against Hunger.  Delicious food was provided by Tandoor.  We were all edified by Bill Bingham who was honored with TIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  A sincere “thank you” to all who participated and attended.  We look forward to a 2019 filled with interfaith service, deepened relationships and greater understanding.

Interfaith Initiative Cleanup for Hurricane Florence Victims – October 2018

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, William Calhoun coordinated an Interfaith Initiative to bring together a group of Buddhists and Mormons who joined willing hearts and hands to clean up over 8 large trees that had been felled by Hurricane Florence on 2 properties near Rocky Point, NC. Each job ended with a prayer of dedication and blessings with the grateful homeowners.

TIA Annual Dinner – February 2018

Location: Islamic Association of Raleigh
Theme: We Are All One
Speaker: David Crabtree, news anchor, WRAL TV

Peace Booth – October 2017

The Peace Booth is a visible presence at the North Carolina State Fair that lets fairgoers know that there are viable alternatives to the militarism and violence.

TIA Annual Dinner – February 2017

Location: Church of Jesus of the Latter Day Saints, Cary
Speaker: Jill Bullard, co-founder of the Interfaith Food Shuttle

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County was interested in kicking off a Program to build affordable Houses in the Raleigh area with volunteers from various faith communities in the Raleigh area. TIA organized an info meeting about this new initiative and invited members of local faith groups & Habitat for Humanity. The ‘Interfaith Build’ Program has been building one affordable house in the Raleigh area for the past 5 years or so.

Meeting with Foreign Students

For past few years, TIA board members have taken part to meet with foreign students studying at NC State. The purpose of these sessions is to explain the TIA mission & activities and also answer any question they may have on any religion. TIA Board members have also met with Middle East delegations invited by the US State Department, to expose them to multi faith communities in the US.

Amazing Faith Round Table Dinner Discussions

A few years ago, on an annual basis, TIA organized pot luck dinners with members of different faiths to meet at host’s home. These dinners were meant to increase understanding of other faiths, with dinner conversations in a pleasant & friendly setting.

Rise Against Hunger

A few years ago, TIA worked with Rise Against Hunger (previously Stop Hunger Now) organization, in raising funds & volunteers from various faith groups in the Raleigh area to organize a food packaging activity at their warehouse facility in Raleigh. This event not only helped in making 10,000 packages ready to be shipped to needy areas, but also gave a hands on experience to many volunteers from different faith groups. Thus, this worthwhile service activity was brought to the attention of more faith groups.

Festival of Lights

A Festival of Lights Celebration was held at CUCC to bring people of different together to share their cultural customs of celebrations that take place during late Fall – such as Diwali for Hindus, Hanukah for Jews, Christmas for Christians which all include lighting candles / lamps as part of celebrations. A pot luck dinner with dishes from different faiths was enjoyed by all attendees.

TIA Annual Dinner – February 2016

Location: Held at Temple Beth Or
Topic: Social Justice from a Jewish Perspective
Speaker: Rabbi Lucy Dinner

TIA Annual Dinner – February 2015

Location: Temple Beth Or
Speaker: Imam Khalid Griggs, associate chaplain of Muslim life at Wake Forest University

TIA Annual Dinner – February 2014

Location: Temple Beth Or
Speaker: Dr. William J. Barber II, President of the North Carolina NAACP and leader of the Moral Monday Movement will speak on the upcoming Historic Thousands on Jones Street Rally and the impetus behind this growing movement

Sikh Gurudwara Special Service – April 2013

Location: Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina
The Sikh Gurudwara of NC held a special service to accommodate a group of Seminary students and their professor from The Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest. There was a brief service consisting of singing of hymns, a retirement of the Guru Granth Sahib (their Scripture), a brief presentation, and an opportunity for questions and answer followed by a vegetarian meal (Langar). 

Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues – Nov 2011 & Nov 2012

An evening of dinner and dialogue with a trained facilitator who will guide the discussion based on specially designed dialogue cards. Participants are assigned to host’s homes to assure diversity and encourage dialog.

Triangle Interfaith Alliance Community Dialogue – April 2011

Location: Avent Ferry United Methodist Church
Topic: New Beginnings
Speakers: Baha’i: Jack Thatcher, Native American: Lana Dial, Sikh: Dharampal Singh Rihal

TIA Annual Dinner – February 2011

Vigils Against Violence – January 2009

A vigil for all of Raleigh’s 2008 homicide victims
2008 witnessed a devastating rise in the number of homicides in our city. 34 members of our community were killed in acts of violence. Currently there is an overwhelming silence from the community after loss of life due to violence. We feel violent death deserves reflection and response, not complacency – especially when so many violent deaths involve young people in their teens and twenties. We feel that to ignore this violence is to implicitly accept it. Vigils Against Violence encourages the changing of community norms from a passive acceptance of violence to an active rejection of it on moral, ethical and spiritual grounds.

TIA Annual Meeting – January 2009

A look back at 2008, as well as upcoming programs and interfaith work for 2009.
Guest Speaker: F. Nelson Stover. Mr. Stover is President of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Cultural Affairs International. ICA’s mission is to advocate for and actualize the fundamental right of all peoples to define and shape their own futures, toward the goal of realizing sustainable, just solutions to human challenges.

World AIDS Day Interfaith Worship Service & AIDS Quilt Panels – November 2006

Several TIA members participated in the World AIDS Day Interfaith Worship at First Baptist Church and viewed the AIDS Memorial Quilt, an ever-growing national art project honoring those we have lost to AIDS.

Vigils Against Violence – November 2006

We can give thanks for the low number of homicides generally in Raleigh, yet take note of two more lost lives. The scene is the 1100 block of S. East Street at Bragg St. where two men, Lashawn Perez, 21, and Jeremiah Stirrup, 23, were shot on October 29 in an apparent gang related shooting. Also, Shamonte Pasir, 21, shot to death on November 10, will be remembered. Poverty, crime, and guns meet at this intersection where so many struggle to combine home and safety instead. Please say your own no to gun violence and the early death of African American males by being there. This interfaith, interracial group gathers for prayer and remembrance whenever there is a homicide in the city Raleigh. Rev. Rachel Smith will be the clergy leader marking these as the 18th homicides in 2006.

Vigils Against Violence – October 2006

Yet another woman has died in a homicide in Raleigh. Cynthia Joan Edwards was stabbed to death at Seawell Ave on October 6. Prayers were offered by clergy leader Rev. Rachel Smith; flowers supplied by Raleigh’s Flower Shuttle project. Wage peace.

Interfaith Alliance of Wake County Annual Meeting – October 2006

Location: Hindu Society of NC
A look back at 2006, as well as upcoming programs and interfaith work for 2007.

“What’s Great About You” Workshop – October 2006

This workshop is part of the new Leadership Certification program offered by the Triangle Interfaith Youth Alliance. An all-positive and upbeat workshop where everyone has the opportunity to speak in front of a group and hear what others see as your natural strengths. Each person receives a card listing those special strengths. Everyone is encouraged to give feedback to others, listen with attention, and respect others. Participate in fun exercises that build your awareness of your genuine courage; to feel gratitude, hope and happiness; and to understand that external situations do not determine who you are. 

Kolu Celebration of Navratri (Hinduism) – October 2006

Location: Home of Ravi and Savitha Ravishankar
TIYA youth invited to bring a musical instrument, song, poem, or piece of art to perform or display.

Charity Walk for Child Rights – October 2006

Location: Black Creek Trail, Cary
Annual charity walk for child rights, organized by CRY Child Relief and You America. The walk is followed by a performance from ZINDAGI, a world beat band that includes Padmini Hands, mother of TIYA member Shanti Hands, performing South Asian, African, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and other dance music. By participating in this event, you will help ensure that children have the freedom to exercise their basic rights – to education, health, a warm and loving family, and fun – in short, to a happy childhood.

An Interfaith Forum on Stigma and Separation – September 2006

Positive People Involved in North Carolina Campaign to End AIDS Triangle Interfaith Alliance
Location: First Baptist Church of Raleigh Fellowship Hall
Topic: How Do We Measure a Life – From Love or Judgment?
Speakers: A Member of Presidential Committee on HIV, a Crisis and Assessment Expert, An HIV Clinic Director, and Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim and Christian panelists

Vigils Against Violence – May 2006

On Memorial Weekend, we held a vigil to mark two more violent Raleigh deaths, bringing us to a total of nine this year. Two homicides occurred in April: Gina B. Loeh, 52, died April 25 from head injuries received in a scuffle outside a Ross Dress for Less store, and 60 year-old Kenneth Bray died April 31 from head lacerations in a fight with his old neighbor. Rev. Rachel Smith was the clergy leader.

Vigils Against Violence – April 2006

This Vigil Against Violence marked the March 23 and 24th homicides of Steven Anthony Poole, 39, and Earl Thierry Brown, 42. Mr. Poole’s mother, Rosa Poole, who is also the grandmother of the accused perpetrator, Michael Poole, invited us to hold this vigil in her yard on Alston St. Father David McBriar, formerly active with similar vigils in Durham, was the clergy leader.

Vigils Against Violence – February 2006

Led by Rev. Nancy Petty of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, a vigil was held to mourn two recent homicides in Raleigh. Vigils Against Violence supporters met on Camden St., at the very location where we held a vigil in March 2005 for Keith O. Kelly, killed by a Bloods gang member. Christopher Dominique McCullers, age 19, was shot and killed in front of the Birchwood Apts. on Feb. 9. At that site, we also recognized the violent death of Brenda Fox, age 42, killed only blocks away on Pettigrew St. the following day, Feb. 10. Friends and families of both victims were invited to attend and participate. Attendees were encouraged to stand against violence, speak out in the face of gangs, and pray for the bereaved and for these neighborhoods.

Interfaith Alliance / Exploris Global Faiths Forum Series – Jan-Feb 2006

Hinduism: Dr. B.S. Gupta, NCSU, Hinduism Based on Ancient Vedic Faith
Islam: Iman Ibrahim Pasha, Associate Imam of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Atlanta, GA
Buddhism: Mr. Ben White, member of the Kadampa Center and senior teacher, Raleigh, NC
Judaism: Dr. Kalman Bland, Duke University Professor of Religious Studies, Durham, NC
Jainism: Dr. Pravin Shah, NCSU
Sikhism: Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Toledo, OH

Vigils Against Violence – January 2006

Rev. David Forbes of Christian Faith Baptist Church will lead us in mourning the violence which led to the deaths of Jerome Anthony McAllister and Victor Herrera.

Vigils Against Violence – January 2006

A candlelight Service of Comfort and Remembrance. The friends and families of the 20 victims of homicide in 2005 invited to attend and participate. Led by Pastor Dave Amidon of St Philip Lutheran and Rev. Nancy Petty and Rachel Smith of Pullen, the vigil will include special recognition of four victims who lost their lives in shootings in December–Travis Earl Holder, Paul Berkley, Cesar Romo, and Charles Maurice White.

Interfaith Alliance / Exploris Global Faiths Forum Series – 2004 & 2005

Topic: Hinduism / Sikhism / Islam / Buddhism / Jainism / Baha’i faiths.

Festival of Music and Dance – 2003 & 2004