NIA Clergy Luncheon – Bethel AME Church

Our Bi-Annual Luncheon is on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 12:00 noon; at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 2655 North Rock Boulevard, Sparks 89431. Please put it on your calendars, send it to the NIA email list, and prepare to make announcements (if any) in the announcements time towards the end of the luncheon.
Bethel AME Church Pastor Rev. Debra A. Whitlock Lax has kindly agreed to host this luncheon. 

Thanksgiving Service – “Thankful for the Peacemakers” – 38th Annual

Join us at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral – 200 Island Ave. Reno, NV  7pm Thursday the 16th
for a Thanksgiving worship service of prayer and music from a variety of faith traditions,
sponsored by the Nevada Interfaith Association.

We have come together as God’s children to enrich our lives through an interfaith experience. During the service friends from various faiths will express praise and thanks according to their faith traditions. Portions of this service have also been selected to represent those elements of worship that are shared by all our traditions.

Our Thanksgiving service is a beautiful way to give true meaning to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Focusing on the historical significance of Thanksgiving in music and the spoken word in multi-interfaith voices makes for a memorable evening.

President’s Message 2022

Dear NIA Members,  

Both 2020 and 2021 will be remembered as our Covid Years. As an interfaith organization, NIA was  faced with many challenges. Our second annual Youth Conference was held in early January 2020 prior  to the mandated closure of activities, school attendance in person, sports events, and limited contact  except with masking and high antiseptic cleansing. The follow-up service projects from the youth  conference were obviously shelved and the opportunity for youth service to the community was  canceled. We are pleased to announce that we are once again planning to hold our Third Youth  Leadership this coming Fall at UNR on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.  

We held no Nevada Prayer Breakfast event during the 2020-2021 time period. The MLK Memorial was  conducted virtually as was the annual Thanksgiving event. A special prayer service was created as a  result of the pandemic crisis and was made available virtually on our Facebook page.  

During the 2020-2021 time period, NIA focused their efforts on developing a workable website. As we  all know, technology is always a work in progress. What is missing is a social media focus. Taken to a  new level, the goal is to promote religion in our community as an emphasis on religious freedom.  Because we believe “faith counts” for the betterment of our community and society at large, we seek to  understand and promote the values we have in common while respecting our differences. This we hope  to improve as we feature the principles of various interfaith holy days and explain their significance in a  portion of the website. Examples would be: Lent, Ash Wednesday , Advent, Ramadas, Passover, Rosh  Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, Juneteenth, and the July 24 Pioneer Day Celebration. 

Having just conducted our first Prayer Breakfast in two years, it is heartwarming to report that 360 were 

in attendance for the event with the theme: In Times Such As This: Humility, Healing, and Humanity.  Showcased were fifteen visionary awards presented to individuals, groups from various church  affiliations, and non-profit organizations that provided heroic humanitarian service during the Covid  shut down. For pictures and more details of the event go to the website section for coverage of this  event. 

We are ready to accept memberships into NIA to support our continued community events: MLK  Holiday Memorial Event, Nevada Prayer Breakfast, Youth Leadership Conference, Two Interfaith  Luncheons, and the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service as well as maintaining our website with its interfaith community calendar, a central place for promoting the member’s individual events and activities. 

It has been my pleasure to service as President for the past five years. Father Chuck Durante has  graciously accepted the position for the next two years. We look forward to his able guidance and  inspiration in leading Nevada Interfaith Association in its ongoing service to the interfaith community. 

Pat Meidell

Embracing Community In Prayer During Covid-19 Offerings from Northern Nevada’s Interfaith Community Sunday Afternoon Offering

Embracing Community In Prayer During Covid-19 Offerings from Northern Nevada’s Interfaith Community Sunday Afternoon Offering

To: Nevada Interfaith Association

From: Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno


Embracing Community In Prayer During Covid-19 

Offerings from Northern Nevada’s Interfaith Community

Sunday Afternoon Offering

Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us:

Christians are not new to paradox.  We follow the One we believe to be “true God and true Man.”  We are commanded to love our enemies.   Jesus often told us “the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.”  Kingship means servanthood. We believe each human person is unique, special, unrepeatable – just like everyone else.  

God of all creation, in this time of widespread suffering and worry, help us to gain new insights into the marvels, the paradoxes, and the oneness of this creation.  In having to stay physically separate from one another, we now see clearly how interconnected the life of all humanity truly is.  We must be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.  St. Paul speaks this paradox: when I am weak, I am strong.  We acknowledge our weakness now, our craving for answers to these strange days, our fumbling to figure out best practices to save lives, our frustrations at misinformation, misunderstanding, and helplessness in the face of widespread suffering.  Help us to remember that in this state of weakness, our strength can be found in listening for your voice.  At this anxious time, we pray more fervently the paradoxical understandings of St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.

Where there is discord, let me bring union.

Where there is error, let me bring truth.

Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.

Where there is despair, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.

Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

O Master, let me not seek as much

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love,

for it is in giving that one receives,

it is in self-forgetting that one finds,

it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,

it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.


Submitted by Rita Sloan

Coordinator, Life Peace & Justice Commission

Catholic Diocese of Reno