Being There

Food distribution as a tool to facilitate interfaith dialogue
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"Our purpose is to promote interfaith relations through community and educational programs."
Traditions
Spirituality, Islam, Christianity, Judaism
Sub-Traditions
Spiritual Movement
Number of Members
37
Region
Location
Charlotte, NC, United States of America
Joined URI Network

Being There is a state (North Carolina) non-profit organization. They are a young and vibrant organization with bright hopes of the future. In today's society people of many faiths co-exist, yet they do not know much about each other. Through community service, members of Being There get together and focus on why they are here, to learn from each other and live the lives they know they can live and teach their children to do the same. Being There CC serves the community through food distribution to facilitate interfaith dialogue. The group started with mostly Muslim volunteers cooking and feeding the homeless, but then expanded to include members of the Charlotte Interfaith Young Adult Council. It continued to expand to include volunteers from eight congregations of different faiths in the Charlotte area. They have obtained 501(c)3 status, developed a robust program of cooking for and serving the homeless, created education programs for Lent, Ramadan, and partnered with "Stop Hunger Now" in early 2014 when nine congregations and 60 volunteers made 10,000 food packets for international hunger relief.

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