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Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia

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The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia was founded in Spring 2006 to build relationships of mutual support, offer a moral and spiritual voice in the region, and identify issues of concern for dialogue and action. Co-convened by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Rabbi David Straus, Imam Anwar Muhaimin, and Bishop Claire Schenot Burkat, the Council is the first of its kind in the city, with more than 30 member communities, representing more than two million people of diverse faith traditions from across the greater Philadelphia region.

Highlights of the Council’s work have included interfaith inaugural services for Mayor Michael Nutter, an Interfaith Memorial Prayer Service honoring the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and several other interfaith prayer services during times of particular need in the city. Most recently, the Council’s priority focus has been to identify ways in which its members’ communities can come together to address the city’s growing epidemic of violence, issuing a jointly-created Pledge for Peace and public policy Statement on Illegal Posession of Guns. In launching its first community-wide initiative, Zones of Peace, the Council has committed the resources of its congregations, members, and rich religious traditions to imagining our region as a zone of peace, free from fear, filled with respect, and marked by deeds of kindness.

“At an anniversary like this it is a deeply spiritual and human instinct that brings us together, just as ten years ago so many of us, on hearing the news of that day, sought each other out, gathering in houses of worship and public places, just so we could be together. It is at times like these that we remember how much we need each other.”  -Arthur Larrabee, General Secretary of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends at the Prayer Gathering on September 11, 2011

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  • Contact Rev. Nicole D. Diroff to learn more about the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia.
  • Join the Religious Leaders Council in creating a violence-free Greater Philadelphia by nominating a Zones of Peace community.