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Church Women United
Enlisting church women in a movement across denominational lines; engaging in celebrations, service and study. Activities in 2000-2001 included World Day of Prayer Services held at 32 congregations throughout the area, the annual World Community Day and Advent celebrations, forums on HIV/AIDS at the PanAm 2001 Exposition, book reviews, and clothing drives for children.

Food For All
Food for All’s mission, to find and implement solutions to the problem of hunger in Western New York, is accomplished by organizing local community support around state and federal legislation that directly affects the lives of the poor and the hungry; conducting nutrition outreach activities designed to improve access to food stamps and the summer meals program for children; providing hunger advocacy workshops to religious groups and community human service agencies; and advocating for the poor through the Food for All Public Policy Network and the public media.

Food Pantry
Our emergency food pantry provides emergency food for over 15,000 hungry persons each year. During the first seven months of 2001 the pantry experienced a 28% increase in the number of persons served. The pantry operates by referral from social service and religious organizations, is open from 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, and is staffed by volunteers from area churches. Food is received from local congregations, various governmental programs, and purchased from the Food Bank of WNY.

Interfaith Coalition On Energy, W.N.Y.
I.C.E. was established in 1990 to encourage and assist religious institutions of all faiths to reduce their energy consumption and costs, thereby conserving natural resources and making more funds available for community service. Through energy audits, consultative services, a newsletter, and educational programs, I.C.E. provides information which will assist congregations and religious institutions in selecting and implementing appropriate energy conservation measures.

Interfaith Women
Celebrating the diversity of faith traditions. Committed to dialogue and collaboration, fostering mutual understanding. Regular meetings are held on the Third Wednesday of each month at the Network of Religious Communities Building, 1272 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. For information call 716-688-2608 or 716-694-4492

Interreligious/Ecumenical Meeting Place
The Network House continues to be a place where religious, denominational, and community groups can meet. It presently provides a home for several denominational offices and service programs in addition to the Network programs.

Radio/TV Programming
Currently the Network produces, with local talent, five regular TV programs and four radio programs which are broadcast over Buffalo area stations and cable systems. This is the largest such ministry in the United States today. The programs include: Storytime Puppets on Adelphia and TCI Cable, Challenge for the 21st Century on Channel 7, In Process on Channel 4 and Adelphia Cable,Kaleidoscope on Channel 2 and Adelphia Cable, and Crossroads on WJYE FM Radio.

Regionwide Interreligious Conversation
The Region-wide interreligious conversation creates open dialogue regarding our area’s history and future as a community. Its purpose is to develop an inclusive vision that crosses social, geographic, religious, racial and ethnic boundaries. We are completing the third round of congregational conversations.

Riefler Ministry Enablement Fund
Through the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Riefler the Council of Churches was able to establish an ongoing invested fund which enables the Network to annually distribute over $30,000.00 to local congregation and religious organizations attempting new and creative community ministries. In 2002 the Riefler Fund provided grants of over $41,000.00 to 18 community ministries and in 2001 grants of over $38,000.00 to ten ministries.

Scout Chaplains
Providing chaplains for each week of summertime Boy Scout Camping. In addition, we provide special retreats and guidance, as well as oversight of the religious award process of scouting.

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ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NETWORK OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NETWORK OF RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES 6:00 PM THURSDAY JANUARY 29, 2014 Please join us at the Annual Meeting of the Network of Religious Communities:At the Church of Latter Day Saints, 780 Michigan Avenue (at Goodell Street), Buffalo Our Speakers: Reverend John Welch and Rabbi Ron Symons, Pittsburgh, PA “Learning from our Neighbors: What the Pittsburgh interfaith community can teach us about social justice work in our own community.” Dinner reservation $25.00 per person. Email your reservation. Designate vegetarian or regular meal. [email protected]

KALEIDOSCOPE BROADCASTS OVER WGRZ TV 2.3, Time Warner 1246 and Verizon

11:00 AM SUNDAY JANUARY 4, 2014 KALEIDOSCOPE BROADCASTS OVER WGRZ TV 2.3, Time Warner 1246 and Verizon Fios 479 A program of and about the religious communities of WNY This program contains two (2) segments. In the first segment Brother Clifford Bell, founder of the Annual Martin Luther King Celebration in Buffalo, talks about Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and the history of the Annual Celebration of his life in Buffalo. In the second segment on the occasion of World Religion Day and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Dennis Smith of the Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of Amherst and Rev Gabriel Scarfia, OFM, Professor of Systematic Theology at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora talk about the meaning, possibilities and limitations of religious unity in our day. Host: Dr. Stan Bratton, CEO, Network of Religious Communities For information or to comment call 716-882-4793 x201 or email [email protected]

CROSSROADS RADIO PROGRAM BROADCASTS

SUNDAY JANUARY 4, 2015 CROSSROADS RADIO PROGRAM BROADCASTS 6:00 AM Sundays WBUF 92.9 FM AND WBLK 93.7 6:30 AM Sunday WJYE 96.1 FM 7:00 AM Sundays WYRK 106.5 FM A program about the spiritual journey and service of guests. 1st Sunday Host: Rev. Patrick Lynch, Department Religious Studies, Canisius College Guests: Mary Lou Wyrobek, President of the Polish Singers Alliance in America and past President of the Polish Chair at Canisius College , and Fr. Benjamin Fiore, S.J., the pastor of St. Michael’s Parish on Washington Street in Buffalo and current President of the Polish Chair at Canisius College. Topic was “Epiphany in the Polish Tradition.”For information or to comment call 716-882-4793 or email [email protected]

DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION AND RELIGIOUS UNITY

> 5:30 AM SATURDAY JANUARY 3, 2014 > KALEIDOSCOPE BROADCASTS OVER WGRZ TV 2 > “DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION AND RELIGIOUS UNITY > > A program of and about the religious communities of WNY > This program contains two (2) segments. In the first segment Brother > Clifford Bell, founder of the Annual Martin Luther King Celebration in > Buffalo Talks about Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and the history of the > Annual Celebration of his life in Buffalo. > > In the second segment > On the occasion of World Religion Day and the Week of Prayer for Christian > Unity Dennis Smith of the Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of Amherst and Rev > Gabriel Scarfia, OFM, Professor of Systematic Theology at Christ the King > Seminary in East Aurora, to talk with us about the meaning, possibilities > and limitations of religious unity in our day. > > Host: Dr. Stan Bratton, CEO, Network of Religious Communities > For information or to comment call 716-882-4793 or email > [email protected]

A CONVERSATION WITH THE CEO OF ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER > CHALLENGE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY BROADCASTS OVER WKBW TV 7

5:30 AM SATURDAY JANUARY 3, 2014 “A CONVERSATION WITH THE CEO OF ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER CHALLENGE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY BROADCASTS OVER WKBW TV 7 A program about Spirituality and Healthcare Guest: Richard C. Cleland, President/COO and Interim CEO, Erie County Medical Center talks about his background and the current initiatives at Erie County Medical Center. Hosts: Dr Stan Bratton, Executive Director/ CEO, Network of Religious Communities and Rev. James Lewis III, Director Spiritual Care Erie County Medical Center For information or to comment call 716-882-4793 or email [email protected]