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Introduction

The Belmont Religious Council is the interfaith council for the town of Belmont, Massachusetts. Membership is open to any faith community located in Belmont. Representatives include both lay and clergy members of the participating congregations.

History

The Belmont Religious Council was founded in April, 1954 as an organization of the various faith communities that serve Belmont. Its purpose is "to enhance the spirit of unity through fellowship, to develop understanding and appreciation for the various religious faiths represented and to exert a positive influence in the social and moral life of the Belmont community."

By promoting interfaith dialogue and cooperation, the Council can also help enable Belmont's faith communities to pursue important goals generally not attainable by a single congregation.

Recent Activities

Some of the Council's recent activities have included

  • organizing the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service each fall
  • supporting the crucial work of the Belmont Food Pantry
  • creating life-changing Interfaith Youth Missions for our congregations' young people, and
  • supporting Belmont Against Racism by co-sponsoring the wonderful breakfasts honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In prior years, we have sponsored:

  • a town-wide vigil for Peace, Healing and Community in response to the wave of murders and terrorist acts both domestically and internationally
  • a forum on refugee resettlement
  • a panel presentation on the intersections between faith and environmental action
  • co-sponsoring the Belmont gun buyback
  • a discussion of end of life issues from many different faith perspectives
  • a presentation introducing the foundations of Islam
  • an Interfaith Choir Concert