Thank you for visiting the web presence of Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls! Here we hope to answer some of the questions we receive most. If you have questions not addressed here, or if you’d like more information about us, please email our Coordinator Leslie Heberlie at email@example.com.
1. What is Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls?
Our mission statement sets out who we seek to be: Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls of Metropolitan St. Louis is a collaborative organization open to members of all faiths in the St. Louis metropolitan area. It provides a timely voice and visible presence of the religious community in the metropolitan area; brings together people of faith for dialogue, celebration, service, pursuit of social justice and increased understanding of one another.
We strive to be St. Louis’ umbrella organization for all things interfaith. Our Midwestern city is home to many interfaith relationships already; we seek to resource faith groups in their existing interfaith work. Additionally, we provide a meeting ground for both the general public (through our membership program) and for recognized representatives from faith groups (in our Cabinet).
2. Why the long name?
Our long name is the combination of the names of two separate organizations that merged in 2007. Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis joined with Faith Beyond Walls to become a single entity. Our legal name is Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls of Metropolitan St. Louis.
3. Who is welcome in Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls?
Our member events are open to the public, though we hope anyone who attends will consider joining our members program to help support our ongoing mission. Our Cabinet is open to faith groups by invitation of the chair of the Cabinet.
4. What happened to the old SLICE program (summer youth interfaith service project)?
Faith Beyond Walls brought a long history of direct service in the St. Louis area. After the merger, due to funding restrictions, we clarified our focus to education, relationships, and dialogue. We no longer run the SLICE program but we encourage congregations to work together for interfaith service projects. If your congregation is interested in joining with a congregation of another faith for service, please contact us! We can help connect congregations to each other.
5. How is IP/FBW funded?
Primarily through our membership program and through the generous contributions of our supporters. We have an Annual Celebration which serves as a fundraising dinner; ticket sales and table sponsorships help us raise support for our continued mission.
6. What is the Cabinet?
The Cabinet is a body of faith group representatives, primarily the highest-ranking individual within their body in the St. Louis or Missouri area. The Cabinet and our Board of Directors serve as interlocking bodies of leadership: the board makes our business decisions, while the Cabinet serves as the voice of the organization and the interfaith community. Usually through statements to the press, the Cabinet will express support or concern with a (usually) unanimous voice.
More questions coming soon!