Fostering Interfaith Relationships on the Eastside (FIRE) is a new group that grew out of the 2010 and 2011 interfaith 9/11 commemoration programs in Kirkland, Washington. After the 2011 event, the organizers continued to meet monthly to talk about additional ways to promote interfaith understanding and cooperation on the Eastside, such as music, art, and social events (game nights, dances, etc.), a “What We Believe” lecture and discussion series, a place for faith communities to post information on public events, etc. We selected the FIRE name and acronym, and moved ahead with creating this web site. We’ve had the first FIRE event – the interfaith entry in the Kirkland 4th of July parade – and are planning the second, which will be an interfaith commemoration of the International Day of Peace on September 21-23, including an interfaith program of music and talks, a Saturday interfaith picnic, encouragement of all faith communities to consider Peace as the topic for their services that weekend, and encouraging governments to issue proclamations recognizing the International Day of Peace.
We hope you’ll join with us in promoting interfaith dialogue and peace!