Commissioners signed the Charter for Compassion at Government Center. Letters of support were offered by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments and the University of Toledo. A Compassion Convention was held at Seagate Convention Center with about 90 organizations doing compassionate action. The organizations were placed in sectors of like efforts, in order to foster collaboration. At the MultiFaith Banquet that weekend, Tom Williams of Louisville, welcomed us into the Compassionate City network which now comprises over 400 global cities. We continue to showcase exemplary compassionate action with our excellent data gathered during the Compassion Games. Yearly Compassion Forums focus on critical local issues requiring compassion.
Seventeen Annual Banquets have been held at the Hindu Temple of Toledo [2002&2011], Temple-Congregation Shomer Emunim , the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo [2004 & 2017], St. George Orthodox Cathedral OCA , First Church of God: Genesis Dreamplex , Collingwood Presbyterian Church , Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral , Congregation B’nai Israel , Masjid Saad Foundation , the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University [2012-15], Ahlul Bayt Center of Toledo , and St. George’s Antiochian Cathedral .
The Council has offered over 100 educational dialogs, discussions, forums, workshops, and films. It also facilitates annual MultiFaith family picnics, Peace Day Celebrations, Clergy/Faith Leader Breakfasts to honor World Interfaith Harmony Week, and smaller fellowship gatherings. The Men’s Group has been active for over ten years, with monthly discussions and quarterly service projects. An active Women’s Group and a Youth Discussion group have also formed.
In 2016, Founder Woody Trautman passed away at age 96. The council continues his legacy.
In 2017, Sara Tarana Jobin, then Resident Director of the Toledo Symphony, proposed that we offer monthly Universal Worship Services. Judy Trautman was ordained in 2002 to offer these services, but had only done a few in educational settings. The services are based on a Sufi mystic, Hazrat Inayat Khan. They offer readings and artistic expression from six to eight faith traditions. Now, in the second year, the Services have become a wonderful way to learn about each other in a deeper way. Lauraine Carpenter has continued to organize the music. We are so fortunate in this community of engaged diversity to be able to offer authentic voices in the Services.
Over the years, we have had a few hate incidents. MFC has been able to contribute to events to show solidarity and the unity that this community stands for. Recently a Solidarity Response Team has been formed.
In 2016, MFC contracted with an Administrative Assistant, Crystal Taylor. And our busy Compassion Advisor David Longacre receives a small stipend. The MultiFaith Council remains largely a lay-led and volunteer-based organization. It is supported primarily by individual and organizational donations and sponsorships.
Following a Strategic Planning Retreat in 2017, a Structures Committee did a major revise of the By-Laws to include term limits and succession plans.