Why We Gather

Why We Gather

By IFFP Graduate and COA Teacher Jared McGrath Happy New Year and Welcome Back to Gathering. Welcome to our guests, friends and family. In reflection of our 25th anniversary, the Epiphany and the New Year, I’d like to share a perspective on “Why We...
Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah Traditions

By IFFP Member David Quigley I am David Quigley. I am (obviously) the Jewish half of the Quigley marriage.  My wife Angela and I joined IFFP in 2001 –ish.  Our daughter Hannah is 16 and a Coming Of Age grad and our son Elliot is in fourth grade.  I have to admit, I...
Interfaith Weddings: Shir and Trevor Smith

Interfaith Weddings: Shir and Trevor Smith

Despite the pandemic, we were married on May 30, 2020 on our original wedding date. Reverend Julia and Cantor Manovich stood masked beside us as we stood under our wedding chuppah. Although we postponed our wedding celebrations, we were ready to be married after 6...
St. Francis and the Wolf

St. Francis and the Wolf

by IFFP Member Dr. Dan Griffin October 4th is St. Francis’ feast day. You can tell when you pass a church and see a line of cats & dogs (and their humans) waiting to get inside. When many people think of St. Francis, they think of the brownish garden statue of the...
The Refuge of Faith in Difficult Times

The Refuge of Faith in Difficult Times

By IFFP Member David Bigge This month’s blog post asks a direct question: how do we cultivate joy in dark or difficult times?   Our religious traditions, of course, primarily link joy with faith.  As Paul writes in Philippians chapter 4, verse 4:...
The Rollercoaster Month of Av

The Rollercoaster Month of Av

A Reflection from Rabbi Debbie July 22nd is the start of the Hebrew month of Av. This month includes one of the lowest points of the Jewish calendar year and one of the highest. Describing it as a rollercoaster seems more apt this year than most.Av starts with 9 days...