The Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs/Parkland & NW Broward includes clergy members from many different faiths and backgrounds in Northwest Broward County. Together, they not only serve the interests of the multiple thousands of members of their congregations and houses of worship, but also strive to promote the needs of all members of our wider community.
The Coalition gives a unified religious voice in support of the City government, advisement on issues ranging from family to youth to education; promotion of an appreciation of pluralism and diversity; and coordination of the National Day of Prayer every May and the Thanksgiving Interfaith Unity Service in November.
Taking a Proactive Response to Actions of Hate, they have recently launched the “Interfaith Rapid Response to Hate Network,” which exists to identify, respond to, and act upon, acts of hate in the Greater Coral Springs/Parkland Area. The Network is made up of individuals and faith communities who acknowledge our fundamental belief that Americans of every heritage can live together with equal rights and mutual respect.
National Day of Prayer
Since 1988, the Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs/Parkland & NW Broward in partnership with the Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee has been observing this meaningful day. National Day of Prayer is always celebrated on the first Thursday of May. The ceremony was initially held on the front lawn of City Hall, and more recently it has been moved to the Coral Springs Charter School in order to avoid weather uncertainties.
This event is open to all the houses of worship that come together for a candlelight ceremony of shared prayer. Each House of Worship designates a youth from their congregation to deliver a brief (one minute) prayer on behalf of their religious community. The prayer focuses on our leaders, our nation and peace in general.
Thanksgiving Interfaith Unity Service
Hundreds of people in the local faith community look forward to attending the Annual Coral Springs-Parkland pre-Thanksgiving Interfaith Unity Service, a well-established tradition that convenes at 7:00 p.m. the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This much anticipated annual event draws on people of all faiths from a dozen local houses of worship to “praise God from Whom all blessings flow.”
For more than 20 years, this service has featured a combined choir of all participating congregations, a joint children’s choir, and a presentation by the City government in honor of the occasion. Local houses of worship take turns in hosting this meaningful celebration. Participants are encouraged to bring canned goods for food pantries. For more information about the pre-Thanksgiving Interfaith Unity Service, contact the spiritual leader of your house of worship.
The Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs/Parkland & NW Broward are open to partnering with other faith communities to host community celebrations.
To learn more about the Clergy Coalition, please visit ClergyCoalition.net