Statements & Press Releases

Core Statements

 Center for Interfaith Cooperation is about words. Words that express our humanity and help to define our relationship to the Devine through our relationship with one another across a beautifully diverse religious landscape.  

Sacred texts and words of wisdom from all our faith traditions help to guide daily actions as well as inform thoughts about eternity. 

Our goal in producing statements is not only to seek common language and understanding regarding particular events, but also to illuminate the places where we have honest differences. CIC’s mission is to build empathy for other positions while further defining and challenging our individual convictions. 

We have never hesitated to stand in solidarity when any one of our faith communities is attacked. We all vigorously support an open pluralistic society where everyone feels free to worship as they choose or not to worship at all. Our challenges come when it when we approach social issues and the pursuit of equity in all we do. We pride ourselves in building trust across theological and ideological difference. 

Below are more statements from CIC and community partners. We hope that you join the conversation and bring your voice to the ongoing conversation. 

CIC Values Statement

The Board, Officers and Staff of Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) value and respect people. As a result, we appreciate diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, socioeconomic background, age, religious belief, and any other differences that have been used to divide people. We work to ensure that our membership represents the fullness of the community in which we are located. We are dedicated to diversity in our positions of leadership and in decision-making conversations.

CIC emphatically renounces occasions throughout history where faith and religion have been used to encourage and justify antisemitism, racism, white supremacy, war, discrimination, genocide, sexism, violence, poverty, and any other form of bigotry or oppression. CIC recognizes that these practices are antithetical to the teachings of all religious traditions. The Board, Officers, and Staff of CIC acknowledge their own conscious and unconscious biases that perpetuate injustice and commit themselves to continuous learning and actively pursuing behavior that demonstrates the intrinsic value of all people.

CIC is focused on education and service. It is not an advocacy organization and does not typically track or comment on legislation or lobby for political action at the local, national, or international level. However, CIC believes in seeking equity, diversity, and inclusion. We will collaborate with individuals, faith communities, and organizations that share its values and support interfaith initiatives that build relationships, support the vulnerable in our community, and create hospitable spaces for dialogue and service. CIC recognizes the wisdom, reflected in all religious traditions, of treating others as we would like to be treated.

CIC recognizes, respects, and celebrates the fact that each of the world’s faith traditions is unique and that many of the differences between those traditions are irreconcilable. However, CIC is also aware that there is commonality across all faith traditions that share a deep longing for a more peaceful, just, and verdant community, both in central Indiana and across the globe. The Board, Officers and Staff of CIC understand that differences in our religious traditions can make it challenging to find consensus, but we believe that there is strength in these differences. We do not seek to dictate specific policies for the governance of organizations and groups with which we are associated. However, we do commit to certain behaviors within CIC:

• We are actively working to eradicate racism and discrimination from our
organization, striving to vigilantly address macro and microaggressions.
• We strive to operate with transparency.
• We seek to listen actively and share openly.
• We are adaptable, understanding that change is integral to growth.
• We are dedicated to the wellness of our community, including our staff, board,
volunteers, and AmeriCorps members. We aim to provide a workplace that fosters
physical and mental health.
• We value hospitality. We extend invitations openly, and we strive to provide
accommodations where necessary to ensure equitable experiences.

Public Statement Regarding the Vandalism at the Islamic Center of Bloomington

October 20, 2021

Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Public Statement Regarding the Vandalism at the Islamic Center of Bloomington

For immediate release

Center for Interfaith Cooperation is both grateful and proud to have board members and friends in diverse faith communities throughout Indiana. When one of us is threatened by word or deed, we stand together, both to support the targeted religious community and to raise the alarm about the spread of hatred in our society today. This is our collective commitment: to support a dynamic and religiously diverse community, and to courageously fight hatred, bigotry, and discrimination. 

The recent vandalism at the Islamic Center of Bloomington is deeply troubling. Our hearts are heavy, and our prayers go out to our friends in Bloomington and to the entire Muslim community throughout Indiana.

As officials from the mosque stated:

“This incident has sent chills down our collective community’s spine. We do not feel safe and feel that the threat, which we believe is a hate crime, has not been dealt with adequately. The lone perpetrator captured in security footage clearly targeted our mosque, not touching any other cars, property, or residences in the area. While we worry that inaction may send the wrong message to those who think we are low hanging fruit, we note that many allies have warmly reached out to us; we are so glad to be a part of the loving and supportive Bloomington community and look forward to spending many more years among you.”

It is shocking to witness the escalation of religious based hate crimes over the past several years, and we are concerned about the lack of urgency regarding this incident. Center for Interfaith Cooperation strongly supports a call for a complete and thorough investigation of this incident by all levels of law enforcement. We encourage others to speak out as well.

We are also eager to help promote and support the effort to make physical repairs to the Islamic Center. At CIC, we are unified in turning sadness, disbelief, and anger into motivation to further our mission to create “a community that pursues peace through interfaith understanding and cooperation.”

This is a call to action for all of us to openly discuss the current rise of religious and ethnic hatred in our world. We must challenge ourselves to stand up and speak out anytime hatred or bigotry is in our midst. We call on everyone to take the time to get to know their neighbors before the next expression of hatred and cruelty. Let’s make sure the growth of our expressions of love, our acts of compassion and our willingness to learn from one another rises even more. 

If you would like to join us, visit our website at or call us at (317) 268-5300.

In response to the FedEx Tragedy

We walk with heavy hearts as we carry the news of another mass shooting in our beloved city. We walk with heavy hearts as we bear the sadness of eight families who have experienced the unimaginable. We walk with heavy hearts as we hold the weight of our own sorrow and grief over eight lives ended by a senseless act of violence. We walk with heavy hearts today. 

The Board and Staff of Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) adds our voices of love and support to the families, friends, coworkers, and neighbors of Matthew R. Alexander, Samaria Blackwell, Amarjeet Johal, Jaswinder Kaur, Jaswinder Singh, Amarjit Skhon, Karli Smith, and John Weisert. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.  

This tragic event has hit the Sikh community incredibly hard. Four of the eight people who were killed are a part of this beautiful religious tradition. To our Sikh siblings, we pledge to you our continued assistance and solidarity as you navigate through this time of mourning and loss together.  

As an interfaith community that represents the beautiful diversity of the faith traditions found and practiced throughout the Indianapolis area and beyond, CIC strives to be “a community that pursues peace through interfaith understanding and cooperation.” This is never more important than during times of difficulty, turmoil, and loss. Times such as this. May our prayers and our resolve be evidenced in the work of our hands, the boldness of our steps, the creativity of our minds, and the compassion of our hearts as we seek a way forward that ensures all people live a life without fear, full of promise and possibility.  And may this begin within each one of us.