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A Little Sole: Multi-Faith Race Unites for Charity

"This event brings together folks who all want the same thing for our world, namely to live in a community that strives to right injustices when they occur so that real peace can be secured for our families and neighbors,” wrote Father Henry Petter.

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The Monsignor Henry Petter Endowment Fund--can you tell us more about this fund and how it impacts Collin County?

FP: As you know the purpose of Endowment Funds is to secure the future. Donations to this cause are maintained in a permanent endowment to benefit organizations working for peace and justice causes within the Collin County community. The Fund is overseen by an Interfaith Board of Directors made up of men and women who are leaders in their various Religious denominations. Each year the Board will determine an amount for distribution from the fund to be given to an organization in Collin County working to help people get back on their feet so that they can become self-sustaining. We are so honored that our first recipient of a $10,000.00 grant will go to Isabel’s Community Outreach. An organization dedicated to teaching men and women the necessary skills and job training to lead productive lives by developing their innate knowledge and talents. The grant award will be presented at the 5K Run/Walk.

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Can you give us any testimonies or the impact of bringing different faiths together for the racing event on April 14th?

FP: While it is obvious that so much more can be done to accomplish good when more people work together on common projects, a wonderful by-product is the deep friendships that develop among diverse peoples who without the event would never have the opportunity to meet and to work together.

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How would you encourage other churches nationwide to follow in your footsteps?

FP: The work of building relationships is what is most important. Relationships take time and don’t happen by accident. Taking the time to be with people and linger with people and celebrate with people all builds trust. The common projects will emerge from the relationships so look for ways to build relationships with folks with whom your path would not normally cross.

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People are often fearful of getting involved with other faiths. How can we overcome this hurdle? Is organizing fundraisers like this, the answer to promote unity?

FP: There are certain core values that we all share when it comes to what we want for our families and our neighbors. We want safe and secure neighborhoods, we want jobs that allow families to support themselves, we want access to affordable health care and we want our elderly and marginalized treated with care and dignity to name just a few. The values that we hold in common are far greater than the ones upon which we differ. Find the values that we hold in common and work together on those. When diverse peoples work side by side on common projects, respect and trust is built. The joy that comes from acting for good is a feeling that is not reserved to one particular religion but is a gift to each who pursues justice and kindness.

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