The Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento records are 5.5 linear feet of materials that span from 1918 to 1998. The materials
are broken into three series; printed materials, newspapers, and photographs and artifacts. The majority of printed materials
are a collection of Church bulletins and other News published by the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento itself. Other
printed materials include executive board minutes and other executive documents, community flyers, community group information,
and other event postings. The newspapers are a collection of weekly Church columns, other Church related articles, and an
assortment of Christianity related articles. Included in the newspaper series is an oversized scrapbook kept by the Interfaith
Council of Greater Sacramento. Some small artifacts included are a door plaque and printing plate. Lastly is a collection
of photographs of Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento members, including Bishop Francis Quinn.
The Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento began officially as the Sacramento Federation of Churches in 1911. Originally,
it was a conglomeration of many Christian Churches in the Sacramento religious community. It focused on building relationships
and connections with the Christian community and providing Christians with a common voice. The Federation of Churches, as
the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento is now, was a mix of Catholic, orthodox, denominational and nondenominational
Christian Churches. The Federation of Churches also held good relationships with both Buddhist and Jewish religious groups.
In 1978, the organization changed its name to the Interfaith Service Bureau (ISB). Its purpose was to foster to the greater
Sacramento area and recognize that the “entire religious faith community needs to work together in fostering greater understanding
and respect among different faiths and in addressing human needs in the community.” The Interfaith Service Bureau shares
worship experiences, educates the community on different faiths, and focuses on addressing human needs in Sacramento. Prominent
members and leaders of the organization over time include Bishop Francis Quinn and Charles Goethe. Over the Interfaith Service
Bureau’s long history, they have published many printed materials including magazines, articles, and newspaper columns. The
Interfaith Service Bureau has published multiple monthly bulletins and readers including the following not inclusive materials;
Council of Churches news notes from 1933 to 1963, News Bulletins from 1972 to 1980, the Interfaith Voice from 1981 to 1995
and currently (2009) the ISB News. They have been a leader in community outreach programs and clubs. They have sponsored
organization such as; the 1930’s Apalachi club, a Church wives organization and the 1980’s Gray Panthers, a Christian youth
group. The Interfaith Service Bureau changed its name to the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento in 2011.
5.5 linear feet
(6 boxes + 1 oversized box)
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