June 2011 through May 2012

“Bringing hope and understanding to our community as we respectfully embrace our diverse sense of sacredness.”

Council Officers for June 2011 - May 2012
President - Rev. Rodger McDaniel

Vice President -  Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman 
Treasurer - Doug Fowler
Co-Secretaries - John Peacock  and Jeff Weinstein

For June 2011- May 2012 - Listed in order of date:
June 22, 2011 We would like also to invite you and your choir director to a meeting at theUnitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne to talk about the possibility of having an interfaith choir perform during the 9/11 Observance.  Please contact the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne for details about times.
July 18, 2011 at NOON (bring a bag lunch) First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) SPECIAL MEETING to prepare for some very important programs in September: the 10th Anniversay 9/11 Observance, and the International Day of Peace Observance later in September.

Meetings of Cheyenne Interfaith Council general membership.  Unless otherwise specified, these meetings are at noon on the third Tuesday of every month, AND all participants should bring their own "brown bag lunch."

September 20, 2011   Highlands United Presbyterian Church
Dr. Mark Stock, Superintendent of Schools, is the invited speaker.   Agenda
October 18, 2011    Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center  (updated 10-6-2011)
November 15, 2011 Mt. Sinai Synagogue  Bring your appetite, not a "bag lunch" as the meal will be provided.
December 20, 2011  Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
January 17, 2012  Islamic Center of Cheyenne
April 17, 2012  Cheyenne Veteran's Medical Center Chapel
May 15, 2012  St. Marks Episcopal Church (updated 10-6-2011)

Other Upcoming Events
Many of these events are organized by our member faith communities.  We work to support our various faith communities by participating as much as possible.  Events organized by the Cheyenne Interfaith Council will be identified as such.

Ongoing Programs being offered in the Cheyenne Area

"Bibles and Beer"  Facebook Page (This interest group was started in May 2011)
Initiated and sponsored by Highlands United Presbyterian Cheyenne Church, "a weekly happy hour called “Beers and Bibles.”" Anyone (21 years and older!) interested is welcome. Bring an open mind, a desire to listen and learn and enough money to pick up your own tab. We meet at 5:30 till 6:30 at Uncle Charlie’s. Organized by CIC President, Rev. Rodger McDaniel, who notes: "I know this may not be for everybody, but then I know of no single spiritual experience that is." More information can be found on his blog at: http://blowinginthewyomingwind.blogspot.com/2011/04/bibles-and-beers-interested.html or contact Rev. McDaniel via Facebook.

"Bibles and Burgers" (the sequel ... or is it the spin-off).   Yep, you got it.  "Bibles and Beer" has grown in participation that there was an interest in forming a (first rate) second shift in a different venue, at a different time, so even more people could participate.  It does not appear that the minimum age of 21 is required for this group, but people should keep in mind that this is still meant to be an opportunity for adults to interact as the group studies the Bible together.  
Bring an open mind, a desire to listen and learn and enough money to pick up your own tab.
 Starting September 19th we will have a lunch time Bible study called "Bibles and Burgers." It will start at 11:30 AM at 2 Doors Down. Come in, order a burger (or whatever you prefer) and come upstairs for a great discussion. 

(UPDATE 10-6-2011
NEW TIME and NEW LOCATION! Starting Monday October 10, 2011 we're moving to a new location and new time,  NOON. We'll meet at the COMEA Shelter dining room from noon till 1 PM. COMEA will serve a very nice lunch for $8 (cash or check). FREE parking. If you're planning to attend let Rev. Rodger McDaniel know so we can give COMEA a head count. COMEA is on West Lincolnway...Lincolnway and Stinson 1504 Stinson Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82001

We will start with the Book of Job. Feel free to invite others!  Facebook Page

Both of these recurring gatherings share some common guiding principles: 

Some basic rules have been established to make this comfortable for people from different faith traditions:

1). No arguing (debating). That does not mean we cannot voice differing perspectives. We don't have to agree on everything. We can learn from each other by listening to each other. 

2). Stick with what the text says. Repeating someone else's sermon doesn't help. What can we learn from the text. This does not mean sacred literature from various faith traditions (Talmud, Koran, etc.) which references the text cannot be considered. 

3). Tip the server generously. It's a lot of work to take care of a group that usually is not spending a whole lot. At least we can pitch in to help those who are providing us with "a neutral place" to meet.

The public is welcome to join either or both gatherings. Both events have details available on Facebook being moderated by Rev. Rodger McDaniel. Since the two groups are at different places in the Bible, both will also have their own web-page on this site so that people who do not use Facebook can know (as best as possible) where in the Bible the respective groups are at. (If you want to join in the on-line discussion, you will need to have a Facebook account and contact Rev. McDaniel to join that conversation.

OMG!!!!  September 26, 2011 (Elul 27, 5771)  GOOGLE and Israel Museum publish Dead Sea Scrolls online!

"Most Ancient Hebrew Biblical Inscription Deciphered, Scholar Says"

Here's an interesting fragment which comes awful close to being "older than dirt."
 Click on the picture above to learn more about it

                                            Torah Thursdays at Mt. Sinai Synagogue
Thursdays – Noon in the social hall at Mt. Sinai Synagogue  2610 Pioneer Ave.  Bring your own brown bag lunch.  Starts 11/03/2011 (Cheshvan 6, 5772) with Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman Join in a lively exploration of the core texts of the Jewish people. A working knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to have meaningful participation in this group.  Most of the reading and discussions will be in English with references to specific Hebrew words or phrases.  Texts for these sessions are available at the meetings.  You are welcome to bring your own if you wish.  Topics will vary depending of the specific interests of the participants. Meet in Social Hall, unless otherwise specified. No fees.  No prerequisites.  Donations encouraged. See Mt. Sinai's website for further details.

Coming Soon: Learn to read and chant the Holy Q'uran  - TBA
Sponsored by the 
Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center 

Fall Session 

Hebrew – (




 Reading Prayers  

Thursday nights – 6:00 PM – ongoing; at Mt. Sinai Synagogue  2610 Pioneer Ave. This class is open to the general public on a "space available basis."  Starting 10/27/2011  Ends 1/26/2012;  Teacher - Jeff Weinstein See Mt. Sinai's website for further details. 

Spring Session  - Learn Biblical (Prayerbook) Hebrew at Mt. Sinai Congregation.
 Introduction to Hebrew, taught by Jeff Weinstein, will meet on Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, starting March 22, for ten weeks.  You will learn to read the letters and to understand some basic vocabulary of prayer and Bible.  No fees.  Donations requested.  You will need to purchase your textbook.  Advance registration appreciated, but not at all required.  Mt. Sinai Congregation, 2610 Pioneer Avenue (corner 26th), 307-634-3052, 
rabbi@mtsinaicheyenne.orgwww.mtsinaicheyenne.org  Please see flier for more details. 

Fall Session Hebrew – Intermediate Prayers & Torah Wednesday nights – 6:00 PM – ongoing; at Mt. Sinai Synagogue 2610 Pioneer Ave. This class is open to the general public on a "space available basis." Starting 11/02/2011 - Ends 2/1/2012;  Teacher - Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman See Mt. Sinai's website for further details.

Spring Session Learn Intermediate Hebrew, taught by Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman, will meet on Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm , starting March 21, for ten weeks. You will become more fluent in reading and learn the meanings, and the meanings behind the meanings of basic words of prayer and Bible.  No fees.  Donations requested.  You will need to purchase your textbook.  Advance registration appreciated, but not at all required. 
Mt. Sinai Congregation, 2610 Pioneer Avenue (corner 26th), 307-634-3052, 
rabbi@mtsinaicheyenne.orgwww.mtsinaicheyenne.org  Please see flier for more details. 

Israeli Folk Dancing Sundays 1:00 pm - 3:00 PM – ongoing; at Mt. Sinai Synagogue 2610 Pioneer Ave. This class is open to the general public on a "space available basis." Starting 10/16/2011; Teacher -- Bea Montross See Mt. Sinai's website for further details.


Israel:  A Monthly Series at Mt. Sinai Synagogue

Open to all, whether or not joining the 

 Mt. Sinai Synagogue 

 trip to Israel in June, 2012 (updated 3-20-2012 the trip to Israel with Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman is being postponed until a future date TBA).  

Leader – Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman, with guest speakers; Days & times to be announced  Meet in Social Hall, unless otherwise specified. No fees.  No prerequisites.  Donations encouraged.  See Mt. Sinai's website for further details.

The Battered Bride Project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/batteredbrideproject   features art by Forrest King to help getting people to discuss the epidemic of domestic violence in a forum where participants can look at this problem from within their various faiths as well as by sharing personal experiences. 

Mr. King would like to invite people to join an ongoing dialogue about this on the Facebook page.  He encourages "sharing" and "liking" the listings via Facebook page in addition to the live presentations to help expand awareness of this problem.

This project is in cooperation with Safe House and has been embraced by member organizations of the Cheyenne Interfaith Council.

October  16, 2011 Sunday at Highlands United Presbyterian Church
October  30, 2011 Sunday at 10:30 AM First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
November 20, 2011 Sunday at 10:30 AM at Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne

January 14-15, 2012 at Cheyenne Hills Church
January 14-15, 2012 at United Methodist Church

Here's an example of how this project is doing more than theoretical good in our community:

"When I made the decision to take my kids to church last Sunday, it was to begin the process of reaching out and stepping away from the violence that had come into my life over the last year and a half.  My husband decided to come with.  We had no idea what the service would be. 

When I walked in and saw the poster for the Battered Bride, I was scared and empowered all at the same time. It was all he or I could do to sit through that service. At the end I had to run to the bathroom to hide the tears. 

On the way home, when we stopped to get something, my 16 year old daughter said, "Mom, are your next flowers going to be your last? I don't have a dad (he has abandoned his children) and if you don't make this change I won't have a mom either." She heard the message that was presented and she held me to the fire. 

I went home and told my kids that if they heard a raised voice or disturbing noises coming from my room to call the police. I confronted my husband. I told him to seek help by the end of the week or find a couch to sleep on, because he would no longer stay here. You see three nights ago, he choked me so hard that he almost crushed my trachea. I really thought that it was my last moment in life. 

I am a strong, independent, and powerful woman. It just goes to show there is no "type" to be abused. Some of his is PTSD from military service and some is plain anger and depression. I never saw early signs of this. He swears he will get help this week and I told him under no circumstances will there ever again be violence in my home. This conversation needed to happen a year ago. 

So thank you! Your work had a profound impact on this family. My 14 year old boy and 16 year old girl and her boyfriend talked about the issue all the way home."

It is a sad reality that Domestic Violence is not isolated to any specific faith or faiths.  It is a problem found within all faith communities despite their respective teachings against its occurance.  This makes it an "Interfaith Problem" for which there needs to be "Interfaith Solutions."  Together we can work to end this blight which is an affront to all we together hold as sacred.  Get involved.  Start by contacting Forrest King to arrange for a presentation at your place of worship and sacred learning.


Introduction to Judaism – A Series of Three Week Classes
        Wednesdays – 7 pm – starts 11/02/2011; Teacher – Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman at Mt. Sinai Synagogue
Meet in Social Hall, unless otherwise specified. No fees.  No prerequisites.  Donations encouraged. See Mt. Sinai's website for further details.

November (11/2, 9, 16) – Jewish History (including thought & values)
December (12/7, 14, 21) – Jewish Cycles – Annual Holidays; Life Cycle; Daily Practices
Continuing in 2012 with:
January  11, 18 -- Jewish Mysticism/ Kabbalah


Events occurring only on specific dates

June 10, 2012 Farewell Potluck Luncheon for Rev Dana Lightsey of UUCC
You are invited to a potluck luncheon on Sunday, June 10, 11:45 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3005 Thomes Ave.  We will be saying farewell to our interim minister, Dana, as UUCC has called a new settled minister.  You are welcome to bring any type of potluck item - main dish, salad, or dessert.  Dana would enjoy the opportunity to say goodbye to each of you.  Any questions, please call Sandi Gaulke at 630-5856.

TBA - watch for the date later this summer 
Third Annual Cheyenne Interfaith Council Picnic

Events which have already occured this fiscal year are listed below:
March 10 - August 11, 2011  "From Just Surviving to Thriving" Workshop series (note: all of the sessions but the first two were during this year).
Presented by Stop Suicide Cheyenne in partnership with the WY Dept. of HealthGrace for 2 Brothers and theLaramie County Library.  These are free, one-hour long, stand alone workshops will be held monthly at the library starting March 10.

Six FREE Workshops 5:30-6:30 pm, Cottonwood Room  in the Laramie County Library

March 10 - Achieving Wellbeing

"There’s got to be more than this ..." You’ve probably said these very same words about something in your life. Maybe your career isn’t fulfilling, your relationship isn’t clicking, or you have a dream that just won’t come true. Wanting more is normal. It’s not selfish, and it’s not greedy. It just means you recognize the possibilities in life. We’ll discuss the three significant HAPPINESS FACTORS you can tap into to increase satisfaction, handle stress, and overcome adversity. Led by Lee Neeley, Ph.D., Licensed Professional Counselor, Laramie County School District #1.

April 14 - Emotional Intelligence

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. It is an amazing journey - and you, alone, are responsible for the quality of it. This workshop will help you identify strengths and weaknesses in your own Emotional Intelligence; identify what has worked, what has failed and what you are willing to change; learn to navigate life’s challenges while remaining calm; and increase self awareness. Led by Jeff Randall, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, F.E.Warren Air Force Base.

 May 12 - Navigating Life’s Potholes

Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation and fun – plus the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on. We will discuss how to accomplish this in today’s hectic lifestyle! Led by Dianne Lowe-Carpenter, L.C.S.W., Director of Counseling and Campus Wellness at Laramie County Community College.

June 9 - Riding Out the Perfect Storm

Rogue waves occur in the ocean when a number of physical factors, such as strong winds and fast currents, converge to create a perfect storm. Much like these rogue waves, problems in life can build to the point where a person feels like he or she is drowning in a sea of overwhelming emotions - helplessness, hopelessness and fear. Whether the perfect storm is yours or a loved one’s, this workshop will show you how to weather it. Panel discussion led by Lee Neeley, Ph.D., Licensed Professional Counselor, Laramie County School District #1.

July 14 - Letting the Sunshine In

Everyone gets the blues now and then. But when it lasts longer or hits harder, it’s OK to ask for help! And the encouraging news is that it can often be successfully treated. Learn effective tools to help you feel relaxed, rejuvinated, and on your way to letting the sunshine in. Led by Stephanie Wortman, L.C.S.W., Private Practice Psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma.

August 11 - Reaching Out

Our presenters will discuss their real-life experiences with loss, working with people touched by suicide, and reaching out for help - and will share helpful resources. Led by James Ednie, Musician and Founder of Rock for Life Suicide Prevention and BJ Ayers, Executive Director of Grace for 2 BrothersThis workshop will be held in the Willow Room.

Funded with Federal Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment Block Grant Funds.  (Wyoming SATP info)

Co-Partnered with Stop Suicide CheyenneWyoming Department of HealthGrace For 2 Brothers Foundation, and Laramie County Library.

For more information see brochure or contact: 
Kristi Leavitt
Community Relations Director
Peak Wellness Center
Mail - PO Box 1005, Cheyenne, WY  82003
Physical address - 510 W. 29th Street
Office - (307) 635-2753

July 10, 2011 - Second Annual Cheyenne Interfaith Council Picnic at Lyons Park Gazebo next to the Kiwanis House from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. MAP

Come prepared to

Make Friends

Eat Good Food

Play and have Fun   

Hamburgers and Hot Dogs provided by CIC, please bring a side dish or a dessert to share  For further details, please see our flier. (Please see flier for instructions in case of rain).  Also please see article in the July 9, 2011 edition of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle  Second Cheyenne Interfaith Picnic planned for Sunday


Cheyenne Interfaith  Division 5 Softball practice schedule

August 1        7 PM        Brimmer 1
August 4       7 PM        Brimmer 2
August 8        8 PM        Brimmer 1
August 11       7 PM       Converse 3
August 15       9 PM       Brimmer 1
August 18       6 PM       Brimmer 2
August 22      9 PM       Brimmer 2
August 29      6 PM       Brimmer 1
Sept 1           8 PM       Brimmer 1
Sept 12          6 PM       Brimmer 1

Come on out and join in the fun either by playing or supporting our team (Cheyenne Interfaith) in other ways.

OPERATION BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES  is a project of Needs Inc. in cooperation with Laramie County School District 1 being assisted by the Cheyenne Day of GivingNeeds goal is to distribute supplies to the well-over-1,000 students (kindergarten through college) this year. We all can help.  There are collection boxes for donated supplies at various businesses around Cheyenne.  Various faith communities are also doing their own collections for this project.  Check with yours.  Other options for helping include making donations through Cheyenne Day of Giving or bringing your donations directly to Needs Inc.  Here is a link to a list of needed items, based on the LCSD1 website, which can help you know what is needed to help. Laramie County School District 1 distribution for kindergarten through 12th-grade and college students will take place Aug. 17-19 at the Cheyenne Needs Inc. office.  Distribution will continue throughout the year 900 Central Avenue (Verification of financial need is required) For more information please contact Needs Inc., (307) 632-0409.

September 1st, 2011 (Thursday) 7 pm presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne Live From the Starving Ear
featuring Roy Zimmerman,  
A  performance of wickedly inventive satirical songs. 

In twelve albums over twenty years, Roy Zimmerman has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for peace and social justice.  His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime; he has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records; he's been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.  Roy’s YouTube videos have garnered over six million views and tens of thousands of comments. Joni Mitchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection."  His website is: http://royzimmerman.com/ .   There is nothing off limits including the Tea Party, the economy, same-sex marriage, Socialism, Creationism, guns, taxes, abstinence and yes, Obama all come under tuneful scrutiny.  More can be found on TwitterMy SpaceFacebook, and Wikipedia 

Price of admission is a suggested $15 donation.   For further information call the  
Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne  638-4554.

September 6, 2011  9:00 AM   
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has invited Nancy Berlinger, Ph.D, M.Div, to speak on ethical issues to the medical staff at the hospital in September. She is Deputy Director and Research Scholar at the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institution. 

"It’s against our religion”:  
the ethics of religious objections in healthcare
Presentation will be September 6th at 9:00 AM in the Hospital Meeting Rooms C & D.     Please see flier for more details.
For more information about this event or to suggests topics for the discussion, please contact:
Rev. T. Patrick Bradley, MA, BCC
Director, Pastoral Care
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
214 E 23rd Street
Cheyenne, WY 82001

September 11, 2011 - 10th Anniversary in Remembrance of 9/11 Observance  The theme of the Cheyenne Interfaith Council Observance is “Remembrance, Healing, and Hope."  On the 11th, there will be a presentation by Hands in Harmony starting at 2:45 PM at the Capitol.  The Interfaith Service will begin at 3:00 PM with a program that includes music, readings from the Quran, Hebrew Bible, Gospel, Greek Orthodox, and other traditions ... Each faith community is asked to bring a meaningful “broken” item to the September 11th commemoration.  All broken items will be brought forward and used by a local artist, Forest King, to create a work of art symbolizing the transition from brokenness to hope.

Please arrive by 2:30 PM to assure your ability to be present.  Participants in the Interfaith Service should be there by no later than 2:15 PM to prepare for their parts.  Thank you. 


Photos courtesy of Dave Cromley


Please also see WTE article: A time to heal

This segment runs 52 seconds.

Interfaith Remembrance Ceremony Honors 9 11 - KGWN –Cheyenne, WY– Scottsbluff, NE News,Weather, Sports.mp4

In the spirit of healing and the resilience, the HBO Documentary Films: Beyond 9/11 - Portraits of Resilience has been added to this page:
This film runs about 50 minutes. 
Disclaimer: The HBO Documentary Films: Beyond 9/11 - Portraits of Resilience was produced by HBO and TIME, and does not reflect any official position or endorsement by the Cheyenne Interfaith Council.  It was placed here solely at the discretion of the webmaster because of its focus on reflections by survivors of the events of 9-11-2001.  Because finding or making peace can be enhanced by increasing understanding between peoples in conflict, the next two embedded videos are offered with the hope of improving understanding, but also with the same caveat as the HBO Documentary above.  

The following originally comes from TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design).  That organization sponsored a remarkable discussion between the mother of one of the victims of 9-11 and a mother of one of the conspirators of 9-11.   The encounter is both disturbing and inspiring on many levels.   I can't imagine what it is like actually walking in either of these women's shoes,  but I can see what I might learn from what they are sharing with the hope that knowledge will lead to greater peace in the this world. - Webmaster.

9/11 healing: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship 
This segment runs about 10 minutes.

The following is a video from the Google S/A/V/E (Summit Against Violent Extremism).
This segment runs about 27 minutes.  

Along these same lines, we as a nation need to examine how the events of 9-11-2001 and their impact on our stated values as expressed in our most cherished national documents.  This in essence is the theme of Divided We Fall
This movie trailer runs about 7 minutes.

11 Days—11 Ways - To Practice Peace
We are pleased to announce a special project of the Culture of Peace Initiative: the 11 Days of Global Unity, which begins on Sept. 11th and ends on Sept. 21st, the International Day of Peace. This year's vastly expanded program has the theme “11 DAYS – 11 WAYS”. Each day will focus on a major area of concern for humanity and will feature observances, educational programs and practical acts that support these concerns. The UN MDG's (Millennium Development Goals) will be incorporated into these daily events:

Day 1 Unity: Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11; strengthen interfaith dialogue and understanding; empower grassroots organizations; develop global partnerships (MDG #8)

Day 2 Interdependence: Celebrate Interdependence Day; expand awareness of our global commons (water, air, natural resources, etc.); recognize global consciousness; honor indigenous wisdom

Day 3 Environment: Invest in renewable, nonpolluting energy systems and fuels; protect eco-systems and biodiversity (MDG #7); protect and provide clean water for all

Tuesday, September 13, 2011  Just the Facts PleaseNational and regional experts on the Affordable Care Act  present the law in bite-­size pieces and answer your questions.  Featuring a keynote address by T.R. Reid, best-­selling author of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. For more information, to register or to become a sponsor or exhibitor, visit www.OneHealthVoice.com or contact LRosedahl@pubaffairsco.com or see the linked Flier   While this is not a Cheyenne Interfaith Council event, it fits as a "Day 5" Days of Peace topic taking place in our state of interest to anyone with questions or concerns about health care delivery in the United States under existing law.

Day 4 Economic Justice: End poverty and hunger (MDG #1); fulfill basic human needs; expand socially conscious business and investment, provide opportunities for people to support themselves

Wednesday, September 14 7 PM at Mt. Sinai Synagogue - Presentation by  Mohamed Salih of the Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center and Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman: speaking together about "How Islamic and Jewish Prayers Lead to Peace."  This is a Mt. Sinai Days of Peace Event.  The public is welcome and invited to this event.  Afterwards a reception will be held featuring some treats prepared by the Islamic and Jewish Communities.

Day 5 Health: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (MDG #6); provide for universal healthcare; support holistic, proactive and preventive health practices

Day 6 Children & Youth: Reduce child mortality (MDG #4); provide for universal literacy and 8th grade ducation (MDG #2); end child slavery; promote the rights of the child

Friday, September 16, 2011 - Day one of two of the Cheyenne Greek Festival (always a treat) 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall

Friday, September 16, 20117 - PM at Mt. Sinai Synagogue  - Shabbat Evening Services led by Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman with Guest speaker will be Rev. Dana LightseyUnitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne - This is a Mt. Sinai Days of Peace Event.  The public is welcome and invited to this event.  Afterwards a traditional Oneg Shabbat (reception) will be held featuring some treats prepared by the Mt. Sinai Sisterhood.

Day 7 Women: Endorse gender equality (MDG #3); end violence against women; establish economic empowerment of women; support maternal health (MDG #5)

Saturday, September 17, 2011 Introduction to the Q'uran - a second look the second of four Saturday seminars which started September 10, 2011 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne organized by members of Cheyenne's local Islamic Community.  The topic of this session will be:   Life and Beyond in the Quran 

It is not necessary to have attended the prior sessions to attend this or any of the upcoming sessions.

Day 8 Human Rights: End persecution in all forms; promote judicial transparency; end torture in all forms

Saturday, September 17, 2011  Day two of two of the Cheyenne Greek Festival (always a treat) 11:00 AM pm to 8:00 pm at the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall

Sunday September 18th, Highlands United Presbyterian Church is participating in "11 Days of Peace" with a special program entitled "What Christians Need to Know About Muslims in a Post 9/11 World." Mohamed Salih of the Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center  will join Rev. Rodger McDaniel for a dialogue about Christian-Muslim relations. The public is invited and encouraged to bring questions. The service begins at 10 AM.

Day 9 Freedom: Hear the voice of the people; promote responsible governance; publicly finance local and national elections

Day 10 Disarmament: Abolish nuclear weapons and all WMDs; promote diplomacy and nonviolent conflict resolution; reduce military spending

Day 11 The International Day of Peace: Promote global military ceasefire; call for a day of nonviolence in media; work to establish departments and ministries of peace in nations around the world; highlight our personal and collective progress towards a culture of peace; make a personal commitment to doing something in our local areas; observe a Minute of Silence at 12 noon, as requested by the UN Secretary General.

Please note:  Various faith communities are doing a variety of programs during the 11 Days of Global Unity, which may include events and observances not listed here because that information has not yet been provided to this site's webmaster.   If you know your faith community is participating in the 11 Days of Global Unity, please have someone from your organization contact this site's webmaster so that it can be listed here.  Thank you.

September 21, 2011  - 5th Annual Cheyenne Interfaith Council 
Observance in Cheyenne  ( Information Updated as of 9-19-2011 Because the body of former US Senator Malcolm Wallop will be lying in state in the rotunda of the Capitol Building Wednesday morning, the CIC Day of Peace celebration will be moved to the Herschler Building atrium. The time is unchanged and the ceremony will begin at noon. Please plan to attend and circulate this change.) - 
Interfaith Service originally planned to be held the rotunda of the Capitol will instead be held in the atrium (area which is down the first set of stairs in the entry to the building). of the Herschler Building starting at noon on 9-21-2011.    Please check back for further updates, if any, as they develop.  

The International Day of Peace is the last part of an event that began with a 9/11 Observance on Sunday, September 11.  

Governor Mead
 has just signed a Proclamation that will be read designating September 21 as the International Day of Peace in Wyoming.

Local artist 
Forrest King will also be presenting a sculpture that he has made using the presented symbols from different faith communities that were brought to the 9/11 Observance.  

There will be a short presentation regarding peace from the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist Communities in Cheyenne.

Join us along with over 3,500 other communities throughout the world
 for this service focused on WORLD PEACE.

United Nations Resolutions
The International Day of Peace, established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly, was first inaugurated on the third Tuesday of September, 1982. Beginning on the 20th anniversary in 2002, the UN General Assembly set 21 September as the now permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

In establishing the International Day of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it would be appropriate "to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways… (The International Day of Peace) should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

The Assembly's resolution declared that the International Day of Peace "will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our Organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the Organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace.  May this Peace Day indeed be a day of peace."

(Quotes excerpted from the United Nations General Assembly Resolution UN/A/RES/36/67
The amended Resolution adopted in 2001 permanently fixed the date of the International Day of Peace to September 21.

The Assembly, reaffirming the contribution that the observance and celebration of the International Day of Peace make in strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict, (decided that) beginning with the fifty-seventh session, the Day should be observed on 21 September each year, with this date to be brought to the attention of all people for the celebration and observance of peace.

The new Resolution added the call for the International Day of Peace to be a Global Ceasefire:
"Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day...

(Quotes from the amending UN resolution 
UN/A/RES/55/282 which fixes the date of the International Day of Peace on 21 September and calls for a Global Ceasefire on that Day

Photo courtesy of Dave Cromley
At the Cheyenne Interfaith Council's International Day of Peace Observance local artist
Forrest King presented the sculpture he made from the items donated by various faith communities and other at the Cheyenne Interfaith Council's 9-11 Remembrance Observance. For additional information about this p
lease see the WTE Article: 

Religions Come Together for Day of Peace - KGWN –Cheyenne, WY– Scottsbluff, NE News,Weather, Sports.mp4

 September 10, 2011 - October 1, 2011 Introduction to the Q'uran - a second look in three Saturday sessions starting September 10, 2011 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne organized by members of Cheyenne's local Islamic Community.   While this is a continuation of the very well attended program offered this past winter, it is none the less open to everyone, including those who did not attend the previous sessions.  The topics covered are those suggested by the participants of the previous class who wanted to learn more about aspects of Islam which were not already discussed.  

Starting Saturday 9/10/11, inshallah, the class Major Themes of the Quran will resume at 10:30 a.m. at the UUC.  That session will be about the Prophets in the Quran.   It will start with a very short introduction to the prophets mentioned in the Quran but the main topic will be about Prophet Muhammad.

(Revised 9-18-2011) The rest of the sessions will be as follows:    

  •          Life and Beyond in the Quran:  9/17/11

  •     Paradise in the Quran and Muslim Sects: Sunni and Shia and Sufism have been consolidated in to a single session to be held on 10-15-2011.  The intention is to have a panel from these three sects within Islam to discuss the topics with participants during that session.


It is not necessary to have attended the prior sessions to attend this or any of the upcoming sessions.   


September 24, 2011 (Elul 26, 5771) - Saturday 7:30 PM Selichot discussion group and service at Mt. Sinai Synagogue

September 28, 2011 (Tishri 1, 5772) 7:00 PM - Wednesday - Erev Rosh Hashanah service at Mt. Sinai Synagogue
September 29, 2011 (Tishri 1, 5772) 9:00 AM - Thursday  Rosh Hashanah services at Mt. Sinai Synagogue the Torah is read and shofar is sounded during these services, and the public is welcome to attend. 
September 30, 2011 (Tishri 2, 5772) 9:00 AM - Friday -  Second Day Rosh Hashanah services at Mt. Sinai Synagogue the shofar is sounded during these services, and the public is welcome to attend.
September 30, 2011 (Tishri 2, 5772) 7:00 PM - Friday -  Shabbat Shuvah service at Mt. Sinai Synagogue the public is welcome to attend.

October 1, 2011 (Tishri 3, 5772) 9:00 AM - Friday -  Shabbat Shuvah service at Mt. Sinai Synagogue the public is welcome to attend.

A Shofar and a Prayer: Wyoming Jews celebrate Yom Kippur
The Jewish high holy days began last Wednesday with Rosh Hashannah (ROHsh HASH-uh-NAH) - the Jewish New Year And after 10 days of personal repentance, congregations gather this weekend for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It's easy to get in the spirit in places with larger Jewish populations, but things are a little different in the Cowboy state. Wyoming Public Radio's Rebecca Martinez has more.


October 7, 2011 (Tishri 10, 5772) 7:00 PM- Friday -  "Kol NidreErev Yom Kippur service at Mt. Sinai Synagogue the public is welcome to attend. This is a 24 hour (sometimes a little longer) time of fasting and prayer.


October 8, 2011 (Tishri 10, 5772) 9:00 AM (until after sundown) - Saturday - Yom Kippur services at Mt. Sinai Synagogue  This continues a 24 hour (sometimes a little longer) time of fasting and communal prayer. Please see Mt. Sinai Synagogue for actual times of the specific services during that day.  The services conclude after sundown with the sounding of the shofar and a communal break the fast. The Torah is read during these services and the public is welcome to attend any or all of these services as well as the break the fast.

October 8, 2011 Wyoming Association of Churches is hosting a town-hall style Civility Matters forum from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Casper, 332 E. Second St.

10:30 Judicial Responses for Youth Offenders in Wyoming
Michael Blonigen and Beth Evans

1:00 Marriage or Civil Unions as Relates to Couples’ Sexual Orientation
Rodger McDaniel and Bob Norris

2:30 Providing Health Care for Wyoming’s Poor
Kellie Clausen and Sarah Gorin
Read more: http://trib.com/news/local/casper/article_d00c9422-630f-51f8-99c8-7af16e041e4b.html#ixzz1Z9pu34CP  

November 5, 2011 - Please support and if possible participate in the 11th Annual COMEA House 5K Turkey Trot. The "Gobble Wobble" starts at 9:00 AM and the "Turkey Trot" starts at 9:30 AM.  Please see their events page or the linked brochure for further details. COMEA House  has been one of the tangible manifestations of interfaith efforts to address local needs in Cheyenne since the very beginnings of this organization.  For a reflection of it's origin, please see the information provided to us by Fr. Eugene Todd via John Peacock.

November 5, 2012 (Dhuʻl-Hijjah 9, 1432 AH)  Saturday Yaum Arafah (Yom Arafat)
The Day of Arafa (Arabic: يوم عرفة) is an Islamic Holy Day, in which it is said that the religion had been perfected. 

November 6, 2011  (Dhuʻl-Hijjah 10, 1432 AH)  Sunday Eid al-Adha (Arabicعيد الأضحى‎)
"Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid" observed by Muslims in remembrance of "Abraham's sacrifice of Ishmael" as taught in The Holy Qu'ran. 

November 11, 2011 Veterans' Day - Special Observances:

Cheyenne Veteran's Medical Center will be joining with numerous other organizations at 11:00 AM at Beth-El Cemetery for a public honoring of those who have served in this Nation's defense and remembrance them who made the ultimate sacrifice so the we may have the freedoms we are blessed with having.  As it is noted on signs in front of every V.A. Hospital ...


5 Simple Ways to Thank a Veteran Today

Mt. Sinai Synagogue Two observances - both are open to the public
Honor World War II Veterans: The Greatest Generation are also the Greatest Liberators.  Of the many Jews and others who resisted the Nazis and their collaborators, the ones who saved the most Jews and other potential victims were the Allied Soldiers.


Remember Kristalnacht:  The Night of Broken Glass  


On the night of November 9, 1938, the Nazi’s organized pogroms/riots throughout Germany, which destroyed 267 synagogues (almost all), 7,000 businesses, led to the arrest of 30,000 Jews, and killed 91.  After this night, Nazi violence against Jews escalated dramatically.

6:00 pm:  Dinner hosted by Mt Sinai Synagogue  (donations appreciated)

7:00 pm:  Shabbat Service includes readings about Kristalnacht

        and stories by World War II Veterans

November 24, 2011 - Thanksgiving Day - Unity Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor its annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner at the New Community House in Lions Park on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011 from noon until 4 p.m.

These dinners are prepared for the sick and shut-in, senior citizens, singles, those who will be alone or away from family, and the less fortunate of our community. Come out and fellowship with us.

The Menu will be: Roasted Turkey, Cornbread Dressing, Giblet Gravy, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Dinner Rolls, Beverage, Dessert (Sweet Potato Pie)

Please join with the Cheyenne Interfaith Council in showing some gratitude by helping the volunteers of the Unity Missionary Baptist Church in continuing their tradition of serving up a Thanksgiving dinner to anyone needing "a place at the table" at the Cheyenne-Kiwanis Community House in Lyon's Park.  The Unity Missionary Baptist Church has made this an annual tradition for many years .   Please bring cooked, ready to serve Turkeys.   Based on expected turn out from previous years, it is estimated that 100 turkeys total are needed to serve all who are likely to show up.  At present only about half have been pledged.   See the following WTE Articles about some of the previous years efforts : Church serves up dinner for 1,000  Volunteers come together to serve Thanksgiving meal  Day of thanks  Volunteers serve up hope for Thanksgiving    

For free delivery of dinners, donations of  food,  and/or  to volunteer, please call:

Rev. Ernest J. Fitzhugh 634-5643
Deberah Carter 634-5939
Ted Mills- Chairman 637-5431
Margaret Laybourn 632-1816
Gertrude McLaughlin 634-5527

Food donations can be dropped off prior to November 24th. Please call one of the people listed above to coordinate arrangements for deliveries.

See WTE about this year's effort: Helping Hands

November 25, 2011 at Mt. Sinai Synagogue  "Sex, Drugs, Rock n' Roll, Physics and Judaism" (in classic Jewish texts) -- this Friday, November 25, 7 pm, learn with Rabbi & Physicist Jack Schlachter from Los Alamos, New Mexico, a PhD research physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Rabbinic leader of their local congregation. Services, with Rabbi Harley, followed by Oneg (a repast) and study with Rabbi/Dr. Schlachter.  Please invite friends – open to all.

"Rabbi Jack Schlachter is an experimental physicist at Los Alamos, and said he has a personal library of over 5,000 Judaica books. He wove various biblical story threads about sex into a discussion of how scholars such as Rashi developed particular methodologies to uncover the laws that connect husbandly sexual obligations, their occupations and divorce."

For more details, check out the Mt. Sinai Synagogue website at little later in the week for further details:

November 26, 2011 [at sundown] (Muharram 1, 1433 AH)   Al-Hijra  (Arabicرأس السنة الهجرية‎ ) (Islamic New Year ) The First of Muharram marks the new year. The date fluctuates (in the Gregorian calendar) from year to year as it is based on the Islamic lunar.

November 29, 2011 Sand Creek Massacre Remembrance Day

November 30, 2011 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, at the Laramie County Library Windflower Room.  "Point in Time Count" Training Meeting to learn how to COUNT THE HOMELESS this upcoming Januaryhosted by the LCCP (Laramie County Community Partnership)  Housing Action Team

Please invite anyone you know who would like to volunteer to help us COUNT THE HOMELESS in January! The LCCP Housing Action Team is hosting a training for volunteers who want to help us coordinate this annual count. The training is November 30th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, at the Laramie County Library Windflower Room. Lunch will be provided.  To attend this training, RSVP by calling Tammy Howard at (307) 421-9674, OR by email your NAME and EMAIL address to tammy.howard@wyo.gov
Please remember we need all the help we can get to make our January count REALLY count! The more volunteers we can must, the better we will do at taking an accurate snapshot of Laramie County's homeless community so we can better serve them.

Point in Time Count Training Meeting Agenda

hosted by the LCCP Housing Action Team

November 30, 2011 @ 11:30-1pm

Location: Laramie County Library, Windflower Room

** Lunch Served**

  1. History and Importance of the Continuum of Care Point in Time Count

    1. Haley Powis, Creating Homes Facilitator

  1. Training on How to Fill Out the Sheltered and Unsheltered Count Forms

    1. Haley Powis, Creating Homes Facilitator

  1. Explanation and Importance of Sign-up Sheet and Volunteer Assignments and Coordination

    1. Terry Williams, Director of Wyoming Family Home Ownership Program

  1. Training on Cold Knocking and How to Approach a Homeless Person

    1. Robin Zimmer, Director of COMEA Shelter

  1. Next training will be Dec 13th at 4:30-6pm at the public library and Jan 13th at 10-11:30am at the public library.

  • The actual date of the Point in Time Count will be held on Wednesday, January 25th.

Tammy Howard, Housing Action Team Co-Chair
(307) 421-9674        tammy.howard@wyo.gov 

December 5, 2011 (Muharram 9-10, 1433 AH) The Day of Ashura 
is celebrated on the ninth and tenth month of Muharram. The word ashura means "ten" and is a time of fasting, reflection and meditation. According to the Holy Qu'ran, Jews of the city of Medina fasted on the tenth day in remembrance of their salvation from the Pharaoh, and the Prophet Muhammad pledged he would fast for two days instead of one in this same remembrance, but he died the following year and so never fasted as he had hoped.
For many Muslims there is joy in commemorating all of the wonderful events traditions say occurred on this day, including: Noah's ark came to rest, the Prophet Abraham was born, the Kaaba was built. Among Shiite Muslims, it is a day of special sorrow commemorating the martyrdom of the Prophet's grandson Hussain and his followers at the battle of Kerbala in Islam's first century. It is commemorated in Shiite communities with reenactment of these events and is a time of mourning.

December 12 - 13, 2011 The Debut Theatre in Fort Collins, Co. will presenting the play "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" at The Lincoln Center's Magnolia Theatre. It is at 417 West Magnolia. The show will be on Dec. 12th and Dec. 13th, 2011. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and admission is by donation.

Please see the press release below for details about Debut Theatre Company's production, I Never Saw Another Butterfly. 

    Adapted from the book (by the same name) of collected drawings and poems by Jewish children who passed through Terezin from 1942 to 1945, the World Stage and Act Teen troupes affirm that "art constantly challenges the process by which the individual person is reduced to anonymity." (Ahron Appelfeld  in Beyond Despair.) Because the production of a play embodies qualities a person needs to face life's challenges- dedication, creativity, confidence, desire and responsibility- we believe Debut's kind of encouragement is important to the future success of our members. The World Stage and Act Teen troupes provide a creative outlet for students ages 12-16 whose training includes developing leadership skills, practicing classical acting technique, and presenting multi-dimensional characters.

December 20, 2011 at Noon at  Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Meeting of Cheyenne Interfaith Council general membership.

December 21, 2011 at sundown (Kislev 25, 5772) Hanukkah begins
and at 6:00 PM Hanukkah party at  Mt. Sinai Synagogue The public is welcome to join with Cheyenne's Jewish community in the celebration of religious freedom.  Traditional rituals, foods, music, and games are all part of the program for this celebration which begins this eight day observance.  There is no "admission charge."  Donations are always appreciated to help support Mt. Sinai Synagogue  Listen to Rabbi Harley's interview about Chanukah on Laramie Live. The link is at :  http://laramielive.com/laramie-live-radio-show/  Fast forward by clicking on the bar. The interview starts at about 8 minutes, just after the weather.   

December 21, 2011at NOON 
  • Homeless Memorial Day will take place this year in front of the State Capitol Building.  This is an annual event sponsored by Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless
  • Recognition of those who died homeless on the streets of Cheyenne will take place with the tolling of a bell by Rev. Rick Veit, St. Marks Episcopal Church. 

  • Other speakers will include Virginia Sellner, Director, Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless, Richard McCullough, Crossroads Clinic/Community Action Homeless Outreach Program, Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman, Mt. Sinai Synagogue. Music will include Christmas Carols and Hanukkah songs. 

  • The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless has sponsored this event in Cheyenne since it beginning in 1990. This is the 22nd Homeless Memorial Day event for Cheyenne and the rest of the country. In the 1980s a small group of cities remembered those who died on the streets but the events were not organized. 

  • In 1990 the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council organized the event and began holding memorials on December 21st each year -- the longest day of the year and frequently the coldest day of the year in many communities. A small number of cities participated in the 1990 event and it has grown each year since then. 

  • In 2010 there were 141 cities participating and approximately 1900 homeless individuals remembered.

  • December 24, 2011 Christmas Eve

    December 25, 2011 Christmas Day

    December 26, 2011 Boxing Day  

    December 26 2011 - January 1, 2012 Kwanzaa also see Official Kwanzaa Website

    December 27, or 28, or 29, 2011 Childermas also called Holy Innocents' Day or Children's Mass, The observed date varies by specific tradition observed. December 27 is the date for West Syrians (Syriac Orthodox ChurchSyro-Malankara Catholic Church, and Maronite Church) and East Syrians (Chaldeans and Syro-Malabar Catholic Church). December 28 is the date in the Church of England, the Lutheran Church and the Roman Catholic Church (in which, except on Sunday, violet vestments were worn before 1961, instead of red, the normal liturgical colour for celebrating martyrs). The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the feast on  December 29.

    December 28, 2011 Hanukkah concludes at sundown.

    December 29, 2011  Wounded Knee Massacre Remembrance Day.

    December 31, 2011 New Year's Eve

    January 1, 2012 New Year's Day

    Happy New Year everyone.  Here's a link to an interesting interfaith discussion about:  The Pursuit and Practice of Happiness Is an Awareness of the Suffering and Pleasure of OthersMay you find it an interesting way to start the new year.

    January 16, 2012 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. / Equality Day -  which some communities observe with a National Day of Service, MLK/Equality Day is observed here in Cheyenne with a variety of activities which will be listed once they are publicized.

    January 27, 2012  Memorial Service for "Chuli Pechulis" at 
    Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne Starts at 1:30 PM.  

    1957-2012  Mrs. Pamela “Chuli” Pechulis, 54, of Cheyenne died Jan. 22 at her home.

    She was born Dec. 8, 1957. She worked as a nurse for 37 years, and she was actively involved in the Cheyenne community, serving on the Cheyenne Interfaith Council, Day of Giving and Family Promise. She was also an active member of Mt. Sinai Synagogue.

    Mrs. Pechulis enjoyed the outdoors, her pets and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

    Her family will celebrate her life at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne. Cremation is under the direction of Schrader Funeral Home.

    Friends may contribute to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, 800 Southwest Drive, Cheyenne, Wyo. 82007.

    Condolences may be offered to the family online by going to www.schraderfuneral.com.

    Source: http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2012/01/26/obituaries/09obit01_01-26-12.txt

    February 8, 2012 Tu B'shivat (New Year ["birthday"] of the Trees) a meal followed by Kabbalistic Seder will be held at Mt. Sinai Synagogue starting

    Food for Body and Soul
    Interfaith Council Cookbook

    Diversity in flavors of foods are shared in our first Cheyenne Interfaith Council Cookbook.   

    Recipes are being collected until April 1, 2012 for this first edition.

    This project is being coordinated by a committee of volunteers who are:
    • Sharon Kelley of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne is our spokeswoman and facilitator. 
    • Sherri Geringer our Chairperson, a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, is in charge of proofreading and organizing the recipes at Typensave.com.  
    • Janai Robinson,  the Intern Pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church is the designer of the cover and options within the cookbook.  

    We are deeply appreciative of the efforts from this hard working team. We need more recipes that reflect a variety of faith groups. We could use more recipes in categories such as: Appetizers & Beverages, Desserts, and Soup and Salads.  If you are from a member organization of the Cheyenne Interfaith Council, please check with your representative as they have been given information about how to upload recipes directly to Typensave.com .  If that doesn't work for you please email one of the members of the the committee at the addresses listed below.

    You can contribute recipes even if your organization is not a member organization of the Cheyenne Interfaith Council by sending an email one of the members of the the committee at the addresses listed below.

    Keep checking for updates and information about how and where to purchase this wonderful collection as that information becomes available.  

    April 1 - Palm Sunday

    April 6 at sundown Passover (Jewish) begins and continues until sundown on April  13th  (14th for those who follow additional day observances in the Diaspora).

    April 5 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday

    April 6 - Good Friday

    April 8 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)

    April 11, 2012 at Laramie County Community College Estelle Nadel speaks about her experiences during The Holocaust.


    Featured Speaker:  Holocaust Survivor Estelle Nadel, who grew up in Poland. When she was 7, the Nazis arrested, and later murdered, her father and sister.  Estelle hid, with her mother and brother, Stephan, in an attic for six months, when her mother was caught by the Gestapo, and killed.  Three months later, Estelle and Stephan were caught and jailed, but, remarkably, escaped. They connected with other family and hid in another attic for two more years, until liberation by the Soviets in 1945.


    She told Douglas Brown of the Denver Post in 2009:  People need to remember what can happen when others demonize races or ethnicities or religions. When the stories remain crystalline, maybe the world will see fewer genocides."    Click here to read that interview


    She devotes a tremendous effort to educate as many people as possibile about what she experienced in the hope that it will help others to understand that the Holocaust really did happen and that all people have a responsibility to prevent it from happening again.    The articles at the following links chronicle some of her efforts: Colorado Public Television , Speaking at Colorado University Colorado State University Denver Catholic Register , Speaking to 8th Graders in Thousand Oaks, CA 


    Estelle and her husband Fred now live in Westminster, Colorado. They have three sons.  She also sometimes participates as a soloist with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale.

    Wingspan article:  Holocaust survivor shares story with campus

    KGAB: LCCC to host two powerful events in April

    April 15 - Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)

    April 15 - 27, 2012 - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum "Days of Remembrance"  Webmaster's note:  Please also see information about educational materials from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum . 

    Tuessday, April 17 - 11:30 AM - Holocaust Memorial Luncheon at F.E. WAFB (Warren Air Force Base).  Members of Mt. Sinai Synagogue please contact Phyllis Bloomberg for more information and to sign up. - Webmaster's editorial note: "This listing is for informational purposes only and is not an open invitation.  It is an event by and for members of the Armed Services.   The service men and women of WAFB have kindly extended an invitation to participate to Cheyenne's Jewish Community, and in particular those who are Holocaust Survivors and Mt. Sinai Congregation's World War II veterans for obvious reasons.  The Jewish Community of Cheyenne participates as an acknowledgment of appreciation to those who serve to defend the freedoms we enjoy and in particular to remember those Allied Soldiers of all the Armed Services who were injured or lost their lives in World War II.  We would not be here today were it not for their sacrifices. We would not have the future were it not for those who continue to serve now. Freedom is not free.  As it states at the main entrance of V.A. hospitals 'The Price of Freedom is Visible Here.' "

    Thursday, April 19 starting at 11:00 AM - Governor's Holocaust Memorial,in the Herschler Building in Room B-63

    Please join us Thursday, April 19, 11:00 am, for the Annual Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance  We will meet in the Herschler Building, Room B-63, on 25th and Carey, downtown Cheyenne.  The event is free and open to the public.


    Governor Matt Mead and Cheyenne Mayor Richard Kaysen will offer reflections, as will Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman of  Mt Sinai Congregation.  Candles will be lit by Holocaust survivors, who live in Cheyenne.  Readings and Music accompany our program.


    Program coordinated by the Holocaust Education Committee and Mt Sinai Congregation, with the Office of Governor Matt Mead.

    Sunday, April 20 starts at 4:00 PM Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration at Mt. Sinai Synagogue

    To honor and to find inspiration from

    those who survived

    those who resisted the Nazis and their collaborators

    and those who rescued Jews and other potential victims


    Heroes, Despite the Holocaust

    An Interfaith Commemoration –


    Sunday, April 20, 4:00 pm

    Mt Sinai Congregation,

    downtown Cheyenne (Pioneer and 26th)


    Honor and find inspiration from the stories of two survivors, long time Cheyenne residents, Zoltan "Zollie" Gancz and Helen Zigmond.  Brother and sister, they personify the most powerful response to the tragic evil of the Nazis – a life lived well, with hope and faith, despite experiencing unspeakable horrors.


    Listen to music by singers from Mt Sinai Synagogue.  Featured presentation by Synagogue President Dave Lerner about his mother's cousin Sonja Fischerova and her artwork.

    Learn from stories of rescue and resistance, readings, and poems, read by Ministers and Public Officials


    View a museum quality poster display, in the hope that remembering the past will heal divisions and help prevent future atrocities. 


    Enjoy a reception, after our program, and learn about what you can do to encourage Holocaust education in Wyoming. 
    Responses to our recent recession showed frightening parallels to Germany in the 1920’s and 1930’s. “The Holocaust was not an accident in history … It occurred because individuals, organizations and governments made choices that not only legalized discrimination but that allowed prejudice, hatred, and, ultimately, mass murder to occur.”  (The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C.,www.ushmm.org).  

    Darfur, the Congo, and domestic violence provide a few examples of parallels in recent years.  Join us to protest evil and injustice, and to promote resistance, respect, caring, and love.


    Presented by the Cheyenne Interfaith Council, the Holocaust Education Committee
    and Mt Sinai Congregation.

    To learn more, contact Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman at
    rabbi@mtsinaicheyenne.org or 910-431-9976.


    For those who suffered, for people of today,

    for the children of tomorrow, WE MUST NEVER FORGET.

    May 11, 2012 - Cheyenne Day of Giving

    What is the Cheyenne Day of Giving?

    It is a non-profit organization led by Cheyenne congregations and supported by business and community groups. Its focus is on providing an opportunity for the people in the Cheyenne area to come together in an effort to help the sick and the economically disadvantaged.  

    For more information also see their flier at this link.

    Some of the organizations helped by the Cheyenne Day of Giving are:

    • Family Promise of Cheyenne served 41 homeless individuals for a total of 4753 meals and 2099 bed nights in host congregations in 2009. 

    • Comea House served 35,146 meals and provided 17,573 bed nights last year. 

    • Needs gave away enough food for 383,220 meals in 2009. They served 25,548 clients, who are allowed to come once a month for food. 

    • Safehouse Services sheltered 191 individuals for 4034 bed nights in 2009 and assisted 579 people with 3233 services, including food boxes and transportation. They also provided help to women and children setting up new apartments in a safe environment. 

    • Salvation Army in 2010 is serving lunch to 75-85 people each day, usually including 4 to 5 toddlers. They are also giving away more and more food boxes as the economy continues to struggle. 

    • Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless served 1,580 people in 2009 and is on track to serve more this year. 

    • Magic City Enterprises, Inc. helping develop mentally disabled and mentally ill or fragile.

    • Home Away From Home served over 2,000 people in 2010

    • St. Joseph's Food Pantry (sorry - no web site to link)

    May 17, 2012 - Cheyenne International Film Festival opens with a free showing of "Bully"

    May 18, 2012 - Welcome to The Western State Baptist Convention (WSBC) which will be convening in Cheyenne, WY. The Western States Baptist Convention, the Unity Missionary Baptist  Church (Rev. Ernie Fitzhugh) and the Second Baptist Church present “Songs of Our Journey” on Friday, May 18, 2012, 7 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church, 2403 Snyder Ave, Cheyenne, WY. This will include choirs and musicians from our community. Come hear and sing some great gospel music!  

    May 20, 2012 - Sunday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM it's The Mt. Sinai Synagogue Yiddish Food Festival not only is Admission Free, but there will be wonderful food, live Klezmer Music, Israeli Folk Dancing, synagogue tours, Shofar demonstrations, an opportunity to meet Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman and get answers to some of the question you may have about Judaism but hadn't had the opportunity to ask.  For more info see the attached flier and for the latest information about this event visit the Mt Sinai Congregation website at: http://www.mtsinaicheyenne.org/_pdfs/2012/FLYER2012.pdf  
    WTE Article:  
    Yiddish Food Festival returns with delectable delights

    May 28, 2012  Memorial Day (Webmaster's note: We take time to remember those who gave their lives in the service this nation.  The freedoms we have today would not exist without them).