Originally organized as a committee of the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ, later renamed the National Conference of Community and Justice), the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada promotes activities that encourage understanding and respect among all people, all traditions, all cultures, all philosophies, and all communities. By creating positive, meaningful relationships across differences, and fostering appreciative knowledge of other traditions, attitudes improve, knowledge increases, and more relationships occur.
With the withdrawal of NCCJ from Nevada, the Interfaith Council believes that the work they perform and the functions they fill within the Southern Nevada community are critical and necessary. In order to continue to provide this venue for multicultural and multi-faith cooperation and understanding, the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada was incorporated in the State of Nevada and chartered as a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization on January 5, 2005.
“Interfaith is not a new religion; it is affirmation of the beauty of the diverse expression of divine values in all sacred traditions. This world longs for universal peace and understanding. Many great theologians from West to East have stated clearly that there will be no peace on earth until there is peace between religious traditions. It is therefore incumbent upon every person to work toward the understanding and celebration of our diverse expressions of divine values. The Divine created us and made us into many tribes and nations, that we might know one another, not that we should express suspicion toward one another. It is the Divine Purpose to bring peace on earth and goodwill to every member of the human family.”
– Rev. Gard Jameson, President of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada