Founded in 1967 as the Winnetka Interfaith Council, the purpose of the New Trier Multifaith Alliance is to foster interfaith understanding and sensitivity by providing a forum for interfaith dialogue, and developing programs that provide service to the community at large and engage in participation by the member faith-based communities.

Faith Community Activities-2018


Dear Friends,

Open Communities is excited to invite you to its Second Justice Summit for residents and community activists in the northern suburbs!  This is an opportunity to learn, and organize under the Principles of the Welcoming Community to become more accessible, safe and engaged.

The Justice Summit

Sunday, January 21st
from 1:45 – 5:30
Oakton Community College
the Skokie Campus

 HERE to attend!

Workshops on:

  • Housing Rights Familiarize yourself about strategic campaigns to preserve and create affordable housing, and what you can do to stop housing discrimination.
  • Low Wage Workers’ Rights.  Learn about policy campaigns to empower and improve workers’ lives, and organize businesses that support workers earning a living wage.
  • Immigration and Racial Justice  Connect with ways to work locally against the current rise of anti-immigrant and racist policies. Learn about actions to create a more welcoming community.
  • Organizing and Civic Engagement How to keep your elected officials accountable, and learn about faith-based and political organizing.
  • Social Identity and Cultural Competence  Understand the power dynamics in society that impact us, develop the skills to interrupt old patterns and inequitable practices that limit access and exclude some people from our institutions.

Speakers  Include:

  • Gianna Baker, Outreach manager at Housing Action Illinois and leader of the Just Housing Initiative campaign.
  • Ben Head, Political consultant, campaign manager, and community organizer.
  • Zach Koutsky, Legislative and Political Director of United Food and Commercial Workers, Local #881
  • Sue Loellbach, Director of Advocacy at Connections for the Homeless and director of Joining Forces for Affordable Housing.
  • Reverend Paul Nabors, Second Baptist Church of Evanston, President of Evanston NorthShore Chapter of NAACP
  • Jennifer O’Neil, Evanston League of Women Voters
  • Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of the Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
  • Tanya Richard, Co-Creator of the podcast Race Bait and the documentary Tip of the Spear.
  • Pastor Daniel Ruen, Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Evanston.
  • Holly Sklar, Co-author of Raise the Floor: Wages and Policies that Work for All of Us. Executive Director, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.
  • Paul Traynor, Co-Creator of the podcast Race Bait and the documentary Tip of the Spear.
  • Fred Tsao, Senior Policy Counsel at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Dilnaz Waraich, Muslim Education Center and Board Member of Open Communities

Attendance is free, however a $10 donation is suggested.

For more information or if interesting in being a sponsor, please contact Liliana Salcido at liliana@open-communities.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, January 21, 2018
1:30 PM
Oakton Community College

Organizing for Justice: Second Justice Summit 2018


Wednesday, January 31
7 PM
Winnetka Congregational Church
Centennial Room

Join Go Green Winnetka for a screening of From The Ashes.

From the Ashes is a documentary that underscores the coal industry, one of the most dominant and controversial industries in the history of the United States. The film explores the reality of coal’s role in climate change while offering insight into solutions that could help revive the struggling economies of dying mining towns and still safeguard the environment. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for our economy, health, and climate. For more information, please visit fromtheashesfilm.com.



Morton Grove Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Around 200 people attended Morton Grove’s 53rd Interfaith Thanksgiving service at Muslim Education Center on the evening of Nov 23. This yearly event is co-hosted by various Morton Grove churches and the mosque. Various faiths come together to say prayers of thanks and to build connection while enjoying delicious refreshments. Please check out the you tube video of the event and some pictures on our Facebook page. Thank you to all guests for making it a truly amazing gathering.


Niles Township Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

On November 21, Tuesday evening, about 300 people filled up the St Peter’s United Church of Christ in Skokie to the brim to celebrate the Thanksgiving, Unity and Diversity. Hafiz Ikhlas recited And translated a Surah. Br Kareem Irfan was the guest speaker who spoke very passionately & eloquently about Diversity, respect and to be always truthful from Islamic perspective. He got standing ovations. Hafiz Ikhlas distributed his book “Islam- brief introduction of History and Faith.






New Trier Multifaith Alliance Thanksgiving Service

On Tuesday, November 21 New Trier Multi- Faith Alliance held an amazing interfaith service at the Winnetka Covenant Church. There were around 200 people in attendance. The keynote speaker was Dr. Rami Nashashibi, who is the Executive Director of the Inner-city Muslim Action Network. Dr. Rami Nashashibi recently just won the 2017 MacArthur “Genius Grant”. Overall the event was a great learning experience for all who attended.


Dr. Nashashibi has lectured across the United States, Europe, and Asia on a range of topics related to American Muslim identity, community activism and social justice issues. In 2014, the Center for American Progress profiled Rami as one of the “14 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2014.” He was also named one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in concert with Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Previously, Chicago Public Radio selected him as one of the “Top Ten Chicago Global Visionaries.”

Dr. Nashashibi has served as the Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) since its founding in 1997. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago and is a Visiting Professor of Sociology of Religion & Muslim Studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary. He has worked with several leading scholars in the area of globalization, African American studies and urban sociology and has contributed chapters to edited volumes by Manning Marabel and Saskia Sassen.







 March 5, 2017

Keeping Faith:Three Sisters of Story

In these difficult and dark times, let the power of storytelling illuminate our hearts.
Three exceptional storytellers will share stories from
their own faiths — Muslim, Christian, and Jewish — to transcend differences through shared belief
in the power of compassion. Come bask in the luminous light.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
3:30 p.m. at Temple Jeremiah
937 Happ Road, Northfield

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Status of Women: Have We Come Far Enough? What Do the Sacred Texts Teach?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7:00–8:30 p.m.
Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road
(Corner of Hibbard and Illinois)
Wilmette, IL 60091

Dr. Thomas Mockaitis
Professor of History
DePaul University, Chicago

Ms. S. Valerie Dana, J.D.
Elected Member
National Spiritual Assembly of Bahá’ís

Ms. Hind Makki
Interfaith Educator, Author
Muslim Community Center, Chicago

Rev. Heath Howe
Pastoral Associate
Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth
Rabbi Emily Segal
Associate Rabbi
Temple Jeremiah, Northfield

All are welcome to attend this FREE event.
Organized by the Interfaith Understanding
Committee of the New Trier Multifaith Alliance
(formerly Winnetka Interfaith Council)


Winnetka Congregational Church
Mustafa Akyol speaks and converses with us at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
He is the author of “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty,” and the recently published “The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims.”
For more information about our guest, go to https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustafa_Akyol