The Dutchess County Interfaith Council community is shocked, saddened and in prayer after the recent tragic events in Orlando, FL.  We condemn the violence that took so many lives, affected so many families, and brought terror in a very real way into our world.  What occurred at Pulse in no way reflects the beliefs of any religion or faith community; it is the act of a single individual who had access to destructive weapons and apparently chose to murder civilians for reasons still being investigated.
All of the Dutchess County community, especially the interfaith community, are working together for deeper relationships, understanding and mutual support in these difficult days.  We pray together and we pray for each other.  Please join us in this important work of moving forward together, stronger and more committed to improving lives, providing opportunity to all and working together to prevent violence in all its forms from ever being the answer to any question.
Our prayers of support go to the LGBTQ community, the Latina/Latino community, first responders, those critically wounded, families in grief, a city in mourning and a nation in turmoil.  May the coming days and weeks bring answers where they can be found, and understanding and care for each other.
In closing, I would like to share the statement made by the Islamic Society of North America on the tragic events in Orlando:

ISNA Offers Condolences to the Families of the Orlando Shooting Victims –
“We stand with the victims of this senseless act of violence and mourn with the families of the victims and pray for their ease and comfort during this time of difficulty.
ISNA sends its condolences and prayers  to the families of the victims.  We urge the community to stand united against all acts of violence.
We encourage our members to donate to help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families and our members in Florida to visit a blood center to donate blood to help the victims of the shooting.”

I invite and encourage everyone to consider attending the Candlelight Vigil for Orlando DCIC is co-sponsoring with First Congregational Church at 269 Mill Street in Poughkeepsie from 5-6pm, tomorrow Wednesday, June 15th. 
In peace,
Clare Sig
Clare J. Chapman
Executive Director

Dutchess County Interfaith Council

2015-2016 DCIC Oil Purchase Group Contract

DCIC continues to work with Love/ Effron to extend savings on heating oil to Dutchess County houses of worship and non-profits.

The 2015-2016 Oil Purchase Group contract with Love/Effron started September 1, 2015 and ends August 31, 2016.  This year's contract remains the same as the last contract season, visit our Oil Purchase Group page for all the details.

DCIC would like to notify all our OPG members that the annual membership fee will increase starting September 1st 2015 from $50 to $100.  As always, any organization that has already contributed $100 or more in donations to DCIC since January 1st 2015 is exempt from paying the OPG membership fee.

Special pricing on propane to our members!

All houses of worship and non-profits who pay for fuel oil or propane are welcome to join the DCIC OPG.  Are you a OPG member and need to re-enroll? Would you like to enroll in the DCIC OPG as a new member? This year's OPG Brochure and Enrollment Form is now available in PDFand you can pay the DCIC OPG membership fee online using Paypal. Have questions about the OPG?  Check out our OPG FAQ


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