RISCC in the Media

2/13/2017 Rev. Anderson on Dan Yorke Show Discusses “Sanctuary Congregations”

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Crescent Moon and Stars, Symbol of Islam

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Download an 8 1/2 by 11 printable poster of this picture HERE


Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson Appears on Dan Yorke Television News Show

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Rev. Don Anderson, RI State Council of Churches, joined Dan Yorke State of Mind to discuss recent local faith leadership meetings with Governor Gina Raimondo. To view the video, click HERE



Saturday, September 24  5:15 pm

Front Lawn of First Baptist Church in America

75 North Main St., Providence
prayervigilimage2American Baptist Clergywomen of Rhode Island invite you to join in a prayer vigil for healing with peace and justice. In the face of ongoing violence in our community and world, let’s come together to share and listen to one another, and peacefully and hopefully imagine and advocate for another way of being.

Noel Frias, Community Activist for the RI NAACP Youth and College Division will speak on “What do young people of color need from the police?”  Commissioner of Public Safety, Col. Steven Paré, will answer the question “What do police officers need from young people of color in the Providence community?” Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson, Executive Minister with the RI State Council of Churches, will respond to the question “Why do Christians and Muslims in Rhode Island Need One Another?”  We also will have a prominent member of the Muslim Community responding to “Why do Muslims and other Faith Communities in Rhode Island Need One Another?” 

Other confirmed participants include:

Emily Jones, Executive Director, RI Interfaith Coalition
Rev. Wendy Kiefer-O’Brien, President,   RI American Baptist Ministers Council
Rev. Justin Lester, Pastor, Congdon Street Baptist Church
Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Brown University Chaplain
Rev. Jamie Washam, Pastor, First Baptist Church in America
Rev. Linda Watkins, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Pawtucket

All are welcome to join together to pray, sing, claim, and move toward healing, peace, justice and reconciliation on this Water Fire night in downtown Providence. Come early for best street parking



Press Release

Statement – Hate Crime – Cranston

Cranston Clergy Association

May 25, 2016

The Cranston Clergy Association strongly condemns yesterday’s hate-filled vandalism in Cranston and stands solidly with all those gathered, including the Mayor and Chief of Police of Cranston and the many organizations represented today.

Although the hatred wasn’t specifically directed at Christians, we want our Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters to know that the Christian community of Cranston condemns this act and stands with you today and every day.

The Cranston Clergy Association represents the wider religious community of Cranston. We are Jewish and Christian – and Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant.

I also represent the RI State Council of Churches in both condemning this incident and supporting those gathered here today.

Sometimes we may be unsure whether something is truly a “hate crime.” Those who committed this act left no doubt by explicitly spelling out the hatred symbolized by the Swastika and the letters KKK with the phrases “I hate Arabs and I hate Jews.”

So we must not only name this as a hate crime but also proclaim boldly that such hatred has no place in our city or in a world in which all faith traditions are commanded to see everyone as a child of God.

Thank you and may God’s blessings be upon you.

Rev Scott Spencer; President, Cranston Clergy Association


Press Release:
May 24, 2016

Barbara Scott
RI State Council of Churches
Cell (401) 556-2606

Rhode Island State Council of Churches
distributes signs with holiday message to RI Muslim Community


Free lawn signs say: “To our Muslim Neighbors:  Blessed Ramadan”


Providence, RI – The Rhode Island State Council of Churches (RISCC) invites all faith communities to post free lawn signs that say “To our Muslim Neighbors: BLESSED RAMADAN.”  Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.  In 2016, it’s from June 6 to July 5.  This annual observance is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity.

“From the current political atmosphere to neighborhood hate crimes, we see negativity directed against Muslims. But this is not who we are in Rhode Island.  When we are our best selves, we are a welcoming, caring, respectful community,” said Barbara Scott, the Council’s President. “Signs on our front lawns is one positive way to demonstrate a caring spirit towards Muslim Rhode Islanders. We’re asking individuals, families and faith communities to place a ‘Blessed Ramadan” sign near their front doors during the month of Ramadan as a gesture of witness and welcome.”                                                                                                                 more…

BLESSED RAMADAN release, Page 2, May 24, 2016
To get a free sign delivered to your address in Rhode Island, please email Paul Alexander at RISCCVolunteer@gmail.com with your contact information. The plastic signs are white with black type measuring 18 x 24 inches, similar to lawn signs used in political campaigns.
          Other State Councils of Churches are now active in this effort of interfaith appreciation, including Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado, Arkansas, Kentucky and Washington State. Tennessee’s efforts are managed by Religions for Peace.

According to local Muslim scholars, one website is recommended to learn more about Islam: www.islamreligion.com.  (Vocabulary nuance: Muslims are the people who practice Islam.)

The Rhode Island State Council of Churches, which will celebrate its 80th year of service in 2017, is a center for ecumenical conversation and interfaith dialogue between and among the faith communities of Rhode Island.
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Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson discusses Station Nightclub Fire Memorial with survivors.

March 13, 2016

Discussion with Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson, Executive Minister Rhode Island State Council of Churches discusses the Station Nightclub Fire with survivors and Memorial organizers. Video, provided by Access RI Public Television, can be viewed HERE

“Blessing of the Waters” held at Save the Bay Headquarters

March 12, 2016

Creation Justice Ministries, along with partners Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Save the Bay and Pew Charitable Trusts, hosted this event to support President Obama’s efforts to declare two areas of the Atlantic as Marine National Monuments.

The full Providence Journal article is HERE.

A video of Opening Remarks and the actual Blessing of the Waters can be viewed HERE

Dr. Don discusses Lent, Sacrifice, and Current Advocacies

February 28, 2016

WPRO Sunday Morning Radio Show “Cumulus Community” Listen HERE

Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson, Executive Minister for the Rhode Island State Council of Churches (RISCC), was interviewed by WPRO’s news director Bill Haberman, as part of their Sunday Cumulus Community Radio Program. You can hear the entire program by clicking on the link below.

Dr. Don discussed the various Lenten traditions for our faith communities. He elaborated that Lent was a time for “Sacrifice,” and how we should sacrifice our comfort by getting involved and active in various advocacies.

The discussion is wide-ranging: The Syrian refugee crisis and the Council’s work with the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition Against Poverty and the
Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence.

Press Conference on Open Syrian Refugee Immigration, RI State House

February 22, 2016

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The Rhode Island State Council of Churches will join the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) and other faith and community leaders to support Governor Raimondo”s openness towards Syrian refugees coming into Rhode Island at a press conference at the State House today (Monday, February22, 2016) at 3:30 PM. This press conference is in direct response to a press conference scheduled at 2:15 PM at the State House calling for Governor Raimondo to change her position. Faith Leaders scheduled to speak today are:
John Jacobs, the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA), Executive Director
Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman, Temple Beth-El, Providence
Rev. Dr. Don Anderson, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Executive Minister
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