MIFA Celebrates 50 Years of Uniting Community Through Service
Check out our 50th anniversary video below.
Jubilee Year Events
Legacy Day | September 14
MIFA celebrated it's founding as the city's preeminent interfaith organization with speeches from staff, government officials, and Father Nicholas Viernon, a member of the 1968 Memphis Ministers Association whose efforts led to the formation of MIFA 50 years ago. Before the unveiling of the historical marker, the crowd gathered for a beautiful prayer delivered by leaders of several congregations and faith groups. The morning also honored our leaders and volunteers, past and present, for their work at MIFA.
View photos of Legacy Day
Read about MIFA's rich history and promising future in the published articles below.
MIFA celebrates jubilee year, Elle Perry, Daily Memphian
'Memphis Miracle': MIFA Celebrates 50 Years of Service, Katie Fretland, The Commercial Appeal
MIFA Celebrates 50 Years of Service, Michael Finger, Memphis Magazine
Jewish Memphis Celebrates MIFA's 50th Anniversary, Susan C. Nieman, Jewish Scene Magazine
The famed 'Memphis Miracle' arose from distress of 1968, The Commercial Appeal
Written by Rabbi Harry K. Danziger, chair of MIFA’s board of directors from 2002 to 2004, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel
Longtime group still showing its faith in Memphis, The Commercial Appeal
Written by Rev. Dr. Dorothy Sanders Wells, current chair of MIFA’s board of directors and rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown
Helping Memphis meet basic needs, The Commercial Appeal
Written by Gregory M. Duckett, member of MIFA’s board of directors, and senior vice president and chief legal officer of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation
Good neighbors share acts of kindness, The Commercial Appeal
Written by Sally Heinz, MIFA's current president and CEO
CommUNITY Days | September 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 15
People from 70 diverse congregations and faith backgrounds across Shelby County worked together on over 20 different service projects to benefit the community and make us better neighbors to each other. Click here to learn more about CommUNITY Days. For additonal information, contact Linda Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 529-4560.
View our Flickr album to see CommUNITY Days volunteers in action.
Golden Gala | October 11
We honored MIFA’s amazing past and vibrant future in a memorable evening at the Hilton Hotel, including a seated dinner, live music, inspirational presentations, and the unveiling of MIFA Center for Community, our new website.
Below is an excerpt from the keynote speech delivered by MIFA Board Chair Dorothy Wells.
Rabbi Wax, Dean Dimmick, John T. Fisher, and 27 other clergy and committed Memphians would come together on September 15, 1968, gathering for a conference focused on creating an interfaith ministry for the urban poor. On that day, MIFA was born. To be certain, intentionally walking together and crossing racial and religious boundary lines would prove difficult; but fifty years later, we are together and we bring together hands and hearts in our community to make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.
Click here to read the entire speech.
View Golden Gala photos