According to dictionary.com, a “ministerium” is an organization of local ministers or religious leaders who work with other community leaders on social or educational programs.” One of Merriam-Webster’s definition also includes, “meeting periodically for fellowship and attending to problems of common interest.”
The founding members of the Feasterville Ministerium, and even some of the congregations themselves, have moved on—and participation has evolved over time to include houses of worship in Feasterville, Trevose, and, most recently, Bensalem. But the spirit of the organization remains the same—sharing faith and looking for ways to meet the needs of the community.
The congregations’ leaders meet monthly for prayer, support, and fellowship and to discuss how faith can be translated into practice with local issues. Over the years that has included a variety of projects—such as helping fight homelessness (rehabbing houses, supporting Family Promise of Lower Bucks) and sharing resources to combat the opioid crisis.
However, two interfaith community events have remained constant. Each year starts with a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life on his federal holiday, and then in November, Thanksgiving is celebrated the Tuesday before the holiday. In addition to ecumenical praise and worship, these services include a collection whose proceeds go to a selected charity, and they are followed by hospitality for attendees.
This year, Assumption was the host for the Thanksgiving service. Not only are we thankful for all parishioners and staff who made this event a success, but we are thankful to live in an area where so many people of faith are willing to come together in love and peace to help those in need.