The Interfaith Center of New York mourns the death of our founder and friend, The Very Rev. James Parks Morton. A pioneer in interfaith work, peace-building, and environmental stewardship, Dean Morton created an organization for hundreds of grassroots faith leaders from African Diaspora, Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Jewish, Hindu, Humanist, Muslim, Native American, Shinto, and Sikh communities in New York City. After September 11, 2001, Dean Morton helped focus ICNY’s work increasingly on providing assistance to immigrant and disenfranchised religious communities while also bridging the divide between the city’s religious leadership and its secular civic institutions. Before founding the Interfaith Center in 1997, Dean Morton lead the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for 25 years. Our hearts are with Pamela, his family and all those who had the great fortune to know him.
Launched in January 2020 by The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) to honor the legacy of the late Very Rev. James Parks Morton, The James Parks Morton Fund for Interfaith Justice at ICNY was created to perpetuate Jim’s life’s mission to make New York safe for religious diversity.
What does “Interfaith Justice” at ICNY mean? It means bringing faith leaders to Albany, NY to advocate for children who are separated from their parents; it means forging multifaith coalitions to speak in one voice against hate crimes that victimize individual religious groups; and it means making sure that New Yorkers will not be discriminated against on account of their religious affiliation or immigration status.
Your gift to the The James Parks Morton Fund for Interfaith Justice at ICNY helps us continue Jim’s unique efforts to embrace diversity in pursuit of a better world. We are proud to do this work in his memory with the support of all those who loved him.Click/Tap Here to Give to the James Parks Morton Fund
Thank you to those who have generously supported the Interfaith Center through the James Parks Morton Fund to date. Special thanks to a donor who wishes to remain anonymous and who generously raised over $1,500 on Facebook in honor of Mrs. Pamela Morton.
Stephanie Azzarone and Robert F. Rodriguez
Mary Ellin Barrett
Bruce and Veronica Bennett, Esq.
Katrina F. C. Cary
Tom & Mary Croft
Lord Roger Cunliffe, FRSA
Francis and Katherine Cunningham
The Rev. Dr. Phyllis W. Curott
Drs. Lois and George de Menil
Carla DeSola Eaton
Gloria E. Fitzgerald
Abby Stamelman Hocky
John Felbinger and Alice Korfman
Rev. Peter and Margaret Larom
Hans Li and Jennifer Kouvant
Joseph and Susan Liddicoat
Lily Auchincloss Foundation
New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS)
Judith R. Pacht
Professor Laurin Raiken
Caroline Ramsay Merriam and John Merriam
Dr. Betty Reardon
Dori Selene Rockefeller
Rev. Dr. Victoria Jeanne Rollins
William P. Rosenthal and Roberta Lawson
Donald and Shelley Rubin
Mary Salstrom and Brent Porte
Andrew and Helene Schattner
Shinji Shumeikai (Shumei Japan)
Roger and Florence Stone
Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura-Hillyer
Nancy and Jose Torres
Trinity Church Wall Street
Monica and David Willard
*The James Parks Morton Fund for Interfaith Justice at ICNY will be used by ICNY where they are needed most and are unrestricted.