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100 Women Attend Interfaith Tea

ORANGE CITY, Fla., October 15, 2013 – On September 22, more than 100 women attended “A Cup of Faith,” the Florida Hospital Fish Memorial 11th annual Women’s Interfaith Prayer Celebration at the DeBary Golf and Country Club for an afternoon of prayer, music, inspirational readings and sisterhood.

Participants enjoyed a multi-cultural celebration of faith and friendship, featuring various guest speakers of diverse faiths and inspiring music.

“The idea is to promote and encourage diversity of faith and culture,” said Roxanne Hopkins, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Director of Rehab Services and event chair. “Our presenters are of many faiths, including Seventh-day Adventist, Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, Hindu and Bahá'í. We learn about each other and realize that even though we all are of different faiths and cultures, we all believe in God, the Supreme Being who loves and cares for us, and gives us hope each day.”

One such speaker, Joan Kinsey, spoke about how her unwavering faith as a Christian Catholic has supported her throughout life’s many challenges.

Kinsey, a DeLand resident for nearly 50 years, spoke about how her faith led her through difficult health issues for both herself and her husband, as well as the tragic loss of her teenage grandson in a car accident. He was in a vehicle with friends and a reckless driver caused the crash. Kinsey’s daughter faced the painful decision of withdrawing life support and donating his organs to others in need. This loss is dramatized in the film “The Fifth Quarter” starring Andie McDowell as Kinsey’s daughter and Aidan Quinn as her son-in-law.

In addition to Kinsey, the other compelling Cup of Faith speakers included Beverley Burris on the Bahá'í faith, Apurva Singh on Hinduism, Noor Hashim on Islam, Brandee Foxworthy on Judaism, and Shawn Noseworthy on the Seventh-day Adventist faith.

The hospital hosted its first Women’s Interfaith Prayer Celebration in 2001, and due to its success, has made it an annual event.

Hopkins has chaired the planning committee since the beginning. Due to the nature of the event, an intentional decision has been made to keep it small and intimate.

“This has really become a labor of love for me,” Hopkins said. “Each year, I pray about whether this program has run its course and it’s time to move on – but each year, God blesses us all so much – that I cannot imagine not doing it. Without fail, at least a few women contact me afterwards to tell me how it was something that they needed at this time in their lives.”

About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a 175-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services in addition to 24-hour emergency and critical care. The hospital is a member of Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeBary, Deltona, Orange City and Sanford communities. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit www.fhfishmemorial.org.

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The Florida Hospital Fish Memorial 11th annual Women’s Interfaith Prayer Celebration “A Cup of Faith” event encourages diversity of faith and culture. The main speaker, Joan Kinsey, spoke about how her faith as a Christian Catholic has supported her throughout life’s many challenges, including health issues and the tragic death of grandson.