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Saturday, February 13, 2016 Interfaith Center at the Presidio


February- World Interfaith Harmony


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WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK FEBRUARY 1-7

While many in the Bay Area will be preparing this week for the Super Bowl, others will be taking time to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week, which has been celebrated the first week of February every year since 2010. This year, the Charter for Compassion and the Compassion Games have come together to hold a special WIHW coopetition- inviting individuals, congregations and groups to join in "coopetition" (cooperative competition) to see who can do most to demonstrate "love of the Good and love of the Neighbor. You can find out more about how to participate, and sign up as an individual or a team at compassiongames.org/world-interfaith-harmony-week/.

One event is the "Souper Bowl," a challenge to see which group can gather as many containers of soup as possible for local food banks. On Super Bowl Sunday, the results will be tallied and shared to make visible the benefits of compassion, peacemaking, and collaboration to the wider community.

Be sure to check the event listings below for opportunities to join with others during this week, and thus demonstrate how "mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace."

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Four Chaplains stampFOUR CHAPLAINS DAY. Since 1988, February 3rd has been commemorated as "Four Chaplains Day," in memory of the four army chaplains— Rabbi Alexander Goode, Roman Catholic Fr. John Washington, Methodist Rev. George Fox, and Reformed Church Rev. Clark Poling— who were aboard the USAT Dorchester when it was torpedoed on that date in 1943. The four chaplains helped other servicemen to abandon ship, gave their life vests to those who needed them, and then joined arms, said prayers, sang hymns, and were lost as the ship sank. You can learn more about them at Wikipedia. A large stained-glass replica of the commemorative stamp issued in 1948 is displayed in the ICP offices.

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2015 ParliamentPOST PARLIAMENT GATHERING POSTPONED. We have had to postpone our plans for a Post-Parliament gathering at the Presidio Chapel. Watch for more information in the March issue of Bay Area Interfaith Connect. We'll have a chance to learn from each other about what we saw, heard, and experienced, and perhaps even look to how we can keep the momentum going. Whether or not you were able to attend in Salt Lake City, plan to be with us!

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MEET A MUSLIM IN FREMONT. Moina Shaiq continues her series "Meet A Muslim: Questions and Answers" on Monday February 1, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, at Mission Coffee, 151 Washington Blvd. in Fremont. She and Azam Khan will be there to answer any questions that you might have to the best of their ability. Moina's previous "Meet a Muslim" event got excellent local news coverage.

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LOVE YOUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS. The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County has set up a number of panel conversations at churches around the county featuring Muslims speaking about their own experiences. Among the questions that may be touched on are: What is it like to be a Muslim in America?  Share your difficulties and causes for gratitude.  Discuss the misconceptions of Islam and how to overcome them.  What answers do you give to questions regarding how people can be doing what they do in the name of Islam?  What would you like your American neighbors to know about Islam? A video of one such panel in January is available on YouTube. Upcoming panels are scheduled in Byron, Concord, Orinda, Lafayette, and Rossmoor; see listings below for details.

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GTU logoDHARMA STUDIES AT GTU. The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) of Berkeley, California, has announced a $4.4 million gift from Mira and Ajay Shingal to establish and endow the first Center for Dharma Studies in the United States. The Center will focus on leading edge, multidisciplinary, graduate research and teaching in Hindu Studies and Dharma Studies. The GTU currently offers a graduate certificate in Hindu Studies, MA and PhD degree concentrations in Hindu Studies, and courses in Jain Studies.

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MARRAKESH DECLARATION. More than 100 countries were represented at the gathering of Muslim leaders in Marrakesh this week, sponsored by the Moroccan government and the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, an organization led by Islamic scholar Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah. Focusing on the rights of religious minorities in Muslim majority countries, the representatives issued the Marrakesh Declaration, which declared the need for cooperation among religious groups and that "such cooperation must go beyond mutual tolerance and respect, to providing full protection for the rights and liberties to all religious groups in a civilized manner that eschews coercion, bias, and arrogance." The Statement calls on Muslim scholars, educators, politicians and decision makers, to join in advocating for just treatment of religious minorities. The full statement can be found here.

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TIOThe Interfaith Observer (TIO) is an independent internet journal about all things interfaith. Each month it goes to more than 16,000 faith and interfaith leaders, including about 2,300 outside the U.S. More than 300 writers have contributed articles. Download back issues. TIO is free. Recent articles include …

The full January 2016 issue includes the Interfaith News Roundup, the Religious Calendar, and much more!

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NOTES & QUOTES: "Unless there is religious freedom, minority groups, including women, will not be at the table and their vital, productive and creative voices will not be heard." - Brian Grim..."Compassion is a practically acquired knowledge, like dancing. You must do it and practice diligently day by day." - Karen Armstrong..."We don't have any power other than our intellect and our hearts. And that's what we're fighting with. Ideas must counter ideas. You can drop all the bombs you want, but if you don't pull up weeds by their roots, they just grow back." - Sheik Hamza Yusuf..."Apathy- a lack of active caring about anything- may be a barrier to peace greater than all the others. It creates a breeding ground for extremism, for inhumanity to flourish." - Jean Lesher..."To kindle light in darkness is not to curse the dark. It is to honor the dark as that which obscures things, holding them in secret and deep mystery." T. Thorn Coyle

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SEND US YOUR NEWS! We at Bay Area Interfaith Connect make every effort to include upcoming interfaith events in our monthly calendar (which is always available on our website). Please be sure to send information about your upcoming events to calendar@interfaith-presidio.org. We'd also like to share what happened at your events or celebrations with the wider interfaith community. Got a story you'd like to share? Pictures from that latest gathering? Send them along and let everyone know what's happening!


 

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About the Editor: D. Andrew Kille is director of Interfaith Space in San Jose, working to develop and strengthen interfaith relations throughout the Bay Area. Send your calendar items, comments and suggestions to calendar@interfaith-presidio.org. We try to keep the ICP Update and Calendar as current as we can, but if you want your item included in the monthly newsletter, it needs to be in our hands a week before the end of the month.

 

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BAIC ARCHIVES

In the Bay Area Interfaith Connect Archives you will find editorials from BAIC beginning with January of 2007, as well as longer articles on issues of interest for interfaith work..

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INTERFAITH RESOURCES

On the Interfaith Center website at www.interfaith-presidio.org, find resources and information about the ongoing work of ICP. Take a look at our major projects, including the Interfaith Design Competition, the Lost and Endangered Religions Project, the McDonald Windows, and Spiritual Resources interviews.

You can also find a wealth of interfaith links, including books, calendars, Podcasts and more on the Interfaith Resources Page.

ABOUT THE INTERFAITH CENTER AT THE PRESIDIO

Interfaith Center at the PresidioBay Area Interfaith Connect is a monthly newsletter and calendar of interfaith events published by the Interfaith Center at the Presidio. The Center is a regional interfaith hub organization, linking interreligious groups around the Bay, across the nation, and around the world. ICP was incorporated in September 1995 "to welcome, serve, and celebrate the diverse spiritual wisdom and faith traditions of the Bay Area." The Center is a Cooperation Circle of the United Religions Initiative, networked with hundreds of interfaith communities around the world who share a common commitment: ...to promote daily, enduring interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, justice, and healing for the Earth and all living beings.

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Bay Area Interreligious Calendar
2016

We invite you to share programs and exhibits sponsored by Bay Area faith and interfaith groups for the public, provided only that they show respect for traditions other than their own and are not primarily aimed at converting people. We try to keep the ICP Update and Calendar as current as we can, but if you want your item included in the monthly newsletter, it needs to be in our hands a week before the end of the month. Send items to calendar@interfaith-presidio.org. National and international interfaith events that might be of interest to local individuals will be posted under "Special Opportunities," along with useful interfaith resources.

Through the month events are added to this calendar; the current version can be found www.interfaith-presidio.org. Look for the marker New Item! Events disappear within a day or two after they happen. To add or cancel your subscription to Bay Area Interfaith Connect, contact info@interfaith-presidio.org.

The new graphic to the right is inspired by the ICP linked ring logo. Each ring remains whole and maintains its integrity; only the white ribbon holds them together. Each of our religious traditions remains unique; it is the commitment to working together that creates the bond.

     ...IN CONCORD
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INTERFAITH COUNCIL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY  
New Item! Love Your Muslim Neighbors- Panel Conversation
WHEN: Monday, February 15, 2016, 7:30 pm
WHERE: St. Bonaventure's Catholic Community, 5562 Clayton Rd., Concord. Free event.
Interested in learning how you can support Muslims in our community against Islamophobia and racism? Want to be a part of building solid relationships with our Muslim neighbors? Come to this panel and be a part of this important interfaith conversation. Presented in partnership with the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. Cosponsored by St. John's Episcopal and Clayton Valley Presbyterian Churches.

EAST BAY CONVERSATION PROJECT  
New Item! Partners In Caring: Faith Leaders and End of Life Care
WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 2016, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE: John Muir Medical Center, 2450 East Street, Concord, CA. Free event.
Seriously ill, aging and dying individuals and their families often turn to their faith community for support during illness and grief. This half-day seminar is designed for clergy of all faiths and focuses on challenges and lessons learned in supporting and providing spiritual care around the end of life. This seminar is free of charge to community faith leaders and includes breakfast, refreshments and resource materials. Register at www.eastbayacp.

For more info about the East Bay Conversation Project go to www.eastbayacp.org or call (510) 654-5383. A project of the ACCMA Community Health Foundation, 6230 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618.

     ...IN DANVILLE
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY  
New Item! International Women's Day
WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:30 pm
WHERE: First Church of Christ, Scientist Danville, 650 Danville Blvd, Danville. Free event.
Come hear a diverse panel of religious women leaders discuss International Women’s Day and the needs of women around the world. There will be a Women’s Chorus to open and close the event. Topic: How has your faith tradition helped frame your ideas of what it means to be a woman? Light refreshments provided by the men of the Interfaith Council will be shared afterwards.

PANEL: Trinka Wasik, Moderator; June Kirk, Interfaith Peace Project, Antioch; Rabbi Aderet Drucker, B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek; Janice Odell, Bahai’s of Rossmoor; Shana Parmley, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Cynthia Sage, Christian Science Church in Pleasant Hill; Hina Muhktar, San Ramon Valley Islamic Center

     ...IN LAFAYETTE
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LENTEN SERIES  
New Item! Delving into "The Other": What We Need To Know About Islam and Muslims
WHEN: Tuesdays, February 16, 23, March 1, 8, 2016, 7:00 pm
WHERE: St. Anselm's Episcopal Church, Jackson Hall, 682 Michael Lane, Lafayette. Free event.
Much of what passes for information about Muslims and Islam is rooted in sensationalism and stereotype, and watered by fear coming from media hype and political rhetoric. Through films, handouts, and dialogue, we will learn more about Islam, the life of typical Muslims, and some of the reasons for the unrest in the Middle East. We encourage you to come with an open mind and spirit, and learn more about this very significant topic.

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INTERFAITH COUNCIL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY  
New Item! Love Your Muslim Neighbors- Panel Conversation
WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 2016, 7:00 pm
WHERE: St. Perpetua Parish Hall, 3445 Hamlin Rd., Lafayette. Free event.
The ICCCC will be offering Panels of a variety of Muslims speaking about their own experiences to educate churches.

INTERFAITH COUNCIL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY  
New Item! Love Your Muslim Neighbors- Panel Conversation
WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:00 pm; dinner 6:00 pm
WHERE: St. Anselm's Episcopal Church, Jackson Hall, 682 Michael Lane, Lafayette. Free event.
This is part of an ongoing Lenten series on Islam: "Delving into 'the Other': What We Need to Know About Islam and the Middle East." See separate listing.

     ...IN MENLO PARK
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INTERFAITH CONFLICT AND PEACEMAKING  
New Item! From Fear to Friendship: Interfaith Relations in a Time of Suspicion
WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 1:30 pm
WHERE: Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park. Free event.
Speaker: Rev. D. Andrew Kille, Ph.D., Chair of Silicon Valley Interreligious Council. Prejudice and fear of unknown others and suspicion directed toward one group or another complicate the interreligious encounter. What impact do negative statements made by public figures make on interfaith relations? What positive efforts are being made to bring people and communities together, and how can individuals get involved in promoting a more just and compassionate world for all?

     ...IN NOVATO
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MARIN INTERFAITH COUNCIL RETREAT  
New Item! Soul Work and Social Change
WHEN: Sunday- Monday, February 28-29, 2016
WHERE: Anubhuti Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. Sliding scale $80-$60 one day; $140-$100 one day.
Facilitators: Rev. Kay Collette, Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown, Prof. Arthur Scott, Chaplain Nathaniel Vose. How do we as people of faith, ethics and conscience, respond to injustice and discrimination within our families, congregations, workplaces, government and society as a whole? Download a flyer.

For teacher bios and details, please go to our website at www.marinifc.org. Register at www.marinifc.org or contact Janice Lum at programs@marinifc.org; 415-456-6957.

     ...IN OAKLAND
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EAST BAY CONVERSATION PROJECT  
New Item! Partners In Caring: Faith Leaders and End of Life Care
WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE: Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA. Free event.
Seriously ill, aging and dying individuals and their families often turn to their faith community for support during illness and grief. This half-day seminar is designed for clergy of all faiths and focuses on challenges and lessons learned in supporting and providing spiritual care around the end of life. This seminar is free of charge to community faith leaders and includes breakfast, refreshments and resource materials. Register at www.eastbayacp.org.

For more info about the East Bay Conversation Project go to www.eastbayacp.org or call (510) 654-5383. A project of the ACCMA Community Health Foundation, 6230 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618.

     ...IN ORINDA
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INTERFAITH COUNCIL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY  
New Item! Love Your Muslim Neighbors- Panel Conversation
WHEN: Sunday, February 21, 2016, 1:00 pm
WHERE: St. Mark's UMC in Orinda, 451 Moraga Way, Orinda. Free event. Cosponsored by Orinda Community Church and Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.

     ...IN PETALUMA
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INTERFAITH SUSTAINABLE FOOD COLLABORATIVE  
New Item! Faith, Family Farms, & Food Access
WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 3:00 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Petaluma Community Center, 320 N McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. $45 before February 10; $55 after.
Join local and state leaders representing faith?based and secular groups who are advancing local food security and sustainability! The conference emphasizes participation and problem?solving to empower congregational leaders. Breakout sessions will address: engaging youth, food waste, sustainable food policy advocacy, and on?site produce stands.

To register or for more info on panels and speakers, go to www.interfaithfood.org or contact the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative at (707) 634?4672 or info@interfaithfood.org.

     ...IN ROSSMOOR
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INTERFAITH COUNCIL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY  
New Item! Love Your Muslim Neighbors- Panel Conversation
WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 2016, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Club Room, Creekside Clubhouse, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek. Free event.
Creekside is at 1010 Stanley Dollar Drive (corner of Rossmoor Parkway). Coming in from the parking lot, the Club Room is on the right. The ICCCC will be offering Panels of a variety of Muslims speaking about their own experiences to educate churches. We hope to help encourage every Masjid (house of prayer) to host Open Houses so neighbors and new friends can get to know their neighbors.

     ...IN SAN FRANCISCO
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CIVIL RIGHTS  
New Item! "Communities of Faith and Their Role in Civil Rights Movements...Then and Now"
WHEN: Friday, February 12, 2016, 8:30 am - 12:00 noon
WHERE: University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall, 2497 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. Free event.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Clarence B. Jones, (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s former personal counsel, advisor, draft speech writer and close friend) Diversity Visiting Scholar at the University of San Francisco. The San Francisco Interfaith Council in collaboration with the University of San Francisco's Office of Diversity, Engagement & Community Outreach, invite lay and ordained congregation leaders to participate in a half-day workshop to examine the historical role of communities of fai

Register online.

     ...IN SAN JOSE
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NOSTRA AETATE  
Non-Christian Religions
WHEN: Wednesdays, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 16, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Santa Teresa Parish , 794 Calero Ave, San Jose. Free event.
In Commemoration of The 50th Anniversary of Vatican II’s Nostra Aetate (The Church and Other Religions), Santa Teresa Parish presents a five part series about non-­Christian traditions. Promoting mutual respect and understanding to create a more peaceful world characterized by tolerance and good will.

2016

  • January 20: Zen Buddhism, Jiang Ying Shifu
  • February 17: Presentation on Jainism
  • March 16: Harry Cornbleet, Jewish Presentation

     ...IN SAN LEANDRO
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COMMUNITY OF FAITH BREAKFAST  
New Item! "New Paths in Muslim-Christian Dialog" Rod Cardoza
WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
WHERE: Bay Area Family Church, 2305 Washington Ave., San Leandro. $5 suggested donation.
Rod Cardoza is the founder and executive director of Abrahamic Alliance International, a nonprofit organization uniting Jews, Christians, and Muslims to serve the poor. For more information call (510) 483-4712 or email bafcoffice@gmail.com

Rod envisions a world where children of Abraham unite to save lives; where Jews, Christians and Muslims enjoy peaceful coexistence and mutual appreciation as our faith is deepened by meaningful encounters with each other; where understanding, humility and respect replace ignorance, arrogance, and contempt; where diverse yet faithful worshipers of the God of Abraham move beyond dialog to cooperative action, loving our neighbors together until the hungry are fed, the naked are clothed, the sick receive care, and the orphan is raised with love, compassion and generosity.

     ...IN SAN RAFAEL
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BREAKFAST  
New Item! Patricia Holt: "The Publishing Revolution"
WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9:30 am
WHERE: The Club at McInnis Park, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. $30 or $25 students/ seniors.
Ms. Holt was the Book Review Editor and Critic for the San Francisco Chronicle for 17 years, a writer for Publishers Weekly for 10 years and an editor for publishing houses in New York and California. She has written the blog, Holt Uncensored, since 1998. Presented by the Sufi Women Organization as part of their Women’s Wisdom. Open to all.

Tickets must be purchased before March 1. No tickets at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.ias.org/, or by sending a check payable to IAS to IAS, 14 Commercial Blvd. #101, Novato, CA 94949. For information (415) 382-7834, (415) 472-6959.

     ...SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES
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BAY AREA INTERFAITH CONNECT ARCHIVE. Some of the items we share each month are not time-limited, but listing them all in each issue becomes too much. We have now created an links page with material from back issues, especially books, web links, and long-term opportunities. Items from past issues are now available on the ICP website in our Interfaith Links Library.

SEEKING MUSLIM AND NON-MUSLIM VOLUNTEERS. ING Interfaith Allies is being piloted in the Bay Area, CA, as a response to the simple question which we are asked countless times every day by community members, peers, and supporters: “How and where can I meet a Muslim?” ING’s vision is to train Muslim and interfaith volunteers to be able to respond effectively to frequently asked questions about Islam and American Muslims, using our proven and impactful training and materials. Interfaith Allies will attend and actively participate in local events, equipped with the knowledge and skills to engage others in productive and meaningful dialogue. If you are interested in shaping the vision for this initiative, express interest by completing this brief sign-up. We look forward to collaborating!

PREVENTING EXTREMISM. The Tony Blair Foundation has published a volume of essays by academic and policy experts in the field of countering religious conflict and extremism. How to Prevent: Extremism and Policy Options offers analysis of the interaction of religion and conflict, education and supporting leaders. Download a free copy from the Tony Blair Foundation website.

HINDUISM 101 ONLINE. Hinduism 101 is an interactive, user-driven resource for learning how to teach about Hinduism according to your needs and at your own pace. The Hindu American Foundation has partnered with educators and academics to create these free and accessible educational modules, so that everyone invested in teaching about Hinduism in an accurate and engaging way can do so easily and effectively. You can find the results at www.hafsite.org/resources/hinduism101.

INTERFAITH: THE MUSICAL is the creation of Ruth Broyde Sharone, a filmmaker, author, organizer, speaker and longtime interfaith activist based in Southern California. At the Parliament of the World's Religions, she premiered several of the songs from "Interfaith: the Musical," and now has a CD available. To get the CD and find out how to support the project, write Ruth at InterfaithTheMusical@gmail.com. There's a review by Paul Chaffee at The Interfaith Observer, and a Facebook page as well.

FREE INTERFAITH RESOURCES ONLINE. Scarboro Missions in Canada has added new curricula and educational resources to their online resources page. These include courses, toolkits, best practices, do-it-yourself workshops, activities, multifaith prayer services, starter kits, guidelines, games, meditations and powerpoint presentations. Virtually all of the resources can be downloaded free of charge. Find them at www.scarboromissions.ca.


 

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