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Saturday, October 25, 2014 Interfaith Center at the Presidio

October- Pluralism

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

In a report about the NAIN Connect gathering in Detroit last August published at State of Formation, Ellie Anders describes a generational difference concerning how people speak about interreligious relationships. She sees it as a difference between "relativism" and "pluralism." Of the former, she observes, "[o]ver and over again we heard phrases like 'we all have the same God/gods' or 'the same God/gods loves us all.'" Such language has two drawbacks, from her perspective: it excludes those who do not identify themselves in relation to a "god," such as "theist, humanist, and other non-deist friends," and further,"it forces our conversations into the shallow end of the pool, conversations that have vast and deep potential for discovery."

The younger generation, she observes, is more likely to use the language of "pluralism," as used by Diane Eck and others on the Pluralism Project website. It is not just recognizing diversity, but engaging with it. It moves beyond tolerance to actively seeking to understand the other. Pluralism is the language "'of dialogue and encounter, give and take, criticism and self-criticism.'”

What words would you use to describe the interfaith/interreligious/multifaith encounter? Do you agree with Ellie Anders? Join the conversation on the ICP blog.

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INTERFAITH ENGAGEMENT AND THE EMERGING CULTURE OF PEACE will be the title of a talk to be given this evening, October 1, at 7:00 pm at the Soda Activity Center at St. Mary's College of California, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga. The speaker will be Rev. Deborah Moldow, Co-Chair of the UN International Day of Peace and UN Representative of the World Peace Prayer Society (the “Peace Pole” people). Her talk is sponsored by the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism. For more information contact Cherie Grant at cgrant@stmarys-ca.edu or (925) 997-4074.

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OCTOBER IS HINDU AMERICAN MONTH. For the second year in a row, the California State Legislature has proclaimed October as Hindu-American Awareness and Appreciation Month. Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, Senate Concurrent Resolution 93 notes that "California is home to the largest Hindu American population in the United States," including "over 120 Hindu temples, religious centers, and cultural centers throughout California" (40 of which are in the greater Bay Area). Therefore, the Legislature "designates the month of October 2014 as California Hindu American Awareness and Appreciation Month," and recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions made by Californians of Hindu heritage to our state. You can read the full proclamation online.

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Post ChapelVETERANS DAY SERVICE. The Interfaith Center at the Presidio will be hosting a "Service of Peace and Unity" for Veteran's Day at the Post Chapel on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 11:00 am. The interfaith service will be based on the 1974 "Book of Worship for United States Forces," and will be inclusive of diverse religious traditions. We'll have more details in next month's BAIC, but save the date and plan to come with a veteran!

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PARLIAMENT 2015 IN SALT LAKE CITY. October 15 – 19, 2015: those are the dates for the next Parliament of the World's Religions, which will take place in Salt Lake City. The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. In making the announcement of the 2015 Parliament, Imam Malik Mujahid, Chair of the Parliament Board of Trustees said, “at this juncture in human history when hate, fear and anger is rising in America and across the globe, It is important that faith communities, rise with a loving, caring relationships, even if we do not agree on some issues.” This is the first time the Parliament has met in the U.S. since the 1993 gathering in Chicago. Since then, gatherings have been held in Cape Town, Barcelona, and Melbourne. Registration is already available, and Super Saver rates are available until November 30, 2014; lower rates are also available for groups of ten or more who register together. For an overview of the conference, registration, and links for proposing sessions, exhibition space, and sponsorship information (coming soon), go to the Parliament website.

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HOUSING SABBATH. The Marin Interfaith Council is partnering with the Marin Organizing Committee to sponsor the Housing Sabbath on October 10-12, 2014, a weekend during Succoth where communities of faith open their doors to share the importance of affordable housing froma personal perspective and from a religious perspective. They are encouraging congregations to take part in the Homeless Count being taken in Marin County, to teach, pray, and lead communities to reflect on what it means as people of faith to offer shelter, to write letters, and to join in the Sukkah at Congregation Kol Shofar on Sunday, October 12, 3:00 - 5:00 pm. They have prepared a resource booklet with prayers, readings, and resources related to housing; contact programs@marinifc.org.

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Carry the Vision

CARRY THE VISION. Discover the power of compassion that is within each of us that transforms our lives and our communities into a thriving environment for everyone. At Carry the Vision, you'll discopver inspiration from community leaders; interactive workshops and panels; Youth Leadership Summit (high school age); community dialog process, and a lunch provided by the Jain Center of Northern California and San Jose Sikh Gurdwara. Sunday, October 19, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, Levy Family Campus, 14855 Oka Rd in Los Gatos.

Keynote speaker is Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program in Los Angeles, and author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. $30 adults and $15 students includes lunch. For details and registration, see www.carrythevision.org/

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CORRECTION. Last month's article about the ICP at the Peace in the Park festival was missing the photos, due to a coding error. Thanks to Managing Director Linda Crawford (left) and Board President Fred Fielding (and Susan Strouse, photographer):


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NOTES & QUOTES: Congratulations to the Chung Tai Zen Center in Sunnyvale, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last week and enjoyed a visit from Abbot Jian Deng of the home center in Taiwan...Congratulations to Girish Shah of the Jain Center of Northern California and SiVIC, Dr. Barbara McGraw of the Center for Engaged Pluralism at St. Mary's College, Iftekhar Hai of United Muslims of America Interfaith Alliance and Mervyn Danker of the American Jewish Committee, who all received Mahatma Gandhi Awards for the Advancement of Pluralism from the Hindu American Foundation at their annual dinner in September...We were sorry to hear about the decision of the URI Peninsula Cooperation Circle to disband. This faithful group, led for years by Margaret Jones and Oscar Koechlin, met every month in Millbrae to hear from leaders across the spectrum of religious diversity in our area...

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At the Presidio Chapel
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Tuesday, November 11, 11:00 am
A Service of Peace and Unity
An inclusive interfaith service based on the 1974 "Book of Worship for United States Forces."



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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

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.

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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.


Multi-Faith Transgender Summit
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, October 30- November 1, 2014
WHERE: Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley. $75; $40 student before Sept. 30.
Bringing together trans* people of faith for education, support, and advocacy. Speakers: Vivian Taylor, executive director of Integrity, USA; Alex Patchin McNeill, executive director of More Light Presbyterian; Nicole Santamaria, Colectivo Alejandria in El Salvador. Worship, workshops, scholarship on gender and religion, making connections with others. More info: clgs.org/, or contact Jakob Hero jhero@clgs.org.

Forging Peace and Human Security: From Aspiration to Action
WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:30 - 5:00 pm
WHERE: St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley.
Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian Jr., Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative. Panel discussions on transforming values and taking action for nonviolence, workshops, music, dance, and refreshments. Sponsored by a number of Bay Area organizations. For full details, see bayareapeaceforum.org/.


World Religion Day
WHEN: Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Avenue, Campbell. Free event.
Come and learn about the religious traditions of the South Bay to foster understanding and communication among various religious groups, discover the harmony of spiritual principles; and demonstrate religion as a motivating force for world unity. A service with scripture readings and prayers from various traditions and displays from local religious communities.


Visionary Marin
WHEN: Thursday, November 6 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. $90 for one, $160 for two and $750 for ten
The 2014 Visionary Marin will honor the pioneering vision and extraordinary Buddhist teachings of Ms. Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., psychotherapist and a committed Vipassana Buddhist, and Rev. Norman Fischer, a poet and Zen Buddhist priest and co-Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. Reception *Culinary Delights *Raffle *Silent Auction * Program. Sponsored by Marin Interfaith Council.

More information is available here.

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Faith Community Response to Domestic Violence
WHEN: Friday, October 31, 2014, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
WHERE: Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington Street, Oakland. $65.00 per person.
A Safe Place invites you to join us for a one-day planning and community engagement session on how faith communities can respond to domestic violence. This event has been planned in collaboration with the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) and its national project, African American Domestic Peace Project (AADPP). For more info, see http://www.asafeplacedvs.org, or contact Carolyn Russell, Executive Director, at 510-986-8600 xt315.

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Sharing the Land with Compassion and without Fear
WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7:30 pm
WHERE: St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 4111 Alma Street, Palo Alto. Free event.
A community Thanksgiving service. Collection will be taken for Community Legal Services and Doctors Without Borders. Non-perishable items for local food closets are also welcome.

Palo Alto Faith Leaders
WHEN: Wednesday, February 4, 2015, noon
WHERE: Palo Alto V.A. Hospital, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto.
The primary purpose of our gatherings is social, an opportunity to build our relationships and connections with each other so that we can better serve this great community. Feel free to bring news and fliers of events that your faith community is hosting or about community issues that we might wish to know about. Contact: Eileen Altman, eileen@fccpa.org


New Item! Interfaith Concert
WHEN: Sunday, November 9, 2014, 7:30 pm
WHERE: First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco. Freewill offering.
A celebration of 25 years of the San Francisco Interfaith Council, featuring performances by a broad spectrum of faith traditions. Coordinated by Vance George, Director Emeritus, San Francisco Symphony Chorus. A freewill offering will be taken to support the work of SFIC.

For additional information please visit conta.cc/1sRa2mt

Celebrating 25 Years of Faith-Based Collaboration: Together We Can Do More!
WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 am
WHERE: Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post Street (at Laguna), San Francisco. $50 per person.
Sponsored by San Francisco Interfaith Council. Ticket Information: $50 per person; Sustaining Sponsorship: $250 for 4 tickets; Table Sponsorship: $500 for 10 tickets. Tickets are available for purchase at: sfprayerbreakfast.2014.dojiggy.com/. For additional information, please contact Cynthia Zamboukos at (415) 474-1321 or czamboukos.sfic@gmail.com.


"The Higher Calling of Marriage" Rev. Gerald Caprio
WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
WHERE: Bay Area Family Church, 2305 Washington Ave., San Leandro. $5 suggested donation.
An Independent Catholic priest, Rev. Gerald Caprio is currently serving with the White Robed Monks of St. Benedict in San Francisco. He was ordained in 1970 and spent many years on the East Coast in the New York Metropolitan area. He was formally released from celibacy and is married. He moved to the Bay Area in 1997 and has been active in interfaith ministry ever since. He is the current president of AHIMSA - Berkeley, and a member of the Board of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio.

For more information call (510) 483-4712 or email bafcoffice@gmail.com


Inspiration Dinner
WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Club at McInnis Park, 350 Smith Ranch Rd., San Rafael. $75.
Mary Kay Sweeney, Executive Director of Homeward Bound, will receive the Humanitarian Award from The International Association of Sufism at the Inspiration Dinner. The award is presented each year to an outstanding individual for contributions in elevating the level of humanity in our society. The dinner is open to the public. For information, call (415) 382-7834 or go to www.ias.org/annualdinner.


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.

COMPASSION RELAYS. Join the global Compassion Relays today! Anytime, anywhere, anyone can accept, carry, and pass on the Relays torch. Highlight, share, and honor your daily thoughts and acts of compassion for 1 week. Pass on the torch to friends, family, colleagues. The Relays herald and build momentum for the Compassion Games Gift-Giving Festival from September 11 through September 21. Find out more at the Compassion Games website.

EMPATHY AND COMPASSION IN SOCIETY is an annual event that has met in London but will take place in San Francisco November 13-14, 2014 at Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard. Internationally renowned neuroscientists, psychologists and thinkers share their insights and present methods for developing compassion. Innovators are also invited to submit case studies demonstrating how compassion has been a force for change in their area of work. The conference is for professionals from all sectors, including those working in business, government, law, education, medicine, healthcare, and social services. Cost is $410 before August 15. For information and registration, see compassioninsociety.org/. A youth program will be held November 12, for information, contact info@tenzingyatsoinstitute.org

SAND14 US CONFERENCE: The Entanglement of Life is the theme of the 2014 SAND (Science and Non-Duality) conference to be held at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, October 23 – 26. Entanglement is one of the strangest parts of quantum mechanics — so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein famously referred to it as “spooky action at a distance.” An entangled system shows a property that has been measured for the whole but not for parts. When we begin to explore the fabric of reality either through the lens of science or through the lens of spirituality, a deeper understanding and experience of what we call reality emerges as infinite, ever present, interconnected whole. Learn more at www.scienceandnonduality.com




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