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Saturday, April 18, 2015 Interfaith Center at the Presidio

April- War, Technology, and Peace

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

April is a busy month at the Interfaith Chapel. Here are some of the opportunities coming your way:

Thursday, April 9, 12:15 – 12:19 pm: Ringing the Bell 150 years ago, the Civil War ended with the signing of the surrender documents at Appomattox Court House. Bells around the country, including the Interfaith Chapel’s bell, will be rung for 4 minutes, the number of years of the war.

Saturday, April 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Impact of war, a symposium centered on how faith traditions deal with the impact of war, with all its deprivation, want, suffering, and death. The symposium is being held in conjunction with San Francisco Girls' Chorus performances of Kinderkreuzzug, an anti-war cantata for children's voices by German-Kurdish composer Ralf Yusuf Gawlick with text by Bertoldt Brecht.

The program will begin with an introduction by the artistic director, Lisa Bielawa, followed by a panel including the composer, author, and conductor discussing the artistic response to war and its effect on children. Then after a 5 minute break, a faith leaders panel, representing Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions will discuss historical and contemporary responses to the effects of war on children. This would be followed by a question and answer period.Concerts are Friday, April 17, 8:00 pm in Berkeley and Sunday April 19, 4:00 pm in San Francisco (details and tickets).

Sunday, April 26, 1:30 – 4:00 pm:Rethinking Technology as if People Matter, a symposium exploring the effects of the Digital Revolution. A distinguished panel of technologists, writers and Silicon Valley luminaries will explore the effects of the Digital Revolution and offer their insights on the ways and means of coping with the challenges. Sponsored by Interfaith Center at the Presidio in association with AHIMSA, ServiceSpace and the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.

GranadaWednesday, April 29, 6:00 – 9:00 pm: Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God. Author Steven Nightingale has written on the legendary convivencia—the “living together” of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities in Medieval Spain. It is a brilliant historical example of the power and intelligence of interfaith alliance. An interfaith panel including Ameena Jandali, Content Director, Islamic Networks Group; Rabbi Allen Bennett, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Israel in Alameda; and The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham of Interfaith Power & Light will discuss the ways in which just such work is carried out today, and how it might be deepened and extended. Co-sponsored by Interfaith Center at the Presidio, San Francisco Interfaith Council, Interfaith Power & Light, and United Religions Initiative.

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YezidisPLIGHT OF THE YEZIDIS. The Yezidis are a Kurdish people who share an ancient religious tradition who find themselves under attack by ISIS in Northern Iraq, resulting in the deaths of at least 5,000 Yezidis, the displacement of thousands more and the kidnapping of thousands of Yezidi girls. Interfaith groups around the Bay are planning two events to inform the community about the situation and offer support. Wednesday, April 15 is Charshma Sor Nisani, Red Wednesday of Nisan, which is the Yezidi New-Year. On that day, from 10:30 am to noon, there will be a Press Conference at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA to express support for and solidarity with the Yezidis.

This will be followed by a briefing on Monday, April 27, 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, Presidio, San Francisco. The briefing will include updates on the situation in Iraq and Syria and suggestions for how individuals and communities can help. Co-sponsored by Interfaith Center at the Presidio, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, Marin Interfaith Council, San Francisco Interfaith Council, and Silicon Valley Interreligious Council. For more information, contact Rabbi Pam Frydman at rebpam@gmail.com.

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Ring of SolidarityRING OF SOLIDARITY IN SAN RAMON. Inspired by a group of Norwegians who formed a ring of protection around a synagogue in Oslo in January, more than 200 people gathered in San Ramon to form a "ring of solidarity" around the Islamic Center of San Ramon. As Muslims gathered for Friday prayers, people of many other faiths stood together outside, and then welcomed the Muslims to join the circle after prayers. Readings, prayers and songs were shared by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders, and then the group broke down into smaller gatherings to allow people to meet one another and carry on the conversation. The event was sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, the Interfaith Council of San Ramon Valley, and Neighbor to Neighbor. You can find news coverage of the Ring of Solidarity at the San Jose Mercury and SF Gate.

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BETTER TOGETHER DAY. The Interfaith Youth Core is inviting young people (and everyone else, for that matter) to celebrate April 14th as "Better Together Day." Research shows that people who have even one friend of another religious or non-religious background can increase their understanding and knowledge. You're invited to sign a pledge to promise that you will: 1. Meet someone of a different religious or non-religious background. 2. Talk about something that inspires them. 3. Share your story. Find out more at the IFYC website.

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NAINYOUNG ADULT SCHOLARSHIPS TO NAIN. The North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) offers a unique opportunity to include younger representatives (ages 18-35) in a valuable interfaith encounter during the 2015 NAINConnect in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada. This scholarship recognizes young adults across the continent who are actively engaged in important work at the high school, college, graduate, and professional level. Recipients will receive $750 to help with expenses of registration, travel, and meals at the conference; housing in the university residence; and a reduced registration fee. Applications must be received by April 17, 2015. For details and application, see the NAIN website.

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Parliament of the World's ReligionsPARLIAMENT 2015 IN SALT LAKE CITY. Energy continues to build in anticipation of the Parliament of the World's Religions to be held October 15-19, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The lineup of announced speakers is growing; it includes Nobel Peace Prize winners, authors, educators, advocates, and religious leaders from diverse traditions. Those named so far include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mairead Maguire, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Dr. Karen Armstrong, Dr. Tariq Ramadan, Dr. Eboo Patel, Chief Arvol Lookinghorse, Valarie Kaur, Dr. Arun Gandhi, Rev. Jim Wallis, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Rabbi David Saperstein, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Tavis Smiley, and Terry Tempest Williams. To find out more about these speakers and other offerings at the Parliament, go to the website.

Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity is the overall theme of the Parliament, highlighting three critical issues: Climate Change and Care for Creation; War, Violence, and Hate Speech; and The Widening Wealth Gap and Wasteful Consumption. Special focus will be made on Women, Indigenous Communities, and Youth. 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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NOTES & QUOTES: "So what does celebrating women from an interfaith perspective look like? Perhaps it implies giving them credit for their contributions. Perhaps it means encouraging more women to participate in interfaith work. Perhaps it even asks for a greater struggle than ever before - more women doing more work in more cities across the country and across the world" - Saadia Faruqi..."In interfaith work, and for myself as a Christian, a core calling is to stand with those whose value is being challenged and in words, but even more so in actions, affirm their value as human beings" - David Barickman...

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Contact the ICP office for information on when the chapel is open for tours.

Thursday, April 9, 12:15 – 12:19 pm
Ringing the Bell
Commemorating the end of the Civil War 150 years ago

Saturday, April 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Impact of war,
A symposium centered on how faith traditions deal with the impact of war, with all its deprivation, want, suffering, and death. The symposium is being held in conjunction with San Francisco Girls' Chorus performances of Kinderkreuzzug, an anti-war cantata for children's voices by German-Kurdish composer Ralf Yusuf Gawlick with text by Bertoldt Brecht.

Sunday, April 26, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Rethinking Technology as if People Matter
A symposium exploring the effects of the Digital Revolution. A distinguished panel of technologists, writers and Silicon Valley luminaries will explore the effects of the Digital Revolution and offer their insights on the ways and means of coping with the challenges.

Monday, April 27, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
The Yazidi
A briefing on the status of the Yazidi people and suggestions for ways to help.

Wednesday, April 29, 6:00 – 9:00
Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God
Author Steven Nightingale has written on the legendary convivencia—the “living together” of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities in Medieval Spain. Includes conversation by an interfaith panel.



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.


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

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New Item! Liberating Religious Liberty
WHEN: Friday, April 17, 2015, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley. $25; $10 seniors; free to PSR students.
Are you concerned about the ways in which the concept of religious liberty is being used in this country to further discrimination? Would you like to engage people of faith in standing up and speaking out in favor of LGBTQ rights? Then please join us for this symposium. The focus of the symposium will be to articulate a theologically-based and positive definition of religious liberty that explains why religious liberty should not be used as a license to discriminate and how the conce

Information and registration.

New Item! Callings: The Search for an Authentic Life
WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
WHERE: Community Hall at The Friends Meeting House, 2151 Vine Street, Berkeley. $75.00
The Chaplaincy Institute is sponsoring a workshop in which author and speaker Gregg Levoy will guide participants to discern, claim and manifest their true callings in the world. This workshop is particularly geared toward those who sense an emerging shift in their work and those who struggle to create externally the call they feel internally.

- See more at Chaplaincy Institute.

Save the Date! Madrassa/Midrasha Day of Learning: Women and Gender in Judaism and Islam
WHEN: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 1:00 pm
WHERE: Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA 94709. Free event.
Featuring keynote speaker Robert Alter.

     ...IN FREMONT

New Item! Holocaust Memorial Service
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7:30 pm
WHERE: Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. Free event
Jack Weinstein, the director of the San Francisco office of Facing History and Ourselves will be the featured speaker. Weinstein's talk, titled "Memory and Legacy - A Holocaust Educator's Journey," will include personal stories about how the Holocaust touched his life, a generation later, and the impact being a teacher of acceptance has had on him. Sponsored by Tri-City Interfaith Council.

More info here.


New Item! Launch of ICAN - The Interfaith Climate Action Network
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
WHERE: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. $10 suggested.
Ordained and lay leaders and others concerned about the climate crisis are invited to the launch of a new local multi-faith response to Climate Change. Network, share ideas, gain inspiration, and support each other. Catalyze coordinated and effective actions to address climate change. See a flyer.

Sponsored by Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, California Interfaith Power and Light, Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Contra Costa, EarthFaithFood, Interfaith Women’s Circles of Contra Costa, Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center, Social Justice Alliance of ICCCC, Wellness City Challenge, and 350 Bay Area.


New Item! Wisdom in Schools
WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Hidden Villa Education Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. $95 (early purchase and student discount available).
What are the approaches to teaching and learning that emphasize humanity, connection, meaning, and fulfillment? Do these qualities matter in school, or are they taken for granted? How much does the prevailing culture around you and your colleagues support your sense of well being (and that of your students)? What steps can you take to connect teaching with personal development?

Featured Presenters:

  • Brooke Dodson-Lavelle, Compassion and Care in Our Schools
  • Linda Inlay, Ho`àla Education, A Systems Approach to Social Emotional Wisdom
  • Sara Armstrong, Inquiry-Based Project Learning
Sponsored by Young Spirit Foundation. Info and registration.

     ...IN NOVATO

New Item! Reclaiming the Wild Soul: An Earth Day Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7:15-8:15 pm
WHERE: Unity Hall, Unity of Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato. Free event.
If we could truly experience our longings, our inner lives, and our physical beings as an integral expression of the planet, how then might we treat ourselves and the Earth? In this special Earth Day celebration we will explore the deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, and grasslands as essential aspects of our own psyches and souls. And we’ll ask the question: What if re-wilding the Earth begins with re-wilding ourselves?

Author and spiritual ecologist Mary Reynolds Thompson will be joined by eco-cosmologist Bruce Thompson. Original music will inspire this wild soul journey.

     ...IN OAKLAND

Monthly Interfaith Taize' Circle
Every 3rd Saturday, 6:00- 7:15 pm
WHERE: Anasa, 4232 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619. $10-$25 love donation.
Facilitator: Rev. Ouida Joi; Sacred Music: Monica Williams, Native American, Bamboo & Alto Flutist Please join us for this sacred time for meditation, chanting, silence, music, interfaith readings, sharing, and contemplation as we tap into the stillness and commune with the Divine called by so many names. All are welcome to bring a short reading, poem or prayer from any sacred/spiritual tradition or text. Light refreshments also welcome. Tea will be provided. Namaste'

February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18. For more information: revouida.wix.com/revouidajoi.

     ...IN PALO ALTO

Save the Date! Luncheon Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 12:00 noon
WHERE: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto. Free event.
Faith leaders in Palo Alto are invited to gather. Check for details.


Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God
WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7:30 pm
WHERE: Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco. Free event.
Steven Nightingale reading from his new book, followed by a panel conversation with Ameena Jandali, Content Director, Islamic Networks Group; Rabbi Allen Bennett, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Israel in Alameda; and The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project. The brief reading will focus on the legendary convivencia—the “living together” of Moslem, Christian, and Jewish communities in Medieval Spain; the panel will discuss the ways in which just such work is carried out today.

Co-sponsored by Interfaith Center at the Presidio, San Francisco Interfaith Council, Interfaith Power and Light, United Religions Initiative. Seating is limited; please RSVP to Sarah Berg sarah@theregenerationproject.org. Download a flyer.


Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 100 Diamond Street, San Francisco. Free event.
The SF Bicycle Coalition is partnering with the SF Interfaith Council to educate people on the joy of biking in San Francisco and prepare for Bike to Worship Week May 24-31. This workshop is open to the public. Has it been a long time since you’ve been on a bike or are you new to riding in the city? Come learn the basics at our Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop. The course is a presentation covering the basics of how to pick the right bike for everyday riding in SF.

For additional information please visit: www.sfbike.org/event/intro-to-urban-bicycling-2/. Contact: Eric Tuvel at eric@sfbike.org

Bike to Worship Week 2015
WHEN: Sunday, May 24- Sunday, May 31
WHERE: Your Congregation, Your Congregation Address, San Francisco. Free event!
Do you bike to church, mosque, temple, satsang, synagogue, or any other place of worship? As part of Bike Month in May, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members are working in partnership with the San Francisco Interfaith Council to create a Bike to Worship Week from Sunday, May 24 to Sunday, May 31, 2015. Sign up today at: Bike to Worship Week 2015.

WinterFaith Shelter Walk
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1:30 pm
WHERE: Lake Merced, (Meet at Parking Circle at intersection of Lake Merced and Sunset Blvds.), San Francisco.
Funds raised will benefit the San Francisco Interfaith Winter Shelter. To register, donate and/or obtain information, please visit: http://winterfaithshelterwalk.dojiggy.com.


New Item! Human Trafficking: Cindy Chavez
WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2015, 6:45 pm
WHERE: Pacifica Institute, Silicon Valley Branch, 1257 Tasman Dr, Unit B, Sunnyvale. Free event.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez has been combating the scourge of human trafficking with a commission she co-chairs with the Sheriff and District Attorney. She will speak of the issues and ways to deal with trafficking. Dinner will be served. Sponsored by Pacifica Institute, Silicon Valley Branch. Please RSVP to pacificasv.org/rsvp/.

     ...IN TIBURON

Update! Annual Prayer Breakfast & Fundraiser
WHEN: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 8:00 - 10:00 am
WHERE: Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Dr., Tiburon CA 94920. Sliding scale $50-$35
Panel: Ms. Zahra Billoo, J.D. - Executive Director, SF Bay Area, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA); Rabbi Susan Leider - Congregation Kol Shofar; Dr. Johnathan D. Logan Sr., Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church of God in Christ. This is MIC's second largest fundraiser of the year where we gather together in community with an Interfaith celebration during the week of the National Day of Prayer.

For more information about partial scholarships, please contact us at programs@marinifc.org or (415) 456-6957. Download a flyer.


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.

EXHIBITION OF SACRED DRESS. Under Cover: Liturgical Garb as Investment in Mystery, a "multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring vesture and related objects from Tibetan and Zen Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism on loan from Bay Area individuals and religious organizations" will be on display at the Manresa Gallery in San Francisco from March 8- June 28, 2015. Co-curated by Gallery Director, James Blaettler, S.J. and guest curator Maureen Bourbin, the exhibit demonstrates the similarities of concepts and practices that are expressed in ritual clothing. Manresa Gallery is located inside St. Ignatius Church, at 650 Parker Avenue (at Fulton) in San Francisco. Gallery Hours are Thursday & Friday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Sundays between Masses and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. For more information, see www.manresagallery.org.

DEILY. A new website went online in December, "dedicated to sharing and explaining the world’s religious content - including sacred texts, prayers, sermons, lectures & teachings." The creative group behind the site sees it as a kind of Wikipedia for religion, and hope that shared exploration of religious traditions will "connect us to our faith, our understanding, and ultimately to one another in a manner that benefits the common good." You can find an interview with the site creators at the Washington Post. Or just take a look and see how they're doing, and maybe even join in the conversation at www.deily.org/.




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