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|Friday, March 6, 2015
||Interfaith Center at the Presidio
March- Why Interfaith?
Given that this newsletter is devoted to promoting interfaith events in the Bay Area and beyond, it was great to read an article by Joran Slane Oppelt, co-founder of the Integral Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, in which he lays out the "Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend Interfaith Events." What are those reasons? Resolving conflict; expanding awareness within your community; caring for grassroots work in your community; a chance to meet interesting people and have good conversations; and, it's becoming popular.
Every month in the Bay Area Interfaith Connect, we share a wealth of opportunities to join with others in discussions and events that will do all those things. We can develop meaningful relationships with our neighbors, increase our knowledge of one another, and thus build appreciation. According to the Interfaith Youth Core, "knowledge and relationships are the primary drivers of positive attitudes. And people with positive attitudes toward religious diversity will seek more appreciative knowledge and meaningful relationships."
Unlike the vicious circle of hatred, violence, and revenge, the circle of relationship, knowledge, and appreciation leads us deeper into understanding, respect, and the capacity to care for our whole world. Check out the listings below, take some time to engage and feed your spirit!,
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RESPONDING TO HATE.
The interfaith delegation meeting with the French Consul General included Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Christian and Muslim representatives
Interfaith partners around the Bay Area spoke out against bigotry and hatred and affirmed their commitment to standing with those who are being victimized or scapegoated. A delegation of religious leaders from the San Francisco Interfaith Council, Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco
and the Islamic Networks Group
, met with the Honorable Pauline Carmona, Consul General of France
in San Francisco. They expressed the sorrow of San Francisco's interfaith community over the loss of life and lives shattered as a result of the horrifying terrorist attacks directed against the journalists at the Charlie Hebdo
French satirical weekly magazine and Jews shopping at the Kosher supermarket in Paris. Special sensitivity was raised for the growing fear of the backlash targeting the Muslim community, the overwhelming majority of whom oppose acts of terrorism.
Following the shootings of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, NC, many spoke out against anti-Muslim violence and committed themselves again to building peace. You can find statements from Congressman Mike Honda, the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, JCRC of San Francisco, and the Hindu American Foundation on the ING website. ING's own statement can be found here, and a statement from URI is here.
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WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK. Many took part in observing the global Interfaith Harmony Week during the first week of February. The Interfaith Center at the Presidio showcased a Bay Area interfaith group each day of the week; those posts can still be seen on the ICP Facebook page and the ICP blog.
The Tri-Cities Interfaith Council welcomed over 100 people to their WIHW celebration in Fremont, which featured information tables, presentations from Buddhist, Mormon, and Baha'i leaders, and time for informal dialogue with each other around the table. You can see photos of the event at their website.
URI (United Religions Initiative) has stories and photos from Cooperating Circles around the world that celebrated WIHW with dialogue, meditation, and compassionate action..
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NEW WEBSITE FOR SFIC. The San Francisco Interfaith Council recently unveiled their new website, with marked improvements in content and layout. The new site includes the option for community organizations to submit items for the calendar http://www.sfinterfaithcouncil.org/
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CHAPLAINCY INSTITUTE IS HIRING. The Chaplaincy Institute is announcing new staff positions within our seminary and spiritual community: Program Manager (part time, 3 days a week equivalent position); Marketing and Communications Manager (part time, 2 days a week equivalent position); and Admissions Advisor (part time, 2 days a week equivalent position). See their website for details.
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TIBETAN ART AT GTU. In celebration of Tibetan Year 2142,
Year of the Wood Sheep, the Graduate Theological Union Library will host an exhibition of Tibetan art and artifacts from the Sacred World Art Collection, the Northern California Tibetan Community, and the Graduate Theological Union Special Collections. The exhibition also includes a full Tibetan Shrine, unique Tibetan objects, and Thankas on loan from Jamyang Lama of the Tibetan Culture House. Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road , Berkeley, CA 94709,
February 26 through April 3, 2015. Venerable Thepo Rinpoche, the 8th Thepo Tulku, will speak on “Life as Sacred Text: The Life and Times of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk” at the annual Sacred Text Lecture in the GTU Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:00 pm.
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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. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on Sunday, March 8, 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm. For more information, see www.manresagallery.org.
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PARLIAMENT 2015 IN SALT LAKE CITY. The Parliament will draw more than 50 faiths from around the world together to build bonds, exchange ideas, and restore our humanity. Countless participants say the Parliament is a spiritual experience of a lifetime which brings out the best of your faith. Everyone has something to share: artistic expressions, research, drama, workshops, panels, lecture, or religious/spiritual observations. As they build the 2015 Parliament program, the organizers want to hear what you have to say to the global interfaith movement as we commit together to address the most critical issues of our time. A wide-range of options are offered to program presenters at the Parliament. The Interfaith Center at the Presidio is hoping to sponsor a display of the McDonald Windows at the Parliament.
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.
Keynote speakers for the Parliament will include His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Karen Armstrong, religion author and founder of the Charter for Compassion. Advance Registration is available through March 31. 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: "...there is another kind of act of compassion that is much harder. It is harder because it is not just seeing a problem and finding and implementing a solution. I speak of acting to understand—truly understand—those different from ourselves"- Wendy Webber..."The simple prayers and actions of ordinary Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, and humanists across the globe teach me what is truly at the heart of these traditions: love" - David Barickman... "But don’t fool yourself into thinking that these [interfaith] conversations are dry, academic, monotonous and uninspired — like some sermons or speeches tend to be. Most of these events are lively and passionate (sometimes heated), are fun and inspiring and most times involve great food and a focus on community" - Joran Slane Oppelt
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Space in San Jose, working to develop and strengthen interfaith
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from BAIC beginning with January of 2007, as well as longer
articles on issues of interest for interfaith work..
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At the Presidio Chapel
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Contact the ICP office for information on when the chapel is open for tours.
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.
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ABOUT THE INTERFAITH CENTER AT THE PRESIDIO
Bay 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
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New Item! Venerable Thepo Rinpoche
WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road , Berkeley, CA 94709. Free event.
Venerable Thepo Rinpoche, the 8th Thepo Tulku, will speak on “Life as Sacred Text: The Life and Times of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk.”
New Item! The Mosque of Paris
WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 pm
WHERE: BFUU Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita Ave.), Berkeley.
The Revolutionary Projector series of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists joins with Ecumenical Peace Institute to present The Mosque of Paris. Dr. Annette Herskovitz, will speak on how the Muslims of Paris sheltered Jews during the Nazi occupation. For more information call 510-275-4373 or 510-990-0374 or visit www.epicalc.org or www.bfuu.org. Wheelchair accessible.
CENTER FOR JUDAIC STUDIES
New Item! Translation, Migration, Conversion: New Directions in Jewish Bible Translation and Beyond.
WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 10:15 am; Monday, March 16, 2015, 9:30 am
WHERE: Sunday: Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road; Monday: GTU Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley.
Please join us for an exciting conference bringing together the most interesting historians and theorists of translation with three of the most important translators of our time, two of them local: Robert Alter, Chana Bloch, and Everett Fox. Conference will explore the intersection between geographical displacement and the movement between languages and religions, as well pushing the boundaries that separate theorists from practitioners in the field of Bible translation.
CENTER FOR JUDAIC STUDIES
New Item! Calendrical Convergence: Passover, Easter and the Sacred Season
WHEN: Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:30 pm
WHERE: HEDCO Room, 2565 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709. Free event.
Please join us as for an informal panel discussion of the Jewish and Christian holiday calendars. Featuring: Rabbi Stephen Pearce, His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas, Sr. Barbara Green, and Dr. Deena Aranoff.
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.
New Item! A Day With Rumi
WHEN: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 1:00 - 6:00 pm
WHERE: San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. $10 per person.
Join Ustadh Feraidoon Mojadedi as he shares his deep appreciation for Rumi. The nuances of the Farsi language, in which he is fluent, allows him the unique ability to bring Rumi’s poetry to life and to help listeners recognize Rumi’s essential message of love, coexistence, and connection with the Divine. At the age of five Ustadh began to memorize poems by Rumi and other great poets. He has taught regular classes on Rumi throughout California and the U.S., and even Konya, Turkey, Rumi's resting place.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
New Item! Women of Compassion
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WHERE: Sisters of the Holy Family, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont – 94539-0324. Free event.
Women and teen women of all faiths and cultures are invited. Taking a moment to understand compassion in our lives- a time of quiet and retreat-like activities. Meet new friends; listen & share with other women; enjoy nature in the heart of Fremont; refresh yourself and your spiritual connections. No charge! Freewill donations accepted. Bring your lunch. Sponsored by the Interfaith Women of Peace. Please RSVP to Diane Barnett by Saturday, February 28 firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-377-9383
New Item! Education Is Not A Crime: Worldwide Campaign
WHEN: Friday, March 13, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Lafayette Public Library, Community Hall, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette. Free event.
A screening of Maziar Bahari’s film, “To Light A Candle”, will be shown. Baha’is in Iran are persecuted and banned from teaching and studying at universities, In 2015, the film sparked the global “Education is not a crime” campaign for universal access to higher education. The Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) was established in 1987 to give young Baha’is a chance to receive quality education. Campaign website – educationisnotacrime.me
...IN MARIN CITY
MIC: RELIGIOUS LEADERS
Save the Date! A Community’s Failure: The Crisis of Race and Education in Marin City
WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
WHERE: Hannah Gallery, 170 Donahue Street. Marin City. Donation $10 - $20.
The topic is: . We will have a panel of Marin City leaders speak to this issue with opportunity for small group conversations and Q&A. In addition, MIC congregational leaders will engage a conversation about a potential program to partner with Marin City education nonprofits around the idea of taking our children to work, and creating a long-term commitment between Marin congregations and Marin City youth on the topic of vocation and career.
New Item! Holi: Festival of Colors
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Cardoza Park, Kennedy Drive, Milpitas. Free event.
Join thousands of people to sprinkle colors and spread cheer with friends and family. Delicious food, dazzling musical and cultural celebration. Sponsored by Fremont Hindu Temple and Federation of Indo-Americans of Northern California. Info: 510-565-9993.
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.
MULTICULTURAL MUSIC GROUP
Diwan Saz, Yair Dalal & Dror Sinai
WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:30 pm
WHERE: First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, $24 senior/student, / $28 general.
Diwan Saz is a multicultural Jewish-Muslim-Christian group of seven musicians from Israel who perform ancient music from Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, and Israel with a variety of instruments, often with lyrics sung in Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Turkish and Persian. The melodies and texts incorporate the spirit and music of Sufism and the musical heritage of the Holy Land. The group includes 14-year-old Bedouin vocalist Muhammad Gadir whose stunning voice has to be heard to be believed.
Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com.
...IN PALO ALTO
PALO ALTO FAITH LEADERS
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.
...IN SAN FRANCISCO
New Item! Etty: A One-Woman Play
WHEN: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Mercy Theater, Mercy High School, 3250 Nineteenth Avenue, San Francisco. Donation accepted.
Mercy High School is proud to present "Etty," a one-woman play based on the writings of Etty Hillesum. The play, written and performed by Susan Stein, has been internationally acclaimed as a powerful opportunity to encounter the eloquent voice of this young Jewish woman, whose life came to a tragic end at Auschwitz. For more information or reservations, please contact Teresa Abney at 415.334.7941 or email email@example.com.
SFIC INTERFAITH BREAKFAST
New Item! Spoton Parking
WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2015, 8:00 - 9:30 am
WHERE: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Heritage Hall, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. Free event.
All are welcome! Bring a friend! Presentation: Spoton Parking (http://spotonparking.com/).
UNITED RELIGIONS INITIATIVE
New Item! Circles of Light Gala
WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2015, Reception: 6:15; Dinner: 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco.
URI welcomes you to the 12th annual Circles of Light Gala, which honors URI’s Cooperation Circles focusing on environmental issues. For more information or to sponsor a table, please call Diana Conan at (415) 561-2300 ext 2018 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information online.
INTERFAITH FORUM AND PRAYER
New Item! Honoring Monsenor Romero and the Martyrs of Mexico and Central America
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 4:00 pm Forum; 6:00 pm Interfaith Prayer
WHERE: Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, 110 Julian Avenue at 15th Street, San Francisco. Free event.
How can we welcome and protect the immigrants in our midst? Why do we need Sanctuary today? Sponsored by a coalition of interfaith and immigrant support groups. For additional information please contact: email@example.com
PREPARE FOR BIKE TO WORSHIP WEEK
New Item! Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop
WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
WHERE: First Unitarian Universalist Society of SF, 1187 Franklin Street at Geary, 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 25-31. 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-workshop-14/. Contact: Eric Tuvel at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Item! Bike to Worship Week 2015
WHEN: Monday, May 25- 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 Monday, May 25 to Sunday, May 31, 2015. Sign up today at: Bike to Worship Week 2015.
SUPPORT WINTER SHELTER
New Item! 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.
...IN SAN MATEO
ASWAT MUSIC ENSEMBLE
New Item! Sing-Along Abdel Halim Hafez
Saturday, March 30, 2015, 7:30 pm
WHERE: College of San Mateo Theater, 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo. $25- $100.
Aswat, the Bay Area's premier Arab music ensemble, features the music of the iconic Abdel Halim Hafez (1929-1977) in their first sing-along concert. One might liken 'Abdel Halim's stature in the Arab world to Elvis Presley in America. Anybody even just slightly acquainted with Arab music is familiar with Abdel Halim Hafez. For inquiries, please email: email@example.com.
Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.
...IN SAN RAFAEL
20TH ANNUAL SUFISM SYMPOSIUM
Update! The Nature of Self, Reality & Consciousness
WHEN: Friday- Sunday, March 27-29, 2015
WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, California. Tickets from $20 in advance.
Whirling dervishes, West African musician Musa Dieng Kala, Sufi zekr and speakers from around the globe highlight the three-day Sufism Symposium. Sponsored by the International Association of Sufism. Register for one, two or three days by mail before March 1, online by March 20 at http://www.ias.org/. or buy tickets at the door. Call (415) 472-6959. Complete information at www.ias.org/ .
Schedule: Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:30 to 9:00 pm; Saturday, March 28, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sunday, March 29, 9:00 to 12 noon
...IN SANTA CLARA
RELIGIOUS LEADERS FORUM
New Item! People Acting in Community Together
WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2015, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE: Sobrato Hall, Sobrato Commons B, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. Free event.
A conversation with Carol Stephenson and Harriet Wolf of PACT (People Acting in Community Together). Find out what PACT is all about and learn about their Clergy Council and the new Beloved Community project connected to Black Lives Matter. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; bring your own lunch.
MARIN INTERFAITH COUNCIL
Save the Date! Annual Prayer Breakfast & Fundraiser
WHEN: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 8:00 - 10:00 am
WHERE: Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Dr., Tiburon CA 94920.
Mark your calendars now! Look for more details soon. 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. We will be joined by leaders from three religious traditions who will each provide us with a short teaching and prayer from their faith tradition.
...IN WALNUT CREEK
BRUNCH AND BRIEFING
New Item! The Plight of the Ezidis
WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 10:00 am - noon
WHERE: Raine Room, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, 1543 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek. Free event.
Please join us for Brunch and Briefing on the plight of the Ezidis (sometimes knows as Yezidis) and what our congregations and communities can do with very little effort to positively impact the lives of this ethnic and religious minority facing genocide in Northern Iraq. Please RSVP so we know how much food to prepare email@example.com or 415-261-3404. Sponsored by Ezidi Hope, Bay Area, and Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.
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.
INTERFAITH AND GOLDEN RULE RESOURCES. For many years, Scarboro Missions in Toronto has been developing free online resources for education and interfaith work. In the last few months, they have added a number of new curricula and useful educational resources to the website collection. These resources include online courses, toolkits, best practices, do-it-yourself workshops, activities, multifaith prayer services, guidelines, games, meditations, Powerpoint. Extra added bonus: virtually all of these resources can be downloaded free of charge. Take a look at www.scarboromissions.ca/Interfaith_dialogue/.
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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