Having trouble reading this in e-mail? Read it online in your browser.

Bay Area Interfaith Connect
The Interfaith Center | About ICP | Update & Calendar | Interfaith Resources | Media | Store | Support ICP | Contact Us
Monday, March 30, 2015 Interfaith Center at the Presidio

March- Why Interfaith?

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

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!,

logo return to top

Interfaith delegation

The interfaith delegation meeting with the French Consul General included Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Christian and Muslim representatives

RESPONDING TO HATE. 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.

logo return to top

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..

logo return to top

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/

logo return to top

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.

logo return to top

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.

logo return to top

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.

logo return to top

Parliament of the World's ReligionsPARLIAMENT 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.

logo return to top

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

logo return to top

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!


BAY AREA INTERFAITH CONNECT is sent each month to nearly 2,000 subscribers, and is available online at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio website.

To Subscribe: If you do not receive the monthly updates and would like to do so, simply write to info@interfaith-presidio.org. Please include your name, and, if you are willing, your street address and phone will help us to keep you up to date on interfaith activities.

To Unsubscribe: If you wish to unsubscribe you can do so by writing info@interfaith-presidio.org and letting us know. Thank you.

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.


interfaith symbols


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..

* * *

At the Presidio Chapel
Map and directions to the Presidio’s Main Post Chapel

Presidio Chapel Website: www.presidiochapel.org

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.

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.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

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.

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.


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.

     ...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.


New Item! 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.


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 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-workshop-14/. Contact: Eric Tuvel at eric@sfbike.org

New Event! 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.

     ...IN SAN MATEO

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: zawaya.admin@gmail.com.

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

     ...IN TIBURON

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.


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.

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/.




Marin City
Palo Alto
Presidio Chapel
San Francisco
San Leandro
San Mateo
San Rafael
Walnut Creek
Special Opportunities


Home | About | Newsletter | Links | Media | Store | Support | Contact

©2015 Interfaith Center at the Presidio, 130 Fisher Loop, Presidio, San Francisco, California

1986 subscribers