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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Interfaith Center at the Presidio

September- Peace (every) Day

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.

Why, in a year of 365+ days, is there only one day devoted to peace? Shouldn't peacemaking be woven into the warp and woof of our everyday living? Certainly. People are funny that way, though. We need to be reminded from time to time about the things that are important-- birthdays, anniversaries, new year's celebrations, a Day of Peace. If you're wondering about how you might observe peace day, there are loads of suggestions at http://internationaldayofpeace.org/actions/. One possibility is to join with thousands of people around the world who will pause for a minute of silence at noon wherever they are around the world (www.facebook.com/MinuteOfSilenceMomentOfPeace). #PeaceDay.

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WELCOME MARY! For the past several months, Mary Zamboukos has been working as a contracted assistant to ICP Director Linda Crawford. Mary has proved to be a great asset to our work, and we are delighted to welcome her officially as our new part-time Administrative Assistant. If the name sounds familiar, you might know her sister, Cynthia Zamboukos, who has been the Program/Administrative Assistant for the San Francisco Interfaith Council.

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Peace in the ParkPEACE IN THE PARK. One way to celebrate peace is to join ICP at "Peace in the Park," a free day of wisdom, wellbeing, global culture and creative activities for all ages. Learn how to access calm, creativity and joy everyday! Peace in the Park was first hosted in 2013 as one-time event by the Brahma Kumaris and their friends from over 30 years in the Bay Area. After the astounding success, people want to see it become an annual festival. The third annual Peace in the Park will take place on Saturday, September 19th, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm in Golden Gate Park. This year's celebration will once again feature music and dancing from a variety of cultures, speakers and inspirational workshops, vegetarian food, and opportunities for sharing in meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and other spiritual practices. ICP and URI are among the sponsoring organizations. It promises to be "a rejuvenating day of peaceful activities for all ages and backgrounds." Details at www.peaceintheparksf.org/.

ICP will again have a booth with information about the Interfaith Councils around the Bay Area. We will be giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions about any faith tradition, and if we can't answer right there, we will get back to them. There will be large paper flower petals available for people to write down a message or wish for peace they would like us to take to the Parliament of the World's Religions in October. These will be displayed on a large board, and then taken to Salt Lake City. As we did last year, we will be working side-by-side with URI.

 Linda Crawford       Fred Fielding

Director Linda Crawford (left) and Board President Fred Fielding at last year's Peace in the Park (Photos: Susan Strouse)

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INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: CONCERN FOR CREATION AND THE POOR. The University of San Francisco will present a lecture by Mary Evelyn Tucker, PhD, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, where she directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology. On Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 7:00 pm, Dr. Tucker will unpack the invitations and challenges of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for creation, responsible development and the effects of environmental injustice on the world’s poor. The response will be given by John Coleman, SJ and will be followed by opportunity for questions and small group discussion. The event will be held at Xavier Hall on the USF campus. RSVP to USF University Ministry: um@usfca.edu (preferred) or 415-422-4463.

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Islam's JesusMUSLIM/ CHRISTIAN BOOK STUDY Few people realize that Jesus was a prominent messenger of God in Islam and that Muslims believe in the return of Jesus. Even among Muslims, it is not well known that there are diverse interpretations of references to Jesus in the Qur’an and the Hadith. Aiming to remedy this, Islam’s Jesus takes a bold yet candid look at the highly charged topic of Jesus’s place in Islam, exploring some of the religion’s least understood aspects. Examining multiple intellectual traditions, Zeki Saritoprak makes clear the reality of pluralism in the history of Islamic religious scholarship. Actively engaged in efforts to promote interfaith dialogue and harmony, Saritoprak thoughtfully argues that the shared belief in Jesus presents an excellent opportunity for understanding between Muslims and Christians. Together, they constitute more than half of the world’s population, and such understanding may be a foundation for peace. Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:00 pm at the Presidio Chapel Sponsored by: First United Lutheran Church, Pacifica Institute and the Interfaith Center at the Presidio. All Are Welcome

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Parliament of the World's ReligionsPARLIAMENT 2015 IN SALT LAKE CITY. ICP and many folks from Bay Area interfaith groups will join the thousands of people from around the world who will convene in Salt Lake City for the upcoming Parliament of the Worlds Religions from October 15-19. Our display about the McDonald Windows will be just one of the rich array of workshops, celebrations, displays, and person-to-person encounters that are a part of the Parliament.

The lineup of announced speakers includes Nobel Peace Prize winners, authors, educators, advocates, and religious leaders from diverse traditions. Among those who will be present are 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.

A special Woman's Assembly will take place on October 15th, prior to the Parliament proper. Throughout the Parliament, the Women's Initiative will provide for women from diverse religious and spiritual traditions to address the critical intersection of women’s dignity, human rights and religion; celebrate women’s religious and spiritual engagement, inspiration and leadership; share best practices that address women’s challenges; build interfaith networks of mutual support and cooperative action; and expand the transformative impact women have on religion and the modern world. See details at the website.

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Wrestling JerusalemWRESTLING JERUSALEM is a riveting 90-minute solo performance, following one man’s journey to understand the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. It is a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history and social justice. Aaron Davidman, former director of the Traveling Jewish Theatre, gives voice to over a dozen engaging characters, including Israelis, Palestinians and American Jews. Mr. Davidman’s brilliant rendition of these perspectives convey the conflicting narratives of what seems to be an endless conflict in the Holy Land. The play is being turned into a movie and will be filmed with a subsequent interfaith panel, including Maha Elgenaidi (Islamic Networks Group), Rev. Will McGarvey (Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County), and Rabbi Noa Kusher of The Kitchen. October 3, 2015, 7:00 pm, Marines Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco. For more info:  wrestlingjerusalem.com. Tickets are on sale ($50 - $125) through cityboxoffice.com, 415-392-4400.

Aaron Davidman will also perform the play (without the filming and panel) on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 8:00 pm at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto. Tickets are $30 for the general public. Details are here.

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ICCCC LogoNEW LOGO. The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County has a new logo and motto, "Envisioning PEACE." You can support the Interfaith Council by purchasing a t-shirt. Sliding scale $20-$30 in men’s and women’s tailored t’s! Pick yours up at the International Day of Peace Concert (Sun. Sept. 20th at 4:00 pm at Peace Lutheran in Danville) or email them at InterfaithCCCC@gmail.com with the sizes you want and a phone number they can call you on to take your credit card over the phone or help you send in a check. Please add $5.00 for shipping and handling. Details are on their website.

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ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT ISIS. ING, the Islamic Networks Group, has put together a helpful web page with questions and answers about ISIS and its relationship to Islamic teaching and tradition. If you or someone in your community is wondering, head to the ING website at www.ing.org/answers-to-questions-about-isis/.

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NOTES & QUOTES: "Muslims must publicly promote human rights—dignity, life and liberty. These are the most basic of Islamic values and no individual, nor any political or religious leader, has the authority to snatch them away. Living the essence of our faith means respecting diversity—cultural, social, religious and political." - Fethulla Gulen..."I do not believe that religions, in and of themselves, are obstacles to achieving our vision for a better world." - Ruth Messinger..."In studying the sacred writings of the great religions, I have found, to my delight, that they are rich with paradox and irony." - George Wolfe

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

Presidio Chapel Website

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:00 pm
Book Study: Islam's Jesus
Sponsored by First United Lutheran Church, Pacifica Institute and the Interfaith Center at the Presidio. All Are Welcome

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.

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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.


New Item! Sacred Seasons: Pilgrimage, Piety, and Personal Transformation
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1:00 pm
WHERE: Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Avenue, Berkeley. Free event.
This afternoon program, sponsored jointly by the GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies and our Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, marks the fact that in 2015, the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur overlaps almost precisely with the period of the Hajj, which culminates in Eid al-Adha. Please join us for this public event exploring spiritual themes shared by these two faith traditions.

Register your plans to attend on Facebook.


Save the Date! International Day of Peace Concert
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
WHERE: Peace Lutheran Church, 3201 Camino Tassajara, Danville. Free; donations welcome.
Join us for a concert with multiple choirs and ensembles as we come together on the International Day of Peace. Co-sponsored by Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, Mt. Diablo Peace Center, Interfaith Center at the Presidio, and the Interfaith Peace Project of Antioch.


Save the Date Visionary Marin 2015
WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
WHERE: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Fundraiser.
Honoring Rev. Jane Spahr and Ms. Laura Talmus. Visionary Marin is a fundraiser for the Marin Interfaith Council, and features a reception, culinary delights, raffle, silent auction and the award program. MIC celebrates faith traditions, advocates justice and builds community by bringing together faith congregations, civic groups, local nonprofits, religious leaders and individuals.


Hindu-American Foundation Gala Dinner
WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: India Community Center, 525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas. $25 per person.
Hinduism in the Mainstream: Coming of Age! This year’s dinner will feature influential Hindu American and interfaith leaders, who will highlight the emergence of Hinduism in mainstream American society and the coming of age of the Hindu American community in politics, academia, business, and advocacy. $25 early bird special until July 31, 2015. Prices go up to $51 on August 1, so get your tickets today! Click here!.


New Item! Youth Gleaning and Work Projects
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WHERE: Green Gulch Farm, 1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. Free event.
This is a youth event (primarily grades 6-12). 1:00 pm Picnic in the garden; bring your own; 1:30 pm Introduction to meditation in Zendo (Picnic & meditation optional). 2:00 - 4:30 pm Gleaning & work projects. Hear about how the fields are connected to Buddhism and other faith traditions and get your hands dirty in the soil. We will be gleaning and doing other work projects on the farm. Long pants, socks and closed-toed shoes are highly recommended. Remember sunscreen & water.

Click HERE for flyer RSVP: programs@marinifc.org by Wed, Sept 16th

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Faith Leaders Luncheon
WHEN: Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
WHERE: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E Meadow Dr., Palo Alto. Free event.
Mark your calendar now for our next luncheon gathering, set for Tuesday, September 1 at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Our community Thanksgiving service will be on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m


Integral Ecology: Concern for Creation and the Poor
WHEN: Thursday, September 3, 2015, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Xavier Hall, University of San Francisco, San Francisco. Free event.
Mary Evelyn Tucker, PhD, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, where she directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology, will unpack the invitations and challenges of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for creation, responsible development and the effects of environmental injustice on the world’s poor. Q&A and discussion. RSVP to USF University Ministy: um@usfca.edu (preferred) or 415-422-4463.

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! Faith and Sanctuary: There Are No Strangers
WHEN: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 am
WHERE: Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post Street (at Laguna), San Francisco. Tickets available in September.
We will honor congregations who helped San Francisco become a Sanctuary City, recognize those who continue the tradition, and highlight young people for whom the City's commitment has provided hope and safety. Sponsored by San Francisco Interfaith Council. Info: cynthiaz@sfinterfaithcouncil.org or 415-474-1321.

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Day of Awareness and Peace
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2015, 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Plaza de Cesar Chavez, South Market Street, San Jose. Free event.
A Free Concert in the Park. We represent a growing network of concerned people of faith and citizens and we intend to stop bullying, cyber bullying, and all other forms of violence against our kids and teens. We talk about most of the difficult subjects; i.e. suicide, self-harm, drinking, drugs, sexting, domestic violence, teen dating violence, texting and driving, social media and much more. www.AmandaNetwork.org.

New Item! 7th Annual International Childrens Festival
WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Discovery Meadow Park, 180 Woz Way, San Jose. Free event.
Food, Fun & Dance, showcasing the varied cultural traditions of the Bay Area. Children's performing groups, A Circus, A Magic Show, A Puppet Show, Balloon Twisters, Face-painting Artists, Henna Design, and a Pony Ride. Sponsored by Bay Area Cultural Connections and The Pacifica Institute, together with several local organizations.


"How Would the World Look if We Really Had Interreligious Unity?" Rev. Gerald Caprio
WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 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, an independent Catholic religious order in the Dutch (Old) Catholic tradition. They provide the Sacrament of Marriage to anyone so desiring, be they Catholic, of other religious persuasions or non-religious. For more information call (510) 483-4712 or email bafcoffice@gmail.com

Rev. Caprio 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 in San Francisco. He holds graduate degrees in both Theology and Education.

"Moving from Heart to Action: Making a Better World One Step at a Time" Nina Horne
WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 2014, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
WHERE: Bay Area Family Church, 2305 Washington Ave., San Leandro. $5 suggested donation.
Nina Horne, MPP, is a policy consultant focused on initiatives for improving lives at the international, federal, state, and local levels. As an Invited Expert to the U.S. Delegation to the OECD, an Expert Adviser to the International Standards Organization, and consultant to the State Department, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the EPA, and the UN, Nina developed policies and tools to protect human health and the environment around the globe.

Nina was also a long-term City Commissioner in Oakland, California, serving as a grant-maker to more than 120 community-based youth development organizations annually. With more than twenty years’ experience in teaching, educational publishing, policy innovation, and grant-making and evaluation—Nina is focused on ensuring that all families have access to lives of dignity, meaning, and happiness. She began meditating in 1995 as a form of stress reduction, eventually transforming her practice into a daily approach to a more compassionate and joyful life. For more information call (510) 483-4712 or email bafcoffice@gmail.com


Marin County's Aging Action Initiative
WHEN: Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, 1510 5th Ave, San Rafael. $10- $20 donation.
A panel of speakers will share the work over the past 18 months led by the County and Marin nonprofits on how to create partnerships to best serve the County's robust and growing senior population. Everyone agrees that faith communities and congregations are essential partners in this work. Bring your lunch; we'll provide simple snacks. Sponsored by Marin Interfaith Council.

Info and Registration here.

New Item! Annual Inspiration Dinner
WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Club at McInnis Park, San Rafael. $75 per person.
The Annual Inspiration Dinner is an evening devoted to bringing together our Bay Area community to celebrate the unique vision and important accomplishments of an individual who is dear to the people of the Bay Area and part of our heritage. The International Association of Sufism will present its Humanitarian Award to the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael. The award is presented annually to an outstanding individual or organization for contributions in elevating the level of humanity in our society.

Details and reservations at ias.org/annualdinner/


New Event! “Shrouds Have No Pockets” The Spirituality of Philanthropy
WHEN: Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 7:30 am - 9:30 am
WHERE: Ball Auditorium, John Muir Medical Center, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek. Free event; breakfast included.
Please join us for a Complimentary Breakfast and Seminar on Establishing a Culture of Philanthropy Rooted In The Beliefs and Traditions of the Organizations You Serve. Presenter: Michael G. Crvarich, Vice President Legacy Planning, John Muir Health Foundation. This program is an invitation to recognize the gift of your own particular spiritual and faith traditions as a gateway to establishing a culture of philanthropy within the organizations you serve.

Please RSVP by Sept. 29th to Mary David at (925) 941-2134 or mary.david@johnmuirhealth.com. Co-Sponsored by: Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County and John Muir Health Foundation


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.

URI IS HIRING. The United Religions Initiative is looking for an Associate Director of Global Programs and Development, an Accountant III, and an Administrative Associate. For job descriptions, application deadlines and other details, see the URI website.

BOOK BY VETERAN CHAPLAIN. Rev. Edgar S. Welty, one of the leaders in the Interfaith Veterans Day service held at the Presidio Chapel, will be introducing his new book Thanks: Giving and Receiving Gratitude for America's Troops: A Soldier's Stories, A Veteran's Confession, and a Pastor's Reflections at a Book Launch Sunday, September 13th, 7:00 pm at Book Passage Bookstore, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA. "This is a book about faith and moral issues facing America’s troops. Rev. Edgar S. Welty, Jr , as someone who spent four years wearing U. S Army Uniforms, has plenty of “Soldier’s Stories.” But he doesn't start his book with these. Instead he introduces his work with the telling of Simon’s service when he carried the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He argues that “Service” is the same as Jesus’ call to go the "second mile.” For more information, contact edgarwelty@gmail.com, or (415) 454 8948, or see the Book Passage website.

SPIRITUAL CARE TRAINING AT STANFORD. The next training for Spiritual Care Service Volunteers at Stanford Hospital will be held on three consecutive Tuesday evenings: October 13, 20, and 27, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 pm. If you are a compassionate listener, sensitive to the needs of others, willing to give two hours each week, open-minded, well grounded in your own faith practice and teachable, contact (650) 723-5101 or email: spiritualcare@stanfordhealthcare.org for more information and to get a volunteer application. Interviews for this training will be held through October 1, 2015.

FAITHS FOR EARTH is a global multi-religious online campaign to protect our shared earth from the ravages of climate change and its disproportionate effects on the poor and excluded. It seeks to mobilize religious believers and women and men of goodwill to embrace the moral responsibility to care for our earth and each other by seeking to live better and more sustainable lives in greater joy and harmony. At the heart of the campaign is a petition urging each country's sitting head of state and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to take bold actions to halt climate change, including phasing out the use of harmful fossil fuels and committing to one hundred percent renewable energy by midcentury. So far, 290,702 people in 27 countries have signed our petition. This is a great start. We can do better. You are vital to our effort to spread the word. Sign the online petition of your respective country here: faithsforearth.org (The petition is available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Turkish, Filipino, Indonesian, Norwegian, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.)




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