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Thursday, December 18, 2014 Interfaith Center at the Presidio

December- Interfaith Skills

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion was held in San Diego this year on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Together with the Society of Biblical Literature, it brought 10,000 scholars of religion together to share research, resources, and refreshment on a wide range of topics religious.

One session I was able to attend was "Toward a Field of Interreligious Studies: Emerging Questions and Considerations (you just can't have an academic session without a colon in the title!). Moderated by Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, it featured a panel of people from across the country sharing their experiences in developing and shaping studies for the emerging interfaith world. Diane Eck, director of the Pluralism Project, brought her own reflections from 20 years of studying interfaith issues at Harvard University.

Patel described five "social goods" that come from the interfaith encounter: Reduction of prejudice; Increased social cohesion; Increased social capital; Strengthened personal religious commitment; and an increased sense of how the encounter between religions it itself a holy encounter. We know the benefits, but how do we prepare those who work in the encounter?

What kind of training will be needed in the future for leaders in interfaith contexts? What basic information should they have at their command; what skills should they bring to the task? There is a paradox in the need to define the arena so as to understand what is needed, but also to keep definitions open as new contexts and experience come along. The best that those with experience in interfaith relations might have to offer are the skills that are needed for learning about the unknown.

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Rev. Gerald CaprioICP BOARD CHANGES: There have been some changes on the Board of ICP over the last couple of months. We have added two new members: Rev. Gerald Caprio is an Independent Catholic priest serving with the White Robed Monks of St. Benedict based in San Francisco.  He was ordained in 1970, holds graduate degrees in Theology and Education and is currently the Board president of AHIMSA Berkeley.

Rev. Scott QuinnThe Rev. Scott Quinn, MDiv, MA, CHt, was ordained as a Lutheran minister, is an ordained interfaith minister, spiritual director, and is the Director of Interfaith Community with The Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley. He also serves on Marin Interfaith Council's Justice Advocacy Team. He has facilitated classes and retreats for over twenty years and lives in San Rafael where he also provides individual and group spiritual guidance and hypnotherapy. He blogs at scottquinn.net.

We also bade farewell to two previous members: Dr. Amer Araim and Rev. Carrie Knowles. Thanks to both for their service. Carrie especially was instrumental in working with our veterans' events.

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WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA. December 13 is National Wreaths Across America Day.  The organization of the same name will be placing wreaths on national cemeteries across the nation. Here in the Presidio, the ceremony will begin at 9:00 am in the San Francisco Cemetery next to the Presidio Chapel. The Interfaith Center at the Presidio will open the Chapel from 9:00 to noon for tours and meditation and prayers. For more information, please check out the website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

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CHRISTMAS EVE MASS. All are welcome!! Please join with the White Robed Monks of St. Benedict to celebrate a Family Christmas Eve Service at the Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco at 7:00 pm. Christmas Carols and Meditation begin at 7:30 pm, followed by Christmas Eve Mass. Join us afterwards for a dessert potluck for some festive fellowship and good cheer. (We'll have utensils, plates, napkins, coffee, tea, hot apple cider & cocoa. You bring ... ) We'd like an approximate count so we have enough coffee, tea, etc. on-hand. Please let us know the number of your party by sending an e-mail to: XmasEveMass@whiterobedmonks.org Thank you.

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Rita Semel, Heng Sure, Don Frew, Michael PappasVETERANS DAY SERVICE. The Veterans Day Service this year at the Presidio Chapel featured multifaith prayers, diverse music, and a talk by Rev. Heng Sure of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery. The service was adapted from the 1974 Book of Worship for United States Forces, and included leaders from Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Wiccan traditions. To see photos of the service and a video of Heng Sure's talk, go to the ICP Website.

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Aachen Cathedral windowMCDONALD WINDOWS IN AACHEN. "Remembered Light," the McDonald Windows collection of art pieces created from the shards of stained glass windows broken during World War II, recently went on display in Aachen, Germany, as part of the observance of the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne, who is buried in the cathedral there. As it is difficult to ship the windows themselves, ICP provided high-resolution photographs of each piece that were used to create a display explaining the project and where the shards came from. The showing was sponsored by Merck Finck & Co., a German bank. If you're interested, you can download a .pdf file with photos of the exhibition and reception (warning-large file- 9MB).

The image to the right is the window created from shards of windows in the Aachen Cathedral. To see more of the collection, go to the McDonald Windows display on the ICP website.

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GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL UNION EXPANDS. The Board of the GTU has announced eight new initiatives that will expand programs and new religious breadth at the GTU. The new groups include Hindu, Sikh, and Jain traditions, as well as Mormon studies. These new areas will complement existing GTU programs and degree offerings in Christian, Islamic, Jewish, and Buddhist Studies. A newly signed agreement between the GTU and the Dharma Civilization Foundation will bring a full-time faculty member in Hindu Studies to campus beginning this spring.

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Parliament of the World's ReligionsPARLIAMENT 2015 IN SALT LAKE CITY. "Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity" is the theme for the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions, taking place October 15 – 19, 2015 in Salt Lake City. Three Critical Issues for 2015 will be: 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.

It was recently announced that two keynote speakers for the Parliament will be His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Karen Armstrong, religion author and founder of the Charter for Compassion.

The Parliament is now accepting proposals for presentations. Registration is already available. 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: "Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity" Charter for Compassion... "The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others" Albert Schweitzer... "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion" Dalai Lama... "Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty".Albert Einstein

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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.


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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..

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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.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 7:00 pm
Christmas Eve Mass
7:00 PM Christmas Carols and Meditation; 7:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass; 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM Dessert Pot Luck for some festive fellowship and good cheer. RSVP to XmasEveMass@whiterobedmonks.org. Sponsored by White Robed Monks of St. Benedict.



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

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.


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

     ...IN NOVATO

New Item! Interfaith Retreat
WHEN: Monday, January 12, 2014, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Anubhuti Retreat Center, 820 Bell Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. $80-$60 sliding scale
Save the Date! Teachers: Rev. Kay Collette, Presbyterian Minister and Spiritual Director, and Chaplain Nathaniel Vose, board-certified chaplain and an ordained Buddhist minister in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. Please contact Janice Lum at programs@marinifc.org or call 415-456-6957 to request scholarship information. Register online.

     ...IN PALO ALTO

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


Christmas Eve Mass
WHEN: Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, Presidio, San Francisco. Free event.
7:00 PM Christmas Carols and Meditation; 7:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass; 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM Dessert Pot Luck for some festive fellowship and good cheer. (We'll have utensils, plates, napkins, coffee, tea, hot apple cider & cocoa. You bring ... ). RSVP to XmasEveMass@whiterobedmonks.org. Sponsored by White Robed Monks of St. Benedict.


Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for our Homeless Dead
WHEN: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 5:00 pm
WHERE: Civic Center Plaza (Polk Street side), San Francisco. Free event.
Co-Sponsored by: The San Francisco Night Ministry and The San Francisco Interfaith Council. For additional information please contact Rebecca Swee at 415-474-1321.


New Item! Girl Rising
WHEN: Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4:00 pm
WHERE: Osher Marin Jewish Community, 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free event.
"Girl Rising" spotlights the unforgettable stories of nine girls living in the developing world, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. With panelists Ruth W. Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), and Nahid Angha, Ph. D, Sufi scholar, human rights activist, women's rights activist, lecturer, translator and author of over fifteen published books. Part of "Saalam, Shalom" series.

More info at Osher Marin Jewish Community.


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.

GOLDEN RULE WORKSHOP. Scarboro Missions is offering a do-it-yourself workshop and group discussion experience in which participants are invited to reflect from the perspective of a universal moral principle - the Golden Rule - in its many and various expressions across the world's religions. This workshop has been tested in a number of environments and has consistently generated great enthusiasm, reflection and discussion. Any group or individual who decides to sponsor it can expect rich and varied responses. To view or download this workshop free of charge, go to www.scarboromissions.ca/Golden_rule/workshop_guidelines.php

HEALTH CARE. The California Council of Churches, through its new Navigator grant with Covered CA is seeking congregations of all faiths to serve as enrollment sites for the next open and special enrollment periods to sign people up for health insurance from November 2014 to June 2015. Faith communities should recruit volunteers who will be trained, certified, fingerprinted and background checked, have accessible meeting spaces and parking, have password protected computer and internet access and be willing to accommodate education and enrollment store fronts during weeknights and on the weekends. Faith communities can, at their discretion, invite local providers to do health screenings and have a community health fair. For more information, contact: Marijke Fakasiieiki, California Council of Churches Certified Educator and Enroller Covered CA, (510) 529-5011 or marijke@calchurches.org.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT. The Fig Tree Northern CA/NV will be launching soon as a seedling offshoot of The Fig Tree in Spokane, WA, which has covered stories of faith in action in the inland northwest for 30 years. The goal is to link people of faith in this region in an online newsmagazine format through Wordpress and Facebook with news stories of local people making a difference, interfaith and ecumenical stories from regional, national and international sources, a directory of faith communities and community agencies, regional calendar listings, classified and regular ads. Volunteers are needed to help them get started as a non-profit: to serve on the board, to write articles, to help with graphic design and advertising, to help with layout and editing, to compile calendar listings and classifieds for a bartering type network, to write grants, etc. . . If you have any of these skills and would like to contribute to wider interfaith networking for this region, please contact: Marijke Fakasiieiki, editor, The Fig Tree Northern CA/NV, (510) 529-5011, mfakasiieiki@gmail.com.

BIG I CONFERENCE. The 2015 "Big I Conference" (the "I" stands for Interfaith, Interspiritual, Integral, and Independent) will be held at the Mercy Center in Burlingame February 6-8, 2015. The theme is "Ministering for the Earth: tending the heart of the planet." The intent of the conference is to bring together scholars and spiritual people to explore through dialogue and practices and scholarly publication, the evolution of human spirituality through the inclusive theology and consciousness of interfaith, interspirituality and integral spirituality and meeting the emerging spiritually independent (spiritual-but-not-religious) community. You can learn more at bigiconference.org/




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