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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Interfaith Center at the Presidio

September- Peace Day

Interfaith Center at the Presidio


September 21 has been celebrated as the International Day of Peace by the United Nations each year since 1982. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Declaration of the Right of Peoples to Peace by the U.N. in 1984. That declaration called on all member states "to do their utmost to assist in implementing the rights of people to peace through the adoption of appropriate measures at the national and international level."

In the customary 100-day Countdown Message given by the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon said, "Over the coming 100 days we need to unite as a human family to deliver the right to peace by encouraging fighters to lay down their arms. Let us stand in solidarity with the civilians killed by terrorism and war, the traumatised families whose homes and futures lie in ruins, the countries whose development has been set back by decades."

Sadly, during these 100 days since June 13th, we have seen the flareup on the Gaza Strip, tensions and combat in Ukraine, riots and unrest in response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mississippi, the rise of ISIS and subsequent attacks on religious communities, including Christians, Yaizidis, and "unacceptable" Muslims. We clearly have far to go to achieve the vision of the “Right of Peoples to Peace.”

And yet, all around the world, people of good will continue to gather to lift up that vision and to do what is in their power to bring it nearer to fulfillment.

At the Interfaith Center, we will be hosting a screening of the film Waking in Oak Creek. The film profiles a suburban town rocked by hate after six worshippers at a Sikh Temple are killed by a white supremacist. In the year following the attack, the film highlights a community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate, and create a safe town for all. There will be a lunchtime showing on Thursday, September 18, 12:00 - 1:00 pm for the commercial residents of the Presidio. A second showing will be open to the public 2:00 - 3:30 pm on the Day of Peace September 21. Both will be at the Presidio Chapel. [Flyer]

ICP is also co-sponsoring an interfaith gathering and concert in Walnut Creek on the 21st at 7:00 pm. "Open Up Our Eyes" will feature multiple choirs and musical ensembles. Other sponsors include the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, the Mt. Diablo Peace Center, and the Interfaith Peace Project, Antioch. Free admission; contributions welcome. [Flyer]

Many local interfaith organizations will be planning special observances during September to honor Peace Day 2014; see listings below and check our Events Calendar for updates.. Learn more about Peace day at www.internationaldayofpeace.org/, or at the International Day of Peace page on Facebook.

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EAST BAY STAND DOWN VETERANS EVENT. ICP Board Member Rev. Carrie Knowles will be serving with chaplains of many faiths at the East Bay Stand Down, September 11-14, 2014. The East Bay Stand Down is a consortium of community organizations coming together to provide a four-day event every other year that bring together the nine-county homeless and at-risk military Veterans living in the Bay Area of California, connecting them with services ranging from: VA HealthCare, Dental, Mental Health Services, Clothing, Meals, Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Permanent Housing, ID/ Drivers License's, Court Services and Legal Aide, Showers and Haircuts and myriad other services and resources. The East Bay Stand Down will be held at Alameda County Fairground in Pleasanton. For more information and registration, see www.eastbaystanddown.org/

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CONFLICT and COMPASSION. AHIMSA is sponsoring a conference on "Conflict and Compassion" on Sunday Sept 28, 2014 ,1:30-4:30 pm, at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley, Berkeley. Speakers include Dana King, former Chanel 5 News Anchor and currently candidate for Oakland City Council; Jane Falk, Ph.D. , a consultant committed to creating peace and harmony in the context of cross-cultural misunderstanding and conflict; J.G. Larochette, Mindful Life Project; Kokomon Clottey, Attitudinal Healing Connection; Francisco "Poncho" Ramos-Stierle, ServiceSpace. See details at http://www.ahimsaberkeley.org/

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SFIC INTERFAITH STATEMENT ON ANTI-SEMITISM. In response to recent events, the San Francisco Interfaith Council has issued the following statement; for additional information, please contact Rita R. Semel at (415) 673-2190.

Anti-Semitic acts of violence have broken out in Europe and beyond, indeed in our own country as well. To our friends in the Jewish community these senseless acts bring back painful memories of the 1930s. Surely we have learned something from that terrible time. We may differ on international issues of war and peace but we certainly agree that anti-Semitism has no place in our community. As we have spoken out in the past against those who voice anti-Muslim views, so too do we decry anti-Semitism anywhere.

Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco
Right Reverend Marc Handley Andrus, Episcopal Bishop of California
Reverend Mark W. Holmerud, Bishop, Sierra Pacific Synod, ELCA
Metropolitan Gerasimos, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco
Bishop Robert McElroy, Archdiocese of San Francisco
Iftekhar Hai, Islamic Society of San Francisco and United Muslims of America
Rev. Maggi Henderson, Chair, San Francisco Interfaith Council
Michael G. Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council

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MORE ON GAZA. Last month, we shared statements from the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, Islamic Networks Group, and the Parliament of the World's Religions concerning the crisis in Gaza. The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County has published their own statement on the conflict; you can find it at the ICCC website.

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PEACE IN THE PARK FESTIVAL OF SPIRIT. The ICP table and displays from many Bay Area organizations prompted interest and conversations at the Peace in the Park festival held on August 23 in Golden Gate Park. Read more about Peace in the Park at www.PeaceInTheParkSF.org. Thanks to Managing Director Linda Crawford (left) and Board President Fred Fielding (and Susan Strouse, photographer):


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Carry the VisionCARRY THE VISION. For many years now, the Carry the Vision Community Nonviolence Conference has brought together people from religious, governmental, educational, and nonprofit sectors across the South Bay and beyond to discover ways to overcome violence in our communities. This year's conference will feature Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program in Los Angeles, as keynote speaker.

CTV is partnering with Silicon Valley FACES to provide the Youth Leadership Summit at the conference. Youth will engage in experiential activities for personal reflection, acts of kindness, and modeling a just community of acceptance and understanding.

Workshops, music, and a vegetarian lunch provided by San Jose Sikhs and Jains round out the offerings. The conference will take place on Sunday, October 19, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, Levy Family Campus, 14855 Oka Rd in Los Gatos. For details and registration, see www.carrythevision.org/

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NOTES & QUOTES: Congratulations to ICP Board Member Don Frew, who, together with seven others including Margot Adler, was given the Covenant of the Goddess Award of Honor for "outstanding service to community" for his interfaith work...Congratulations also to Maha ElGenaidi, who returns to ING as CEO and Chair of the Board after completing her MA in Religious Studies at Stanford..."To be religiously literate is not to be able to answer trivia questions about other religions as much as it’s about being able to discuss them with someone else, and use the knowledge gained to grow into greater mutual respect and understanding." - Esther Boyd at State of Formation..." In a world addicted to violence, we must teach others that dialogue, negotiation and relationship-building are the best options for resolving conflicts." - Victor Kazanjian of URI

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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.

Thursday, September 18, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Waking in Oak Creek
A screening of the film about the community response to the shootings at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. For the commercial residents of the Presidio.

Sunday, September 21, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Waking in Oak Creek
A screening of the film open to the public, honoring the International Day of Peace




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.

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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 Event! Palestine –– Gaza, Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions; What’s going on? And what can we do about it?
WHEN: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave, Berkeley. Suggested donation $15-$50; no one turned away.
Speakers: Dr. Hisham Ahmed, Palestinian-born professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics at St Mary’s College and Israeli Dr. Dalit Baum, organizer of boycott/divestment/sanctions efforts, co founder of Who Profits from the Occupation and coordinator of AFSC’s Middle East program. Dr. Ahmed has recently returned from a trip to Palestine. For more information visit www.epicalc.org. If you plan to come please call 510/990-0374.

New Item! Multi-Faith Transgender Summit
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, October 30- November 1, 2014
WHERE: Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley. $75; $40 student before Sept. 30.
Bringing together trans* people of faith for education, support, and advocacy. Speakers: Vivian Taylor, executive director of Integrity, USA; Alex Patchin McNeill, executive director of More Light Presbyterian; Nicole Santamaria, Colectivo Alejandria in El Salvador. Worship, workshops, scholarship on gender and religion, making connections with others. More info: clgs.org/, or contact Jakob Hero jhero@clgs.org.

New Item! Forging Peace and Human Security: From Aspiration to Action
WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:30 - 5:00 pm
WHERE: St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley.
Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian Jr., Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative. Panel discussions on transforming values and taking action for nonviolence, workshops, music, dance, and refreshments. Sponsored by a number of Bay Area organizations. For full details, see bayareapeaceforum.org/.


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.


Disability Employment Awareness Conference & Training
WHEN: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn – Bay Bridge, 1800 Powell Street, Emeryville. $75.
A valuable opportunity to increase knowledge, skills, and abilities to hire, supervise and work with persons with disabilities more effectively. Improve the services provided to individuals with disabilities. With best practices and tools for creating and maintaining an inclusive and productive work environment, conference attendees will be enriched to better engage individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Open to community based organizations, or individuals working the disabled.

More information and registration at www.acgov.org/MS/deaconf/Home.aspx.

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Carry the Vision
WHEN: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, Levy Family Campus, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. $30 adults; $15 students
An exciting and dynamic gathering that will inspire, educate and offer a vision of the compassionate world that we all want to live in. Featured Speaker: Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program in Los Angeles. More information and registration at www.carrythevision.org/.


Visionary Marin
WHEN: Thursday, November 6 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Fundraiser
Please save the date for the 2014 Visionary Marin honoring Ms. Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. and Rev. Norman Fischer. Sponsored by Marin Interfaith Council.

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Interfaith Engagement and the Emerging Culture of Peace
WHEN: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Soda Activity Center, St. Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga. Free event.
Speaker: Deborah Moldow, Co-Chair of the UN International Day of Peace and UN Representative of the World Peace Prayer Society (the “Peace Pole” people). For more information contact Cherie Grant at cgrant@stmarys-ca.edu or (925) 631-4074. Co-Sponsored by Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism (CERP), Disney Forum, Intercultural Center, Mission and Ministry Center, Office of Mission, SEBA, SOLA.

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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


New Item! 70th Anniversary and 19th Annual Howard Thurman Convocation
WHEN: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 3:00 pm
WHERE: Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, 2041 Larkin Street (between Broadway and Vallejo), San Francisco.
What do Danny Glover, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Chaplain James Yee, Gloria La Riva, Sr. Bernie Galvin, Leslie Feinberg, Nelson Johnson, Angela and Fania Davis, Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Rev. Cecil Williams and Friends of Negro Spirituals have in common? They are all recipients of the Howard Thurman Award presented by the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples.

Jacqueline Hairston, recipient of this year's Howard Thurman Award, is well known throughout the Bay Area and nation for her inexhaustible creativity in the field of music. Additional artists performing for the convocation include: Dr. Carl Blake, internationally acclaimed pianist; Pope Flyne, master drummer from Ghana; and inspiring sopranos Dr. Helen Dilworth and Gloria Taylor. For more information visit our website: www.fellowshipsf.org or call (415)776-4910

Celebrating 25 Years of Faith-Based Collaboration: Together We Can Do More!
WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 am
WHERE: Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post Street (at Laguna), San Francisco. $50 per person.
Sponsored by San Francisco Interfaith Council. Ticket Information: $50 per person; Sustaining Sponsorship: $250 for 4 tickets; Table Sponsorship: $500 for 10 tickets. Tickets are available for purchase at: sfprayerbreakfast.2014.dojiggy.com/. For additional information, please contact Cynthia Zamboukos at (415) 474-1321 or czamboukos.sfic@gmail.com.


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.

COMPASSION RELAYS. Join the global Compassion Relays today! Anytime, anywhere, anyone can accept, carry, and pass on the Relays torch. Highlight, share, and honor your daily thoughts and acts of compassion for 1 week. Pass on the torch to friends, family, colleagues. The Relays herald and build momentum for the Compassion Games Gift-Giving Festival from September 11 through September 21. Find out more at the Compassion Games website.

EMPATHY AND COMPASSION IN SOCIETY is an annual event that has met in London but will take place in San Francisco November 13-14, 2014 at Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard. Internationally renowned neuroscientists, psychologists and thinkers share their insights and present methods for developing compassion. Innovators are also invited to submit case studies demonstrating how compassion has been a force for change in their area of work. The conference is for professionals from all sectors, including those working in business, government, law, education, medicine, healthcare, and social services. Cost is $410 before August 15. For information and registration, see compassioninsociety.org/. A youth program will be held November 12, for information, contact info@tenzingyatsoinstitute.org

CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE. Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice (MVPJ) is excited to join Campaign Nonviolence (CNV), inviting people of faith, conscience and good will to build a movement for peace, justice, and environmental healing. CNV is endorsed by Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, and the late Vincent Harding.  Beginning on September 21, the International Day of Peace, CNV will launch a nationwide week of study, action, and peaceful public witness, calling for concrete changes toward reversing the climate crisis, ending poverty and abolishing war. MVPJ is encouraging and coordinating local groups to participate in CNV, each in their own way. During the week of September 21-28, many Peninsula congregations will spotlight concerns about peace, justice or environmental healing through worship, education, or advocacy.  Topics chosen already range from climate change to gun control.  MVPJ will help communities with ideas and resources (films, speakers, material), publicity and media coverage, and we will host a peaceful public witness event at the end of the week. Contact Diana Gibson at diana.multifaithpeace@gmail.com or Eileen Altman (eileen@fccpa.org) me for more details or to let us know how your faith community will be participating.




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