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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Interfaith Center at the Presidio

August- NAINConnect 2016

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NAIN CONNECT 2016. ICP Board Chair Fred Fielding and Executive Director Linda Crawford attended NAINConnect 2016, hosted by the Carpe Diem Interfaith Foundation in Guadalajara, Mexico, July 10-13. More than 100 people from across North America attended this annual meeting of the North American Interfaith Network. The conference was held at a convent in the middle of Guadalajara run by the Hermanas Esclavas de Cristo Rey ("Sister Servants of Christ the King"); their hospitality proved most welcoming and helpful.

NAINConnect 2016This year's theme was "Sacred Space/ Espacio Sagrado," and thus it was more than appropriate that Linda and Fred twice made a presentation on the Presidio Chapel and the McDonald Windows. They were also able to share copies of Sacred Spaces, the book that describes the 2004 Interfaith Sacred Space Design Competition with the newly-elected chair of NAIN, Brian Farr, the chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions Larry Greenfield, and Gabriela Ana Maria Franco Valtierra of Carpe Diem. You can see some photos and a pdf version of Linda's presentation on our blog.

Former ICP Interim Director Susan Strouse was also there, making a presentation based on her recent book The INTRAFaith Conversation. She writes about her experience on her blog. NAINConnect 2017 will take place in San Diego. "Harmony, Journey to One Heart" will be focused on sharing best practices. Organizers hope to have 500 attendees, and ICP will certainly be involved.


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Don FrewDON FREW AND THE INTERFAITH OBSERVER. For the past several months, we have been highlighting each issue of the unique online journal The Interfaith Observer (TIO). Recently, TIO has revisited its archives to share articles by Marcus Braybrooke, Ruth Broyde Sharone, Vicki Garlock, Bud Heckman and Eboo Patel. The July issue centers on the contributions of our own Don Frew, a longtime ICP Board Member and interfaith activist. A Wiccan high priest, Don has represented the Covenant of the Goddess in many diverse interfaith settings. He was active in the Berkeley Area Interfaith Council in the 1980's and has been a part of creating the United Religions Initiative and the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, serving both organizations as a Board member. He has attended every gathering of the Parliament of the World's Religions since 1993 and has led several workshops.

TIOAt ICP, he organized the annual "People of the Earth" assemblies that brought together neo-pagans and earth-based religious traditions, and was a judge for the Interfaith Sacred Spaces competition, editing the book Sacred Spaces that describes the competition and the designs that were submitted. He created the "Lost and Endangered Religions Project," working with marginalized religious communities in several countries to preserve religious traditions in danger of being lost forever.

Don not only brings his commitment, his leadership skills and his broad experience to the work of building interfaith relationships, he is also a thoughtful and perceptive writer, as this collection of his contributions to TIO amply illustrates:

Don Frew – Opening the Indigenous Door (Feb. 2015) by Paul Chaffee

Featuring Donald H. Frew…

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Peace in the ParkPEACE IN THE PARK FESTIVAL brings together the diverse San Francisco and surrounding communities to unplug and explore activities of peace and happiness in a fun, inspiring and healthy atmosphere. With a vision of facilitating positive change globally, the festival unites world-renowned peace leaders, yogis, scientists and experts in the field of neuroscience, meditation teachers, performers and artists. Hear from global thought leaders, authors and experts. Walk away with tools on how to integrate peace. Enjoy a day of peaceful movement, meditation and conscious cuisine. We welcome yogis & kale lovers of all ages. Channel your creativity. Learn about community and global peace initiatives.

Saturday, September 17th, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, the 4th annual festival will feature world music and visual artists; tai chi, hatha yoga; life-changer seminars, arts, crafts, exhibits by local non-profits and meditation experience. At the majestic Bandshell of Golden Gate Park, this event will demonstrate how to nurture peace and happiness even while living in a fast-paced urban environment. Presenters will include Dr. Jim Doty of the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research, Diane Tillman, creator of Living Values for Children, and San Francisco Supervisor London Breed.

The festival is offered free of charge by a coalition including Brahma Kumaris, SF Parks Alliance, Institute of Noetic Sciences, United Religions Initiative, Creative Canopy, Interfaith Center at the Presidio and SF Vegetarian Society. ICP will have a booth at the event. More information at www.PeaceInTheParkSF.org. Watch a 1-minute video at YouTube.

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Parliament of the World's ReligionsDECLARATION ON HATE AND HATE SPEECH, VIOLENCE, AND WAR. Participants at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City had the opportunity to sign on to a declaration regarding hate, violence, and war. In light of recent events around the world and in our own country, Leaders of the Parliament are urging signees to recommit themselves to active in seeking to end hate and violence, and inviting those who might not have been present to sign and "recommit themselves to those exemplary elements of their own tradition that stand against hate and the rhetoric of hate, against violence and terrorism, against conflict and war." Out of that commitment, people should take part in "the practices of justice-seeking and peacemaking, the disciplines of non-violent protest against injustice and war, and the active engagement in both religious and civic organizations and movements that will be transformative in the cause of justice and peace." You can read the full declaration and sign on at the Parliament of the World's Religions website.

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COMMONWEALTH CLUB. The Commonwealth Club will present a panel discussion on Interfaith Power and Light on Friday, August 9th at 555 Post St., San Francisco. Moderated by San Francisco Interfaith Council director Michael Pappas, the panel will include Rev. Sally Bingham, Executive Director, Interfaith Power and Light’s Regeneration Project; Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Executive Director, Northern California Board of Rabbis; Sumbul Ali Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door.They will discuss each of their faith’s views about protecting the Earth, caring for the environment and being proactive in combatting climate change, which many believe is Earth’s biggest problem. Rev. Bingham will also describe the work of the Regeneration Project, which promotes renewable energy and conservation as part of Interfaith Power and Light, an interfaith climate change initiative. To reserve tickets, visit commonwealthclub.org or call 415-597-6705.

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Interfaith Council of Sonoma CountyINTERFAITH COUNCIL OF SONOMA COUNTY and their campaign, Of One Soul, invite everyone to their annual gathering and dinner, "Across the Interfaith Table 2016." Workshops, presentations, and food, connecting compassionate hearts in discussion and dinner. It begins on Sunday, August 28 at 2:30 pm with workshops and presentations, offers worship, including Muslim prayer at 5:00 and a Vegetarian potluck buffet dinner from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Admission is free, and there will be free childcare. It all takes place at the Presbyterian Church of the Roses, 2500 Patio Ct, Santa Rosa, California 95405. To join as a Sponsor, Endorser or volunteer, contact interfaith@norwitz.net. For more information: socointerfaith@gmail.com.

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GLOBAL PRAYER FOR ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. URI and the Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Cooperation Circle invite you and your community to join in a global prayer to end nuclear madness. Join with friends, neighbors, co-workers, members of your faith community and people around the world at anytime between August 5th and 8th to recite The Nuclear Prayer. Starting July 29th, take a photo or video of yourself, friends, congregation, etc. reciting the prayer and email it to voices@uri.org or post it on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #TheNuclearPrayer. Go to thenuclearprayer.org/ for more information, a copy of the prayer, a video with URI President and Founder Bishop William Swing, and more.

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THE SPIRITUALITY OF PHILANTHROPY. “Shrouds Have No Pockets,” a seminar on how to inspire philanthropy and giving within community organizations, will be offered at the John Muir Medical Center, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek in the Ball Auditorium. The program begins with a complimentary breakfast at 7:30, followed by the presentation from 8:00 - 9:30 am. Presenters will include Michael G. Crvarich, Vice President – Legacy & Major Gifts at John Muir Health Foundation and April Bell, Professional Videographer, John Muir Health Foundation Tree of Life Legacies. This program is designed to explore Legacy Storytelling as a gateway for discovering core values that inspire philanthropy and a Legacy of Giving within the organizations you serve. Attendees will walk away with a framework for leading others through the Legacy Storytelling Process consistent with your organization’s particular spiritual and faith traditions in a “retreat like” environment. Co-Sponsored by: Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. Please RSVP by Sept. 8th to Mary David at (925) 941-2134 or mary.david@johnmuirhealth.com

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Presidio ChapelDOCENT TOURS OF PRESIDIO CHAPEL. The weekly Open House/Docent Tours at the Presidio Chapel on Sundays from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm have proven quite popular. An average of 10 people come each week to view the 33' fresco painted by Victor Arnautoff, a protege of Diego Rivera, and the stained glass windows created by Willemina Ogterop, the first woman stained glass artist west of the Mississippi to be inducted into the Stained Glass Artists Guild. Comments have praised the Chapel and the docent, Daniel Johnson. The open house is listed on the Presidio Trust's website with other guided tours. Learn more about the Presidio Chapel here and then plan to visit us and take a tour.

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NOTES & QUOTES: Congratulations to Joy-Ellen Lipsky, a member of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council who is also an Ambassador for the Parliament of the World's Religions. She was profiled in the June issue of the Parliament's Ambassador Times... Ethel Seiderman, beloved by the Marin Interfaith Council and many other communities throughout Marin and beyond, passed away peacefully July 26. Ethel was the recipient of MIC's Visionary Marin award in 2013...Congratulations to Vanessa Brake, former ICP board member now in the Stanford Campus Ministry, who was elected to the board of NAIN this month..."In a strange way, it seems that the faiths that don’t have a history of religious violence are being marginalized once again, as if not being violent made us somehow irrelevant. I would argue the opposite; that perhaps such faith traditions might have insights that could help" - Don Frew..."When you visit each other, pray with each other, break bread together, and work on projects together, you grow strong" - Vern Barnett

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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

Open House and Docent Tours
Sundays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tour the Chapel building, see the murals, stained glass windows and other features of this historic building.



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.


Youth Gleaning and work projects for Green Gulch Farm
WHEN: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1:30 -4:30 pm
WHERE: Green Gulch Farm, 1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach. Free event.
For youth (grades 6-12). See what a broccoli plant looks like. Learn about our food system. 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-toe shoes are recommended. Remember sunscreen & water. RSVP: programs@marinifc.org or 415-456-6957 by Wed, Sept. 21st.

Fall Retreat
WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Time TBA
WHERE: Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach.
Retreat Leaders: Rev. Shokuchi Carrigan ~ ordained Zen Buddhist Priest, Green Gulch Zen Center; Father Thomas Bonacci, C.P. ~ Founder & Director of the Interfaith Peace Project . Registration & info coming soon

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Multifaith Peace Walk
WHEN: Sunday, September 11, 2016, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Gather at 4111 Alma St., Palo Alto. Free event.
Join together with sisters and brothers from many backgrounds and spiritual traditions as we say “no” to fear and “yes” to friendship and peace. Everyone and all ages are welcome! There will be short programs and refreshments at faith communities along the way, and a picnic at the end sponsored by American Muslim Voice. Approx. 2 miles to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 3233 Cowper Street, Palo Alto. Shuttles available for return.

Details at Midpeninsula Voices for Peace and Justice.

Update! Multifaith Peace Picnic
WHEN: Sunday, September 11, 2016, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Redwood Group Area, Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Dr., Palo Alto. Free event.
Let us unite to honor the victims of 9/11, their families and first responders as we strive to transform this tragic day into one of peace & community building. You will enjoy dinner, Multifaith Service and children’s performances. We invite you, your friends and family members to be a part of this peace and community building event.

Sponsored by American Muslim Voice, together with Supervisor Dave Cortese and several community organizations. Info: www.amuslimvoice.org. Tickets available at Eventbrite.


Peace in the Park
WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Free event.
Peace in the Park festival brings together the diverse San Francisco and surrounding communities to unplug and explore activities of peace and happiness in a fun, inspiring and healthy atmosphere. The 4th annual festival will feature world music and visual artists; tai chi, hatha yoga; life-changer seminars, arts, crafts, exhibits by local non-profits and meditation experience.

The festival is offered free of charge by a coalition including Brahma Kumaris, SF Parks Alliance, Institute of Noetic Sciences, United Religions Initiative, Creative Canopy, Interfaith Center at the Presidio and SF Vegetarian Society. More information and registration at www.PeaceInTheParkSF.org.

WinterFaith Shelter Walk 2016
WHEN: Sunday, October 30, 2016, 1:30 pm
WHERE: Lake Merced in San Francisco (meet at Parking Circle at intersection of Lake Merced and Sunset Blvds). Fundraiser walk.
Walk proceeds benefit the Interfaith Winter Shelter - Register and/or Donate Today! To register and/or donate please visit: winterfaithshelterwalk.dojiggy.com.


SWO Women’s Wisdom: Jessica Sloan
WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:30-11:30 am
WHERE: The Club at McInnis Park, 350 Smith Ranch Rd., San Rafael. $30; $25 student/senior.
Years ago, Jessica Jackson Sloan’s life and family were significantly affected when her first husband was sent to prison for a non-violent, drug-related offense. Due to his incarceration she became a criminal defense attorney, dedicating her life to ending the death penalty and advocating for human rights. Jessica is now the National Director and Co-Founder of #cut50, a bipartisan effort to cut the U.S. prison population in half.

Sponsored by Sufi Women's Organization Women's Wisdom. For more information and registration, see ias.org/swo/womens-wisdom-in-action-sloan/.


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.

DEFUSING HATE GUIDE The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has worked with fellow Rachel Brown to produce Defusing Hate: A Strategic Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech. Informed by history and drawing from a range of disciplines—from political science to communications, from marketing to neuropsychology—the guide offers activists, religious and civil society leaders, and their supporters the strategies and tools they need to prevent hate speech that has the potential to influence people to accept, condone, or commit violence against targeted groups. It's available as a free download.

INTERFAITH CURRICULUM & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES Scarboro Missions recently re-designed and re-organized the Interfaith Curriculum Resourcessection of their website to be more user-friendly. Explore this rich collection in nine theme areas: schools & youth groups, peace–building, ecology & social justice, prayer & meditation, colleges & universities, interfaith toolkits, young adults, Golden Rule and bi-lateral dialogues. Resources include online courses, best practices, do-it-yourself workshops, activities, multifaith prayer services, starter kits, guidelines, games, how-to manuals, meditations and slideshows, and most can be downloaded free of charge: www.scarboromissions.ca/Interfaith_dialogue/student_resources.php

The INTRAfaith ConversationTHE INTRAFAITH CONVERSATION. "I'm worried that I'm betraying Jesus." Elsie L. Many who have been involved in cooperative engagements with people of other faith traditions discover that it is often easier to talk with people of a different religion than it is with the person sitting next to you in your own congregation. In her new book, The INTRAfaith Conversation: How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves about INTERfaith Matters?, the Rev. Dr. Susan Strouse addresses the challenges that the increasingly interfaith realities of our day present for Christians, and invites reflection on how Christian theology and identity might be shaped by the interfaith encounter. Susan is a long-time associate of ICP, served as the Interim Director in 2011 and is currently Pastor of the First United Lutheran Church in San Francisco. For more about the book and an interview with Susan Strouse, click here.

COMPASSION BOOK CLUB. The Charter for Compassion has a Compassion Book Club inspired by and built around Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. They are hoping to energize and broaden the Compassionate Book Club by inviting members to join in an All-Charter-Book-Read. You are invited to read the books individually or with a group, and then to join an online discussion with the author. Upcoming discussions include September 17, 2016, 9:00 am PDT: The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide by Mark Gerzon [register]; and October 22, 2016, 9:00 am PDT: Great Tide Rising by Kathleen Dean Moore [register].

IFYC PODCAST. Interfaith Youth Core has added a series of podcasts on interfaith issues at Soundcloud. In the most recent installment, "Hope in the Midst of Turmoil," Jenan Mohajir, and IFYC staff member, talks about how her Ramadan this year, overlapping many of the troubling and violent events of this past summer, was marked by both undeniable anguish and a renewed commitment to connect with those under threat.




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