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Thursday, July 30, 2015 Interfaith Center at the Presidio

July- Pope Francis & Dialogue

Interfaith Center at the PresidioPope Francis has been busy recently! His recently-published encyclical Laudato si ("Praise Be to You") has the subtitle "On the care of our common home," and has fired up reactions around the world , both pro and con, with his critiques of consumerism, income disparity, environmental damage and global warming. Less well-known is his message to interreligious representatives that gathered in early June in Sarajevo.

Interreligious dialogue, Francis said, is a "conversation about human existence," touching on all dimensions of daily life, and developing a spirit "which unites and favors the promotion of moral values, justice, freedom and peace." Thus, "interreligious dialogue cannot be limited merely to the few, to leaders of religious communities, but must also extend as far as possible to all believers, engaging the different sectors of civil society. Particular attention must be paid to young men and women who are called to build the future of this country. It is always worth remembering, however, that for dialogue to be authentic and effective, it presupposes a solid identity: without an established identity, dialogue is of no use or even harmful. I say this with the young in mind, but it applies to everyone."

You can find the full text of his comments on the Vatican Radio website.

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Rabbi Elisheva Salamo, Mark Denni and Theodore Timpson

PRE-PARLIAMENT PARTY. About 35 people gathered on a Sunday afternoon to learn more about the Parliament of the World's Religions, the host city Salt Lake, Utah, and environs, and some of the people and programs to be presented October 15-19. There were greetings from ICP President Fred Fielding and URI Executive Director Victor Kazanjian, tales of past Parliaments from ICP Board member Don Frew (who has attended all the Parliaments since 1993), and Q&A with Parliament Ambassador Karen Hernandez. Presentations on the intra-faith conversation, the experience of a Parliament Partner City, Interfaith Education, and "Democracy and Religious Diversity" were described by Linda Crawford (on behalf of Susan Strouse), Andrew Kille (ICP Board member and Chair of SiVIC), Theodore Timpson, head of the Children's School of Art and Science in Palo Alto, and Sally Mahé of the URI. Following the formal meeting, there was opportunity for food and conversation. Many of those who attended were new to ICP, and it was a great opportunity to make connections with people who will heading to Salt Lake City in October.

Parliament of the World's Religions

October 15- 19, 2015
Salt Lake City, UT
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RamadanRAMADAN. Ramadan, the month of the Muslim year devoted to fasting, prayer, and acts of compassion, has been a particular opportunity for Muslim communities to welcome their friends and neighbors to the traditional iftar meal that breaks each days fasting at sundown. This year, Ramadan began on June 18 and will last until July 17. A number of local mosques and groups are hosting iftar meals during this season; ICP is co-sponsoring an interfaith Ramadan service at Grace Cathedral on Thursday, July 9 at 7:15 pm. Be sure to check the additional listings on our interfaith calendar. Online, Sara Ager, who blogs as "A Hotchpotch Hijabi in Italy" has created the "Interfaith Ramadan" site. When Interfaith Ramadan started in 2013, Ager wrote most of the posts, but 2015 includes contributions from Wiccan, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, and ex-Muslim communities.

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Peace in the ParkPEACE IN THE PARK. For the third year Peace in the Park will take place in Golden Gate Park. This year's celebration will be on September 19th, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and 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 activites for all ages and backgrounds." Save the date, and go to www.peaceintheparksf.org/ for more information and pictures from past events. Please contact Linda Crawford at linda@interfaith-presidio.org if you might be interested in staffing the ICP tent for part of the time.

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PLURALISM SUMMER. First United Lutheran Church of San Francisco will be having their 3rd Pluralism Summer every Sunday at 5:00 pm from June 14 through August 30. They have again invited a member of a different religious tradition to join the our worship service each week. Last year they asked guests to share how their traditions informed how they thought about caring for the earth. This year’s theme is gender. Some of the questions asked of each speaker are:

  • Is there a feminine aspect of the Divine in your tradition?
  • How does your tradition reflect that aspect?
  • Do women appear in sacred texts?
  • Does your tradition inform how women should act and be?
  • Are there any ways in which women been left out?
  • What’s missing, lost or undervalued?

First UMC believes that wisdom can be enhanced only by continued conversation with all of our neighbors. They welcome people of all faith traditions or no faith tradition–no matter your beliefs, non-beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Together we work for peace, justice, and the good of all people and all creation. First United is a Christian congregation in the Lutheran tradition that meets at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church 2097 Turk St. (at Lyon) San Francisco. Susan Strouse, former Interim Director of ICP is the pastor.

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NAIN Connect 2015NAINConnect 2015 will bring interfaith leaders from across North America to Luther College at the University of Regina in Saskatchawan, Canada from July 19-21. Choosing the theme “Restoring Spirit Through Sacred Listening,” the conference brings together people of faith and non-faith, members of religious communities, academics, teachers, students, people who work in social development, health care professionals, people from the volunteer sector, and other members of the local community and from across Canada, the United States, and Mexico who are interested in social justice issues and cultural awareness. For information on the program, how to sign up for tours, where to stay, and what to do while you are in Regina, visit us online at www.luthercollege.edu/nain2015 or email nainconnect2015@luthercollege.edu

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The Interfaith ObserverTHE INTERFAITH OBSERVER (TIO) is an independent internet journal about all things interfaith. Each month it goes to more than 12,000 faith and interfaith leaders, including about 2,300 outside the U.S., and more than 300 who’ve contributed articles. Download back issues. TIO is free. Recent articles include…

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NOTES & QUOTES: "The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers. This should spur religions to dialogue among themselves for the sake of protecting nature, defending the poor, and building networks of respect and fraternity." - Pope Francis I in the Encyclical Laudato Si..."Violence spreads like a virus. Contagious by nature, it follows a spiritual law that says that violence plus violence only equals more violence." - David Cook..."You see, in these 10 years I have learned that pluralism is a verb. It doesn’t stop with one National Day of Prayer event, with one person, one group." Padma Kuppa

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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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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.


Save the Date! 1st Annual Interfaith Peace Walk
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2015, beginning at 9:00 - 10:00 am
WHERE: TBA. Pledge walk.
Walk (5K, 3K, 1K) for International Day of Peace. Show your support for Peace, Diversity, Interfaith unity, and an end to Homelessness at the end of the Week of Peace. If you want to join the planning team, please contact Elected Council member Carolyn MacKenzie.


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.

     ...IN FREMONT

World Interfaith Harmony Picnic
WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
WHERE: Meyer Park , 38225 Glenmoor Drive, Fremont. Free event (bring food).
Tri-Cities Interfaith Council invites you to our second World Interfaith Harmony Picnic Come join us to eat, play and talk about all the things that make our diverse community such an amazing place to live. Meet people from our diverse communities, including: Atheist, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist, and more. Bring yourself, your family, chairs, an umbrella, toys for kids, and finger food to share! Drinks and paper products will be provided.

Sponsored by Interfaith Women of Peace and Alameda County Human Relations Commission More information: call Mona Shaiq 510-938-0536, or Email moinashaiq@gmail.com.

     ...IN LOS GATOS

New Item! Human Trafficking in the South Bay: Info and Action Night
WHEN: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
WHERE: Jewish Community Center, Levy Family Campus, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Free event.
As a Super Bowl host community in 2016, it is expected we will see increases in human trafficking. Come learn about current efforts underway and what we can do together to abolish 21st Century slavery. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren: federal update; District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Supervisor Cindy Chavez: county update. Includes a panel of experts and suggestions for action.

Reserve a seat here.


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.


New Item! 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!.

     ...IN PALO ALTO

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


Summer in the City
WHEN: Sundays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 9:00 am
WHERE: St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, 2325 Union St. San Francisco. Free event.
A series of forums on issues of interest and concern ranging from what Episcopalians believe to Martin Luther to Mary Magdalene, California's Water Future, Pilgrimage, the Transformative Power of Money, and more. For a full listing of sessions, see smvsf.org/adult-formation/.

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.

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New Item! 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.


Workshops and showing the film “In Plain Sight”
WHEN: Sunday, August 2, 2015, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek. Free event.
Meet East Bay ministries addressing Human Trafficking. Tabling begins at 3:00 pm with speakers beginning at 4:00 pm and the showing of “In Plain Sight at 5:00 pm.


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.

GLOBAL COMPASSION SUMMIT. The Compassion Games is excited to be partnering with the Shift Network in the first online Global Compassion Summit, and we warmly welcome you to join us! The Shift Network’s free online Global Compassion Summit, will take place July 7-9, 2015. This special event features leaders in the growing compassion field – including Karen Armstrong, Congressman Tim Ryan, Matthieu Ricard, Roshi Joan Halifax, Dr. James Doty, Kristin Neff, Dacher Keltner, and others – all respected experts who illustrate that through compassion, you can be with suffering – your own and others’ – with kindness, grace and a little playfulness. You can sign up for free here!

INSIDE THE MOSQUE. Have you ever wondered what kinds of “scary” activities are happening inside American mosques? Do you get goosebumps when you hear the words Islam, Muslim, or Mosque? If you answered, “yes” or even “maybe” to these questions, or know someone who would, then you need to visit InsideAmericanMosques.com. The website provides viewers with an intimate glimpse inside mosques by documentation through a series of pictures. It is one American Muslim's attempt to counter the negative images of Muslims that dominate the media.

GOLDEN RULE POSTER. The Scarboro Missions Golden Rule poster which features the golden rule in 13 religions is now available in the Turkish language, free of charge. The Turkish poster is published jointly by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute. For other versions of the poster in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portugese, Hebrew, Urdu, and Japanese, see the Scarboro Missions website. There are lots of other resources available there as well.

BETTER TOGETHER! April 14th was "Better Together Day," when people were invited to take time to meet someone of a different religion or background, talk about something that inspired them and then share what happened. Take a look at the stories at Interfaith Youth Core, including student conversations at Hood College in Maryland, in Uganda and more!

COMMON KNOWLEDGE PODCAST. Common Knowledge is a podcast about interfaith literacy sponsored by Interfaith Youth Core. At their website, you can listen to conversations about "Islam and Interfaith Engagement," Medicine and Interfaith Literacy," "Interfaith Cooperation in Judaism," and more with noted leaders like Valerie Kaur (Sikh), Joanna Brooks (Mormon), Chris Steadman (Humanist), and Eboo Patel (Muslim).




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