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Saturday, April 30, 2016 Interfaith Center at the Presidio


With news of increased tensions and religion-based violence continuing to come from around the world, the Interfaith Center at the Presidio is joining with two of our partners– AHIMSA Berkeley and The Pacifica Institute– to offer a panel discussion:

Religious and Political Extremism -
Creating an Effective Response

Exploring the extremist phenomenon with a distinguished interfaith panel with a view toward developing positive, workable solutions

The Panel will include Fatih Ates - Pacifica Institute; Rabbi-Cantor Elana Rosen-Brown Congregation Rodef Sholom, San Rafael; Rod Cardoza – Abrahamic Alliance International; Ravit Baer – Israeli Deputy Consul General, San Francisco; and Elizabeth Padilla – Brahma Kumaris. The panel will be moderated by Rev. Gerry Caprio, a member of the ICP Board and AHIMSA-Berkeley.

Bring your questions and your perspectives to what promises to be a fascinating discussion! Download a flyer and share it!

Sunday, April 10, 2016 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Interfaith Center at the Presidio
Main Post Chapel - 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco

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2015 ParliamentNOTE: PARLIAMENT CELEBRATION POSTPONED! Due to scheduling issues, we have had to postpone the post-Parliament gathering that was planned for this month. We are considering a one-year anniversary celebration in the Fall. We will have had a year to reflect, process, and dream about the ongoing impact of the Parliament. Whether or not you were able to attend in Salt Lake City, we will invite you to join us and celebrate the ongoing connections in the Bay Area that carry forward the vision and values of the Parliament!

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Presidio ChapelDOCENT TOURS OF PRESIDIO CHAPEL. Beginning this coming Sunday, April 3, we will be opening the Presidio Chapel for Open House/Docent Tours on Sundays from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Come visit one of the Mission Revival jewels of Presidio National Park which includes a 33' fresco painted by Victor Arnautoff, a protege of Diego Rivera. Also on view are 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. See the newly-refurbished sacred space with banners featuring local wildlife. Learn more about the Presidio Chapel here and then plan to visit us and take a tour.

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book and candleMUSLIM/ CHRISTIAN BOOK STUDY We have completed Islam’s Jesus, and have not as yet chosen a new book. Although the group is focused on Christians and Muslims, people of any faith (or none) are welcome to join us on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:00 pm at the Presidio Chapel. Sponsored by First United Lutheran Church, Pacifica Institute and the Interfaith Center at the Presidio.

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Memorial DayMEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES. The Interfaith Chapel will be open on Memorial Day, May 30, following the Presidio Memorial Day observances at the San Francisco National Cemetery next to the Chapel. This safe, sacred space will be open to those who wish to continue their honoring or our military dead. Watch for details in the May BAIC.

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URIPEACEBUILDING THROUGH THE ARTS. URI (United Religions Initiative) welcomes you to the 13th annual Circles of Light Gala, which honors URI’s Cooperation Circles that build peace through the arts. The theme for the 2016 event is the ARTS which include music, dance, visual arts, poetry, and theatre. URI will feature Cooperation Circles from around the world that utilize the ARTS as a key tool in promoting interfaith dialogue in their community. During the reception, guests will enjoy a gallery-like setting, featuring sculptures, paintings, music, photography, and dance, and showcasing additional Cooperation Circles such as Aflaiai (Eterno), Heartbeat: Jerusalem, Umbiyozo Cultural Diversity, and The Voices of Peace CC. The Circles of Light Gala takes place Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. For more information, please consult URI’s website at uri.org or call Diana Conan at (415) 762-2723 or send an email to events@uri.org

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URI ELECTIONS. URI Cooperating Circles in Latin America, Multi-Region, Middle East and North Africa and North America are currently in the process of selecting Trustees to represent their regions on the Global Council. Candidates in the North America Region include interfaith activists from places ranging from Culver City in Southern California to Vancouver, British Columbia to Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Sebastian Florida. Our own Fred Fielding, current President of the ICP Board, is one of the candidates. He asks all URI Cooperation Circle members for their consideration. There will be an opportunity to hear from all of the candidates for North America on a conference call next week on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10 am (PDT). You will access that call using this link: www.bigmarker.com/URINorthAmerica/Global-Council-Trustee-Candidates-Call. If you want to know more about the process, you can find details and supporting documents at uri.org/about_uri/trustee_selection_process

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NAINNAIN CONNECT 2016. Plans are well underway for the North American Interfaith Network NAINConnect, to be held Sunday, July 10- Wednesday, July 13 in Guadalajara, Mexico. This will be the first time that NAIN has met in Mexico. The theme for the conference is "Espacio Sagrado" or "Sacred Space." They have extended the deadline for program proposals to April 7th; details are here. For more information about NAINConnect 2016, see the NAIN Blog. Special scholarships are available for Young Adults (18-35) who are actively engaged in interfaith work. Information about the scholarships and application is available at form.jotform.com/60428405845154 Applications are due Friday, April 15, 2016 11:59 PM PST If you have any questions, please contact youngadults@nain.org.

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STANDING WITH MUSLIM NEIGHBORS. Tessa Rouverol Callejo is the FAITHS Program and Civic Engagement Officer at The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF), working with faith communities throughout most of the San Francisco Bay Area. Linda Crawford and Rita Semel of the ICP Board are on the FAITHS Leadership Council, as are representatives from the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, the Marin Interfaith Council, and San Francisco Interfaith Council. Tessa wrote about the recent "Hands Around the Mosque" event in Fremont on the TSFF blog.

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TIOThe Interfaith Observer (TIO) is an independent internet journal about all things interfaith. Each month it goes to more than 16,000 faith and interfaith leaders, including about 2,300 outside the U.S. More than 300 writers have contributed articles. Download back issues. TIO is free.

This month TIO embarks on a five-month focus on writers from different religious traditions who have contributed a particularly rich stream of articles to this publication. We begin this month with Marcus Braybrooke, an Anglican and TIO Correspondent since its launch in September 2011.

     And by Marcus Braybrooke …

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NOTES & QUOTES: Deborah Ann Light, a much beloved and revered leader in the Covenant of the Goddess and early representative to URI summits, passed away July 21, 2015. Our condolences to her friends and community, who will be gathering to remember her on April 17 in Bolinas..."I do not see interfaith worship as a substitute for the rituals of a particular faith tradition, but, on suitable occasions, as an affirmation of the truth that God is not the possession of any one religion and a reminder to us that the Divine Mystery is greater than any of us. It also is a powerful witness to our shared humanity and responsibility for each other. It inspires us to work together for peace and the relief of the suffering." - Marcus Braybrooke

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SEND US YOUR NEWS! We at Bay Area Interfaith Connect make every effort to include upcoming interfaith events in our monthly calendar (which is always available on our website). Please be sure to send information about your upcoming events to calendar@interfaith-presidio.org. We'd also like to share what happened at your events or celebrations with the wider interfaith community. Got a story you'd like to share? Pictures from that latest gathering? Send them along and let everyone know what's happening!


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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.

Religious and Political Extremism - Creating an Effective Response
Sunday, April 10, 1:30-4:30 pm
Join us for a distinguished interfaith panel exploring the phenomenon of extremism with a view toward discovering positive, viable solutions

Interfaith Memorial Day Service
Monday, May 30, Following the Presidio Observance
Watch for details.



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.

     ...IN FREMONT

New Item! Yom Hashoah- Holocaust Remembrance
WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 2016, 7:30 pm
WHERE: Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont. Donations welcome.
"Surviving in Budapest, 1944" - For thirty-four years, the Tri-City Interfaith Council has sponsored a Yom HaShoah Remembrance Service. This year the featured speaker will be Jussi Rajna, a Holocaust survivor and father of a Temple Beth Torah member. A free-will offering will be received for the "Refugees Welcome Fund” sponsored by the Jewish Family and Community Services


New Item! “Shared Values among Faiths”
WHEN: Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
WHERE: St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 678 Enos Way, Livermore. Free event.
(Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism). The event is sponsored by Interfaith Interconnect and presented by ING (Islamic Networks Group). This event will offer an opportunity to educate ourselves about the similarities in the diverse faiths and cultures in our valley. We hope you will join us for a short reception in the social hall immediately following the program for conversation and light refreshments.

Please register on Eventbrite to help us plan enough handouts and refreshments. There is no charge to attend but donations will be accepted at the door.


New Item! Meet a Muslim
WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
WHERE: 510 Sandlewood, Menlo Park. Free event.
You are invited to join us and meet a Muslim, someone who likely lives in your own community. These conversations have allowed many of your neighbors to participate in an open dialogue; sharing honest questions and thoughts, receiving equally honest answers about Islam and the everyday life of a Muslim. Please bring an open mind and your questions; nothing is off limits.

     ...IN PALO ALTO

New Item! Habitat for Humanity
WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 2016, 12:00 noon
WHERE: First Church of Christ Scientist, 3045 Cowper Street in Palo Alto. Sack lunch.
Habitat for Humanity of the East Bay/Silicon Valley will do a special presentation. Penny Barrett will be our host. The presentation will include opportunities for faith communities to contribute to building and rehabbing/repair projects in the area and ways that faith communities might use their property to facilitate the building of affordable housing.


Compassion is the Key: An Interfaith Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 2016, 4:00 pm
WHERE: Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Road, Pleasant Hill. Freewill offering.
Join us for an afternoon of music, spoken word, and interfaith inspiration. We welcome your freewill offering to support the work of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County. Please join the interfaith performers and celebrants following the concert for refreshments and dialogue in the Fellowship Hall.


New Item! Christian/ Muslim Book Study
WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, Presidio, San Francisco. Free event.
It’s the Perfect Time to Join the Discussion! On Wednesday, May 4 we begin our second book: A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong. To read for the next meeting: chapters 1-3. Although the group is focused on Christians and Muslims, people of any faith (or none) are welcome to join us.

Update! Interfaith Prayers for Memorial Day
WHEN: Monday, May 30, 2016, 1:00 pm
WHERE: Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop Road, Presidio, San Francisco. Free event>br> Following a parade and program at the San Francisco National Cemetery, ICP invites all who wish to join at the Presidio Chapel for a service of prayer and remembrance. The service will include music from the organ and prayers from several traditions: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Baha’ i.

Memorial Day Events:

  • 10:30 am: Parade
  • 11:00 am: Program - San Francisco National Cemetery (Presidio)
  • 1:00 Interfaith Prayer Service at the Presidio Chapel


6th Biennial Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Congregations
WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
WHERE: St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street in San Francisco. Free event.
Theme: “Crisis to Resilience: Congregations Understanding and Responding to Climate Change Impacts.” In order for your congregation to get the most benefit from this workshop, it is recommended that three persons participate: a member of the clergy, the person responsible for the facilities and an interested volunteer congregant. Sponsored by SFIC Partners in Disaster Preparedness and Planning Committee.

To register please visit: conta.cc/1SZhzNp.

New Item! Monthly Interfaith Breakfast
WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2016, 8:00 - 9:30 am
WHERE: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Heritage Hall, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco. Free event.
Join us for our monthly interfaith breakfast. Program TBA. All are welcome! Bring a friend! Email: cynthiaz@sfinterfaithcouncil.org or call 415-474-1321.

Walk & Bike to Worship 2016
WHEN: Saturday May 21 through Sunday May 29, 2016
WHERE: Your congregation. Free event.
As part of Bike Month in May, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members are working in partnership with the San Francisco Interfaith Council and Walk San Francisco to create Walk & Bike to Worship Week from May 21 to 29, 2016. To register or obtain additional information please visit: http://www.sfbike.org/event/worship-2016/.

Questions: Contact Bonnie Walton at bonnie@sfbike.org or call 415-431-2453 x 318

New Item! 2nd Annual Interfaith Bike Ride
WHEN: Sunday, May 22, 2016, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
WHERE: Duboce Park, Duboce & Scott St., San Francisco. Free event.
Last year we had over 40 riders and visited eight congregations. The Interfaith Ride welcomes people who bike from your congregation to ride together, visiting different faith communities around San Francisco, and ending in Golden Gate Park for a closing celebration. We will visit a variety of historic and architecturally interesting sites, hear from leaders and members, and enjoy a fun and freewheeling "bicycle liturgy" along the way.

New Item! "Making A Killing"
WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
WHERE: Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco. Free event.
"Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA" tells the stories of how guns affect the lives of everyday Americans. Following the film, a panel of professionals in Gun Violence prevention will hold a Q&A session. RSVP at www.emenuelsf.org/register of call 415-751-2535.

     ...IN SAN JOSE

New Item! Evolving Holidays
WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE: Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, 1146 University Avenue, San Jose. Free event.
As new immigrants have come to the US, holidays like Cinco de Mayo can both be an affirmation of one’s heritage and an opportunity for finding new ways to celebrate and to share in a new multicultural context. Bring your (vegetarian) lunch and join us on Cinco de Mayo for a conversation about our holidays- what they say about our origins, our customs, and how they have adapted to new circumstances in the New World.

Please RSVP to rsvp@sivicouncil.org

New Item! Child Holocaust Survivors
WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
WHERE: Santa Clara County Government Center, 70 W Hedding St., San Jose. Free event.
The theme of the annual County of Santa Clara Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony is "Child Holocaust Survivors: Refugee Experiences." Michael Thaler, Marie Donner and Asher Engler, local child Holocaust refugees, will share their stories of trauma and resilience. Cantor Stephen Guggenheim will perform vocal selections. Archbishop Mitty High School students will speak about what they have learned from these childhood refugee stories.

Sponsored by Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese, the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, and the Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association. For more information contact Diane Fisher, diane@jvalley.org, (408) 357-7504.


New Item! Islam, Citizenship, and Religious Liberty
WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 12:00 noon - 1:15 pm
WHERE: St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara. Free.
America was founded in part on the concept of religious freedom. Many today consider Muslims a grave threat to that founding principle. Is Islam incompatible with the free exercise of religion? Grasp the concepts, understand the propositions, then you be the judge. Hamza Yusuf will offer a lecture and then engage in a dialogue with Professor Farid Senzai of the Political Science Department (SCU) and the audience. Coffee/tea/water and light snacks will be provided.

Please register here.

     ...IN TIBURON

The 17th Annual Interfaith Breakfast Fundraiser for Marin Interfaith Council
WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 8:00 - 10:00 am
WHERE: Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon, California. Sliding scale of $50 -$35; Table of 8: $350
Guest panel of speakers: Khadija Hansia - Islamic Center of Mill Valley, MIC Board member; Stephanie Humphrey - Unity In Marin, MIC Board member; Jordan Hopstone - Youth & Teen Leadership Coordinator, Congregation Kol Shofar; Thor Olsen- Atheists and Skeptics club, Santa Rosa Junior College. Breakfast catered by Mangia/Nosh.

More information and registration.


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.

BETTER TOGETHER DAY. On April 7, 2016, hundreds of student organizers will bring thousands of their classmates and neighbors together to learn, teach, and engage with interfaith diversity. Campuses nationwide will hold interfaith conversations and events, work together to serve their community, and address our religious and philosophical differences. Better Together Day is a project of the Interfaith Youth Corps; for more information, see their website.

EMERGING WISDOM CONFERENCE. Spiritual Directors International is an inclusive, global learning community that serves and supports the ministry and service of spiritual direction. As a multi-faith organization, they share a common concern, passion, and commitment to the ministry and service of spiritual companionship. From the 7th to 15th of April, hundreds of spiritual care providers from around the world will make their way to sunny San Diego for the "Emerging Wisdom Conference." Information and registration are available at the SDI website.

HARVARD TEACHES RELIGIOUS LITERACY. Six religion professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College are kicking off a free, online series on world religions open to anyone. The courses online at edX, which Harvard University launched with M.I.T. "Through the lens of scriptures, this Religion XSeries will explore how religions are internally diverse, and how they evolve and change as living traditions that impact, and are impacted, by the cultural, historical, and political contexts of adherents." The series consists of six sessions in all, including classes on Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. The cost is $50 per class. See details at the edX website.

PREVENTING EXTREMISM. The Tony Blair Foundation has published a volume of essays by academic and policy experts in the field of countering religious conflict and extremism. How to Prevent: Extremism and Policy Options offers analysis of the interaction of religion and conflict, education and supporting leaders. Download a free copy from the Tony Blair Foundation website. Also available are reports from the Global Extremism Monitor and a teaching guide for use with young people, Essentials of Dialogue.




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