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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Interfaith Center at the Presidio

November- Remembering

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Nearly 10,000 people gathered from around the world in Salt Lake City for five days of amazing encounters, deepening relationships, and calls to action on the environment, women's rights, income inequality--- and a free lunch, offered each day by the Sikhs. There were over 1,800 presenters offering workshops, ritual practices, music and dance and more. And there were conversations, connections, compassionate conspiracies, and collaborations in every corner.

ICP was proud to exhibit the McDonald Windows, the collection of artwork created from the shattered fragments of stained glass windows gathered from the ruins of European places of worship by Chaplain Frederick McDonald after World War II. The windows were exhibited in a central location, and hundreds of people found time to walk through and ponder, sometimes even to weep.

Some of the comments written in the exhibit journal:

  • Beautiful exhibit.
  • Thank you, thank you.
  • Emotions well up within me as I enter this exhibit.
  • I feel inwardly shattered by every lovingly-gathered piece of broken glass.
  • The tragedy of what this represents is heartbreaking.
  • This was the most moving time for me in the whole Parliament so far.
  • Beauty out of the broken, shattered remnants - thank you.
  • After Katrina, a glass artist asked for fragments - there were none. We searched around the empty windows, the beach. We were there responding to Mississippi (from Indiana). All I could find to bring to her were the glass circles out of microwaves found on the beach.

St. AndrewThe last piece in the exhibit (at right) contains shards from St. Andrew in Biarritz, France. The piece is made in such a way that one is asked to write the name(s) of someone who is lost on a slip of paper and drop it into the artwork itself. Over 450 names were written, including Anne Frank, All the Unnamed, and Robin Williams.

We've posted some photos of the McDonald Windows display and some other sights on our blog at http://interfaithpresidio.ipage.com/blog/2015/11/photos-from-the-parliament/. You'll find some other reports there, as well.

More than 100 sessions from the Parliament, including the plenary sessions with speakers like Karen Armstrong, Jane Goodall, Tariq Ramadan, Jim Wallis, are now available on the Parliament website. They're well worth a look as we remember what we have learned and what we still must do together.

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Presidio ChapelVETERANS DAY: INTERFAITH SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE. Fighting ceased at the end of World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars and became Veterans Day. Please join us on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 11:00 am at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco, for an interfaith service of unity and peace. Download a flyer.

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Islam's JesusMUSLIM/ CHRISTIAN BOOK STUDY Few people realize that Jesus was a prominent messenger of God in Islam and that Muslims believe in the return of Jesus. Even among Muslims, it is not well known that there are diverse interpretations of references to Jesus in the Qur’an and the Hadith. Aiming to remedy this, Islam’s Jesus takes a bold yet candid look at the highly charged topic of Jesus’s place in Islam, exploring some of the religion’s least understood aspects. Examining multiple intellectual traditions, Zeki Saritoprak makes clear the reality of pluralism in the history of Islamic religious scholarship. Actively engaged in efforts to promote interfaith dialogue and harmony, Saritoprak thoughtfully argues that the shared belief in Jesus presents an excellent opportunity for understanding between Muslims and Christians. Together, they constitute more than half of the world’s population, and such understanding may be a foundation for peace. Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:00 pm at the Presidio Chapel Sponsored by: First United Lutheran Church, Pacifica Institute and the Interfaith Center at the Presidio. All Are Welcome.

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CELEBRATING NOSTRA AETATE. 50 years ago, on October 28, 1965, Pope Paul VI issued a proclamation Nostra Aetate (In Our Time) at the Second Vatican Council, opening up the relationship of Catholics to non-Christian religions. The document called for mutual understanding, respect, and fraternal dialogue across religious traditions. This simple but profound proclamation marked a new chapter in interfaith cooperation, and has underwritten many movements of interfaith action to address issues of systematic discrimination and injustice. To honor the anniversary, the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council joined with the Diocese of San Jose, Santa Clara University, the Rabbinic Council of San Jose and the Jewish Federation "in celebrating this milestone for interfaith relationships, and commit to continued partnership and dialogue as friends and colleagues." See the full statement.

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SAND MANDALA AT USC. Five days of careful labor were swept away on Friday, September 18th, when the Drepung Loseling Monks held their sand mandala dissolution ceremony at USC's University Religious Center, concluding their week-long exhibition of Buddhist spiritual art. Dean of Religious Life, Varun Soni, opened the ceremony as guests gathered around the intricate sand mandala, snapping pictures on their phones. The mandala, which was dedicated to Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion, was created by six Buddhist monk s over a five day period. It was on display in the religious center's Fishbowl Room, allowing the USC community to witness the ritual in action. See a slideshow here.

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PLEDGE. On October 23, religious leaders and community members gathered at the Washington National Cathedral for a multi-religious service called, “Beyond Tolerance: A Call to Religious Freedom and Hopeful Action,” followed immediately by a press conference introducing the Religious Freedom Pledge.   Washington National Cathedral and Shoulder to Shoulder co-hosted the religious service. The Religious Freedom Pledge states: I pledge and commit to the American people that I will uphold and defend the freedom of conscience and religion of all individuals by rejecting and speaking out, without reservation, against bigotry, discrimination, harassment, and violence based on religion or belief.

You are invited to add your name to the pledge at ShoulderToShoulderCampaign.org.

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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. Recent articles include …

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NOTES & QUOTES: “Religious freedom is our first freedom, and none of us is free to follow any faith or philosophy unless all of us enjoy the same protections of the Constitution and its First Amendment”- Rabbi Jack Moline...“One hallmark of evangelicalism is freedom of religious conscience for all. When we deprive it from others, can we not expect that it will someday be denied to us?” - Rev. Dr. Richard Cizik..." Individual citizens and religious bodies should exercise their faith responsibly and fully respect religious beliefs of their neighbors" - Brent Walker..." In the United Church of Christ we take seriously God’s clear commandment to love our neighbors—all our neighbors—as ourselves, and are committed to standing against any and all actions that are contrary to this call” ...Sandy Sorenson..."Religious freedom is an inherent right that ensures humanity, dignity, peace, respect, and harmony" - Dr. Isma Chaudry.

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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

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7:00 pm
Book Study: Islam's Jesus
Sponsored by First United Lutheran Church, Pacifica Institute and the Interfaith Center at the Presidio. All Are Welcome

Wednesday, November 11, 11:00 am
Veterans Day Service of Remembrance
An interfaith service of unity and peace

Contact the ICP office for information on when the chapel is open for tours.



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.

     ...IN LOS GATOS

New Item! Interfaith Thanksgiving
WHEN: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 15985 Rose Ave, Los Gatos. Free event.
The observance is sponsored by the Los Gatos Interfaith Clergy Association. The group alternates the service’s location every year among the different denominations in town. There will be a food collection for Los Gatos St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s pantry and Second Harvest and a monetary collection.


Faith and Sanctuary: There Are No Strangers
WHEN: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 7:00 - 9:00 am
WHERE: Hotel Kabuki, 1625 Post Street (at Laguna), San Francisco. Tickets on sale now.
We will honor congregations who helped San Francisco become a Sanctuary City, recognize those who continue the tradition, and highlight young people for whom the City's commitment has provided hope and safety. Sponsored by San Francisco Interfaith Council. Info: cynthiaz@sfinterfaithcouncil.org or 415-474-1321.

To purchase tickets please visit: sfprayerbreakfast.dojiggy.com/.

11th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Day Service
WHEN: Thursday, November 26, 2015, 10:00 - 11:00 am
WHERE: The Baha'i Community of San Francisco, 170 Valencia Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco. Free event.
All are welcome! Bring a friend! Website for Baha'i Community: https://www.sfbahai.org/. For additional info please visit: www.sfinterfaithcouncil.org/11th-annual-interfaith-thanksgiving-day-service.

New Item! World AIDS Day Interfaith Service - "New Light, New Life"
WHEN: Sunday, November 29, 2015, 6:00 pm
WHERE: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco. Free event.
All are welcome! Bring a friend! For additional information please visit: www.sfinterfaithcouncil.org/world-aids-day-interfaith-service.

New Item! Interfaith Memorial for Our Homeless Dead
WHEN: Monday, December 21, 2015, 5:30 pm
WHERE: City Hall Steps, Polk Street Side, San Francisco. Free event.
All are welcome! Bring a friend! Bring a candle! For additional information please visit: www.sfinterfaithcouncil.org/interfaith-memorial-our-homeless-dead.


New Item! Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy Thanksgiving Eve Service
WHEN: Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 7:00 pm
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church, 1510 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. Free event.
A brief reception will follow. Please bring offerings of clean or new sleeping bags, tarps, and socks for our friends on the street. (no other clothing please)


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.

NATIONAL DONOR SABBATH is observed annually on Friday through Sunday two weekends before Thanksgiving (November 13 – 15, 2015). This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States. During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to increase awareness of the need for the lifesaving and enhancing gifts passed to others through transplantation and encourage people to sign up in their state registry as organ, eye, tissue, donors. For more information and publicity materials, see organdonor.gov/materialsresources/donorsabbath.html.

NATIONAL DISASTER INTERFAITHS NETWORK (NDIN) is a national network of disaster interfaith organizations working together to reduce disaster-caused human suffering through the exchange of information and cooperative support. NDIN offers resources of all kinds related to disaster planning and response, including Disaster Tips Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders which deal with how religious communities can deal with both spiritual and physical care during an emergency. You can register your facility, subscribe to a newsletter, or request information.

SPIRIT MATTERS is a podcast devoted to conversations on contemporary spirituality with experts with a wide range of perspectives: East and West; religious and secular; metaphysical and scientific; philosophical and experiential. Recent episodes have featured Marianne Williams, Mirabai Starr, Rami Shapiro, Rita Sherma and more. Take a look at spiritmatterstalk.com/

FREE INTERFAITH RESOURCES ONLINE. Scarboro Missions in Canada has added new curricula and educational resources to their online resources page. These include courses, toolkits, best practices, do-it-yourself workshops, activities, multifaith prayer services, starter kits, guidelines, games, meditations and powerpoint presentations. Virtually all of the resources can be downloaded free of charge. Find them at www.scarboromissions.ca.




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