BAIC January 2018

Bay Area Interfaith ConnectThe Interfaith Center at the Presidio links the power of interreligious cooperation by welcoming, serving, and celebrating the diverse wisdom and faith traditions of the Bay Area.

IN THIS ISSUE: Happy New Year | Support ICP | Holiday Music| World Interfaith Harmony Week | UN on DialogueThe Interfaith Observer| Notes & Quotes | Send Us Your News | Bay Area Interreligious Calendar | Special Opportunities | Subscribe to BAIC


2018 logoAt least according to the Gregorian Calendar, we are entering a new year, with all the hopes and potentials that new beginnings offer. The name of this month, January, takes its name from the Roman god Janus, the patron of thresholds. Janus is represented with two faces- one looking back at the past and one turned toward the future. Thresholds have long been deemed holy places, marking the transition from inside to outside, from darkness to light, from past to future. What will this new year hold?

Here’s one vision, from Margari Aziza Hill

2018 will be the year that churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, Gurdwaras and sacred spaces will work together to protect the most vulnerable. I see more people of faith coming together motivated to heal the divides and ugliness not just in their societies, but in their neighborhoods. 2018 will be the year that faith-based organizing will no longer be an aberration. I see faith leaders reaching across the aisle, pushing back against the nativism, xenophobia and partisanship. 2018 will be more investment in faith-based organizing, moving policies, healing on a city-wide, county-wide, state-wide and national level.

As we enter this new year together, may we commit ourselves even more deeply to the ongoing work of celebrating our diverse religious traditions and working together to unleash the power of interreligious cooperation to building a better world for all!

ICPSUPPORT ICP!  This is the time of year when it seems that every organization doing worthy work is asking for your support, and ICP is no different. To be able to provide the services to the interfaith community in the Bay Area and to maintain our­ facility in a manner that guarantees both its safety and its beauty, we depend on friends like you to share our vision and support our ultimate cause: to bring peace and understanding to humankind, not only in San Francisco, but throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Please join us in our efforts to continue the dialogue with those who are different from us to help lead the way in bringing harmony and peace to our world.

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Music for Holidays- performersHOLIDAY MUSIC AT ICP. The December offering of our Third Sunday Concerts featured several performers: Kokomon and Ayeeshah Clottey shared the meaning of Kwanzaa through music and story in a most captivating way. Cantor Brian Reich sang about Hanukkah with warmth and humor. Deon Neilson Price, Linda Baird and Josephine Gandolfi played beautiful Christmas music, including some of Deon’s original work. See more about the concert.

Among the 80 attendees were four members of the Coexister Interfaith Tour from France, who are traveling around the world, learning about interfaith cooperation in many countries. They interviewed our ICP staff for a future video report.

Our next Third Sunday Concert will feature Chamber Music and the Amaranth String Quartet playing music from several composers. Sunday, January 21, 2018, 4:00 pm. Free concert. Details here.

ICPWORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK is coming soon! Celebrated the first week of February every year, World Interfaith Harmony Week “provides a platform—one week in a year—when all interfaith groups and other groups of goodwill can show the world what a powerful movement they are. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other groups themselves. This week will allow for these groups to become aware of each other and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each others’ efforts.” Groups are invited to schedule events celebrating interfaith cooperation and share them on an international calendar. See more at

ICPUN DECLARATION ON INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE. In December, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a draft resolution affirming the importance of interreligious dialogue in developing cultures of peace. The proposed resolution “Recognizes the importance of interreligious and intercultural dialogue and its valuable contribution to promoting social cohesion, peace and development, and calls upon Member States to consider, as appropriate and where applicable, interreligious and intercultural dialogue as an important tool in efforts aimed at achieving peace and social stability and the full realization of internationally agreed development goals” and further “Condemns any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, whether it involves the use of print, audiovisual or electronic media or any other means.” Full text of the resolution is available here.

ICPThe Interfaith ObserverTHE INTERFAITH OBSERVER. The Interfaith Observer (TIO) is an independent internet journal about all things interfaith. This month’s issue explores a variety of different roads one can travel to foster trust. –TIO Team

ICPNOTES & QUOTES: “When we seek what is truest in our own tradition, we discover we are one with those who seek what is truest in their tradition.” – James Finley…”[U]nderneath the very real differences between religions and peoples lies a unifying foundation.” – Fr. Richard Rohr…”If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. – Martin Luther King, Jr.…”Different religious traditions can engage in dialogue with one another in a true spirit of ecumenism. Dialogue can be fruitful and enriching if both sides are truly open. . . . Peace will be a beautiful flower blooming on this field of practice.”  – Thich Nhat Hanh (with thanks to Richard Rohr’s reflections on “Interfaith Friendship.”

ICPSEND 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 .img@.img. 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!


Our searchable new calendar page offers listings of interfaith opportunities for learning, celebration, taking action, and celebrating the diverse religious traditions of the Bay Area. The calendar can be viewed as a list, as a monthly calendar page, or by the week.


RE-IMAGINING INTERFAITH. A conference in Washington, D.C., July 29-August 1, 2018, Re-Imagining Interfaith is a global gathering for grassroots activists and interfaith peacebuilders focused on skill-building, networking, and organizing.  Training will be offered in 6 Program Tracks: Cultivating Inclusive Communities in the Face of Religious Discrimination; Community Organizing: Initiating and Sustaining Social Change Movements; Staying “Woke”: Recognizing Privilege, Challenging Systemic Oppression; Interfaith Organizing in a Changing Spiritual Landscape; Making a Movement: Building Skills to Bring Interfaith to the Next Level. Co-sponsored by numerous diverse organizations, including Religions for Peace-USA, Shoulder-to-Shoulder, World Congress of Faith, the Interfaith Funders Group, the International Association for Religious Freedom and multiple faith communities. See details and registration at

MULTIFAITH CALENDAR. The 2018 Multifaith Calendar offers a quick and accurate reference to dates and descriptions of approx 240 culturally relevant observances and holidays for 14 world religions (including religious accommodation references), plus many additional public holidays, UN events, etc. The MFC also includes a carefully selected collection of stunning original art. It’s available from the Interfaith Marketplace for $14.95 plus shipping.

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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 .img@.img. 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.