Sunday- a week later
Things just got moving faster and faster at the Parliament, leaving no time for blogging. I returned home on Tuesday, with a pile of notes, impressions, and pictures that it will take a while to unload.
On Sunday of the Parliament, I passed through the lobby, where Beyond Words, a dance ritual incorporating greetings of peace, chants, and movement from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Native traditions was underway. I was headed for a session on the Compassion Games. The Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC) has participated in the Compassion Games for the past couple of years, and I was delighted to find that the presenters were from Menlo Park. We made connections to consult further. Jon Ramer, the creator of Compassion Games, was there, and took the opportunity to “pass the torch” to me and the SiVIC team.
Jon Ramer of Compassion Games passes the torch to D. Andrew Kille of SiVIC
At noon, Linda Crawford and Fred Fielding of ICP met together with Will McGarvey of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, Michael Pappas of San Francisco Interfaith Council, Carol Hovis of Marin Interfaith Council and with heads of interfaith groups from New York City, Washington, DC,. Wichita Kansas, and Maryland to explore how we might network with one another and share our experience and methods. We in the Bay Area have been meeting together about three times a year at ICP for several years. It was good to extend our connections across the country.
Michael Pappas (SFIC), Linda Crawford and Fred Fielding (ICP), unidentified, Chloe Breyer (New York City)
Chloe Breyer (NYC), Jan Reynolds (MIC), Paul Chaffee, (The Interfaith Observer)
Rabbi Gerry Serotta (Washington, DC), Rev. Sam Muyskens (Wichita, KS), Rev. Clark Lobenstine (DC), Mansfield Kaseman (Montgomery County, MD)
Editor, Bay Area Interfaith Connect