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BAIC April 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: Bay Area Wide Interfaith Conversation| Third Sunday Concerts |Presidio Chapel Tours | Girl Scout Sunday | Parliament Speakers AnnouncedThe Interfaith Observer| Notes & Quotes | Support ICP | Send Us Your News | Bay Area Interreligious Calendar | Special Opportunities | Subscribe to BAIC

Interfaith Center at the PresidioBAY AREA WIDE INTERFAITH CONVERSATION

Join the United Religions Initiative (URI) and the Interfaith Center at the Presidio on April 22nd from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm at the Presidio Chapel (130 Fisher Loop, Presidio, San Francisco) to:

  1. learn about our partnership & how we can serve you
  2. share your vision for interfaith efforts in the Bay
  3. experience a participatory design process towards deepening collaboration among interfaith orgs/councils

We are looking to draw the interfaith councils of the Bay Area more closely together in order to multiply our resources, increase our impact, and work more effectively toward interreligious understanding and cooperation. If you are a board member of one of our local councils, we encourage you to join this conversation. If you are just interested in exploring the connections, we welcome you.

PLEASE RSVP HERE

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THIRD SUNDAY CONCERTS. April’s Third Sunday Concert features pianist Leyla Kabuli and Price Duo (piano and clarinet) on April 15 at 4:00 pm at the Presidio Chapel. See details here.

The Third Sunday Concert Finale is slated for Sunday, May 20 at 4:00 pm at the Presidio Chapel, and will feature San Francisco State University Handbell Ensemble and San Francisco Third Baptist Organist.

These promise to be spectacular programs, so plan now to be with us!

ICPPRESIDIO CHAPEL TOURS. Guided tours of the home of the Interfaith Center will be available on Sundays through September 30. Visit the historic Spanish Mission Revival style Presidio Chapel, built by the Army in 1931, with a breathtaking view of San Francisco Bay. It is home to a 33 foot mural by Victor Arnautoff, a protégé of Diego Rivera, and stained glass windows by Willemina Ogterop, the first woman stained glass artist west of the Mississippi to be inducted into the Stained Glass Artists Guild.

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GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY.  For several years, the local Girl Scouts have met at the Presidio Chapel to celebrate those girls who had earned their religious badges. Sponsored by religious communities, these badges help girls learn and grow in their specific religious commitments, while recognizing the differences among groups and traditions. This year’s gathering included a presentation from Islamic Networks Group co-founder Ameena Jandali. Congratulations to the young women who earned this distinction!

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Parliament of the World's Religions

The Parliament of the World’s Religions has announced some of the keynote speakers to inspire and challenge attendees in Toronto this November. They include Armene Modi, who founded Ashta No Kai (ANK), a non-profit organization to educate and empower rural women and girls in India. Professor Payam Akhavan, teacher and international lawyer who specializes in confronting genocide. Christiana Figueres, an internationally recognized leader on global climate change. Ms. Habiba Dahir, is a program officer for the Women in international Security –Horn of Africa (HoA).She focuses on the research and programming related activities on Countering Violent Extremism particularly in countries in the Greater Horn of Africa. And more. For listings and descriptions, go to the Parliament website.

ICPThe Interfaith ObserverTHE INTERFAITH OBSERVER. The Interfaith Observer (TIO) is an independent internet journal about all things interfaith. While dialogue is highly valuable in the interfaith movement, artistic expression touches us on level beyond words. It can be a transformative experience that brings us to a new level of community. This issue explores both art’s restorative qualities and the ways it can be used to inspire social action. Enjoy! –TIO Team

ICPNOTES & QUOTES:  “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together” – Desmond Tutu…

ICPSUPPORT ICP!  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.

Donate to the Interfaith Center at the Presidio

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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!

ICPBAY AREA INTERRELIGIOUS CALENDAR

Our searchable 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.

ICPSPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

INTERFAITH MARCH. On April 29, 2018, people across America will be participating in a coordinated event called the Interfaith March for Peace & Justice – a non-partisan, positive re-assertion of the principles of equal justice and religious liberty. This event was initiated by the Safe Alliance for Interfaith Leaders in Columbus, OH (an aspiring URI Cooperation Circle) and it has the support of a number of organizations including the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio and the Unitarian Universalist Peace Ministry Network. We would love for other groups to join in this effort and we invite you to check out our website at interfaithmarch.com or follow us on facebook at facebook.com/interfaithmarch.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN FOCUS. The Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Jusicts has released the March 2018 issue of Religious Freedom in Focus, a periodic email update about the Civil Rights Division’s ongoing efforts to protect religious freedom.

WOMEN RELIGIOUS LEADERS HIGHLIGHTED. The December issue of Nob Hill Gazette featured an interview with four women who are religious leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area. Writer Janet Reilly interviewed the Reverend Dr. Ellen Clark-King of Grace Cathedral, the Reverend Elizabeth Ekdale of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Rabbi Beth Singer of Congregation Emanu-El and Maha Elgenaidi, executive director of Islamic Networks Group, You can read the article here.

MULTI-RELIGIOUS COOPERATION. Dr. William Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace International, was invited by Global Connections Television (GCTV) at the United Nations to discuss how multi-religious cooperation among the world’s religions is a unique and powerful way to address urgent challenges. Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition dedicated to advancing common action among the world religious communities for peace. You can watch the video interview here.

ICPBAY AREA INTERFAITH CONNECT is sent each month to nearly 2,000 subscribers, and is available online at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio website.

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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.

BAIC March 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: Regional Interfaith Cooperation| Third Sunday Concerts | Busy Year for Interfaith | Presidio Chapel Tours | Compassion Film| Scarboro Missions Interfaith Office ClosesThe Interfaith Observer| Notes & Quotes | Support ICP | Send Us Your News | Bay Area Interreligious Calendar | Special Opportunities | Subscribe to BAIC

Interfaith Center at the PresidioREGIONAL INTERFAITH COOPERATION

On February 28, ICP hosted a gathering of the leaders of interfaith organizations around the Bay at the Presidio Chapel as part of our ongoing efforts to serve the diverse traditions of the Bay Area.

The leaders had the opportunity to meet Jaya Reinhalter, a new staffer for the United Religions Initiative, who will be devoting half-time to working with Cooperating Circles in the area. Most of the interfaith organizations in our area are Cooperating Circles of the URI, and so Jaya will be working together with ICP to explore ways to improve communication and cooperation between our several groups to make interfaith collaboration more visible and effective in the Bay Area.

 Bay Area Interfaith DirectorsAttendees at the meeting included leaders from Marin Interfaith Council, San Francisco Interfaith Council, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, Eden Area Interfaith Council, TriCities Interfaith Council, and the SIlicon Valley Interreligious Council, as well as Islamic Networks Group, a nation-wide educational organization based in San Jose.

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THIRD SUNDAY CONCERTS. The Third Sunday Concert for February presented a showcase of musical talent, spirituals, songs, and instrumental music from African-American composers of yesterday and today. Find out more here.

The March concert features Electric Violinist-Composer and Poet
Mary Lou Newmark to celebrate Women’s History Month with “Room to Breathe.”  Sunday, March 18th, 4:00 pm at the Presidio Chapel. Details are here.

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A BUSY YEAR FOR INTERFAITH. 2018 is shaping up to be a notable year for interfaith gatherings. Among the upcoming national and international events are:

URI North America Assembly:  July 27-29, 2018, Baltimore, MD
United Religions InitiativeEach United Religions Initiative North America Cooperation Circle and Affiliate is invited to send one representative to this weekend-long retreat for interfaith peacebuilders. It will provide an opportunity for URI people in the US and Canada to meet one another, share skills, learn new ways of doing things, find inspiration and get refreshed. Registration for the gathering includes food, lodging, programming and transportation to/from the airport (if necessary). Each URI North America Cooperation Circle and Affiliate is invited to send one representative on a “pay what you can” model. Need-based financial assistance for travel is also available. Participants should be able to stay for the entire event (late afternoon of July 27 through 1:00 pm on July 29, 2018).  If more than one person from your group would like to attend the gathering, they can add their name to the waiting list. (Please note that financial assistance will not be available for additional representatives.) Registration is due by April 1; see details and registration info here.

Re-Imagining Interfaith:  July 29-August 1, 2018, Washington, D.C.
Re-Imagining InterfaithInterfaith work has traditionally been all about bridge building but what are the bridges that we haven’t been so great at building? This gathering will focus not on the academic side of this question but on the practical side. All of our tracks will be focused on equipping and empowering activists working across lines of difference with the skills they need to get us there. 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 www.reimagineinterfaith.org/

NAINConnect: 2018 July 31–August 3, Edmonton, Canada
NAIN Connect 2018Make a pilgrimage to a 10,000-year-old Indigenous Peoples’ sacred meeting site for the annual gathering of the North American Interfaith Network. This year’s theme is ” Pilgrimage: Journeys of Discovery.”  Check out the keynote speakers and program as they are announced at nain2018edmonton.ca/ . Interested young adults, aged 18-35, are encouraged to apply for a Young Adult Summit that will be held the first day of the conference. Details and application here; apply by March 15. Early bird registration for the full conference is available until the end of March.

Parliament of the World’s Religions: November 1-7. 2018, Toronto, Canada
The Parliament will once again bring together from all around the world aiming to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. The theme this time is “The Promise of Inclusion: The Power of Love,” and the Parliament promises to be a memorable mix of more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions. Program proposals still being accepted through April 1; see Call for Proposals. Early bird registration is available until March 31; registration and details are available at parliamentofreligions.org/

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ICPPRESIDIO CHAPEL TOURS. Guided tours of the home of the Interfaith Center are again available. Visit the historic Spanish Mission Revival style Presidio Chapel, built by the Army in 1931, with a breathtaking view of San Francisco Bay. It is home to a 33 foot mural by Victor Arnautoff, a protégé of Diego Rivera, and stained glass windows by Willemina Ogterop, the first woman stained glass artist west of the Mississippi to be inducted into the Stained Glass Artists Guild. SundayMarch 25, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.

ICPfilm reelsCOMPASSION FILM. The film Risking Light will have its World Premiere in Competition at the 2018 Cinequest Film & VR Festival on March 3, 5, and 9, with screenings in San Jose and Redwood City. The film highlights stories of 3 people from diverse religious backgrounds as they struggle with the question of forgiveness. From the streets of Minneapolis, the aboriginal lands of Australia, and the killing fields of Cambodia come the powerful stories of three people who had the courage to step out of the haunting, tragic darkness of the past, risking everything to reach the light of their own compassion.

Risking Light is a thought-provoking documentary that explores resilience, and the painful process of moving from grief to compassion and forgiveness. Through the unforgettable stories of Mary Johnson, who grieves a murdered son; Debra Hocking, a victim of government-sanctioned genocide; and Kilong Ung, who survived the terror of the Khmer Rouge, Risking Light challenges us to examine our own beliefs about forgiveness and ask “What would the world look like if we could learn to forgive one another?” View trailer here.

The director Dawn Mikkelson, producer Miranda Wilson, and storyteller Kilong Ung will be in attendance at the festival. More information on tickets, screening times, etc. can be found here.

ICPSCARBORO MISSIONS INTERFAITH OFFICE CLOSES. For twenty years, the Interfaith Department of Scarboro MIssions, based in Ontario, Canada is a Society of Canadian Catholics, has sponsored an archive of valuable materials for interfaith relations. The faithful hand behind their Interfaith Office over the years has been Paul McKenna. Sadly, the Interfaith Office was closed at the end of 2017.

In the spring of 2018, their interfaith and golden rule web resources will be transferred to Regis College, a Jesuit theological college in Toronto, Canada. All existing links to their interfaith web resources will remain valid and will be redirected to Regis College.

  • Principles and guidelines for interfaith dialogueexplores the goals, types and stages of dialogue and touches on issues such as interfaith etiquette, listening, peace-building, hospitality, respectful presence and dialogue-versus-debate. These principles and guidelines are useful for those who are new to interfaith as well as for veterans of interfaith work.
  • Interfaith curriculum and educational resources:   online courses, toolkits, best practices, do-it-yourself workshops, activities, multifaith prayer services, how-to-manuals, guidelines, games, starter kits, meditations, slideshows, etc.
  • Golden Rule education resources:    interactive resources, meditation exercises, videos, multilingual posters, art activities, do-it-yourself workshops, slide programs, discussion questions, Golden Rule websites, books, toolkits, best practices, and school & youth group curricula:
  • Church and Dialogue:   This collection of resources chronicles the Catholic Church’s 50-year journey of dialogue with other religions, a journey that began with the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s.

Our heartfelt thanks to Scarboro Missions and Paul for their significant contribution to interfaith cooperation!

ICPThe Interfaith ObserverTHE INTERFAITH OBSERVER. The Interfaith Observer (TIO) is an independent internet journal about all things interfaith. This month TIO is taking time to review 2017. Below you will find a few of the “best” articles from the past year. They encourage and challenge us, and broaden our perspective. In addition, you will find a tribute to the late bold interfaith visionary Bill Lesher, who died in February, and the most inspiring videos from the year. –TIO Team

ICPNOTES & QUOTES: “from a spiritual perspective—and this is in line with the teachings of most of the world’s religions—a threat of violence should be a last resort, not a first response. – Gudjon Bergmann… [If I had a magic wand, I would …] “Remove assault and automatic weapons from the hands of our citizens.” – Rabbi Beth Singer...”All our faiths are grounded in the common value of compassion. We affirm fair treatment for all and the centrality of “loving our neighbors as ourselves.” Prejudice, animosity, or violence against any group of people is completely antithetical to our religious principles. We promote our national values which declare that we are one nation with ‘liberty and justice for all.’” – TriCities Interfaith Council

ICPSUPPORT ICP!  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.

Donate to the Interfaith Center at the Presidio

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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!

ICPBAY AREA INTERRELIGIOUS CALENDAR

Our searchable 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.

ICPSPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

INTERFAITH MARCH. On April 29, 2018, people across America will be participating in a coordinated event called the Interfaith March for Peace & Justice – a non-partisan, positive re-assertion of the principles of equal justice and religious liberty. This event was initiated by the Safe Alliance for Interfaith Leaders in Columbus, OH (an aspiring URI Cooperation Circle) and it has the support of a number of organizations including the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio and the Unitarian Universalist Peace Ministry Network. We would love for other groups to join in this effort and we invite you to check out our website at interfaithmarch.com or follow us on facebook at facebook.com/interfaithmarch.

INTERFAITH CALENDAR. The San Francisco Interfaith Council has made a 2018 Interfaith Calendar available with listings of religious observances from many traditions. They offer the calendar as an aid to scheduling and avoiding potential conflicts, with apologies for any omissions or oversights that might have occurred. You can find the calendar in .pdf form here.

WOMEN RELIGIOUS LEADERS HIGHLIGHTED. The December issue of Nob Hill Gazette featured an interview with four women who are religious leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area. Writer Janet Reilly interviewed the Reverend Dr. Ellen Clark-King of Grace Cathedral, the Reverend Elizabeth Ekdale of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Rabbi Beth Singer of Congregation Emanu-El and Maha Elgenaidi, executive director of Islamic Networks Group, You can read the article here.

MULTI-RELIGIOUS COOPERATION. Dr. William Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace International, was invited by Global Connections Television (GCTV) at the United Nations to discuss how multi-religious cooperation among the world’s religions is a unique and powerful way to address urgent challenges. Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition dedicated to advancing common action among the world religious communities for peace. You can watch the video interview here.

ICPBAY AREA INTERFAITH CONNECT is sent each month to nearly 2,000 subscribers, and is available online at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio website.

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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.

BAIC February 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 World Interfaith Harmony Week | Interim ICP DirectorFour Chaplains Sunday | Third Sunday Concerts | Presidio Chapel Tours | Interfaith CalendarFarewell, Bill LesherThe Interfaith Observer| Notes & Quotes | Support ICP | Send Us Your News | Bay Area Interreligious Calendar | Special Opportunities | Subscribe to BAIC

HAPPY WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK!

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This first week of February is World Interfaith Harmony Week, offering a time for interfaith groups around the world to showcase and celebrate the power of interreligious cooperation. So much interfaith cooperation goes on quietly, beneath the notice of many in their own communities, but makes significant contributions to the peace and well-being of those communities.

In a declaration on November 2010, the UN General Assembly noted “the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people,” and that “the moral imperatives of all religions, convictions and beliefs call for peace, tolerance and mutual understanding.” They reaffirmed that “mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace,” and proclaimed “the first week of February every year the World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs.” You can find out more about the initiative, learn how people around the world plan to honor the Week, or register your own event at worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/

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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

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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? Continue reading

BAIC December 2017

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: Support ICP | Holiday Music| Recent @ ICP | Sprucing Up the Chapel |  New Book  |URI TeleconferenceRe-Imagining Interfaith | The Interfaith Observer| Notes & Quotes | Send Us Your News | Bay Area Interreligious Calendar | Special Opportunities | Subscribe to BAIC

Interfaith Center at the PresidioHAPPY HOLIDAYS!

SUPPORT 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. Many of you will soon receive a personal letter inviting you to contribute to our efforts. 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.

Donate to the Interfaith Center at the Presidio

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HOLIDAY MUSICAL CELEBRATION. On Sunday, December 17, at 4:00 pm, ICP will sponsor a program of drumming, storytelling, piano and vocal music to celebrate the holidays. “Celebrate with Music: Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa” will feature Aeeshah & Kokomon Clottey (djembe, song, story telling), Linda Baird (operatic soprano), Josephine Gandolfi (concert pianist), Deon Nielsen Price (composer/pianist) and Cantor Brian Reich (songs with guitar). Join us at the Presidio Chapel for some wonderful holiday celebration!

The concert is part of the 3rd Sunday Concert series at the Presidio Chapel. Upcoming concerts will offer: January 21- Chamber Music; February 18- African American Composers; March 18- Women Composers.

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RECENT EVENTS AT ICP. Several memorable events took place during November at the Presidio Chapel:

  • Mary Au and Chika InoueNovember 4: Shoulder to the Wheel with Joanna Brooks. Brooks, a noted religious scholar and author, led an interactive conversation on  White Supremacy, Mormonism, and the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Latter Day Saints Black Priesthood/ Temple Ban. See more.
  • November 11: Veterans Day Interfaith Service of Remembrance. Our annual observance of Veteran’s Day, with prayers from different traditions, special music, and a talk by Tyler Solorio of Swords to Plowshares. See more.
  • November 19: “Music Around the World for Saxophone and Piano” featured pianist Mary Au and saxophonist Chika Inoue in a program that included music from Japanese, German, Armenian, Belgian, and U.S. composers. A highlight was the piece “Behind Barbed Wire,” composed by Presidio resident Deon Nielsen Price, that told the story of the WWII Internment Camps by weaving together music, poetry written by internees and home movies from the era. See more.

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pressure washer on parking sideSPRUCING UP THE CHAPEL. In October, the Presidio Trust began a project to repaint the Presidio Chapel and upgrade the parking area. You can see some photos of the work on our site.

ICPEternal Quest for HappinessNEW BOOK. Eternal Quest for Happiness: A Practical Guide to Fulfilling Dreams — could also have been called Looking for Happiness in All the Wrong Places: Simple Steps to Fulfilling Dreams. The authors — Aeeshah and ICP Board Member Kokomon Clottey— propose that we’re like a cat looking for its tail, going around and around in circles hoping to find what it already has. As they discussed in their earlier book Beyond Fear: Twelve Spiritual Keys to Racial Healing, the key to happiness is rooted in this wisdom: “The essence of our being is love.” The key point is that if we look at life through the lens of love, we inevitably find happiness. Available here.

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United Religions InitiativeURI MEMBERS TELECONFERENCE. The United Religions Initiative invites all its Cooperating Circle members and affiliates to join with like-minded interfaith activists and peacebuilders from all over the continent in a teleconference on December 5, 1:00 – 2:00 PST. This participatory call will be focused on conversations among participants for relationship-building, sharing and learning. We will also be joined by a special guest! URI’s Executive Director, The Rev. Victor Kazanjian, will join us to both listen to your sharing and offer words of encouragement and a brief update on the work of your fellow URI members around the world. North American Regional Coordinator Sari Heidenreich will also share exciting opportunities for you to stay connected to your fellow URI members in 2018. For full details and registration for the call go to the URI site.

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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. Early bird registration is available until December 14. See details and registration at www.reimagineinterfaith.org/

ICPThe Interfaith ObserverTHE INTERFAITH OBSERVER. The Interfaith Observer (TIO) is an independent internet journal about all things interfaith. Interfaith is a global movement, but sometimes we can get so caught up in our own local and national contexts that we forget to take a global perspective. We are also limited by language barriers and what our news sources choose to publish. For these reasons, TIO has chosen to focus on Africa, a continent with vibrant interfaith initiatives, but of which we seldom hear about.  Enjoy! –TIO Team

 

ICPNOTES & QUOTES: “Dialogue cannot exist, however, in the absence of a profound love for the world and its people.” “Dialogue cannot exist without humility.” – Paolo Friere…”A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel…”To see the other side, to defend another people, not despite your tradition but because of it, is the heart of pluralism.” – Eboo Patel

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!

ICPBAY AREA INTERRELIGIOUS CALENDAR

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.

ICPSPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

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.

DEALING WITH DISASTERS. The recent hurricanes in the Southeast and the fires in the Bay Area have raised awareness of the role that religious communities may be called upon to play during times of disaster. Preparing for the impact of a disaster both on the religious community and its facilities and for the call on the community for relief and support for the wider population are things to consider before disaster strikes. Two resources with suggestions and resources for considering your own preparedness are the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (http://www.n-din.org/) and Disasters and Faith Based Organizations (https://disastersandfaith.com/).

NEW CONTEMPLATIVES SCHOLARSHIP. Applications are now available for the 2018 New Contemplatives, a scholarship and award from Spiritual Directors International that creates opportunities for spiritual guidance and contemplative formation for people in the first half of their lives.  New Contemplatives will receive a full scholarship plus hotel and a travel stipend for the Spiritual Directors International Seeking Connection conference in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, April 26-29, 2018. SDI seeks candidates that reflect the human diversity on our planet. Deadline for receiving applications is Friday, December 1, 2017. You must be a spiritual director (that we define broadly) with at least one year of experience to apply. Please see this post for a list of defining characteristics for an authentic spiritual director. http://www.sdiworld.org/blog/what-makes-good-spiritual-director  

ICPBAY AREA INTERFAITH CONNECT is sent each month to nearly 2,000 subscribers, and is available online at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio website.

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BAIC November 2017

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: Veterans Day | Commemorating Internment | Joanna BrooksChapel Tours  |Around the BayCompassion in the City | The Interfaith Observer| Parliament 2018 | Notes & Quotes | Send Us Your News | Bay Area Interreligious Calendar | Special Opportunities | Subscribe to BAIC

Interfaith Center at the PresidioNOVEMBER AT THE PRESIDIO CHAPEL

REMEMBERING VETERANS: 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.

Since 2011, the Interfaith Center at the Presidio has offered an Interfaith Service of Remembrance, with music, prayers, and silent reflection on Veterans through the years. This year the observance will take place on Saturday, November 11, 11:00 am at the Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, Presidio, San Francisco [map].

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BAIC October 2017

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.

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Interfaith Center at the PresidioINTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE EVENTS

The Interfaith Center was host to two special events in the Presidio Chapel marking the United Nations International Day of Peace. The September 21st service honored the 20th anniversary of “Mines to Vines,” a project of Roots for Peace to convert former battlefields to productive farmland. Heidi Kuhn, Executive Director of Roots for Peace, was the keynote speaker.

She was joined by leaders from Baha’i, Brahma Kumari, Buddhist, Catholic, Greek Orthodox,  Jewish, Latter Day Saints, Muslim, and Unitarian communities. The full program is available here. The San Francisco Interfaith Council and United Religions Initiative co-sponsored the event.

International Day of Peace ParticipantsOn Sunday, September 24, Victoria Rodriguez, Darryl Taylor, and Deon Nielsen Price, accomplished musicians and performers, joined their talents to present “To the Children of War,” based on poetry by Maya Angelou, along with other music by Chopin, Debussy and Deon Price. Their aim was to offer soulful music for voice and piano that addresses society’s unrest and can bring peace to the listener.

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BAIC September 2017

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.

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dove and ICP logoINTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

September 21 again marks the International Day of Peace, declared by the United Nations and observed in many ways all around the world. This year’s theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

A celebration of International Peace Day will take place at the Presidio Chapel, honoring the Roots of Peace “Mines to Vines” project that works to remove landmines and restore the soil with bountiful vineyards & orchards in war-torn regions worldwide. Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm, Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, Presidio, San Francisco. Sponsors include ICP, the San Francisco Interfaith Council, and United Religions Initiative.

Learn more about the International Day of Peace, see a map of observances planned, and the U.N. “Join Together” program at internationaldayofpeace.org/

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BAIC August 2017

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.

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Interfaith Center at the PresidioBoth because of the beauty of the Presidio Chapel and the uniqueness of the interfaith work that the Center enables, the Interfaith Center at the Presidio is often host to visiting delegations from around the world.That was the case recently when 13 emerging national leaders from 10 African nations were invited to participate in a United States Department of State International Leadership Program to learn about Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Interfaith Dialogue.

Among those who visited ICP on July 26 were representatives from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Mauritania, and a newswoman from France. They were met by Rita Semel of the ICP Board, and Michael Pappas of the San Francisco Interfaith Council, whose office is in the Presidio Chapel.

The International Leadership Program is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Participants are nominated by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world, and typically visit four U.S. communities over three weeks, meeting with local organizations related to their area of interest.

Delegation from Africa with Rita Semel and Michael Pappas

Rita Semel and Michael Pappas with African delegates.

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BAIC July 2017

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Interfaith Center at the PresidioCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .
First Amendment, United States Constitution

The Fourth of July is not only a time for picnics, barbecues, and fireworks. It is also a time when the people of the United States give thanks for the freedoms that we enjoy. Among those is the freedom to believe and worship freely. In these days, freedom of worship and the necessary respect for all religious traditions is being sorely tried.

According to Barbara A. McGraw, what lies at the core of the American experience is freedom of conscience– she calls it “America’s Sacred Ground.” McGraw, director of the Center for Engaged Pluralism at St. Mary’s College in Moraga and a familiar participant in interfaith conversations in the Bay Area, writes in her book Rediscovering America’s Sacred Ground (SUNY Press, 2003):

It is safe to say that freedom of conscience generally was considered by the founders to be the most important of the inalienable rights. In fact, freedom of conscience had been recognized as inalienable in the state constitutions and declarations of rights even before freedom of speech had been so recognized [81].

Some still argue that the Founders of this nation had only Christians in mind when securing religious liberty, but it is clear that many understood, like Richard Henry Lee, that “. . . we are not disposed to differ much, at present, about religion: but when we are making a constitution, it is to be hoped, for ages and millions yet unborn, why not establish the free exercise of religion, as a part of the national compact?” Such freedom “embraces the Mahomitan [Moslem] and the Gentoo [Hindu] as well as the Christian religion” [83].

So how ever you may celebrate this July 4th, take a moment to give thanks for the gift of religious freedom established by those whose vision was broad enough to enable us to seek our own consciences and to explore ways to work together for the good of all.

ICPVICTOR ARNAUTOFF BOOK

Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of ArtA new book has been published about Victor Arnautoff, the artist who created the mural in the Post Chapel. Written by California historian Robert Cherney, Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art is not only a biography of the muralist who created many projects at the Presidio, Coit Tower and elswhere, but places his art in the context of the social and political tenor of the times.

Commissioned in 1935, the Chapel mural shows an image of St. Francis, patron saint of San Francisco, flanked by panels devoted to the early history of California and activities of the Army of the day, along with development of the Golden Gate Bridge. Find out more about Arnautoff and the Chapel mural in this brochure.

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