Category Archives: Events

Concert: Celebrating African-American Composers

The Third Sunday Concert on February 18 featured several musicians from the African-American Composers Initiative singing and playing music from African-American Composers.

Performers included the Picasso Ensemble (Susan C. Brown, Victoria Ehrlich, and  Josephine Gandolfi), LaDoris Cordell, Josephine Gandolfi, Othello Jefferson, and Deanne Tucker. They shared spirituals, the blues, and other compositions from  Undine Smith Moore, William Grant Still, Joshua McGhee, Valerie Capers, and more.

African-American Concert Program


Concert: Amaranth Quartet

The January 3rd Sunday Concert featured the the Amaranth Quartet, which has been playing in the Bay Area  since 2013. They performed music by Felix Mendelssohn, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Garth Knox, Rhiannon Giddens.

The Amaranth Quartet includes violinists Emily Botel and Abigail Shiman, violist Julie Michael, and cellist Helen Newby.

Musical Celebration of the Holidays

 The holiday concert on December 17 was a great success. Nearly 80 people attended the event.  All of the musicians gave wonderful performances.  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.

The Coexister Interfaith Tour group from France attended the concert as well.  It was exciting to have them as guests for the evening.  They interviewed a few of us for their video project after the concert.

The concert took place at the same time of the Memorial Service for San Francisco Mayor Lee.  We remembered him with a moment of silence as we began.  He and his administration worked closely with San Francisco Interfaith Council on many important issues.  His first Pre-Inaugural Interfaith Service was held at the Chapel.  He will be missed.

Music Around the World for Saxophone and Piano

Mary Au and Chika Inoue

As part of the ICP 3rd Sunday Concert series,  Chika Inoue and Mary Au presented “Music Around the World for Saxophone and Piano” to an enthusiastic crowd of 45-50 music lovers on Sunday, November 19th.

With Chika Inoue on saxophone and Mary Au at the piano, the concert featured music from Japanese, German, Armenian, Belgian, and U.S. composers.

One piece, “Behind Barbed Wire,” portrayed the terrors of war and what happened to Japanese Americans post-EO9066, through a combination of music, Haiku and Tanka poems written by internees, and video with home movie camera footage. It was written by Deon Nielsen Price, a widely performed and recorded composer and pianist, who is now a resident of the Presidio.

Mary Au and Chika Inoue

Download the program: Chika Inoue and Mary Au


Veterans Day Remembrance Service

The Interfaith Service of Remembrance sponsored by ICP on Veterans Day, November 11, included prayers from different traditions, music by local musician Brian Vouglas, a message of greeting from the office of Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, and a reflection from Tyler Solorio of Swords to Plowshares.

Veterans Day 2017

Left to right: Gerry Caprio, Alex Lazar, Congressional Aide representing the Democratic leader of the House Nancy Pelosi, Brian Vouglas, actor and musician, Sensei Elaine Donlin (Buddhist Church of San Francisco), Erich Sylvester, musician, Tyler Solorio from Swords to Plowshares, Rita Semel and Camilla Smith in front.

Veterans Day 2017

An Evening with Joanna Brooks

On November 4, noted scholar and author Joanna Brooks presented an interactive talk on White Supremacy, Mormonism, and the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Latter Day Saints Black Priesthood/ Temple Ban.

Brooks is the author of The Book of Mormon Girl and editor of Mormon Feminism, among others. Her presentation was co-sponsored by the Interfaith Center at the Presidio and the Bay Area Mormon Studies Council.

Joanna Brooks Joanna Brooks

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.

Presidio ChapelPlease join us for an Interfaith Service of Remembrance
Saturday, November 11, 11:00 am
Presidio Chapel

details here

Love Lives in Marin

On Friday, August 25 over 350 people gathered at Congregation Kol Shofar in
Tiburon for “Love Lives in Marin”, an interfaith prayer service,
co-sponsored by the Marin Interfaith Council. The service included singing,
words of encouragement from local faith leaders, time for attendees to pair
up and offer mutual support, prayer and meditation. The evening concluded
with children lighting candles as participants sang and stood in solidarity
with each other.

The interfaith service was the first “Love Lives in Marin” event, which is
an initiative of the Marin Interfaith Council. It was inspired by a pastoral
visit by 40 rabbis from across the nation, including Rabbi Susan Leider of
Congregation Kol Shofar, to Whitefish, Montana, where a similar initiative
arose in response to anti-Semitic attacks aimed at the local Jewish
community. Businesses, civic leaders, and leaders from other faith
traditions rose up in solidarity with the Jewish community to oppose hate
and promote love and inclusion.

During Friday night’s service, Rabbi Leider said, “What is an attack on one
is an attack on all.” She explained the purpose of Love Lives in Marin is
to change the public discourse, create a community where all are welcome,
and “rise above the fray and speak for those whose voices aren’t uplifted.”

Other faith leaders who spoke or sang at the interfaith prayer services
included Rabbi Chai Levy, Congregation Kol Shofar; Ebrahim Nana, Islamic
Center of Mill Valley; Rev. Bethany Nelson and Rev. Rob McClellan,
Westminster Presbyterian Church; Rev. Scott Quinn, Marin Interfaith Council;
Rev. Yolanda Norton, Professor at San Francisco Theological Seminary; Rev.
Shokuchi Carrigan, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center; and Rev. Veronica Goines,
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Each faith leader emphasized the evening’s central message that our faithful
response to hate is not only resistance but also to stand up for the values
promoted by all the world’s faith traditions: hope, inclusivity, equality,
compassion, justice and love.

Rev. Norton said, “Love is an active means of resistance.”

“Let love live not merely in the addresses we give, but also in the
addresses where we reside,” said Rev. McClellan.

Love Lives in Marin seeks to inspire more organic acts of compassion, hope,
interfaith connection, solidarity, and justice.

Interfaith Gathering Against Hate in San Francisco

In response to a planned “alt-right” demonstration in San Francisco (which subsequently was cancelled), an interfaith gathering at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco drew a full house for a celebration of love, community, and diversity on August 25. An interfaith Sabbath service was followed by a dessert reception.

The event was sponsored by the San Francisco Interfaith Council, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and the San Francisco based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

See coverage from the Jewish News of Northern California