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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

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

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Veterans Day 2016

Veterans Day Service 2016

On Friday, November 11, the Interfaith Center at the Presidio held a Veterans Day service in the Main Post Chapel at the Presidio that included veterans and those who work for and serve veterans. A message from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was shared by her aide Alex Lazar, Sensei Elaine Donlin of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco led the meditation. A dramatic note was offered by Brian Vouglas, a local actor, who proclaimed Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with a response. Erich Sylvester, Musician and Presidio resident, provided music; Chaplain Willard Bolden of the VA gave a benediction. ICP Executive Linda Crawford and board President Fred Fielding also spoke.

Veterans Day 2016    Veterans Day 2016

On the Threshold

2014 logoWe got the name of the month of January from the Romans, who named it in honor of the God Janus, who oversees beginnings and endings, the transitions that mark life as it unfolds. Janus watches over doorways, thresholds, and gates, and especially over the beginning of the new year. Janus is depicted as having two faces: one turned toward the past and the other looking out into the future. It’s appropriate to do the same ourselves as we reflect on the year just past and what may lie ahead.

2013 saw some significant changes around the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, most notably a new relationship between ICP and the Presidio Trust concerning the use of the Post Chapel building. No longer is ICP responsible for hosting weddings, and significant improvements were made to fix long-standing issues with the roof, heating system, and accessibility of the building. Along with more flexible seating, the renovated Chapel includes stunning banners based on drawings of local birds, insects, and flowers made by Ryan Jones, a beloved former worker at the Presidio. ICP co-sponsored two workshops with the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, “Embracing Our Veterans” and “Ministering to Women Who Went to War,”both aimed at preparing religious communities to aid veterans, both men and women, with the spiritual dimensions of re-entry into civilian life. In collaboration with interfaith councils around the Bay and the Presidio Trust, ICP developed “Sounds of Peace,” a concert for the International Day of Peace that showcased several groups from around the area, and also co-sponsored “Paths to Peace” at the Pacific School of Religion. In October, some of the McDonald Peace Windows went on display at the University of Rochester, NY.

Looking forward, we will continue to explore how we can best carry out our role as a regional hub for interfaith collaboration (multifaith? Interreligious? See the discussion on naming the movement). Over the past year, we had several meetings with leaders from San Francisco Interfaith Council, Marin Interfaith Council, ICCCC (Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County), SiVIC (Silicon Valley Interreligious Council), and the Peninsula Clergy Network, together with staff from the United Religions Initiative (URI), the global network also based at the Presidio.

With gratitude for what has been, and hope for what will yet be, we wish you and yours a happy and blessed New Year!