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IN THIS ISSUE: International Day of Peace Events | URI Global Leadership in Sarajevo | Chapel Tours |Around the Bay | NAINConnect 2017 Photos| The Interfaith Observer| Parliament 2018 | Notes & Quotes | Send Us Your News | Bay Area Interreligious Calendar | Special Opportunities | Subscribe to BAIC
INTERNATIONAL 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.
On 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.
URI GLOBAL LEADERSHIP GATHERING ICP Board Chair Fred Fielding attended the 2017 URI Global Leadership Gathering in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina as a Global Council Trustee for North America. There were over 80 attendees including URI Global Council members, URI President’s Council members, and global staff members. The purpose of the gathering was to build stronger relationships among global leadership on all levels, further the URI strategic planning process, and support URI member organizations called Cooperation Circles in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Europe.
Activities and events included Global Council and staff meetings, strategic planning presentations, and opportunities to learn about the cultural and religious history of the area. URI highlighted the work of Youth for Peace, a Cooperation Circle in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This included a public event with local dignitaries and religious leaders speaking to a group of approximately 200 guests. Youth for Peace provides programs for young people from different religious backgrounds to meet, engage in peaceful dialogue and activities.
DOCENT TOURS OF PRESIDIO CHAPEL. Summertime is a great time to enjoy the Open House/Docent Tours at the Presidio Chapel each Sunday from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Come and view the historic 33′ fresco painted by Victor Arnautoff, a protegé of Diego Rivera, and the stained glass windows created by Willemina Ogterop, the first woman stained glass artist west of the Mississippi to be inducted into the Stained Glass Artists Guild. Our docent, Daniel Johnson, serves to make your visit memorable and informative. The open house is listed on the Presidio Trust’s website with other guided tours. Learn more about the Presidio Chapel here and then plan to visit us and take a tour.
AROUND THE BAY:
NAINCONNECT 2017 PHOTOS. The Poway Interfaith Team, host to this year’s NAIN Connect gathering in August, has posted photos and descriptions of the events that made up this year’s celebration. You can see them at powayinterfaithteam.com/photos/
THE INTERFAITH OBSERVER. The Interfaith Observer (TIO) is an independent internet journal about all things interfaith. The articles this month represent a hint of the remarkable resources available in these days of ripe anxiety – resources to address climate change, accelerating natural disasters, and personal engagement. Enjoy!
PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD”S RELIGIONS
November 1-7, 2018
“The Promise of Inclusion & the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change” will be the theme for the 125th anniversary gathering of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The Parliament invites proposals for programs, presentations, and performances at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions, to be held in November 1 – 7 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Programming for the 2018 Parliament will focus largely, but not exclusively, on:
Programs will also be welcomed focused on additional issues and identities. For details, see the Call for Programs. Find out more about the Parliament at the Parliament website.
NOTES & QUOTES: “Our past shows us that one day, perhaps not too far hence, Muslims will be viewed as just another minority with the same issues as the rest of us: occasional car trouble, hospital bills, births and deaths, graduations and weddings, laughs and tears” – Maha ElGenaidi and Tim Brauhn…“But I also have a better idea. And it’s about our diversity. And its the power of the diversity,…The power that we come from all walks of life, that we come from all parts of this country, that we come from all races, we come from all backgrounds, gender, all makeup, all upbringing. The power of that diversity comes together and makes us that much more powerful.” – Lieutenant General Jay Silveria speaking to Air Force cadets.
SEND 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 @. 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!
BAY 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.
COUNTERING THE “MUSLIM BAN.” The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a national effort to stand against prejudice against Muslims has developed an Interfaith Toolkit with information and guidelines for groups that want to take action against the newest version of the Muslim ban. The toolkit can be found here.
BAY AREA SPIRITUAL DIRECTIORS GATHERING. “Hands and Hearts Connected: Northern California Gathering for Spiritual Directors” will take place on Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2:00 – 5:00 pm at Plymouth Jazz and Justice Church, 424 Monte Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611. Please join us for this free event to meet other spiritual companions and find connection right here where you live. SDI Executive Director Anil Singh-Molares will be joining us for this gathering. Our hope is that from this local gathering, a regional group will emerge to organize ongoing SDI gatherings in the Bay Area as well as other regions in Northern California. Please RSVP by October 15 to @ so we can plan accordingly. More information about Spiritual Directors International at www.sdiworld.org/
FRANK v. GOD FILM: “Frank vs. God” is a comedy that asks the big questions with a light-hearted tone and an open mind. The film is an uplifting story of one man’s search for answers, by taking them to a higher court. “Great for interfaith discussions of all kinds. It sets a wonderful model for interfaith relations, as it shows leaders of all religious groups working together.” –Rabbi Mark Glickman, Congregation Kol Ami. Available on DVD and through streaming video; see details at www.frankvsgod.com/
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SEEKS FAITH RELATIONS COORDINATOR. Habitat for Humanity of the San Francisco Bay Area is seeking a Resource Development VISTA, with a focus area of Faith Relations. The primary responsibility will be to complete the development of their interfaith program. To find out more, go to www.habitat.org/about/careers/hfh-greater-san-francisco-vista-resource-dev-faith-relations
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