SiVIC Newsletter- September 2017

Silicon Valley Interreligious CouncilThe newsletter for September 2017 includes 11 Days of Global Unity, the 2017 SiVIC Assembly and Forum, International Day of Peace, Meet a Muslim, Walk to Feed the Hungry, and our Multifaith calendar of religious observances and listing of interfaith opportunities.

See the September issue here.

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SiVIC Annual Assembly and Forum

Assembly 2017Join us for a celebration of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council and our work to promote a more just and compassionate community. Earlier this year, the Board of Supervisors endorsed the Charter for Compassion and declared our county to be “Compassionate Santa Clara County.” What would a compassionate county look like? Hear a panel discussion with community leaders, governmental officials, and religious leaders engage the theme. We’ll also have a guest choir, awards honoring those people who have helped make SiVIC what it is today and the chance to meet people from across the religious spectrum of Silicon Valley.

Please RSVP for the SiVIC Assembly 2017 and Forum, so that we can accommodate all attendees.

For any questions or further information, please contact Rev. Joy-Ellen Lipsky at  joy-ellen@sivicouncil.org.

More details here.

Unity Prayer Service Celebrates Diversity

Unity Prayer Service

Community members from across the spectrum joined together on Sunday, August 20 for a celebration of unity, a response to the recent events in Charlottesville, and a pledge with local public officials to work together toward justice in the community at large. Civic leaders attending included San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia, SJ Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Jose City Council members Chappie Jones and Lan Diep, Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, and US Representative Zoe Lofgren.

The event was hosted at Evergreen Baptist Church on the east side of San Jose.

For more, see the San Jose Mercury News.

Deacon Steve Herrera, of the SiVIC Board, took photos of the event.

Civic Leaders at Unity Rally

Responding to Charlottesville

From its formation, the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council has devoted itself to building interreligious understanding and harmony in order to seek a more just and compassionate society in Silicon Valley.

We, as people seeking compassion and reconciliation, are grieved and stunned by the activities over this past weekend by those who value neither. We lament the loss of life and disruption of the community. We of diverse faiths stand together unified against Hate. We grieve the murder of Heather Heyer who was standing up for our values. We will not stand idly by, as all our faiths compel us to raise our voices clearly against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia of any kind.

We commit ourselves anew to the task of bringing all people together for the good of the whole community. Hate is not welcome here.

For statements from other Bay Area Interfaith Councils, see the Interfaith Center at the Presidio website.

SiVIC Forum Sunday: I Am the Other

Stereotype word cloudThis coming Sunday, July 23, join us at 1:30 pm at the Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar in Milpitas for a panel and discussion on countering stereotypes, religious illiteracy and hate crimes. Our panel includes distinguished speakers from Hindu, Jewish, Ahmadiyya Muslim and Sikh communities.

Full details and registration are available HERE.

SiVIC Newsletter- July 2017

Silicon Valley Interreligious CouncilThe newsletter for July 2017 includes the upcoming SiVIC Forum on “I Am the Other: Countering Stereotypes, Religious Illiteracy, and Hate Speech,” an Interreligious Conference: Faith and Service at the Jain Center, a Dessert Gala for Yezidi Relief and our Multifaith calendar of religious observances and listing of interfaith opportunities.

See the July issue here.

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SiVIC Forum: I Am the Other

Stereotype word cloudJoin us on Sunday, July 23, 1:30 pm at the Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar in Milpitas for a panel and discussion on countering stereotypes, religious illiteracy and hate crimes. Our panel includes distinguished speakers from Hindu, Jewish, Ahmadiyya Muslim and Sikh communities.

Full details and registration are available HERE.