Interreligious Leaders Forum

PACT (People Acting in Community Together) is an inter-faith, multi-ethnic grassroots organization that empowers everyday people to create a more just community. Our diverse faith traditions and values motivate us to overcome the apathy and resignation that often stands in the way of improving communities. Many of us find strength and guidance in our faith to take the risks necessary to act on behalf of ourselves and others. And in many of our neighborhoods, faith institutions hold together the fabric of community life and thus provide a strong social and financial basis for a broad-based community improvement effort.

Join us for a conversation with Carol Stephenson and Harriet Wolf of PACT. Find out what PACT is all about and learn about their Clergy Council and the new Beloved Community project connected to Black Lives Matter.

Bring your own lunch and join us!

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Interreligious Leaders Forum: The Beloved Community

Beloved Community Movement

As the Black Lives Matter movement was gaining momentum across the U.S., PACT‘s multi faith and multi racial clergy group was reading Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, about Mass Incarceration. This study led us to action as the Beloved Community Movement. The effort began with a dialogue of hundreds of community members, police officers and public officials held at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Hear about the dialogues and policy changes that people of faith are working on together.

Guest presenters include Rev. Jennifer Goto, Pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in San Jose and others.

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March Newsletter

Silicon Valley Teen Interfaith CouncilThe SiVIC newsletter for March is now available with articles on Forum: Beloved Community; Teen Interfaith Leadership Council; Interfaith Prayers for Peace and Nonviolence; and Hands Around the Mosque.

You can also find the monthly Multifaith Calendar and the Upcoming Opportunities list.

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Beloved Community Dialogue

Join us for the Most Important Beloved Community Dialogue to Date!

With community members, law enforcement officials, elected officials and faith leaders We need your voice and your listening to build relationships, increase trust, and impact policy for our community in San Jose and Santa Clara County.

Body Worn Cameras: All SJPD officers will soon have cameras, and more law enforcement agencies, locally and nationally, are moving in this direction, too.

  • What community concerns and fears do law-enforcement officials need to understand?
  • What law-enforcement issues should community members be aware of?
  • What should be included in the camera policy to improve safety, justice, and trust?

Sponsored by: Bible Way Christian Center, Congregation Shir Hadash, Diocese of San Jose, Emmanuel Baptist Church, First Unitarian Church of San Jose, Good Samaritan and St. Paul’s United Methodist Churches, St. James AME Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, SJ/SV NAACP, PACT: People Acting in Community Together


SiVIC Forum: “Lost in the Violence?” with Rev. Jeff Moore

Lost in the Violence?- A Moment of Reflection

Rev. Jethroe MooreOur first Interreligious Forum for the 2016-2017 series will feature guest speaker the Rev. Jethroe “Jeff” Moore, President of the local chapter of the NAACP. He co–chairs the Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet, the Police Department Advisory Board and serves as an advocate and advisor for African American students in the East Side Union High School District. Some of his accomplishments include establishing programs to promote social well–being, positive education outcomes and economic prosperity in the San Jose African American community.

Join us for what promises to be an important conversation for our times. This forum is open to all interested people, so invite your congregation or community to be there. We’ll also have information on the upcoming Compassion Games, September 11 – 21.


Beloved Community Dialogue & Action

Join community members, faith leaders, law enforcement officials and elected officials to pledge to “Protect & Serve” our community so that Black Lives Matter and to stop the criminalization of African American, Latino, Muslim and immigrant community members.

The structured program will include small group dialogue followed by questions of commitment for public officials about:

  • Increasing oversight of the San Jose Police Dept, and
  • Establishing oversight of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

We need strong independent oversight for transparency and accountability that is essential for building trust and protecting safety and justice for community members and law enforcement officials.

We need your voice and your listening to build a shared commitment for justice and shape policy for our community in San Jose and Santa Clara County.

Mayor Sam Liccardo, City Councilmembers Magdalena Carrasco, Chappie Jones and Raul Peralez, SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia and Supervisor Simitian are confirmed to attend.

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

Beloved Community Dialogue & Action: Safe City for All!

Beloved Community Dialogue & Action on Police Transparency & Accountability.
– Get informed!
– Give input!
– Make change!

Join community members, faith leaders, San Jose Police Chief Garcia, new Independent Police Auditor Aaron Zisser, and City Councilmembers.

We’re working to expand independent oversight to increase safety and justice for all!