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.

Multi-Faith Prayer Supporting Diversity in Our Community

Join clergy and congregants of all faith traditions in Santa Clara County, alongside our public officials,  as we express solidarity with our kindred in Charlottesville, VA, and commit to working together to build a community where are all welcome.

Human dignity is not defined by nationality, gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, immigration status, age, physical or mental ability, class, or level of education. As people of faith, we believe all people are created equal. White supremacy and the social and governmental structures that support “white privilege” must be dismantled.

Join us in Prayer and a Call for Action to create a society that works for EVERYONE.

Interfaith Service of Peace and Justice

5:30 PM, Reception, Patio; 6:15 PM, Service, Sanctuary

Please join the Beth Am community as we affirm a message of mutual respect and peace. During the service, we will hear from speakers who will choose a text from their tradition that has personal meaning to them, and will share its message in light of what happened in Charlottesville. Speaking will be:

  • Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett of Trinity Church in Menlo Park
  • Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director of Islamic Network Groups
  • Matt Kahn, Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee of San Francisco

There will be a pre-service reception with light snacks on the Social Hall Patio. Invite your friends and neighbors of all faiths to attend!

*This service will be live video streamed. By entering the Sanctuary, you give Beth Am permission to record you.