Tolerance, Respect & Pluralism

Rev. D. Andrew KilleSiVIC Board Chair Rev. D. Andrew Kille spoke at the Pacifica Institute on March 4, 2015. The title of his talk was “Tolerance, Respect, and Pluralism: Changing Relationships in a “Multi-“ World.” The full text of his presentation, including the “Dialogue Decalogue” developed by Leondard Swidler, is available on the Pacifica Institute website.

Extremism and a Need for Dialogue

Stanford Cultural Interactions Club would like to invite you to our Dialogue and Friendship Dinner at Stanford. Through this event, they aim to enhance intercultural understanding and dialogue within the Stanford community by bringing individuals from diverse backgrounds together including students, faculty, staff, administrators, businessmen, religious and community leaders.

Theme: Extremism and a Need for Dialogue

Keynote Speaker: Prof. John Esposito,
Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He has more than 45 books and monographs. Esposito’s books and articles have been translated into more than 35 languages.

Peace & Dialogue Awards
As part of the program we are giving Peace & Dialogue Award and Campus Achievement Award to inspiring community leaders who have made a significant contributions to multicultural understanding and dialogue in Bay Area and beyond.

Mediterranean Food & Music
The dinner will have a good selection of Mediterranean food accompanied with intercultural music.

Admission:  $20 per guest, $15 for students.
Please register through Eventbrite with your meal choice by April 23, 2015.

Sponsors: ASSU, GSC, the Billie Achilles fund, the Bechtel International Center, Markaz, Black Student Union, Haas Center, CLGSA

About Stanford Cultural Interactions Club (SCIC)
SCIC is a registered student organization at Stanford University. You can find more information about our activities at our webpage: Our mission is to serve societal peace and friendship on campus and within the Stanford community by striving to spread values such as cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, respect, and dialogue.

Interviews from Teen Leadership Council

The Teen Interfaith Leadership Council traveled to New Mexico in July to visit religious communities, engage in dialogue and community service, and to make new friends. Accompanied by SiVIC Board Members Deacon Steve Herrera and Diane Fisher, the students learned more about the religious diversity of the US, and learned skills for sharing their religious traditions with one another. Click on the picture or the link below to see interviews with the students describing their experiences. Thanks to Deacon Steve Herrera for the video production.

Teen Leadership Council



Listen For A Change: Sacred Conversations For Racial Justice

2016 Trinity Institute: Webcast Conference at St Jude’s: January 28 -30

(Note that the St. Jude’s webcast takes place a week later than the NY conference)

All welcome!  Invite a Friend! Attend all or any of the sessions.

For more detailed information about speakers and sessions, go to

Suggested donation $10

More information from Bruce Bramlett,

Register by emailing Judy Bailey at

Thursday, Jan 28,

7:00 pm to 9:00: Opening session, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches; keynote address by Michele Norris, “Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race” with discussion following.

Friday, Jan 29,

4:00pm – 5:30 pm:

Session 1: “What Is Race, Anyway?” Nicholas Kristof , followed by panel discussion and reflection groups

5.30pm – 7:00pm   Dinner at local restaurants (map and options provided)

7:00pm – 8:45pm  Session 2: “A People’s History of Race”: Emilie Townes, followed by panel discussion and reflection groups

Saturday, Jan 30, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm:

10am  – 12:30pmSession 3:  “Soul Searching in a Culture of Control”, Talks by Victor Rios and Kelly Brown Douglas, followed by discussion and reflection groups

12:30pm – 2:00pm:  Lunch:  Bring your own or at local restaurants

2:00pm – 3:30pm Session 4:  “Race in America: Accepting Difference, Standing Shoulder to Shoulder”,  Anna Deavere Smith, followed by Q and A.

3:30pm – 4:30pm Session 5: “What Can We Do Together?” Panel discussion and plenary group discussion to brain storm and plan how to follow up locally.

4.30pm: Closing

6:00pm – 8:00 For those who wish to stay, or just attend this optional session, there will be a screening of a documentary related to these issues, 6:00 -8:00pm.

Halaqa and Seder: Muslim and Jewish Perspectives on the Exodus Story

ING has posted a video of the recent Muslim/Jewish dinner centered on the Exodus story, the Prophet Moses and the women who play key roles in the tale. The event was sponsored by ING, the Pacifica Institute, the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and Congregation Shir Hadash (where the event was held).

For more on the event and a link to the program, go to the ING website.

Interfaith Dinner Dialogues: Webinar

Interfaith dinner dialogues are one of the most prominent forms of interfaith engagement in our communities. They are a powerful way of creating community bonds while breaking stereotypes of other religious traditions.

While many interfaith communities are interested in creating similar dialogue events, what they typically don’t know is that there are a lot of resources available to them through prominent interfaith organizations which have mastered the art of hosting dinner dialogues. Join this webinar to hear about different types of interfaith dinner dialogues and resources that are available to you.

Kate Chance – Interfaith Coordinator of Islamic Networks Group

Participating Organizations:
100 Days 100 Dinners
Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston
Islamic Networks Group
Bridges of Faith Trialogue


SiVIC Forum: Faith and Environment

Thanks to our panel at the SiVIC Forum on Sunday, January 14 at the Center for Spiritual Living. The panel was part of the ING Interfaith Speakers Bureau, and did a wonderful job of describing how each of their traditions encourage care for the world and ecological awareness. The panel included Henry Cornbleet (Jewish), Joy Aspenall (Christian), Azmat Tanauli (Muslim) and Madhu Kopalle (Hindu) along with moderator Kate Chance.

Panel for Environment and Religion