Inter-Religious Conference – Role of Faith in Service (Seva)

Jain Center of Northern California presents

Inter-Religious Conference – Role of Faith in Service (Seva)

Sunday, July 16, 2017 

Program: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Lunch: 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

RSVP for lunch at this Link

“Religion accepts life in its entirety. To work towards getting rid of any physical or mental suffering is true religion. Service is no different from spirituality, service is spirituality.”

–          Acharya Shri Chandanaji


Compassion and Service (Seva) lie at the center of religious traditions. Compassionate action forms an important part of the religious practice as implemented through “Service (Seva) to others”. Millions of people volunteer for Service and contribute billions of hours to improve the lives of many, each having his/her unique reason to give back.

This conference will bring together several Faiths to showcase their service related projects and activities. It will explore the “motivation” behind such selfless service and the role that the Faith plays in it.

Participating Faiths: Jainism, Christianity (Roman Catholic and LDS Church), Islam, Judaism, Hinduism (BAPS), Sikhism, Buddhism

Moderator: Girish Shah, Board Member of Jain Center of Northern California and Silicon Valley Interreligious Council

Dignitary: Jain Acharya Shri Chandanaji, Head of Veerayatan, who has made service as the essence of the Jain religious practice.


  • Jainism – Sadhvi (Female Ascetic) Shri Sanghmitraji
  • Christianity (Roman Catholic) – Father Jon Pedigo
  • Christianity (LDS Church – Morman) – Dr.  Arthur L. Jue
  • Islam (Pacifica Institute) – Mr. Mahmut Altun
  • Judaism – Dr. Harry Cornbleet
  • Sikhhism – Mr. Narinder Pal Singh
  • Buddhism – Ven. JianYong Shi
  • Hinduism (BAPS) – Mr. Ashish Brahmbhatt
This event is being organized in concert with the celebration of the 5th anniversary of Diksha (Ordination) of Jain Sadhvi (Female Asctic) Shri Sanghmitraji who took her vows five years ago at our temple in Milpitas. This event will be graced by Senior Jain ascetic (Head of Veerayatan Religious Order) Acharya Shri Chandanaji.

More Info. about of 3 Days of 5th Diksha Anniversary Event – Friday, July 14 to Sunday July 16.


Coat and Soup Event a Great Success

Thanks to all those donors and volunteers who helped to make the Coat and Soup Ministry at Grace Baptist Church on December 10th this year such a great success. 70 volunteers on Friday and 124 on Saturday were able to make 870 warm coats available to the homeless, along with a meal. Among the volunteers were the members of the Teen Interfaith Council.

Teen Interfaith Council

More than 290 people were served and $5,342 was received in donations. The event was sponsored by Grace Baptist and Emmanuel Baptist Church, along with The One Warm Coat Organization, Cityteam Ministries, SJ/SV NAACP, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, Pacifica Institute, SiVIC, the Catholic Diocese of San Jose, Shoe Palace and more.

Special thanks to our coordinator, Rev. Celinda Miranda, for her efforts in bringing the project together once again.

Thanks to Steve Herrera for video.