New Mexico Interfaith Immersion Trip for Teens

Join us for the Trip of a Lifetime!

Dates: July 28 – August 1, 2015, New Mexico

Download a flyer: New Mexico Teen Immersion 2015

Silicon Valley Teen Interfaith CouncilIn partnership with Shinnyo-en Foundation, the Teen Interfaith Council of Santa Clara County hosts 10 service-oriented high school students on a New Mexico Interfaith Immersion Trip. In addition to youth from diverse religious traditions, such as Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism and Islam, five Shinnyo-en Buddhist teens will also join the trip. With adult guidance and supervision in New Mexico’s Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos regions, you and your new friends will have the chance to engage in interfaith dialogue, community service, organic farm work, and various cultural experiences. After the immersion trip, you will continue to engage in meaningful service, dialogue and social justice actions that address issues of poverty, social inequity and promote the common good in Santa Clara County.

Contact Co-directors of Teen Intefaith Council of Santa Clara County Today!
Deacon Steve Herrera, or Diane Fisher
You have the ability and power to be agents of social change!

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



Teens visit United Nations

Shayda Sales participated in the Silicon Valley Teen Interfaith Leadership Council. In February, she traveled to the United Nations as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week. She created a video that briefly shows some of the experiences she and three other teens from United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circles enjoyed.

Read more about the teens and their trip:

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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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.