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Upcoming Interreligious Events

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Silicon Valley Interfaith Book Club

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book clubSiVIC has created a new opportunity for those interested in reading together with people of differing religious traditions. The Silicon Valley Interfaith Book Club, hosted at, will proved a venue for reading and discussing books focused on faith journeys taken by individuals of different religions and/or spiritual communities.

The book club is moderated by two members of the SiVIC Board, who will work through the book one chapter per week and develop discussion questions for group members to consider and comment.

The group is open to any interested people. To join, simply go to the Club Page, and click the button "Join Group." Questions about the Book Club can be addressed to

Our Religious Neighbors Next Door


Send photos of your religious community— people, places, sacred services, objects, or scriptures— to SiVIC for a collective "snapshot" of religious life in Silicon Valley. Help others understand more about you and your tradition! Details here.

Sustainable, Just and Healthy Food Campaign

100 congregations are invited
to make a pledge

Join congregations across Silicon Valley in making a pledge in 2014 to better connect our food choices with our values. Faith institutions are becoming the front lines of health and sustainability movements, for many reasons. We are communities of people that care deeply about each other and about our responsibilities as stewards of the earth. We gather regularly for celebrations, meetings and rituals which involve food. We can become the force that turns around the obesity epidemic and creates the cultural shift needed to make our food system more sustainable. Find out how . . .


Ongoing Programs:

SiVIC Interreligious Leaders Forum


Clergy or designated religious leaders of all traditions are welcome to participate in this ongoing series of dialogues. Our gatherings will include input on issues of concern across religious and neighborhood communities. Our theme for the coming year will be "Compassion and Service." Meetings are on Thursdays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm; locations TBA.

Interreligious Leaders Forum 2014-2015
How do Compassion and Service intersect in Silicon Valley?

Our faith traditions have much to say about compassion, and not a little about service as well.  But what is the relationship between the two?  Do people, for instance, serve themselves into compassion for others?   Does feeling compassion for another--in our local communities or across the world--lead one to service?  Is compassion that does not lead to service incomplete or deficient? Does service born out of something other than compassion (obligation, duty, law) diminish the dignity of those involved?  Or should we assume that there are different kinds of compassion, of service?  And what of service and compassion not motivated by faith commitments, not nourished in faith traditions; from whence do they come?  

Using the relationship between compassion and service as a framework, SIVIC's Interreligious leader's fora for 2014-15 will explore how these issues play out in different settings around the Silicon Valley. With an eye towards our interest in how faith communities collaborate with other guiding institutions to build a just and compassionate society here, we will involve leaders in non-profit organizations as well as congregations in this year's fora.  We also plan to draw on resources on compassion around the globe--e.g. the Compassion Games, the Charter for Compassion, the Parliament of World's Religions--to help frame our discussions.

2014-2015 Dates:

Women's Interfaith Dialogue

Sunday afternoons
See dates and meeting locations listed below

These women's dialogue encounters were started in 2006 for the following reasons:


Other Community Events:

Views represented do not reflect consensus opinions
of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council.

Discover Islam

Mondays (ongoing)
7:00 - 9:00 pm

People of all faiths who want to understand the essence of Islam are invited to attend this series of classes with instructor Tarek Mourad. The series includes: 1. Muslim Beliefs, Spirituality and Practice; 2. Prophet Muhammad, his life, and his Character; 3. The Quran and Its Miracles; 4. Social Justice in Islam; 5. Panel Discussion. For dates and locations contact

Location: Dawah Lounge near main entrance, Muslim Community Association, 3003 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara.

Bannan Institute: Ignatian Leadership

October 3, 2014- May 19, 2015

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order that established Santa Clara University (and to which the current Pope Francis I belongs), wrote in his Spiritual Exercises, “I ought to desire and elect only the thing which is more conducive to the end for which I am created.” This year's Bannan Institute at Santa Clara will explore the theme of Ignatian leadership as a vocational practice or way of proceeding that seeks to affect personal and communal transformation. Although the focus is primarily on Jesuit issues, many of the sessions will be of interest to a wider interreligious audience. The year-long theme will include:

All events are free and open to the public. For a full listing of events, go to the Bannan Institute website.

Tolerance, Respect, and Pluralism:
Changing Relationships in a "Multi" World

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
6:45 pm

Tolerance of those whose beliefs, practices, or customs differ from one’s own is a minimum requirement for living in the contemporary world, as it becomes increasingly multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and multi-you-name-it. What might be necessary to move beyond tolerance to mutual respect, and how might that move change our understandings of community in a pluralistic context? The Pacifica Institute Speakers Series presents Rev. D. Andrew Kille, Chair of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, speaking on "Tolerance, Respect, and Pluralism."

Free admission; dinner will be served. Please RSVP at

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Location: Pacifica Institute, Silicon Valley Chapter, 1257 Tasman Dr, Unit B Sunnyvale

Interreligious Leaders Forum: PACT

Thursday, March 5, 2015
11:45 am- 1:00 pm

A conversation with Carol Stephenson and Harriet Wolf of PACT (People Acting in Community Together). Find out what PACT is all about and learn about their Clergy Council and the new Beloved Community project connected to Black Lives Matter.

RSVP to; bring your own lunch.

Location: Sobrato Hall, Sobrato Commons B, Santa Clara University [map]

Women of Compassion

Saturday, March 7, 2015
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

International Women's Day. Women and teen women of all faiths and cultures are invited. Taking a moment to understand compassion in our lives- a time of quiet and retreat-like activities. Meet new friends; listen & share with other women; enjoy nature in the heart of Fremont; refresh yourself and your spiritual connections. No charge! Freewill donations accepted. Bring your lunch. Sponsored by the Interfaith Women of Peace. Please RSVP to Diane Barnett by Saturday, February 28 or 510-377-9383

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Location: Sisters of the Holy Family, 159 Washington Blvd., Fremont – 94539-0324

A Day With Rumi

Sunday, March 8, 2015
1:00 - 6:00 pm

Join Ustadh Feraidoon Mojadedi as he shares his deep appreciation for Rumi. The nuances of the Farsi language, in which he is fluent, allows him the unique ability to bring Rumi’s poetry to life and to help listeners recognize Rumi’s essential message of love, coexistence, and connection with the Divine. At the age of five Ustadh began to memorize poems by Rumi and other great poets. His love of poetry continued to grow and eventually developed into a passion and calling that would allow him to teach regular classes on Rumi throughout California and the U.S., and even as far as Konya, Turkey, where Mawlana Rumi is laid to rest. Cost per person of $10 includes hearty snacks. Register online.

Location: San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Drive, Danville [map]

Passport to Judaism Shabbat

Friday, March 13, 2015
7:00 pm

Join us for a night of exploration through the vast history and traditions of Judaism. Enjoy a Shabbat Service & learn about holidays & festivals, lifecycle events & customs, and taste the foods of Jewish culture. This special Shabbat service will also include the dedication of our new bimah accessibility lift! Sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood.

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Location: Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave, San Jose


Be sure to see additional listings of interfaith events at:

Interfaith Center at the Presidio (Bay Area)