We will be displaying our representative faith traditional celebrations that occur at this time of year.
All of these faith traditions – Divali, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Bandi Chhor Divas', and Mawlid al-Nabi -- focus on the theme of “Light over Darkness”.
1. Please be at the staging area between 5:00 - 5:15pm ready to go, the Parade starts promptly at 5:30pm.
2. EAIC walking participants will walk in between the 2 cars that will have congregation banners on them.
3. EAIC participants are asked to each bring some form of light which can be a symbol of your faith based light celebration that occurs late Fall/Winter, for example menorahs, diyas, and advent wreaths.
Otherwise bring glow sticks, solar powered or battery operated pins, LEDs or flashlights.
Be as creative and decorative as you wish, main goal is to have FUN and have a good turnout of EAIC members and their families showing our diversity and faith traditions that focus on light, illumination and enlightenment at this time of year.
4. Bring your faith community banners to be either placed on the cars or hand carried.
See you on the 11th.
Moina Shaiq's "Meet a Muslim" at the Castro Valley Library on Sunday, March 5, 2017. This event was organized by the Castro Valley Library, Dining with Women, and the Eden Area Interfaith Council.
Nearly 50 guests attended the Eden Area Interfaith Council first annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. During the meeting, we formally ratified the group’s new bylaws and introduced the new officers and Board of Directors. One of our next steps is to incorporate as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The program began with a welcome and a blessing by Reverend Dr. Arlene K. Nehring (Eden United Church of Christ – Hayward, which was also the gracious host for the meeting). Julie Greenfield (Congregation Shir Ami – Castro Valley) provided a history and a list of accomplishments for the one-year-old Council. Munir Safi (Masjid Abu Bakr – Hayward) spoke about the importance of interfaith and inter-religious dialogue and understanding to bridge the gulfs of misunderstanding as our country faces an evolving and sometimes uncertain political landscape. He appreciated the work of the Council to make concerted efforts through programming and public statements to get to know their American-Muslim neighbors.
Penelope Hughes (Spiritually Independent) introduced the group’s new Representative Council and its Officers and Board of Directors. The nominated members were ratified (names and positions below). Penelope also presented the dues structure proposal and Munir Safi presented the proposed first-year budget.
These musicians also provided musical interludes: Pastor Paul Keim (First Presbyterian Church – Hayward) performed an original song medley, Bob Myerson (Star King Unitarian Universalist Church – Hayward) performed “Somos el Barco,” and the Badarikashrama Hindu Spiritual Center – San Leandro performed sacred Hindu music. Those performers were Rita Sahai, accompanied by Professor Dr. Daniel Kennedy, Vivek Anand, and Rajneesh Kanat.
The Eden Area Interfaith Council is a signatory to a December 1, 2016 letter that denounces hate targeting religion.
News of a hateful letter received by the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose and at least five other mosques is the most recent of an increasing number of incidents targeting people of different religions across the country.
As religious leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area, we cherish the rich diversity of religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions that comprise the mosaic that is America. Our diversity is a resource rather than a barrier to the democratic nation that we seek to be. Incidents of hate, such as this, seek to dehumanize "the other" and contradict the most basic principles common to our age-old faith teachings and those religious liberties enshrined in the American Constitution.
The rise of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in our country, catalyzed in part by the divisive rhetoric of the current political climate, is of great concern to all who seek cohesive and peaceful communities. When any one religion comes under attack, all religions come under attack. Therefore, we unite in condemning such acts. We stand together to denounce this and all acts that seek to marginalize and target entire faith communities.
G.L. Hodge, Chair, San Francisco Interfaith Council
Rita R. Semel, Past Chair, San Francisco Interfaith Council
Michael G. Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council
Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin, Resident Imam, SF Muslim Community Center
The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, The Episcopal Diocese of California
Rev. Fr. Mesrop Ash, Parish Priest, St. John Armenian Church
Fatih Ferdi Ates, Director, Pacifica Institute
The Rev. Sally Bingham, Canon for the Environment, The Episcopal Diocese of California
Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, Pastor, Third Baptist Church & President, SF Branch-NAACP
Rev. Angela Brown, JD, Associate Pastor, GLIDE
Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., Interim Senior Pastor, GLIDE
Rev. John Buehrens, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Society of SF
Ken Chambers, Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Alameda County
Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco
Linda L. Crawford, Executive Director, Interfaith Center at the Presidio
Sister Chandrika Desai, Director, Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center, SF
Pastor Elizabeth Ekdale, St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Maha Elgenaidi, Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Fred Fielding, Board President, Interfaith Center at the Presidio
Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., President, University of San Francisco
His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco
Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Executive Director, No. California Board of Rabbis
Julie Greenfield, Facilitator, Eden Area Interfaith Council
Iftekhar Hai, President, United Muslims of America Interfaith Alliance
Sari Heidenreich, Regional Coordinator, URI North America
David Hoffman, Chair, Interfaith Council of Sonoma County
Rev. Mark W. Holmerud, Bishop, Sierra Pacific Synod, ELCA
Rev. Theon Johnson, III, Associate Pastor, GLIDE
Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice, Archdiocese of San Francisco
The Rev. Victor Kazanjian, Jr., Executive Director, United Religions Initiative
Rev. D. Andrew Kille, Chair, Silicon Valley Interreligious Council
Rev. Ronald Kobata, Resident Minister, Buddhist Church of San Francisco
Rev. Deborah Lee, United Church of Christ, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Dr. James McCray, Jr., Tabernacle Community Development Corp.
Rev. Will McGarvey, Executive Director, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
Abby Porth, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council
Rev. Scott Quinn, Acting Director, Marin Interfaith Council
Rabbi Larry Raphael, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Sherith Israel
Rev. Schuyler Rhodes, Superintendent, Bridges District, CA-NV Conference-UMC
Moina Shaiq, President, Tri City Interfaith Council
Rita Shimmin, Executive Director, GLIDE
Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El
Rev. John Weems, Pastor & Head of Staff, Calvary Presbyterian Church
The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young, Dean, Grace Cathedral
Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Sherith Israel
For additional information, please contact Michael G. Pappas at (415) 425-9631.
The Eden Area Interfaith Council represents diverse religious organizations in the East Bay that promotes respect for all faiths and human rights for all. We are a collective of religious groups in the East Bay's Eden Area, including Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo. We represent local Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and other faith groups.
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