On Sunday, July 31, 2016, the Eden Area Interfaith Council joined a peace service with Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church in Hayward entitled "Let There be Peace on Earth." The service was organized by Bob Meyerson.
Presenters read 12 short digests of prayers for peace from various faith traditions. Interspersed with homilies, the prayers were from a United Nations document prepared in 1986 in Assisi, Italy in celebration of World Peace Day. You can see the service program and speaker biographies and watch the service below.
Solidarity and Hope for Orlando and the LGBT Community. This peace vigil was held in Castro Valley on June 12, 2016.
The unity in our diverse faith community was on display this past Saturday at Castro Valley's annual Rowell Ranch Rodeo Parade. We had good representation from our member faith communities and distributed 500 informational cards about the Council. We received a warm welcome from the crowds lining the route and made many new friends. Photo Album
More than 65 people of different faiths and non-faiths enjoyed informal conversation and a salad bar supper Sunday afternoon in the spirit of sharing at the Eden United Church of Christ in Hayward.
Participants were seated at dinner tables of eight with persons from a variety of Eden Area faith communities and participated in facilitated conversations and prompts hosted by a Council leader. Our host, Eden Church, provided salad, bread, beverages, and table service and participants were invited to bring an ingredient for the salad bar reflective of their dietary practices and preferences and tradition. The faiths represented were Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Unitarian-Universalist, and various Christian denominations including Catholic, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), Methodist, Presbyterian, Protestant, Agnostic, and United Church of Christ.
A big thank you to the EAIC event planning committee: Stephanie S. Spencer, Mohammed Algahiem, Betty Deforest, Sara Lamnin, Ruth Hartman, and Rev. Dr. Arlene Nehring.
Pastor Pepper Swanson took these photos of the event.
Thanks to all of our hardworking volunteers at the Eden Area Interfaith Council's work party today at the Alameda County Community Food Bank! We bagged over 6.5 tons of apples and more than a ton of pears.
Fear has become a major force in U.S. politics, resulting in the stereotyping and marginalizing of our Muslim-American neighbors. The Eden Area Interfaith Council sponsored a forum this past Saturday that aimed to counter fear with an informed message.
We heard from five practicing Muslims about what it is like today to be Muslim in America, Islamophobia, the challenge of ISIS, and how we can be better neighbors and peace builders in our community.
More than 175 people attended this informative panel and Q&A at the Castro Valley Library on January 30, 2016. Thank you to the wonderful panel of speakers: Dr. Asad Tarsin, Sara Kim, Hina Khan-Mukhtar, Mike Kim, and S. Mahdy Amine. If you would like to invite this panel to your congregation or community organization, their website is islamicspeakers.org
You can watch the entire panel and Q&A here.
Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church in Hayward, one of our member faith groups, penned this wonderful letter of support to the Bay Area Muslim Community. All five mosques in Hayward have posted the letter on their bulletin boards.
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Thank you to the 30+ individuals who joined us today at the San Lorenzo Library to learn about Islam, Muslims in the Bay Area, radicalization, and Islamophobia. Dr. Mohamad Rajabally, a long-time interfaith activist and speaker in the Bay Area, gave a historical timeline of Islam, Muslims in America, and the contemporary issues Muslims face to gain acceptance in the American mosaic. Audience members had many questions including about ISIS, Shariah (Islamic law), and theology. Dr. Rajabally said he is ready and open to visit and speak before any congregation or organization to dispel myths and further understanding and partnerships. He can be reached at email@example.com. Here also are other Islamic speakers.
The Eden Area Interfaith Council is a consortium of religious organizations that promote respect for all faiths and religious human rights for all. We are a collective of religious groups in the East Bay's Eden Area.
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