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Thanks to a generous grant from One Nation Bay Area Project, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and theSan Francisco Foundation, we have expanded our interfaith speakers’ bureau program to include interfaith encounter in shared service. We have organized five Interfaith Service Days in several regions of the Bay Area to bring together people of various faiths, including Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and others in a day of community service.
Participants will share a common meal and conversation about a topic concerning interreligious understanding and cooperation. A precursor to the project in each local area mosque is the incorporation in the Friday sermon of teachings about the importance of interfaith understanding and cooperation, as well as encouragement for people to participate in the project.
Requirement for participation is that you must be a participant in a mosque, church, or synagogue and a resident of the county in which the service day takes place.
Past Interfaith Service Days
Friday, December 20, 2013 – St. Anthony Foundation Feeding the Homeless Project
Address: 150 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco
Time: 9:00 – 2:00 pm
Service: Helping in the dining room with food preparation and delivery.
Discussion topic: Interfaith action to promote social justice in our communities
Outcomes: After serving food to over 200 guests, we learned about the diverse needs of the people served by St. Anthony’s programs and discussed interfaith perspectives on justice and compassion. Click here for pictures and responses to discussion questions.
Sunday, November 10, 2013 – Habitat for Humanity Home Project
Address: 57 Inlet Drive, Bay Point
Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Service: Building construction and other lighter work
Discussion topic: Interfaith cooperation in meeting our responsibilities towards the less fortunate in our communities
Outcomes: Participants painted outside walls and trim on a recently-built Habitat for Humanity home. Click here for pictures and responses to discussion questions.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – Sunrise Village Shelter Dinner Service Project
Address: 588 Brown Road, Fremont
Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm.
Service: Prepared and served dinner to shelter guests.
Discussion topic: Interfaith efforts to combat hunger and prevent waste in America
Outcomes: Participants served food to 65 shelter guests. Click here for pictures and responses to discussion questions.
Sunday, October 6, 2013 – Lomita Park School Book Project
Address: 1310 Bayshore Highway, Suite #11, Burlingame
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Service: Book sorting of donated books for K-3rd graders
Discussion topic: Interfaith cooperation for the improvement of public school education
Outcomes: Participants sorted hundreds of K-3 books for Lomita Park School. Click here for pictures and responses to discussion questions.
Sunday, August 18, 2013 – Granada Islamic School Back-to-School Project
Address: 3003 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Service: Class furniture inventory
Discussion topic: Role of private religious schools in developing productive citizens for a pluralistic country and world.
Outcomes: We took inventory of 60% of the classes. Click here for pictures and responses to discussion questions.