International Women's Day Panel Conversation

Online in an interactive zoom meeting.  A program for women and the men and boys who love them.

Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 pm.

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Celebrating the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  All are welcome!  For women and the men that love them.  

  • Maimoona Ahmed, Islamic Sufism, San Ramon Valley Islamic Center
  • Nandita Bhatnagar, Tri-Valley Hindu Community
  • Eve Birge, Sufism Reoriented, Exec. Director of White Pony Express
  • Thea Bristlebroom, Wiccan, Covenant of the Goddess, Elected Council
  • Cindy Gershen, Mt. Diablo High Teacher of Food & Sustainability, B’nai Tikvah
  • Mojdeh Palmer, Bahá’i’s of Danville

Moderated by Diane Maltester, First Christian Church of Concord, Disciples of Christ and the Chair of the Interfaith Council Governing Board.

Special Music from St. Mary’s College of California Soprano/Alto Choir Ensemble, the Homestead High School Choir, in Cupertino, the Branham High School Dance Program in San Jose, and the Danville Girls Chorus. 

Check Out the Many Opportunities to be Informed and Involved in Our Interfaith Community

LOPC has had a long-standing relationship with the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (ICCCC), a not-for-profit corporation with 108 congregations representing a wide variety of faith traditions. ICCCC is one of LOPC’s mission partners. Our own Terry Clark has been instrumental with ICCCC, having served 10 years on their Governing Board, and most recently for 6 years as President; Ken Sargent just retired from serving on the Governing Board and had also been Treasurer for several years; Sharon Campton currently is an Elected Council member. LOPC members and friends have participated in many ICCCC-sponsored programs and events over the years, including worship services, concerts, educational and advocacy programs and retreats.

Through its many programs and activities providing advocacy, education, awareness, and safety net services, ICCCC is responsible for meeting local needs as they arise on major issues affecting this area. ICCCC also partners with other established community programs to support their activities under ICCCC’s ICARE and “Caring Contra Costa” initiatives, linking and working with faithful volunteers to carry out needed projects across the County. In addition, ICCCC sponsors the Social Justice Alliance, Juvenile Chaplaincy Ministry, Singing Messengers, Interfaith Climate Action Network, Interfaith Disaster Preparedness Network, numerous retreats, concerts, worship services and prayer vigils, programs/education on racial justice, food insecurity, and homelessness. It also partners in support with Winter Nights Shelter, Trinity Center Walnut Creek, Monument Crisis Center, Shelter Inc., United Religions Initiative, and the Multi-Faith Action Coalition.

Please go to ICCCC’s website at www.interfaithccc.org for details about many upcoming programs and events, where you can sign up to receive their email blasts for updates. Some events will be highlighted in future Staying Connected emails, but there are so many things happening, it’s best to check the website to not miss out on events of particular personal interest.

 

Interfaith Dialogue

For the past several years, LOPC has had an on-going interfaith “Neighbor to Neighbor” dialogue underway with Temple Isaiah and the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center.

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) is an East Bay initiative among Christians, Jews and Muslims whose mission is to grow understanding and respect for the religions of the world, through social initiatives that promote deep inter-relationships among neighbors of different religions, ages and cultures.

As part of the N2N initiative, the LOPC Interfaith Team periodically presents speaker programs of significance on our efforts to learn more about each other and in the process deepen our own faiths. Other events involve:

  • Joining in each others’ worship and prayer services
  • Gatherings to discuss books we have read together
  • Small group discussions on current timely events
  • Informal “getting to know you” dinners
  • Educational presentations on what each of us believe
  • Classes on our respective faiths and holy scriptures
  • Social Justice Projects for the Hungry and the Homeless
  • Gathering for our Annual Interfaith Picnic

Refer to the Spiritual Formation events page for upcoming Interfaith events. If you would like to read more about Interfaith efforts, you can find a list of Pastor Lauren’s book recommendations here!

If you have any interfaith questions or special interests, contact Terry Clark.

We Love ALL Our Neighbors

Display your “neighborly love” with this sign created by our Neighbor Interfaith Partnership. The Neighbor to Neighbor partnership includes Temple Isaiah, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church and the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center. We created the sign so we could share publicly a modern response to our Scriptures charges of love your neighbor and showing compassion for the strangers in our midst. The sign can be placed in the window of your home, or have it laminated, add a stake and display it on your front lawn.