Monday, April 30, 2007

Media Conference Rescheduled

Last week, Rev. Glen Allison, a very active and respected member of the faith community, died, and his funeral is scheduled for the same time as we had planned to have our media conference and workshop. At least two of the scheduled speakers will be attending his funeral.

Because we did not want to detract in any way from Rev. Glenn Allison’s memorial on May 5th, the Interreligious Council has rescheduled the Media Conference to Saturday, June 9th. The Media Conference will still be held at the Baha’i Center.

Please let me know - as soon as possible - if you can join us on Saturday, June 9th ( If you have registered but cannot come on this new date, please let me know so that I can return your check.

Thank you for being so patient with these changes – Rev. Allison’s death and memorial services simply could not be anticipated. We sincerely hope your schedule will allow you to attend on the 9th of June.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Why the IRC

We strive for unity because disunity is destructive to society. The IRC seeks to build community bridges, not walls, by sharing information and experiences. Above all, the IRC brings together many faiths, united in diversity, in a mutual pursuit of service and harmony.

How We Work

We recognize that misunderstanding of religious, cultural and ethnic differences has often led to bigotry, oppression, and violence. As an interreligious body, we strive to provide a model of tolerance and a voice of openess and understanding among all people.

We seek to serve as a religious resource to the entire community and to provide information and programs in a balanced and non-proselytizing spirit.

In order to maintain our effectiveness as a moral and religious voice, we will at all times avoid involvement in partisan politics.

What We Value

We value human life and dignity, and support efforts to enhance life and dignity for all peoples.

We value religious, cultural, and ethnic diversity, and support efforts to protectthe richness of our human heritage.

We recognize the importance of religious values in society, and seek to provide a moral leadership where needed and appropriate.

Members of the IRC

As Baha'is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs, we represent many of the faith communities in San Diego. Our communities may have diffrent prayers, different customs, different ancestries and different languages. While respecting these differences, we share certain interests, values, and goals in common. It is to give voice to these commonalities that we join together.

IRC Statement of Purpose

The Interreligious Council of San Diego strives to:
Promote mutual understanding and respect among member faiths by:
Dealing with issues that affect the total religious community.
Sharing the members' concerns for the problems of the community, the nation and the world.
Voicing those concerns when agreed upon by the members of the council.