South Bay Interfaith
Fasting and Feasting Together:
A Family Reunion of Abraham’s Children
October 6, 2005 | Circle of Palms, Downtown San José
Dear Religious Leader,
Peace and Blessings to you and your community. This October offers members of the diverse religious community of the Silicon Valley a rare opportunity. Ramadan, the yearly time of fasting and reflection for Muslims, and Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the High Holy Days for Jews, both begin in early October. At about the same time, Catholics will observe the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and many Protestants will join in World Communion Sunday.
We invite you to join together with other Christians, Jews and Muslims in our community at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 6th at the Circle of Palms (170 South Market Street) in downtown San José to celebrate Fasting and Feasting Together: A Family Reunion of Abraham’s Children. We will gather together for shared prayers, join our Muslim brothers and sisters in breaking their daytime fast, and pray together for peace and understanding among our communities here and around the world. We want to get to know and respect one another as people of faith in Silicon Valley. We intend to be clear that we will not permit our differences of opinion divide us from each other. Our gathering is a family reunion and a spiritual event, and so we ask that there be no petitions, posters or demonstrations.
The sponsors for this event are the Cantor/Rabbinic Association of Greater San Jose, the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County, the Catholic Diocese of San Jose, the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice, and the South Bay Islamic Association. We invite you to join us in planning and preparing for this event as a Participating Organization. Participating Organizations are seminary or religious student organizations, religiously affiliated organizations, or congregations willing to publicize the event and recruit people to attend. We ask a contribution of $40 to help cover the costs of the event. A participation agreement form is available.
Details of the gathering will be posted at our website, www.southbayinterfaith.org, as they become available. If you are interested in participating or want more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at 408-297-2668.
In these days, when relationships among our religious traditions worldwide are too often marked by violence and misunderstanding, we must stand together and together find lasting ways to strengthen our ties to one another. We hope that the Family Reunion of the Children of Abraham will be a significant step in that ongoing task.
Shalom, Peace, Salaam,
The Reunion Steering Committee:
- Imam Tahir Anwar, South Bay Islamic Association
- Bart Charlow, Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice
- Rabbi Dana Magat, Temple Emanu-El and Cantor/Rabbinic Association of Greater San Jose
- The Most Reverend Patrick J. McGrath, Bishop of San Jose
- Rev. Diana Gibson and Rev. Margo Tenold, Co-Directors, Council of Churches of Santa Clara County