South Bay Interfaith
Breaking Bread Together:
An Interfaith Reunion
September 21, 2006 | Circle of Palms, Downtown San José
[A pdf version of this letter is available]
Dear Religious Leader,
Peace and blessings to you and your community.
Last October, over 250 people from diverse religious communities in the South Bay gathered together to celebrate Feasting and Fasting Together: A Family Reunion of All Abraham's Children. Together we shared prayers for peace and understanding among our communities here and around the world, broke bread together, and got a rare opportunity to know one another better and to develop greater respect for one another as people of faith in Silicon Valley.
We are planning to gather again this year on September 21st at 6:00 pm at the Circle of Palms in downtown San Jose for Breaking Bread Together: An Interfaith Reunion. While last year's event focused mainly on the Abrahamic traditions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-this year we want to widen the circle to include other religious groups that make up our community.
We invite your congregation, seminary or religious student organization, or religiously affiliated organization to join us in planning and preparing for this event as a Sponsoring or Participating Organization. Sponsoring and Participating Organizations will be listed on our website, publicity and in the program. Application forms for both types of participation accompany this letter.
- Sponsoring Organization: willing to enter a formal agreement to send representatives to the planning team, to assist with logistics, promotion and recruitment for the event, and to contribute $150 to help defray expenses. Current sponsors for this event include the Cantor/Rabbinic Association of Greater San Jose, Council of Churches of Santa Clara County, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose, Interfaith Space, Jewish Community Relations Councils of the Peninsula and Silicon Valley, The San Jose Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice, and the South Bay Islamic Association. (Deadline is August 14, 2006 to be listed in publicity materials)
- Participating Organization: willing to publicize the event and recruit people to attend, and to contribute $60 to help defray expenses. (Deadline is September 14, 2006 to be listed in the program and on the website)
Our gathering is intended to be joyous-a family reunion, not a political rally- and so we ask that there be no political agendas, no petitions, posters or demonstrations. We want the wider community to know that we will not permit our differences of opinion divide us from each other.
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 email@example.com, or telephone the Council of Churches at 408-297-2660.
We hope to hear from you soon, and look forward to seeing you at the Circle of Palms on September 21st!
SouthBay Interfaith Steering Committee