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We are a community of communities who believe that sharing, learning and serving together benefits everyone. We therefore invite you to not only explore the opportunities to learn about other traditions, but to join in the conversation, make a few friends and work together to make the greater San Diego region a better place.
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Anyone who desires to benefit San Diego. There is no formal membership. This is a neutral, non-political, non-discriminatory collaborative of communities, agencies and individuals. People of every religious tradition as well as those who do not identify with any tradition are welcome to participate.
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Free Community Building Resources for Faith Communities
Is your faith community interested in participating in an interactive virtual circle or workshop together? The National ConflictResolution Center (NCRC) is offering no-cost workshops to San Diego community groups, supported by the County of San Diego HHSA through the Live Well Exchange initiative.
We are now offering the following topics and more:
- Community Circles: Dialogue on topics like reopening San Diego, rebuilding community, and self-care.
- Police/Community Facilitated Dialogues: Talk with local law enforcement about your community’s needs and the future of policing.
- The ART of Inclusive Communication: Use inclusive communication to resolve conflicts and build community in your place of worship.
- The Bystander Challenge: How to be an “upstander” when you witness micro-aggressions or bullying.
For more information, contact Brittney Ochira, email@example.com 619-238-2400 x233
SDRIC Statement On Events Surrounding The Death Of George Floyd At The Hands Of Law Enforcement
June 11, 2020
The Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Interfaith Collaborative (SDRIC), organized seven years ago to strengthen the San Diego region through multi-religious cooperation, has released a statement regarding the death of George Floyd from suffocation by local law enforcement in Minneapolis, MN.
“As faith leaders in San Diego, we share the outrage of so many at George Floyd’s horrific death and the behavior of law enforcement personnel involved with it,” said Rev. Sharon Wylie, SDRIC president and minister of Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Escondido. “We believe faith communities have a critical role to play in healing the wounds and scars of systemic racism in our country, and we cannot remain silent.”
The statement reads:
We join countless other people of goodwill in our shock and outrage at the suffocation of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. It is a scene that has played out all too often in our nation, a nation that must continue to confront and eradicate the original sin of racism that has characterized its history. We confess our participation in systemic racism often by our silence, acknowledging that silence is complicity.
Police custody should not be a death sentence; George Floyd’s death should embolden reforms in police training around conflict resolution, humane de-escalation practices, and interactions that will reflect a respect for the dignity of every person who comes into contact with local law enforcement. A culture that tolerates targeting and harassment of anyone is simply intolerable. We support local law enforcement personnel whose goal is to protect and serve all of our residents regardless of race, social status, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religious tradition. We must make this goal a lived reality.
We are grateful that law enforcement agencies in the San Diego region have now decided to prohibit the use of chokeholds with those in their custody, and that most of the protests across our region have remained peaceful as people exercise their freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. We know that much more needs to be done in order to eliminate the inequities in education, healthcare, housing, employment, and our criminal justice system that ‘keep a knee on the neck’ of people of color.
We encourage local faith communities to engage in dialogue and advocacy to eliminate the symptoms and incidents of systemic racism that continue to plague our community. The Building Trust Partnership sponsored by USD’s Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice is a good example of these kinds of initiatives. It is time to end the ‘no talk’ rule in our pulpits when it comes to this topic. As faith leaders, we pledge to lead by example in our own faith traditions and to never hesitate to speak up and speak out whenever we see the rights of others being violated.
The Next SDRIC Gathering of Religious Leaders
February 8, 2022 (time TBA)
“Government Innovations to End Homelessness and How Faith Communities Can Help”
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