San Diego Regional Interfaith Collaborative

supporting the multi-religious network for communication, compassion and service
 

Past Gatherings

Gatherings are SDRIC’s neutrally convened events that give opportunity for religious leaders, including lay, and leaders of relating organizations to meet each other, share a time of fellowship, and consider ways to strengthen the network of relationships and the collaborative actions that can emerge.

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Religious Communities in the Borderlands: What is Our Responsibility?
September 17, 2019

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: First United Methodist Church of San Diego’s Linder Hall
2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108

Keynote Speaker: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

September’s event focused on immigration, broadly defined to include refugees and asylum seekers, and the responsibility of San Diego’s faith community in responding to and engaging with the immigration system and the people it affects. The event, which included a keynote from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, took place on Tuesday, September 17 from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of San Diego’s Linder Hall (2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108). There were also small breakout groups with discussions involving faith leaders and local organizations working on issues tied to immigration.

The three key themes of this event were:

  • Human Rights: Focused on legislative and policy activities (i.e. advocacy) that impact immigrants with a particular focus on human rights like movement, due process, etc.
  • Human Needs: Meeting the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants who arrive in San Diego
  • Community Resilience: Helping newly arrived individuals integrate into their communities and set them up for long-term success.

Event Agenda

Time Event
10:15 Registration
10:30 Welcome – SDRIC Board Member
10:35 SDRIC Overview – Daren Erisman, SDRIC Board Member
10:40 Welcome Address, “Setting the Context” – Dinora Reyna, Executive Director of the San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP)
11:00 Transition to breakout groups
11:10

Breakout Group Discussions

  • Human Rights – Legislative and policy activities, for example advocacy, that impact immigrants with a focus on human rights like movement and due process.
    • Pedro Rios, American Friends Service Committee
    • Enrique Morones, Border Angels
    • Carmen Chavez, Casa Cornelia Law Center
    • Pete Hasapopolos, SDOP
  • Human Needs – Meeting the immediate needs of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants who arrive in San Diego.
    • Lauren Cusitello, American Bar Association Immigration Justice Project (IJP)
    • Chris Williams, Catholic Charities
    • Kate Clark and Lea Bush, Jewish Family Services (JFS)
    • Bill Jenkins, Safe Harbors
  • Community Resilience – Helping newly arrived individuals integrate into their communities and setting them up for long-term success.
    • Dulce Garcia, Border Dreamers Coalition
    • TBD, North County Immigration Task Force
    • Erin or Lili Serrano, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
11:55 Pick up lunch and transition to central space
12:10 Organizational Presentations – How can you get involved?
12:30 Keynote Address – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer
1:00 Visit resource tables and continue discussions and networking
1:30 Conclude

Challenges and Opportunities for Law Enforcement in Building Community Relations
February 26, 2019

This event sought to deepen the understanding of faith leaders about the perspectives of law enforcement regarding the state of police-community relations and to share information about initiatives that are being implemented to successfully strengthen those relationships.

Keynote: Walt Vasquez, Chief of Police, City of La Mesa

Resource: Daniel Orth, Building Trust Partnership, University of San Diego

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 10:45 am to 1 pm
Good Sam Episcopal Church, San Diego
4321 Eastgate Mall, San Diego CA 92121

Explore Troubling Experiences of People of Color with Law Enforcement: An Interfaith Conversation
October 30, 2018

Tuesday, October 30, 2018. 10:45 AM to 1:00 PM.

Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
4321 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121

PRESENTERS

  • Ms. Tasha Williamson, Justice for Earl McNeil
  • Dr. Darwin Fishman, Racial Justice Coalition (RJC)
  • Pastor Cornelius Tshobe Bowser, Community Assistance Support Team (CAST)

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Resource: Daniel Orth, Building Trust Partnership, Kroc School at the University of San Diego

Breakout Sessions following the Presentations

What You Don’t Know About Homelessness and What You Can Do To Help
February 27, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018. 10:45 am to 1 pm.  Location was First United Methodist Church, Mission Valley, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego CA, 92116.

Bridges to Action on Human Trafficking
September 26, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017. 10:45 am to 1 pm.  Location was First United Methodist Church, Mission Valley, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego CA, 92116.

Bridges to Action
February 28, 2017

Topics included the refugee situation in San Diego, a special Habitat for Humanity interfaith project, and the San Diego Interfaith Disaster Council.

Building Bridges to Hope and Healing
September 27, 2016

Building Bridges to Hope and Healing was the third gathering of religious leaders sponsored by the San Diego Regional Interfaith Collaborative.  It was held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Islamic Center of San Diego of San Diego, and featured a talk by Imam Taha Hassane and follow-up table conversation.

Videos of Imam Taha’s talk can be found on Youtube:

Crossing Bridges
February 23, 2016

Crossing Bridges was the second gathering, held on February 23, 2016.  It featured a panel on civility in discourse and breakout sessions in the areas of fellowship, issues, and community need.  The pdf below has the contents of the flash drive that was given out at the Feb. 23 gathering of religious leaders.  Contact us at sdricinterfaith@gmail.com if you would like specific items from the pdf.

Flash Drive contents 1

Building Bridges
October 27, 2015

Goals of the first gathering on October 27, 2015 were to:

  • hear newly installed Catholic Bishop Robert McElroy’s thoughts on “Building Bridges” among us in San Diego
  • become acquainted with each other so that we as leaders of the San Diego region may offer common understanding, support and collaboration in the midst of crisis and disaster
  • identify key issues and areas of concern in the greater San Diego region that require more than any one group can accomplish by themselves

Edited Excerpts of the Keynote at Building Bridges

Videos of the keynote, Q&A, and Peggy’s song are on the SDRIC Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=san+diego+regional+interfaith+collaborative

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