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. Twice a year SDRIC hosts events to bring together faith leaders from the region to discuss topical issues important to our San Diego community. These events serve to inform and inspire action, encourage collaboration and connections, and provide opportunities to take action.
Building Inclusive Communities in an Era of Hate, Isolation and Radicalization
When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Optional additional workshop (registration required) will begin at 1:15 p.m.
Where: Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
4321 Eastgate Mall San Diego, CA 92121
Keynote Speaker: Cindy Cipriani, Director of Community Outreach for the U.S. Attorney’s Office
The February 18, 2020 event sought to deepen the understanding of faith leaders about isolation, its causes and effects. Faith leaders also learned how to identify individuals at risk for radicalization in their faith community.
This event included a keynote address from Cindy Cipriani, Director of Community Outreach for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, who spoke about violent extremist recruitment tactics and ways to collectively prevent and address such public safety threats. Additionally, she discussed opportunities for bystanders to identify warning signs and recognize points of intervention.
An optional workshop (registration required) followed the main event. It was led by Pastor Greg Bostrom (Christ Presbyterian Church), who spoke about his experience as one of the organizers and leaders of the “Sister Faiths Group” which has been bringing together Christians, Jews, and Muslims in San Diego for more than five years to foster fellowship, mutual understanding, and collective service.
Panel Discussion – building inclusive communities in an era of hate, isolation, and radicalization with representatives from diverse faith traditions including:
|11:50||Small Group Discussions|
Cindy Cipriani, Director of Community Outreach for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will be speaking about violent extremist recruitment tactics and ways to collectively prevent and address such public safety threats. Additionally, she will discuss opportunities for bystanders to identify warning signs and recognize points of intervention.
Optional Workshop (registration required)
This optional workshop (registration required) will be led by Pastor Greg Bostrom (Christ Presbyterian Church), who will be speaking about his experience as one of the organizers and leaders of the “Sister Faiths Group” which has been bringing together Christians, Jews, and Muslims in San Diego for more than five years to foster fellowship, mutual understanding, and collective service.
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.
|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|
Breakout Group Discussions
|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|
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
- Ms. Tasha Williamson, Justice for Earl McNeil
- Dr. Darwin Fishman, Racial Justice Coalition (RJC)
- Pastor Cornelius Tshobe Bowser, Community Assistance Support Team (CAST)
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:
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 email@example.com if you would like specific items from the pdf.
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
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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