Silicon Valley Interreligious Council

Promoting understanding and appreciation among the Silicon Valley’s diverse religious communities
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“Our purpose is to build Interreligious harmony and understanding so as to promote a just and compassionate society in Silicon Valley.”
Action Areas
Traditions
Unitarian Universalist, Sikhism, Zoroastrian, Buddhism, Christianity, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Spirituality
Sub-Traditions
Sikh, Buddhist, Baptist, Catholic, Yoga meditation
Number of Members
25
Region
Location
Los Gatos, CA, United States of America
Joined URI Network

Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SIVIC) Cooperation Circle (CC) promotes a more just and compassionate society in Silicon Valley. CC members sponsor an interreligious leader’s forum, organize interreligious community events in collaboration with partner congregations, organizations and groups. Additionally, they support San Jose and Santa Clara County in their candidacy for becoming a partner city of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and travelling to Melbourne to present their work. CC members organize community dialogues on the role of Interfaith Harmony in building a better community, inviting local political leaders, the San Jose Police Chief, and community members. Some examples include, The Religious Leaders Summit held in conjunction with Carry the Vision Community Non Violence Conference. CC members organize several events as part of “Silicon Valley Reads” program focused on learning about Islam, “Our Religious Neighbor Next Door” photographic documentation project, showcasing the diverse religious communities of the area, and the “Healthy, Just and Sustainable food” project with local congregations, encouraging healthier eating. They participate in annual community memorials and gatherings to remember 9/11, the victims of the tsunami in Japan, and the victims of the school shooting in Connecticut, providing interfaith speakers for local schools and groups. They co-sponsor the Silicon Valley Interfaith Teen Project with the Interfaith Council on Economics and Justice by sponsoring an Interreligious Prayer Gathering held at the Sacred Heart Community Services to acquaint people with the community services offered and to celebrate diversity.

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