The Parliament of the World’s Religions
Rev. Thomas P. Bonacci and Rev. Andrea Goodman will present the program, “A New Model of Interfaith Peace”, at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2015. The handout for their presentation can be found here.
International Women’s Day Observance
The observance of the International Women’s Day, March 8, provides for us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements women have made for the benefit of humankind. The day also brings attention to the continued inequality, injustice, and harm women face in the pursuit of their freedom and human dignity.
The Interfaith Peace Project recognizes and respects women’s voice in ancient times and contemporary society. We believe the rise of women’s voice in recent time is facilitating major change and development in human awareness and consciousness.
The InterFaith Connections Program, begun in 2006 by Tom Bonacci, is a home and local-based education program designed to help participants cope with inherited stereotypes, innocent misunderstandings, embarrassing questions, or general knowledge of the many faith traditions of humankind. These offerings are for “groups” of one or more in homes, community rooms, hotel conference rooms, or meeting halls. The objective is to open hearts and change minds. We welcome all faiths to our programs.
Dialogue with Interfaith Leaders
The Dialogues with Interfaith Leaders was founded in 2007 by Rev. Margaretmary Staller and Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P. This program provides spiritual conversations with religious leaders, and we share contact information with those who would like to meet people from the various faith traditions.
IntraFaith Peace Project
Participants gain personal insight over a series of meetings through conversations, projects and experiments exploring the reality and possibility for the practice and study of Interfaith Spirituality. This is excellent preparation for engaging in conversations with people of other faith traditions.
Interfaith Reading Room
Enjoy well appointed, safe, and inviting street-level rooms as you explore the spirituality of the world’s faith traditions.
Interfaith Resource Center
The Interfaith Resource Center, located in Antioch, CA, opened in 2007 thanks to the generosity of Evie Viera and David Isenberg. The Center includes artifacts and scriptures of the world’s religions and has an extensive library of reading material. Each room of the Center is dedicated to a different faith tradition, and invites reading or quiet reflection. The Center contains ample room for small group meetings, and the patio provides a reflective setting for peaceful contemplation.
The Sacred Visits Project began in 2009 by Rev. Andrea Goodman, President of the Board. Participants are offered opportunities to experience and meet people of different faith traditions at various places of worship. After visiting a mosque, one participant said, “My experience of going to the mosque mostly touched my relationship with some Muslims who own a business in the building I share. They were extremely touched by my going to the mosque and sharing with them later…It has made a leap in our relationship.”
The International Day of Peace
The Interfaith Peace Project co-sponors various activities commenorating The United Nations International Day of Peace each September 21st . “If we can keep peace for twenty-four hours, we can be peaceful for a lifetime!” – George De Angelo, Ph.D., founder of the International Day of Peace in 1982.
Peace Pole Initiative
Lonnie Bristow, M.D., a member of the Board of Directors, is leading The Peace Pole Initiative. The Peace Pole Project was founded in 1955 by Masahisa Goi in Japan after the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima. The Interfaith Peace Project planted our Peace Pole on September 1, 2009 and we are promoting The Peace Pole Project in homes and communities in Contra Costa County. Lonnie is an award-winning physician and is a former President of the American Medical Association.
Interfaith Prayer Services
Rev. Patrick Davis, a member of the Board of Directors, began organizing The Interfaith Prayer Outreach Services in 2008 for both adults and teenagers. In 2009, we began Interfaith Prayer Services at the Interfaith Resource Center. Patrick is a founder and the Executive Director of the Bay Area Alliance for Youth & Family Services, a youth home ministry to homeless youth.
Ministerial Support Outreach
We offer practical reviews of life and ministry for participants who desire to realize the scope and significance of their interfaith and peacemaking involvement.
Creating Interfaith Home Centers
We offer consultation on how to set up and dedicate your home, apartment or room as an interfaith center of peace.
Interfaith Spiritual Directors
Interfaith Spiritual Direction is available with Fr. Tom Bonacci, Rev. Margaretmary Staller, June Kirk, or Rev. Andrea Goodman.
O Street Project
The “O Street” Project is a simple, humble outreach to persons who are the victims of homelessness. We provide a sack lunch, personal greeting, and support to people who live on the streets. The men, women, and children we meet are from diverse communities of faith. Their gratitude transforms our work helping us to realize how important it is for people of faith to be people of justice.
The Recovery of Women’s Voice in Ancient Text and Contemporary Society
The recovery of the voice of the feminine makes possible the recognition of the dignity of both men and women as together we struggle to bless our world with peace, compassion, and healing justice. We seek to discover, hear, and celebrate the voice of women in ancient texts and contemporary society.
The Celebration of Interfaith Children
We stand with the World Interfaith Community seeking practical means by which our children can claim the right to live in peace and harmony. We have established the Institute of Interfaith Children in cooperation with the diverse religious communities of the Greater Delta Area. We will become more and more attentive to the voices of our children whose insights and wisdom will bless us all.
The Study of Religion and Violence
Religion is often misused in the pursuit of prejudice, stereotyping, and violence. Our on-going study explores the causes of such misuse as we seek remedies that are practical and immediate. We are especially concerned with “sacred” writings that are used to support the domination of women and children. Our Institute seeks to empower people to take charge of their lives in the pursuit of their human dignity.