The third annual Community Interfaith Gathering in San Jose on Tuesday evening was a great success. From the opening drumming and chanting by the Buddhist Monks of the Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale to the buzz of conversation on into the evening, the Circle of Palms echoed with the sounds of religious diversity and mutual appreciation.
Under the able guidance of Emcee Bart Charlow of the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice, musical and chanting groups from Jewish, Unitarian, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Hindu, and Muslim traditions shared their singing, culminating in the whole gathered assembly singing “A Song of Peace,” set to the tune of “Finlandia” by Johan Sibelius.
Over 200 people shared in breaking the Ramadan fast and then continued in conversation over samosas, pakoras, and zen cookies, making new friends and learning about each other’s religious customs and traditions.
As soon as they are available, photos will be posted to the SouthBay Interfaith website, where you can already find photos from the past two celebrations. Also available are the program, the sponsors, and opportunities for future interfaith participation.
Thanks to all who make the evening a great success!