Teen Interfaith Council Attends Homeless Memorial Service

Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service Video

On December 21, 2016 the Teen Interfaith Council sent two representatives to attend the Annual Homeless Memorial Service held in front of San Jose City Hall in San Jose California.

In 2015 about 13o homeless individuals died in the streets and along the creeks of San Jose, California. This interfaith memorial service was attended by interfaith leaders, Mayor Sam Liccardo, and several other community groups. This was a call to action on behalf of the more than 7,000 homeless people in Silicon Valley as well as a remembrance of those who died on the streets. Two members of the Teen Interfaith Council were in attendance and one the Hindu members  of the Teen Interfaith Council offered a reflection in remembrance of those who lost their lives. Below are a few photos and a video link of the Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service. Diane Fisher of the Jewish Federation and Deacon Steve Herrera (Co-directors of the Council) were also in attendance.

Teen Interfaith Council’s First Meeting!

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The 2016-2017 Teen Interfaith Leadership Council

On September 18, 2016 the Teen Interfaith Leadership Council met at Mazin’s house. Mazin is a Muslim member of our Teen Council and he attended the New Mexico Interfaith Immersion trip during the summer of 2016. 

These are a few photos of our gathering!

At this meeting the Teen Interfaith Council brainstormed it’s priorities for the 2016-2017 school year. Various options were discussed such as participating in advocacy issues in San Jose; visiting the elderly, attending each other’s religious celebrations, and working with the homeless in San Jose. 

Teen Interfaith Immersion Trip 2016

These are the 2016 participants in the 2016 Teen Interfaith Council Immersion trip to New Mexico.

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Interfaith participants at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, New Mexico.

(Excerpted from SEF.org)

Diane Fisher of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and Deacon Steve Herrera from the Diocese of San Jose, both Co-directors of the Teen Interfaith Leadership Council of Santa Clara County, took eight interfaith teenagers on an immersion experience to Santa Fe, New Mexico from July 25-29, 2016. This group of teenagers enriched each other’s interfaith experience by sharing their knowledge and practices of their own religious traditions of the following, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism.

This is the video link about the trip and the impact it had on the interfaith teen participants, Teen Interfaith Immersion Trip 2016.  Rev. Jay Gibson, Vice President of Shinnyo-en Foundation and Temple Manager of the Shinnyo-en LA Temple introduces the video and explains the goals of this unique experience.

Special thanks to the Shinnyo-en Foundation for underwriting part of this program and the Community Learning Network of Santa Fe for it’s coordination of our programming in New Mexico