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Convening, Communicating, and Advocacy
The San Francisco Interfaith Council's work centers on civil rights, homelessness, housing affordability, and disaster preparedness. The SFIC convenes and amplifies the voice of our city's faith-based community on these important issues.
“This is an interfaith community. Whatever our individual belief, it can be freely expressed here with no apologies. If we are invited to offer a prayer in this setting, it should be offered according to the tradition with which we identify. If we are invited to speak on a subject from the perspective of our tradition, we are free to do so without fear of offending those who come from another tradition. We come together as people of faith to learn from each other that we might better understand the multiplicity of faith traditions in our city and in our world.”
Introductory Statement spoken before each meeting
History teaches us that many of the world’s conflicts are rooted in religious strife. Founded in 1988, the San Francisco Interfaith Council (SFIC) seeks to counter this historical trend by “Celebrating our diverse faiths and spiritual traditions, bringing people together to build understanding and serving our community.”
Who We Serve
We count as our constituents the 800 congregations in the City and County of San Francisco, their respective judicatories, sectarian educational and healthcare institutions, and the faith-based social service agencies that provide the social safety net for our most vulnerable residents.
During this time of social change in San Francisco, civic leaders and the public view the SFIC as the "go-to" organization for mobilizing our City's religious communities. Congregations and faith-based agencies turn to us for resources, referral and representation. Our robust relationships and communications network of over 4,000 e-subscribers allow the SFIC to bring together and mobilize San Francisco's faith-based community to create an effective, combined force for service and issues of public policy, so that we may accomplish together what no single congregation can alone.
The San Francisco Interfaith Council is pleased to share with our greater community the video featured at the 18th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. The Prayer Breakfast, with its theme, "Faith and Sanctuary: There Are No Strangers" honored congregations and leaders who pioneered San Francisco's Sanctuary Movement 30 years ago, recognized those who continue the tradition and highlighted young people for whom the City's commitment has provided hope and safety! In this video, you will see and hear just a little over four minutes of testimony, of over eight hours of never-before-recorded precious archival footage on this timely subject. We extend special thanks to all who appeared in this segment and to producer Theo Rigby and his team. With this material, and additional interviews, it is our hope and vision to produce a more expansive and well-deserved full-length documentary on the Sanctuary Movement.