Welcome to our Website!
Born in the aftermath of the 1989
Loma Prieta earthquake, the San
Francisco Interfaith Council has
for 25 years brought people of
different faith traditions together,
bringing spiritual comfort at times
of crisis, building understanding
among various religious traditions,
celebrating our diversity, and
coordinating services to the
citizens of San Francisco.

Since its incorporation in 1991, the
San Francisco Interfaith Council has
both been asked and has taken
initiatives to fulfill its mission of bringing
people together to build understanding
Until the appointment of
Pappas as Executive Director, the San
Francisco Interfaith Council has done
all of this with a volunteer staff and
board of directors. It has been said
that if the San Francisco Interfaith
Council ceased to exist, the religious
leaders of our city would find it
necessary to create one. In this time
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when interfaith understanding and
cooperation is essential, it is important for
religious communities and agencies
of San Francisco to come together and
support interfaith work.

“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
fromeach other that we might better
understand the multiplicity of faith
traditions in our city andin our world.”

Introductory Statement spoken before each meeting
Interfaith Shelter
Rita Semel Endowment Fund
Upcoming Events

  • 17th Annual Interfaith
    Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast.
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014,     
    7:00 am - 8:50 am, Hotel Kabuki,
    1625 Post Street (at Laguna),  
    San Francisco (for more info and
    registration link)

  • 10th Annual Interfaith
    Thanksgiving Day Service. The
    SFIC invites you to join in a
    special service of Prayer and
    Thanksgiving Thursday,
    November 27, 2014,  10am -
    11am, Congregation Sherith
    Israel, 2266 California Street,
    San Francisco,  CA 94115
Through the SFIC’s leadership, an Interfaith
Winter Shelter Program was coordinated which
annually commences the Sunday prior to
Thanksgiving and runs through late February.
Celebrating 20 years of service, thanks in large
part to the efforts of Executive Vice Chair Rita
Semel, Episcopal Community Services, four
host and over 30 meal providing congregations
the Interfaith Winter Shelter Program has
emerged as one of San Francisco’s premier
shelter programs and last year provided over
8,900 meals and shelter beds to homeless men
in the City.
(photo by Peter Lemieux)
Please share in your congregation
bulletins, newsletters,
websites and social media.
  • San Francisco Interfaith
    Service for World AIDS Day,
    “From Darkness Into Light”
    Sunday, November 30, 2014 -
    6:00 p.m. St. Mark’s Lutheran
    Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street
    (at Franklin), San Francisco.
    Sponsored by the San
    Francisco Interfaith Council and
    St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

  • Annual Interfaith Memorial
    Service for our Homeless
    Dead: Thursday, December
    18, 2014 at 5:00 pm., Civic
    Center Plaza (Polk Street
    side), San Francisco. Co-
    Sponsored by:The San
    Francisco Night Ministry and
    The San Francisco Interfaith