Participantsincluded: Interfaith Center at the Presidio Executive Director Rev. Susan Strouse (First United Lutheran Church), Rabbi Carla Fenves (Congregation EmanuEL), SFIC Executive Vice Chair and ICP Board Chair Rita Semel, Pastor Maggie Henderson (Old First Presbyterian Church), Rev. Joanne Tolosa (Konko Church), Alice Kawahatsu (Konko Church), Rev. Masato Kawahatsu (Konko Church), SFIC Executive Director Michael Pappas, ICP Board Member Rev. Ronald Kobata (SF Buddhist Church), Rev. Mark Stanger (Grace Cathedral), Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin (SF Muslim Community Center), Rabbi David Frommer (Military Chaplain), Fr. John Coleman (St. Ignatius Church), Noah Griffin (Afro Solo), Rev. Jim Kitchens (Calvary Presbyterian Church), ICP CFO Paul Andrews and SFIC Chair Rev. James DeLange.
FROM THE INTERIM DIRECTOR REV. SUSAN STROUSE.
As Veterans Day approaches, we recognize our unique place within the Presidio
in San Francisco.
Our home, the Presidio Chapel
, was built in 1931 by the U.S. Sixth Army
and has always been a sanctuary available to all religions.
Since 1992 the Interfaith Center
has carried on that tradition, offering sacred space to the entire Bay Area.
Rev. Susan Strouse
Finally, read ICP Interim Director Rev. Susan Strouse's comments before and after the San Francisco commemoration, and take a look at some of photos of the event.
So writes Interfaith Center Interim Director Rev. Susan Strouse in a reflection on the ten years following the tragic events of September 11, 2001 which was recently published on Patheos, the online site devoted to information and conversation about religion.
notes three significant responses that came out of that time: a desire by other religious traditions to learn something about Islam; the increased outreach by Muslim communities, and the expansion in interfaith cooperation, building and expanding on interfaith relationships that had already been established.
goes on to describe the lively interfaith work taking place around the San Francisco Bay and some of the events being planned here for September 11.
You can read more of what she
has to say in her
article, "Interfaith Strides: Moving Forward Together Since 9/11.
Representatives from around the Bay- from Marin County to Santa Clara County, from the Peninsula to Contra Costa County across the Bay- were welcomed by Board Chair Rita Semel and Interim Director Rev. Susan Strouse.
noted that the tasks to be addressed during this time include dealing with the ICP's history, defining its identity, broadening leadership, strengthening relationships with other organizations, and shaping the new directions for ministry and mission.
Susan Strouse, Interim Director of ICP, along with two Board members, Chair Rita Semel and Michael Pappas, and Bay Area Interfaith Connect Editor Andrew Kille were there.
Rev. Susan Strouse
GREETINGS FROM THE INTERIM DIRECTOR.
Rev. Susan Strouse, D. Min, who began as Interim Director of the Interfaith Center on January 1, 2011 writes:
Rev. Susan Strouse
WELCOME SUSAN STROUSE.
The Rev. Susan Strouse, D. Min, began as Interim Director of the Interfaith Center
on January 1.
Susan is a Lutheran Pastor, serving at the First United Lutheran Church of San Francisco since 2004.
has previously served congregations in Buffalo, NY and Novato, CA.
She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in interfaith theology from the Pacific School of Religion in 2005, and has served at the Interfaith Center at the Presidio as a Board member, member of the Interfaith Academy Board, and conference planner.
She also serves as Dean of the San Francisco Conference of the Sierra Pacific Synod (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).