Twenty years ago, a few weeks after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, a Muslim woman and her two grown daughters attended Montclair Presbyterian Church in an effort to create positive relations with Church members. From this simple beginning, an interfaith alliance of Muslims and Christians, and later Jews, was formed which became the Faith Trio and has continued for 20 years.
Representatives from three congregations, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Kehilla Community Synagogue, and Montclair Presbyterian Church (MPC) formed the Faith Trio. We have become a grass roots effort parallel to similar groups, locally and worldwide, that search for peaceful and deep dialogue, understanding and good will.
We have joined together for annual Harvest Dinners, Interfaith Art Exhibitions, volunteering together at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, interfaith dialogues and learning, and other activities.
On January 29, 2022, we celebrated 20 years of advocating for interfaith understanding and friendship, and acknowledged and honored the many people who have contributed to maintaining this interfaith alliance over the years. This slide show was part of the celebration. Click HERE for the Zoom event recording.
After a panel presentation by some of the founders of the Faith Trio, we engaged in small group discussions. We discussed these questions: What is a favorite memory for you of an interfaith activity? Why was it meaningful to you? Have these activities changed your views of people of other faiths? What have you learned?
For more information about the Faith Trio, please contact Lea Delson.