Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Upcoming Interfaith Events @ Stanford

Friday, Feb. 8 2013, 6:00 PM
Interfaith Panel on Jerusalem at Hillel

Feb. 8 Friday
Runs 6:00 - 8:30 PM. Interfaith Service Followed by the Panel Talk with Dinner

Hillel's Koret Pavillion

Fr. Nathan Castle
Rabbi Mira Wasserman
Mrs. Maha Elgenaidi

Moderated by Doria Charlson

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 7:30 PM
An Evening with Coleman Barks and Martin Shaw
A Community of the Heart: Join us for a special evening with poet Coleman Barks and storyteller Martin Shaw to explore the playfulness and intensity of the heart and its many secrets.  Focusing particularly on Rumi, whose poetry so powerfully opens the heart, the evening will feature poetry, myth, jokes, and lively conversation about the place where language and feeling combine to make a caravanserai of longing. Two travelers tell of their dreams and invite you to join them. Bring your dancing shoes to hurl at the moon.

Coleman Barks is the author of numerous Rumi translations, including The Essential Rumi, and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. His work with Rumi was the subject of Bill Moyers's Language of Life series on PBS, and he is a featured poet and translator in Moyers's poetry special, Fooling with Words.

Feb. 15, Friday, 7:30 PM

Memorial Church

The admission is free and no registration is required for entry.

This program is cosponsored by The Stanford Storytelling Project and The Stanford Office for Religious Life.

... To be further updated.
If you'd like to add anything to the list, feel free to email us at clkim@stanford.edu

Friday, February 1, 2013

Stanford CREEES to Feature a Lecture on Buddhism in Post-Soviet Russia

Venerable Telo Tulku Rinpoche:
"Buddhism Post-Soviet Union"

Buddhism has been part of Russian civilization for at least the last 400 years, even though many people may not be aware that Buddhism was ever part of life in Russia.  Then came the Bolshevik Revolution, and the rule of communism was enforced. We can scarcely imagine what happened then, when all religious traditions in Soviet Union were destroyed by the iron fist of Joseph Stalin. But what happened after the sudden fall of the iron curtain? Telo Tulku Rinpoche will give a detailed account of how Buddhism was reintroduced, revived and restored in the post–Soviet-Union period.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013. 6:00 PM.
Approximate duration of 1.50 hour(s).

Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
find out more about the event and the lecturer Telo Tulku Rinpoche:

What Does the World Need from You? Feb.7

What Does the World Need From You?

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Branner Hall Lounge, 6:00-7:30 pm

Brought to you as a part of President Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge at Stanford!

Come to reflect with other students on the question
What Does the World Need from You?

Grab Dinner at Branner 6:00 PM 
Come to Branner Lounge for Dessert and Discussion 6:15 PM 

The event is open to all students.
Come ask big questions and have them answered!

Our next discussion will take place at Roble, 
concerning the question, 
"Are We FREE?"

Monday, November 1, 2010

"Creating Justice" - November 10, 2010!!

Dear Friends,
On 10 November 2010, Dr. Mimi Silbert the CEO of the Delancey Street Foundation (www.delanceystreetfoundation.org) will be coming to Stanford University for the event "Creating Justice: Dr. Mimi Silbert on Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Homelessness, and Addiction"!! How exciting!
Here's some background information: The Delancey Street Foundation is one of the most respected and well-established non-profits in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their aim is to rehabilitate those afflicted by addiction and those who are stuck in the cycle of poverty and homelessness in the Bay Area. How do they do that? Good question. Delancey Street's program is a two-year course and they "take applications from people who have hit bottom, from prison, jail or walk-ins. Residents who have been at Delancey Street awhile interview all applicants. The minimum stay is 2 years; the average stay is 4 years. We have 3 rules: no drugs or alcohol, no physical violence, and no threats of violence. The goal is to learn to lead a productive crime-free, drug-free life of purpose and integrity. Everyone learns a marketable skill (the goal is 3 skills), and earns at least a high school equivalency degree." Pretty amazing stuff, right? Delancey Street's success rate is not only a testament to the program, but to its founder, Dr. Mimi Silbert.

I hope you'll join me in hearing about her personal journey and social activism firsthand on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 at 7:00pm in Kehillah Hall at the Ziff Center for Jewish Life. The exact address is 565 Mayfield Ave (the corner of Campus and Mayfield). Let us all be inspired to act justly and create sustainable change.

In peace,

p.s - contact me with questions! doria@stanford.edu

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Upcoming Events for FAITH

Dear All,

Happy Passover, Easter, Rama Navami, and all other occasions you may have celebrated or are just entering. Stanford F.A.I.T.H is entering the Spring Quarter by building off last quarter's well-coordinated events: the MLK Multifaith Service, the campus-wide rally against extremists from the Westboro Baptist Church, and the Bloodsuckers Ball, which raised close to $1500 for Malaria No More. This month, we will continue our push on interfaith action against malaria and global poverty. The following are some of our upcoming events:

Week of April 12-16

-Interfaith Panels in Dorms: WestLag, FroSoCo, Burbank, Branner
---Sign-up to volunteer for the West Lag Interfaith Panel here!!---

-Film: When the Night Comes + Interfaith panel discussion (time and place TBD)

Tuesday, April 20, 4-7 PM

-One Voice of Faith: a National Interfaith Conference on Global Poverty in San Francisco. There will be a Youth Leadership Summit at the time posted above, to share strategies with activists from around the country on how to sustain an interfaith movement against global poverty on campus and beyond. You can register on the website at the link above, but the e-flyer will be coming soon. If you are interested in joining a contingent from F.A.I.T.H, please RSVP to me and to: timbrauhn@faithsactfellows.org

Friday, April 23, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

-Admit Weekend Tabling

Saturday, April 24, 4 PM

Lecture at Hillel by Ruth Messinger: "Serving God and Serving Humanity: A Jewish Ethic of Global Justice."

Thursday, April 29, 7:30-9:00 PM (tentative)

-Open-Air Interfaith Concert in Old Union Courtyard with I-AM (Initiative Against Malaria)

More information on each of these events will be coming soon. We hope you continue to follow our activities!

Friday, February 26, 2010


Malaria kills over a million people a year, most of them children. It afflicts the poorest communities in the world, with devastating economic and social impacts. It's also entirely preventable and treatable. . . .
Stanford F.A.I.T.H and Initiative Against Malaria's first ever
Bloodsuckers Ball
~a social dance-fundraiser to fight malaria in Africa ~
Saturday, March 6th, 8PM-11PM

FREE beginning social dance lesson 7-8 pm
Costume contest! Dress up as your fave bloodsucker. Whether that's Edward or a pesky mosquito…

Tickets available in White Plaza 12 PM-1 PM next week M-F
$10 ~~ the price of a bed net ~~
Get a free button with your ticket.

The Bay Area Against Malaria campaign is a grassroots collaboration between interfaith and malaria activists across Bay Area campuses: ordinary people of all faiths and none doing something extraordinary. Together, we can eradicate deaths from malaria. YOU can help Malaria No More save another life!

Friday, February 5, 2010

In the Wake of Westboro

Counter-Protest Draws Hundreds

In the Face of Hatred, Campus Comes Together

Letter to the Editor

A Provost's Pride

We Stand United

It's been a remarkable couple of weeks for F.A.I.T.H. So much positive energy has been generated by the Stanford community's overwhelming response last Friday to a few protesters from a fringe extremist group from the Westboro Baptist Church. I had not seen this kind of solidarity--with nearly 1000 members from all across Stanford--since the Bush protests in the year of my Admit Weekend. For many freshmen, some of whom have written on this blog, this was the most meaningful experience of their young Stanford career.

As I'm sure you know, we attached a letter to the invitation from Hillel to the entire Stanford community. We were specifically encouraged to do so by JSA President Joe Gettinger, who explained something very humbling to hear--that in many ways, F.A.I.T.H had laid the foundation for such an event to be possible. This letter, in turn, had a ripple effect on several faith communities on campus. The image of members of Campus Crusade for Christ with tears in their eyes at Blake Parkinson's spontaneous bagpipe rendering of "Amazing Grace" will remain salient in my memory.

I want to offer another example of the particular force of the interfaith narrative we were able to create. A Muslim girl told us after the event that when Daniel Pipes had come to campus some years ago, she felt she could only turn to MSAN and the ISSU for response; but now, she felt that her sense of community was much stronger, and that even students outside the group being attacked would actively empathize with her own sense of marginalization. And at a time when Muslim student groups are being systematically shut down in British universities, the narrative of mutual enrichment between diverse communities at Stanford is growing stronger every year.

I highlight this story to demonstrate how an initiative to strengthen interfaith relationships blossomed not only into a broader campus movement, but into a vision for the future. Provost Etchemendy had this to say about our efforts: "I am very grateful for the wonderful work you and Ansaf are doing to strengthen interfaith relations on campus. You are helping to build something very special in the community!" While we are thrilled to have been instrumental in creating such a favorable atmosphere, and to have rooted ourselves in several areas of the institution, now is the time for those who have thus far been ushers and Challah-makers and logo-designers to take the lead: to mobilize interfaith cooperation on malaria, to survey how religious identities are engaged on campus, to incorporate creative representations of religious diversity for FACES at next year's NSO.

Hence we welcome your presence at next week's FAITH meeting (Wed, Feb. 10th, 7:30 PM in the CIRCLE) with two more IFYC trainers, who will conduct a special intensive leadership session. The application for next year's Fellows Alliance (due March 15th) is now open! Besides looking for us at Dance Marathon this weekend, please keep in mind these other upcoming events:

Mon. Feb. 22nd, 7 PM, Annenberg Auditorium: Roger W. Heyns Lecture by Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners. (P.S: I will be introducing Rev. Wallis!)

Sat. March 6th, EPC, (Time TBA): Bloodsuckers Ball with Initiative Against Malaria. Dress as your favorite vampire, mosquito, or bednet, and raise funds for Malaria No More, all to be matched by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation!

We look forward to FAITH leadership, now and in future years, finding new ways to translate Stanford's commitment to diversity into the vitality of pluralism.

With Love,