Interfaith Center Sponsoring Organizations are groups, largely from the Bay Area, that have an interfaith constituency and purpose. Sectarian groups are welcome participants at the Center, but an interfaith identity is what characterizes Sponsoring Organizations. Sponsoring Organizations gather once a year or more to elect the Center’s trustees and to hear about its programs and the programs of the various Sponsors.
Current Sponsors include:
- Graduate Theological Union
- Ik Onkar Peace Fellowship
- Immortal Chaplains Foundation
- Institute for World Religions
- Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
- Interfaith Council of Rossmoor
- Marin Interfaith Council
- Pacifica Institute
- San Francisco Interfaith Council
- URI San Francisco Peninsula Circle
- Women’s Interfaith Circle of Service
Bay Area interfaith groups interested in a sponsoring relationship with the Interfaith Center are invited to contact the Executive Director.
The Interfaith Center at the Presidio is a member of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN), an organization of grassroots interfaith agencies in Canada and the United States. Staff and board members from these organizations meet for an annual summer conference. The Interfaith Center led in planning the NAIN’s 20th anniversary annual conference in San Francisco in 2008. NAIN can be contacted at www.nain.org.
The Interfaith Center is also affiliated with the United Religions Initiative (URI) as a "cooperation circle." This networks the Center with over 400 similar circles in over seventy countries, a figure that grows each month. The purpose of URI is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. URI can be contacted at www.uri.org.
At the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago, dozens of leaders from different religious, spiritual, and indigenous traditions joined hands and signed a statement called Toward a Global Ethic - An Initial Declaration. The Center has participated with the Parliament’s Partnership City since its inception and will be sending a ten or more representatives to the Parliament in Melbourne, December 3-9, 2009.
The Center stands firmly within the shared commitment of the Global Ethic, which states in part...
We are interdependent. Each of us depends on the well-being of the whole, and so we have respect for the community of living beings ... We must treat others as we wish others to treat us. We make a commitment to respect life and dignity, individuality and diversity, so that every person is treated humanely, without exception...
In the broadest sense, the Interfaith Center is connected to all faith and interfaith communities who share these convictions.