The SCIC is the oldest and largest interfaith council in Southern California. In 1953 the council was first established as an ecumenical council – meaning that it was an organization comprised of only churches representing the various denominations of the Christian faith. But in 2004, with a historical vote made by the community, the council changed from ecumenical one to an interfaith council. The SCIC now has an association of more than 140 faith communities and organizations, encompassing over 35 cities and serving approximately 1.8 million people.

We continue, today, to pride ourselves in creating communities of compassion among people of different faith and cultures. Continue Reading

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South Coast Interfaith Council

759 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone: (562) 983-1665

Email: info@scinterfaith.org
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm

Speakers Bureau


The Interfaith Speakers Bureau is an initiative by SCIC to expand its outreach efforts to promote religious literacy and mutual respect and understanding.

The Interfaith Speakers Bureau panelists/ speakers will represent the various faith traditions such as the Islamic, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu religions. The program furthers the practice of religious pluralism and mutual respect by modeling civil dialogues with diverse faith communities in the South Bay area.


SCIC offers Interfaith Speakers/ Panels to educators and their students at K-12 public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities at no charge, however donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. Additionally, faith-based organizations, religious congregations, civic centers, law enforcement agencies, healthcare facilities and other public and private institutions are welcome to request a panel.

Request an Interfaith Speakers Panel

The Interfaith Speakers Bureau will offer a “three-faith” panel. The Three Faiths Panel will start with a brief description by each speaker of his or her faith. Thereafter each panelist will address one of the following topics and answer questions:

  • Shared Values
  • Living the Faith
  • Role of Spirituality in our Life
  • Death and Dying
  • Contemporary Issues

You may also choose from five contemporary issues:

  • Modernity
  • Environment
  • Pluralism
  • Extremism
  • Fundamentalism
  • Separation of Church and State

These panels would be 90-120 minutes long, with plenty of time for questions and answers.

If you are a faith-based congregation, please advertise the event well in advance so as to ensure greater participation. SCIC will not be responsible for on-site logistical details. SCIC will, however, provide the speakers and help in advertisement of the program.

A Free Service from the SCIC
There is no fee for this service. Donations and honorariums are welcomed and greatly appreciated. We will try our best to accommodate your requests with interfaith speaker volunteers who are professional and offer education insight. Faiths represented on the panels are based on speaker availability and we will do our best to meet your choice of panelists but cannot guarantee all requests.