In an era of religious polarization and discord fueled by fear and misinformation, the South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC) advocates for healing and reconciliation by upholding their Mission Statement dedicated to ‘promoting mutual understanding, respect, appreciation and cooperation among people of faith.
Representatives of many faith traditions in Southern California are bound together in prayer and work by creating programmatic environments that educate and uphold the common good. Through their ongoing work they have successfully created a ‘good neighbor’ model to be replicated all over our country by people of good will. We, in Southern California, have been made a better people by having SCIC in our midst.
The Reverend Canon Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Founder and President (The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out)
For many years I have heard of the reputation and activities of SCIC, but it was not until I joined as a member in 2008 that I truly began to appreciate all that SCIC does and stands for. In spite of tremendous religious differences, the members of the Board work together with sensitivity, cooperation, honesty, respect, and love for one another. I have been the recipient of their welcoming acceptance and understanding and feel embraced by each of them personally. They are united in compassionate, courageous action in addressing community needs and advocating for programs and services for the marginalized and disadvantaged members of our community.
Judy Gilliland, Southern California Public Affairs Council, Latter Day Saints (LDS)
I have had the privilege of working with the South Coast Interfaith Council for some ten years now! Monitoring its transformation from an Ecumenical to an Interfaith Council, I was afforded the opportunity of installing its first slate of Interfaith Officers. Over the years I have attended several of its Annual Meetings and Award’s Dinners – among others I was honored with its “Interfaith Unity Award” in 2006.
SCIC provides a wonderful forum for men and women of diverse Religious Traditions to learn about and from each other as well as to work together for the common good – one only has to witness the annual Interfaith Cafes and the current SCIC endeavor with Habitat for Humanity to be provided ample evidence of this, to say nothing of the tremendous efforts SCIC puts into caring for the physical needs of others.
The South Coast region of Los Angeles County would be bereft should SCIC not exist, and I, for one, look forward to continuing to support its many forms of Interfaith encounter for many years to come.
Right Rev. Alexei Smith, Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
SCIC is an oasis of fellowship in faith. When Temple Israel was targeted for picketing by a hate group, we turned to SCIC to help organize a counter-voice of love and unity through the vehicle of a multi-faith Shabbat morning service. The result was a glorious choir of voices acknowledging sacred unity through human diversity. It is a joy to gather together through SCIC and drink the waters of spiritual renewal as we share our respective stories.
Rabbi Steven Moskowitz, Temple Israel, Long Beach CA
The SCIC serves a critical role in our community. With intolerance, misinformation about religious differences, and outright violence toward people who profess a different faith running rampant across our nation and the globe, the SCIC is a beacon of light providing a space for honest dialogue, reflection and understanding. Thank you Millia for continuing to carry the torch for this vital work!
Rene M. Castro, Former Vice President, The California Conference for Equality and Justice