Interfaith Harmony

  Interfaith Harmony  

Jews, Christians and Muslims Unite
to Serve the Poor

On Sunday afternoon, November 18, about 16 volunteers from Trinty joined with our friends from the Muslim Community Association of Santa Clara and Temple Beth Am (as well as other Jewish communities) to learn more about each other, create friendships, and prepare and serve a meal to about 300 people in San Jose.   We began at the MCA mosque, and then moved to the City Team mission.  It was a deeply meaningful time of encounter and service, organized through the Abrahamic Alliance.  Here are some photos from the event.




AAI also offers free training for Christians who want to learn more about Muslim and Jewish religions and culture (and avoid any embarrassing “faux pas” in our interactions with our Neighbors!) 

Everyone is encouraged to watch these training videos online before participating in the Service event.


  • Jews and Christians : A Journey of Faith (2 hrs) an award-winning PBS documentary
  • Introduction to Loving Muslim Neighbors (90 min).  To access this online course, first Register for the free "Introduction"  You will ultimately receive an email with your user name (your email) and password, along with instructions and a link to access the two 45-minute videos at Jerusalem Biblical Seminary.  

Be patient, the path to the course materials is a bit cirucuitous, but the content is worth it!

Embracing our Muslim Neighbors

For though my faith is not yours and your faith is not mine, if we each are free to light our own flame, together we can banish some of the darkness of the world.


An extension of the "seeking soul, heart for justice and open spirit" of the Trinity community is our commitment to build bridges with our Muslim neighbors.  

Since the Iranian Revolution and especially since 9/11, Muslims too often have become the feared "Other" in American society. Our mission is to counter the injustice of Islamophobia through mutual trust and respect and living the Golden Rule.

The specific goals of this ministry include:

*  Understand Islam as a faith and a way of life
*  Befriend Muslims in our area
*  Dispel stereotypes and hatred
*  Partner in service

We will offer a range of opportunities for adults, youth and children to get involved.  If you'd like to help, please contact the Interfaith Team.

Jane Phillips, Lynn Pieron, MaryAnn Sabelman, Anita Seipp, Rhonda Smith, Jeannie Thomas



TRINITY READS!  Quasi-Quarterly drop-in book discussion
  • Stay tuned for our next title

PEACEFUL PRESENCE:  Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice (MVPJ) at Trinity Chapel.  October 11th, 7 PM.  This 30 minute multifaith prayer gathering is held on the 11th of each month at member sites around the Peninsula.  See "Community Events" for upcoming gatherings.  Trinity is a member of MFPJ and will host in October.  Come be a welcoming presence for the whole community!


Trinity is working with a local synagogue and several mosques to start tri-faith small groups (12 people) where Trinity Parishioners and people of Jewish and Muslim backgrounds can meet and develop personal relationships of mutual trust and respect. The new Silicon Valley Daughters of Abraham womens interfaith book club launched on April 25 and Trinity was instrumental in this effort!  

TRI-FAITH SUPPER CLUBS -- Three quarterly gatherings where Trinity Parishioners and people of Jewish and Muslim backgrounds build relationships and also learn more about each other's faiths while enjoying a potluck supper. The groups of 9-12 people will be an even mix of each faith tradition.  Organizers: Lynn Pieron, Anita Seipp and Rhonda Smith. Sign up here to join or host a group.

DAUGHTERS OF ABRAHAM interfaith book groups. Trinity co-founded the Silicon Valley (SV) Daughters of Abraham Chapter with members of Etz Chayim in Palo Alto and the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara.  Joining the nationwide network of women's interfaith book clubs, the SV Daughters of Abraham chapter became the second one in California!

Please visit the Daughters of Abraham website to learn more about their model or to sign up to join or start a new book club chapter.  If you have questions about the SV chapter, please contact Lynne Bramlett.  


KEPLERS Speaker:
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Sunday, July 29th, 3-4pm
Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic fencer, the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games and the first female Muslim American to medal at the Olympic Games, winning bronze in the women's sabre team event. Named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World,
Tickets on sale here.

PEACEFUL PRESENCE:  Prayer Service 11th of each month, Multifaith Voices  for Peace and Justice (MVPJ)


ASK A MUSLIM - Our friends from MCA, Tarek and Nihad Mourad and Lubna Shaikh joined us on
Sunday May 6th to
 share their personal reflections on Ramadan and  answer questions about Islam and Muslims in today's world.  

  •  "Discover Islam" 4-class series with Tarek Mourad, instructor at the Muslim Community Association.  
    • Islamic Beliefs and Practices
    • The Life of the Prophet
    • The Qur'an
    • Concepts of Social Justice in Islam

Recordings of Tarek Mourad's Classes

We are grateful to Tarek for allowing us to post recordings of his classes.  These recordings are offered here to allow those who are interested in learning more about Islam from a Muslim perspective, but were unable to attend the classes.  Or,  for those who might did attend but would like to revisit the content.  Please note that these recordings are raw and unedited, and the volume of the audio is low -- we recommend using headphones to listen, with your volume turned up.

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Intro to Islam 1

Intro to Islam 2

Intro to Islam 3

Intro to Islam 4


"Jihad and Pluralism in Islam" by Sumbul Ali-Karamali,  JD, LLM (Islamic Law) on 12 November 2017.  Sumbul is author of "The Muslim Next Door: the Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing," Bronze Medal Winner of the 2009 Independent Publisher's Awards, and "Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam."

The children explored the interfaith Peace Village from Child & Family Institute.

Women Beyond the Stereotypes" by Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director Islamic Networks Group

The children's program included an introduction to Islam and Muslims.  Youth heard from youth peers from ING.

  • TRINITY READS!  Quasi-quarterly book discussion


Rabbi Sarah Weissman and Sheikha Maryam Amir join the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett for a full house Hearts for Justice panel moderated by the Rev. Elizabeth Riley.
All Saints, November 2017
Stanford senior Farhan Kathawala tells
"How to Grow Up Muslim in America" on Trinity Sunday, June 2017.