About the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
ICCCC is a non-profit, 501 c (3) organization solely governed by its Elected Council and Governing Board. Its mission states,
“We as people from a diversity of religions, spiritual traditions and sectors of society, gather to manifest our unity as we promote the spirit of community, service and cooperation through the work of the Interfaith Council.”
The Interfaith Council, as the Council of Churches, was originally organized for the primary purpose of providing chaplaincy ministries in various county institutions on behalf of local congregations. The Council became interfaith in 1997, widening its membership to include congregations and faith organizations that represent the growing pluralistic population of Contra Costa County. The council remains committed to supporting the religious and communities in our county. Program areas have expanded to include Health and Faith in Action, Social Justice, Interfaith Understanding Programs, the Interfaith Climate Action Program, Youth and Young Adult Leadership Initiative, and our new ICARE Program that creates Interfaith service teams. To see our recent ICCCC Announcements, go here. For ICCCC Statements, go here.
There are 108 congregations and organizations holding membership and affiliation from a wide range of faith traditions and life philosophies, including Agnostic, Atheist, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Humanist, Islamic, Jewish, Non-Theist, Paganisms, Sikh, Sufi, Religious Science, Unitarian Universalist, Unity and a plurality of Christians, including Catholic, Christian Science, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, New Thought, Pentecostal, Protestant and Orthodox. We are also a Cooperation Circle of the United Religions Initiative, whose global headquarters are in San Francisco.
The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (I4C) is an autonomous local organization overseen by its own Governing Board of Directors, with an advisory and consultative Elected Council of representatives, who are drawn from its 108 member congregations and organizations, and elected at the I4C annual meeting. The Governing Board meets monthly except August and provides leadership in the sacred work of the Council. With members of diverse faiths, gender and race, the Board builds and provides a sacred container that through its leadership, will nurture the growth towards a world of interfaith peace.
The Elected Council meets monthly except July and all are invited to participate in those meetings on the second Thursdays of the month in the Fellowship Hall at Hillcrest Congregational Church UCC, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.
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Membership is open to congregations and institutions as well as individuals!
Individual memberships will be received beginning March 1, 2017.
In solidarity with one another we each affirm:
* Our dialogue is an interfaith dialogue. We all have different communication styles, and varying views. We commit to be in dialogue with respect for all, expanding listening to hear multiple points of view.
* We realize that we are responsible for the growth of I4C and each of us shares a duty to interfaith growth. The Governing Board provides leadership, and the Elected Council works towards progress and the fulfillment of I4C goals as we grow.
*We recognize that we are imbued with interfaith responsibility. As such we commit to hold ourselves and each other accountable to merit that trust; respect for the diverse traditions, beliefs and spiritual paths of all those we encounter; hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and accountable to our communities and to I4C.
* Our shared time together is interfaith time. We commit to honoring the start and end times each time we meet.
It is our hope that this living document, which, as we grow in knowledge and awareness, will be reviewed and updated regularly; that it may bring our commitments to each other and all we serve in every interaction with sacred regard for one another and all life.