Purpose

We are an interfaith community, people from a diversity of religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions, gathering to manifest our unity as we promote the spirit of community and service through Caring, Diversity and Compassion to our Contra Costa Community.  

History:

The Interfaith Council, known 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 religions and communities in our county.  Program areas have expanded to include our new ICARE and ICHANGE programs. Visit our blog to view the latest ICCCC announcements  and ICCC statements.

Organization:  

I4C has 109 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.  

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 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 and all are invited to participate in those meetings on the second Thursdays of the month at 8:30 to 10 am online.  (Normally we meet in the Fellowship Hall at Hillcrest Congregational Church UCC, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.).  The Elected Council meetings are open to the public and members of any congregation.

Register in advance for the Elected Council meeting’s zoom link, unique to you at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJYtcOmoqz8vFM5r6AG5BIDR8Z_91i-kig.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Most of our programming has been recorded after moving to online meetings during C-19.  To see the recordings on our YouTube Channel, please visit here: https://tinyurl.com/I4CYouTubeChannel

ICCCC Covenant:

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 being 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 holding 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 a sacred regard for one another and all life.