Solidarity and Compassion Projects on Tuesdays Trinity Church

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 7 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street, Santa Barbara

Interfaith Gathering
Please join us for a gathering of our friends in the community for an interfaith evening with the theme “Forgiveness in Times of Polarization” with Rabbi Steve Cohen, Reverend Julia Hamilton, Father John Hardin, Imam Yama Niazi, and Michael and I will share how they see forgiveness and how forgiveness could possibly pave the way forward towards a more live-giving future. We thought of the Rumi quote “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” 

Due to the popular response to our last event, we invited the presenters to bring in a piece of music or poetry from their tradition.

Each presenter will speak to a few questions. Then we will gather questions from the audience, allowing a dialogue between panelists and audience to unfold.
These are some of the questions:
1. Can you briefly talk about how forgiveness is understood in your tradition?
2. Why is forgiveness so important in a time of polarization, fear and strive?
3. How can we practice to forgive in a way that does not condone wrongdoing, but instead empowers us in our positive actions and social engagement forward?
4. Can you suggest a brief forgiveness practice?

If you have questions for the presenters, you can e-mail them to or leave them on Tuesday evening in our basket at Trinity.

Michael and I are looking forward to seeing you on the 15th

Rabbi Steve Cohen is the senior rabbi of Congregation B’nai B’rith after having been the Executive director of Hillel Foundation of UC Santa Barbara. He is interested in a diversity of views and social action.

Rev. Julia Hamilton lead Minister at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara since 2011. I am passionate about bringing our values to life in the world and have co-authored two adult education curricula focusing on justice and our tradition: UU Tapestry of Faith “Resistance and Transformation: UU Social Justice History”, and the UU College of Social Justice “Study Guide for Service Learning”.

Fr. John Hardin,  OFM Guardian at the Mission of Santa Barbara, former Provincial for the Province of Santa Barbara for many years CEO of the St. Anthony’s Foundation in SF, which has been feeding over 1000 homeless people per day. John has a longstanding history of engagement in social justice work
Yama Niazi was the head of the Islamic Society of Santa Barbara where he has been leading prayers and teaching both Muslim and interfaith communities of Santa Barbara and neighboring counties. His talks have extended to churches, synagogues, colleges and other groups and organizations where he is raising awareness of universal shared values, such as tolerance, acceptance, and respecting human dignity, which builds a strong foundation for eradicating extremism and conducting a true interfaith and intercultural dialogue.

Radhule Weininger, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology is the founder and guiding teacher of the One Dharma Sangha, as well as the resident teacher of mindfulness practice at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, California.  She mentored in her teaching by Jack Kornfield. Her book “Heartwork: The Path of Self-compassion”, with a forward by Jack Kornfield, published by Shambala Publications.

Michael Kearney, MD, a Palliative Care Physician with over 30 years experience and works with Palliative Care Consultants of Santa Barbara. He has been interested in combining medical treatment with approaches that enhance the innate healing of body and mind, such as Buddhist meditation and Native Spirituality. Michael Kearney’s forthcoming book “The Nest in the Stream: Lessons from Nature on Being with Pain” will be published by Paralax Press in spring 2018.