Monday, May 2, 2011

What others are doing: Alliance for Spiritual Community

"We live in one of the most religiously diverse regions of the world (LosAngeles). I think grassroots interfaith gatherings are a key to developing harmonious relationships. There’s something about praying together, eating together, getting to know each other that leads to a sense of connectedness and the realization that we ARE all part of one family--the human family."
(Kay Lindahl)

Alliance for Spiritual Community

24032 Caravel Place

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Tel: 949 661-3087

Fax: 949 496-5535


Web site: planned

Organizational History, Purpose, and Leadership:

Year founded: 1992

Purpose: To proclaim and affirm the spiritual nature of all communities by providing education to the general public and to foster those ideas, values, and programs for individuals, neighborhoods and groups that express spiritual community.

Faiths represented on leadership group or Board: Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Muslum, Judaism, Native American, Vedanta.

Significant population increases among minority faiths in our area during the past 30 years: Islam, Buddhism, Baha’i, Hindu

Has participation in leadership and program by members of minority faiths increased during the life of your organization? Yes. People are more accepting of "other" faiths and now are most welcoming. We look for ways to broaden our outreach in these traditions.

Program Areas.

a) Dialogue and discussion groups

b) Education: classes; workshops; distribution of materials; Religious Diversity Faire

c) Public events: Prayer Breakfast; Parade–coordinate with local city council


Most consistent participants or audience: Christian, Baha’i, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Vedanta.

Other participants: Wicca, Hindu, Eckankar, Unitarian

Would like to reach: More Buddhist sects.

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