IFI Board & Speakers
IFI Board & Speakers

The IFI board and colleagues come from all faith traditions. Our projects include: (1) Showers of Blessings to serve our neighbors without homes, (2) ECOFaith to help our faith communities to model environmental sustainability (3) dinner programs that educate and inspire.

Welcome to the Interfaith Initiative

Our Hope for the Future

On November 4th, 2017 The Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara will host a dinner and program called “Our Hope for the Future.” The program will begin at 6 pm at Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road.

Faith representatives of major faith traditions will share their core teachings that give us hope for the future. We will honor the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith and include a short video presentation along with brief reflections of the Baha’i community. Yasmin Sallak of the Muslim community will moderate an interfaith panel discussion. The evening will include a live celebratory music performance.

The Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County organizes programs that help our faith communities to learn from each other and to weave together our commonalities rather than identifying differences that create barriers between us.

The cost will be $20 for adults and $10 for students. More information can be found on our website: wwwinterfaithinitiativesbc.org.

Date:    Sunday November 4th, 2017
Time:   Doors Open 5:30pm, Dinner 6:00pm
Place:   Congregation B’nai B’rith
              1000 San Antonio Creek Road
              Santa Barbara, CA
              Cost: $20 adults, $19 students

Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County (IFISBC) is concerned for the welfare of Santa Barbara County’s human and ecological habitats and their associated safety net challenges.

Our core values of compassion and cooperation rally a wide array of stakeholders around creative and viable visions regarding our region’s environmental sustainability and sheltering solutions. Houses of worship and faith-based institutions form strong networks and provide perennial values and ready-made volunteers to galvanize community service projects with a level of trust that enables individuals, including those that are “spiritually independent,” to act together to pursue common objectives.

With these values and networks at hand, IFISBC addresses the interconnectedness of healthy living spaces for people – providing shelter and resources for the homeless – and our human responsibility to protect the health of our living planet.

We describe our work as

  • organizing around the interconnectedness of socioeconomic and ecological poverty;
  • catalyzing change where people and agencies, some of whom are on the periphery, come together to voice concern, find advocacy support, and participate in activities to achieve a compassionate purpose;
  • igniting community-wide transformation by working with diverse leaders to model hubs of compassion.
  • Project Heal

    HEAL stands for Hope, Empowerment, and Love and its purpose is to help identify and coordinate services to our brothers and sisters without homes in the Goleta/Noleta and Isla Vista area, especially encouraging faith congregations to engage in advocacy, issue awareness, and direct service volunteer opportunities according to the calling and resources of each. Read More

  • EcoFaith

    ECOFaith is a coalition of diverse local and regional faith communities and individuals who are working together to lower carbon emissions and get on the Path of Sustainability. Read More