The Interreligious Council of Southern California is a unique model of interreligious cooperation and collaboration made possible by the rich and diverse population of the region. Founded in 1969 as a conventional interfaith coalition of Christians and Jews, it soon welcomed the membership of the Islamic Community and other faith groups.
Today the Interreligious Council fulfills the promise of its name with the participation of all of the major religions of the world. Official delegates of the member organizations take part in the planning, decision making, and implementation of all programs of the Council.
The Interreligious Council of Southern California recently launched its “Civility Project” series with this reflection by Nirinjan Singh Kahlsa of the California Sikh Council: “A divided America is a weak America… We’re all Americans, and we all must have compassion for each other… understanding for each other… and we all have to embrace each other at the end of the day.”