Interfaith Council of Sonoma County, 122 Calistoga Road, PMB 154, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

The Path Of Harmony Interfaith Program – March 26, 2017



Sunday, March 26, 2017
3:30 – 5:30 PM

Presbyterian Church of the Roses

2500 Patio Court

Santa Rosa, California


(South east corner, across Hahman Drive from Montgomery Village.)


Religions and cultures differ, but there are shared values that all the major world religions embrace.

The five members of this panel, representing the Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Muslim faiths, will explore their shared human and ethical values in lively presentations as well as a question and answer period.

The participants, members of the speakers’ bureau of the Islamic Networks Group (ING), include a physician, computer engineer, Buddhist abbot, theologian, and interfaith community facilitator who have joined together in a common effort to build a more harmonious and peaceful world. They act on their belief that sitting together in honest and respectful conversation is a powerful first step. You are invited to take that step with them! The event is free, and donations to the Interfaith Coalition of Sonoma County are welcome.



Dr. Lulla is a physician at Santa Clara Kaiser Permanente. She has attended extended classes in Hindu scriptures at the Vedanta society and the Chinmaya Mission and has been a coordinator of the Gandhi Youth camp, which promotes Gandhian values of peace and nonviolence. She is also a board member of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council.

ESTHER A. HELLER, Professional Registered Parliamentarian (Jewish):

Ms. Heller has worked as a computer engineer for 15 years. Trained at Equity Institute, she has been active in diversity training and facilitating for 20 years. Ms. Heller is also president of the California State Association of Parliamentarians and a past president of Keddem Congregation (Reconstructionist Jewish).


Dr. Millstein holds a PhD in Jewish Studies, with a focus on Jewish-Christian relations, and has taught humanities and history of religion at numerous universities. He worked for 16 years in language and cultural preservation with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon, where he participated in their traditional religious life. His interfaith experience also includes involvement with Jewish and Buddhist communities.

JIANHU SHIFU (Buddhist):

Venerable JianHu is the first overseas abbot of Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale. He earned a doctorate in Artificial Neural Networks, then renounced the secular life and was ordained at Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Taiwan in 1994. In 2000, he and four other Dharma masters came to northern California and established Buddha Gate Monastery, the first overseas branch of Chung Tai.


Ms. Jandali is a founding member of Islamic Networks Group (ING). She co-designs and develops ING’s educational presentations and cultural competency seminars, and has delivered hundreds of presentations on Islam in educational, religious, and community venues. She has appeared on many news outlets speaking on issues relating to American Muslims, and team-teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. She holds degrees in Near Eastern Studies and History.


Dr. Gulati a member of the Sikh Temple in Santa Rosa, California. He was born and brought up in India and has lived in the U.S. since 1969. Dr. Gulati holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Stanford University. He held key positions in geothermal projects at the Geysers (Sonoma County), the Salton Sea, the Philippines and Indonesia until his retirement in 1999. He lives in Oakmont with his wife of 51 years.

Wheelchair Accessible   —   Admission is Free
Seating “First Come, First Served”


Facebook Invitation CLICK HERE






Of One Soul

A project of the
Interfaith Council of Sonoma County
(707) 206-2650

7 Comments on “The Path Of Harmony Interfaith Program – March 26, 2017

  1. Hello,

    I read in the Press Democrat about the event that was held last Sunday. I wish I’d known about it. It sounded like a great event. Is there any way I could get on an email list for future events that are similar?

    • Absolutely. We are in the process of switching our lists to Mail Chimp so people will be able to sign up (or unsubscribe) on their own. But right now all our mailings are still being done by hand. Please write and say you’d like to be on the general mailing list and we’ll add you.

    • Hi Ric,

      Thanks for reaching out to us! Yes we’d love to connect with you:

      In addition to the email address Cyndi listed, please also send your email to This will ensure that we get you into all our mailing lists, during our current transition.

      David Hoffman
      Interfaith Council of Sonoma County

  2. Our Presbyterian Church of the Roses was honored to host the Interfaith Panel discussion last Sunday. So thankful the PD sent a photographer and a journalist to write about it, too!

  3. Please let me know where and when the next meeting will happen. I accept all religions and want to see the followers accepting each other.

    • Hello Robert,

      We have a variety of meetings and discussion groups. We would love for you to join us, and get acquainted.

      I will send you a more specific description of our actvities via email.

      David Hoffman
      Chair – Interfaith Council of Sonooma County

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