Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County Offers Training for Defusing Hatred


Walnut Creek, CA – In light of the increased violence and aggression in our community, our country and our world, the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County is offering two learning opportunities for coping.

Nonviolent communications skills and tools for responding to uneasy situations and hate speech will be shared. The visual presentation will be informative and followed by conversation and hands on experience.

Two sessions are offered:

  • May 1: 7:00 pm at Community Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Leland Road, Pittsburg
  • June 25: 12:15 pm at St. Ignatius of Antioch, 3151 Contra Loma Boulevard, Antioch

The Council is hosting these programs with the hope of building communities of care and protection of the vulnerable. Institutional and personal forms of interruption of cultural oppression will be shared. Role-playing will be used to demonstrate situations and methods of how to be present for others. A brief history of hate crimes in Contra Costa County as well as a review of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights will round out the program.

“We want people to know there are safe ways to be involved and to speak up,” commented Rev. Will McGarvey, Executive Director of the Council. “We are committed to teaching those skills to help make our community a better place.”

These gatherings are offered to congregations and members of the Council.

For more information, contact. Rev. McGarvey at 925.597.9797 or [email protected].


About the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County

The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (ICCCC) is an autonomous local organization solely governed by its own Executive Committee, elected by the membership at the Council’s annual meeting. There are 107 congregations and organizations holding membership and affiliation from a wide range of Christian and other faith traditions throughout Contra Costa County, including Jewish, Buddhist, Baha’i, Unitarian, Islamic, Sikh, Unity, Latter-Day Saints, and Religious Science.



  1. In a massively propogandized society such as this one with the masses being pushed here-and-there by the whims of their political oppressors and its police state strong-arms, hatred is an inevitable psychic phenomena, directed at multiple targets in a schizophrenic haze. The illusions of human social divisions propagated from media outlets, religious pulpits, and the like further amplify this. And where does it all begin? The widespread indoctrination of the young, taught not to think for themselves but to instead abide within the established model of consensus reality put in place by the dominator culture. Hatred is inevitable until one realizes one’s own egoic illusions, the most pivotal being the illusion of seperation.

    • Why don’t ethnocentric countries and societies have these problems? This seems to be occurring pretty much in countries which promote “diversity.” Throughout history, it is this “diversity” which caused the fall of great societies. The minute they started to “diverse,” they started falling apart.

  2. Churches generate over $1.5 trillion a year, more than apple, microsoft, exxon, etc. combined, pay no taxes, and the top ones get to keep whatever salary they want. Yea, let’s trust them…

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