MISSION: Interfaith Coalition for Human Rights
The Interfaith Coalition for Human Rights is a partnership of theological academies, community organizations, and civic institutions that promotes study and dialogue about human rights issues in the Bay Area. The coalition seeks to launch the next generation of human rights discourse in ways that will foster more collaborative and concrete action for human rights in local and regional communities.
In January 2009 the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and its partners initiated an interfaith project to study the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the commitments of UN Human Rights Treaties, and programs addressing UN Millennium Development Goals and the ways local/regional groups engage in human rights education and advocacy. This exploration sought to generate renewed thinking about human rights theory and action, and that the partnerships with theological academies, faith communities and local organizations could better support of human rights work in the Bay Area.
The first phase of the Faith in Human Rights project included a variety of components: as: academic courses, public lectures, dialogue workshops, a film festival, and art exhibits. These events helped theological academies, social organizations, and faith communities examine human rights theory and practice, the abuses of human rights freedoms in the local community, and the critical work of non-profit organization s and civic groups helping to educate and advocate for human rights. For information about current programs, please go to “New Programs” on the menu bar.