The Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento, a group dedicated to fostering understanding and cooperation among people of different religious backgrounds, will mark its 100th anniversary Monday with a special celebration of the interfaith partnerships built in Sacramento over the past century.
The event, open to the public, is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Delegata, 2495 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 200. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at www.sacramentointerfaith.org or at the door.
Music will be provided by the Sacramento Youth Symphony. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna are the scheduled speakers.
The program also will include a tribute to the late Jennifer Garza, The Bee's religion writer who died in December.
The evening will celebrate the council's work over the past 100 years and look ahead to the next century, said Jon Fish, president of the council's board of trustees.
The organization now known as the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento was begun 100 years ago by nine Protestant churches, Fish said.
It grew to include Catholic and Jewish congregations, further expanding its outreach after World War II to include Muslim, Buddhist, Baha'i and other faith communities.
Fish said 400 of the approximately 1,700 congregations in Sacramento County participate in the Interfaith Council.
The council sponsors numerous events throughout the year, including the Interfaith Night of Music and the Spoken Word in September, commemorating the events of Sept. 11, 2001; The Power of One, spotlighting three or four faith leaders and awarding scholarships; and the quarterly Day of Dialogue discussions with faith and community leaders.