The diversity of they Bay Area’s ecumenical community was on full display as faith leaders made their way into the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California. The location was a fitting backdrop to the theme of the day – collaboration.
From start to finish, clergy and faith leaders were in deep conversation, as they listened to each others activities and priorities around local pressing issues.
The mayor outlined key priorities and progress on the topics of housing, workforce development, community safety, sustainable infrastructure, and open and responsive government.
Schaff also used the opportunity to thank the faith community for their support and response to the criticism surrounding the Oakland ICE raids.
“You are the holders of our values as a community. It is this tradition. It is my upbringing in a household of faith, in a city of values that gives me strength to be the leader of this city.”Mayor Libby Schaff
Pastor Jim Hopkins of Oakland’s Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church, facilitated the “Table Talk” portion of the breakfast. The brief breakout discussion and report back provided the mayor and staff opportunities to hear what congregations are doing, challenges to creating more impact, and their interest in working more closely with the city.