Pacifica Institute established the tradition of Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinner in 2004. The Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinners are organized to contribute to the progress of intercultural-interfaith dialogue and peace. With the participation of esteemed guests and people from different faiths, cultures, and ethnicities, these gatherings have come to symbolize our desire to achieve a genuine cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. Annual Dialog and Friendship Dinners have now become a tradition in Orange County, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, and Portland.
I was just realizing what a wonderful job Pacifica Institute has done, turning walls into tables.
Bishop Dean Nelson - Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Pacifica Institute has adopted Abraham’s tradition of hospitality and formed Abraham’s Table to host members of monotheistic religions for a dinner event to discuss common traditions and shares values. Prophet Abraham had his door wide open to friends, neighbors and even total strangers. Sharing a meal with no strings attached, he set an example of compassion that lies at the heart of every religion. This great love for all human beings is a reflection of God’s love for all creation.