Fremont

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Fremont, located in the southeast corner of the San Francisco Bay Area, is home to Mission San José, the fourteenth oldest Spanish mission in California. As of 2010, Asians comprise fifty percent of Fremont’s population, with a large number making their home in the Mission San Jose district. With a population of a little over 214,000 people, Fremont is today one the nation’s most diverse cities for its size. The religious traditions of the world are in evidence in Fremont, with a rajagopuramThe “royal gateway” of a temple is called a rajagopuram. In South Indian temple styles, the tallest tower or spire is over the gateway of the temple, not over its inner sanctum. Many large temples have a series of gopurams that rise over a successive ... rising in a tidy suburban neighborhood to announce the presence of a growing Hindu community. In Fremont, SikhsSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob... have established an active religious center along a street now called “GurdwaraThe gurdwara, “the gateway of the Guru,” is the place for community gathering and worship in the Sikh tradition. The Guru is the Adi Granth, the sacred scripture of the Sikh tradition. Each center will include a chamber where the Adi Granth is kept, a... Road.” The diversity of the global Buddhist community is also present, as Thai, Chinese, and Burmese temples—and a women’s monasticA monk is a man who renounces worldly life and is ordinarily a member of a monastic order or community, thereby undertaking a special commitment to study, service, asceticism, prayer, or disciplined spiritual practice. In the Buddhist tradition, fully ord... retreat center—dot the landscape. Fremont’s many mosquesMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... include the Islamic Society of the East Bay, built next door to a churchThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... on a road they named “Peace Terrace.”

Interfaith activity in Fremont began with the Tri-City MinisterialMinister is a general term for a member of the clergy in the Christian church. The term has also come to use in other religious traditions to designate a member of the clergy (as in the Jodo Shinshu tradition and the Nation of Islam). Association, a ProtestantProtestant is a term used for the range of reform movements that broke with the Roman Catholic Church during the period called the Reformation. There are many branches of Protestantism, including the Lutherans, Anabaptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists... clergyClergy are the body of ordained men (and in some cases women) who are authorized to perform the priestly, pastoral, or rabbinical duties of the community—as distinct from the laity whom they serve. group founded in the early 1960s. Over the years, as the city and its religious leadership became more diverse, the organization expanded its mission and changed its name to the Tri-City Interfaith Council (TCIC). In 2011, the TCIC hosted its 50th annual Thanksgiving service, a celebration of prayersPrayer is the vocal or silent address to the Divine. It may consist of fixed words, spontaneous words, or rest in silence with no words at all. Some forms of prayer are accompanied with specific postures or gestures, while others are not., music, readings, and dance, with the theme “Unity in Diversity.” Just as the TCIC’s work extends beyond Fremont, serving the neighboring cities of Newark and Union City, other regional efforts make an impact on Fremont’s interfaith life: the vital Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group, based in San Mateo, is but one example. Within Fremont itself, home to the second largest Afghan population in the U.S., the Afghan Coalition and the Bridge Building Program of the Centerville PresbyterianPresbyterian is the general name for churches governed by elected presbyters or elders and refers especially to Reformed churches in Scotland and England that shaped Presbyterian churches worldwide. The church is distinguished both from those in which aut... Church bolster local interfaith relations. In addition, the City of Fremont’s Human Relations Commission engages in a range of efforts to address discrimination and promote positive inter-group relations, helping to create a context in which interfaith activity can thrive. The city’s encounter with religious diversity is chronicled in the film “Fremont, U.S.A.”