Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Dear Friends,

Join us.  There is a Place for You.

This fall as we see the headlines once again concerning the injustice of the Oscar Grant case and remember the actions of Arizona,  and yet hear of the courageous actions of legislators like U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee working for faith-based ministries,  know that there is a place for your voice and it is with the Northern California Interreligious Conference.

We are pleased to announce that we are gathering our people, people of faith, to come together around the great work of NCIC.
As we look at the specters of injustice in the financial  realm in the United States and across the world, as we see the State of Arizona's policies against the least, as we see the search for peace and justice in cases like the Oscar Grant death in the Bay Area, and as we see a void of the voice of the people of faith in the marketplace, the need for the Northern California Interreligious Conference is very evident.

If you stood with NCIC in the past, we ask that you rejoin the effort.  If you have never been a part of NCIC, now is an exciting time to join.  As we begin our initial steps back into the public discourse, the NCIC is supporting the work of the Reverend Dr. Ramona Tascoe as she serves the people of Haiti in their recovery effort, The NCIC will be represented in the march for Justice in Arizona next week and the NCIC is positioning itself to work with individuals and organizations who are in the forefront of the social justice cause.

I am humbled to be the new president of the Northern California Interreligous Conference and I am pleased to be working with a great board of directors The Reverend Bob Forsberg, Reverend Lloyd Hanson, Reverend Phil Lawson, Reverend Ramona Tascoe, and Reverend Sumner Walters,  as we stand on the shoulders of former NCIC members who have left a great legacy for us to build upon.

We hope you believe in the prophecy as we do, "the latter house will be greater than the former house" and your commitment to NCIC will help us realize that great prophecy.

Thank you for considering joining with us.


Reverend Greggory Brown

Thursday, July 15, 2010

News Release: NCIC Stands in Solidarity in Protest of Arizona Law

Northern California Interreligious Conference
4335 Virginia Ave
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 536-6700  

FOR IMMEDIATE ReLEASE                                                 Media contact:
June 8, 2010                                                                               Jackie Wright, 415 525 0410 


NCIC Leaders Among California Black Clergy Stand
ground against Arizona’s discriminatory immigration law

Oakland- In the spirit of being vigilant for freedom and justice, Reverend Greggory Brown President of the Northern California Interreligious Conference and Reverend Phil Lawson, Vice President of the Northern California Interreligious Conference were among Black clergy that embarked on a four-day solidarity mission.  The mission included a march with the Latino community in solidarity to the steps of the Arizona State Capitol in protest of the Arizona law SB 1070.
Reverend Brown (4th from left) Marches in to Protest Arizona Law SB 1070

Pastor of Miracles of Faith Church and President of the Northern California Interreligious Conference, Reverend Greggory Brown, a Civil Rights Movement veteran, known for his recent protest in the Bay Area of police treatment of Black males, was among the first clergy to speak out in the death of Oscar Grant who was shot by a BART police officer and with his church Miracles of Faith led a march in protest of the police leaving Brandon Morris’ slain body in the streets of Oakland for five hours.  Reverend Brown says it’s important to remain vigilant,  “‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ Dr. King warned.  It was our moral imperative to go to Arizona and speak the truth.  The legal threat to freedom by SB1070 has an impact on every American citizen.  I continue to stand in solidarity with my brethren to say SB 1070 is unjust and could lead to repression for all.” 
Black Clergy, Pastors Brian Woodson, Phil Lawson and 
Greggory Brown Show Support in Arizona.

Rev. Phil Lawson, Founder, Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Interfaith Program Coordinator, East Bay Housing Organizations, Oakland, CA, Vice President, Northern California Interreligious Conference said of the historic social justice action held the last weekend in May,  “SB1070 creates a mandate for harassment and abuse that not only will make communities less safe, but also harkens back to the worst times in our nation’s history. This law targets Latinos, but who will be next? The same legislature that passed SB1070 also passed a law requiring President Obama to show his birth certificate to be on the ballot in 2012; and we cannot forget that Arizona long refused to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I firmly believe the Black and Latino quest for liberty and justice is one, and that’s why, just as we rode to the south so many decades ago, I was compelled to go to Arizona.”

Other Bay Area leaders that were part of the contingent include: Pastor Brian K. Woodson, Bay Area Christian Connection; Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, Oakland, CA;Rev. Jethroe Moore, President, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chapter, NAACP Elizabeth Maldonado, Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, San Diego, CA and Gerald Lenoir, Executive Director, Black Alliance for a Just Immigration, Oakland, CA.

Pastor Brian Woodson added: “In Arizona there are forces trying to turn the clock back to the 1950s, back to a shameful era when our community’s basic rights were constantly violated. I went to Arizona to push the clock forward, and my inspiration comes right from the Gospel. As Jesus taught us: ‘whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do for me.’ We need real solutions that lift our communities up together and help make the promise of America a reality for everyone who lives here.”
The Bay Area Black clergy worked with the following key Arizona organizers: Rev. Warren Stewart, Pastor, First Institutional Baptist Church, Phoenix, AZ;Mary Rose Wilcox, Maricopa County Supervisor, Fifth District; Carlos Garcia, Organizer, Puente Arizona.

For more information about the work of the Northern California Interreligious Conference, a multicultural organization, visit http://ncic-justiceandpeace.blogspot.com or call
(510) 536-6700.