For this year’s retreat we gathered together to discuss a very pertinent topic -“Religion & Violence”. Events overseas and here in the U.S. have pushed all of us to consider both our response to violence and our histories–especially as adherents to religious traditions–in perpetrating and being victims of violence. We first heard from Edina Lekovic from the Muslim Public Affairs Council on Islam and Violence. MPAC has participated in the White House task force on Counter Terrorism, and had much to share with us. Rabbi Aryeh Cohen of American Jewish University then spoke on Judaism and Violence, and Rev. Francisco Garcia of All Saints Church followed by speaking on Christianity and Violence. There was lots of discussion and connecting with old and new friends while continuing to build the interfaith community here in Los Angeles.