This Committee provides educational events to promote diversity and inclusion.

“In practicing Science of Mind, we are called to see the divine in all things and all people, and in so doing, respect Diversity as the magnificence of creation in form; that it is Oneness expressed through multiplicity, which demonstrates as Inclusion. Inclusion is a demonstrated respect for and an appreciation and celebration of differences in ethnicity, gender and gender expression, culture, history, experience, talents, abilities, age, national origin, sexual orientation, education, economic status, social status, religion and any other individualized or group expression.”

If this calls to you, please consider joining the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at its monthly meetings as it plans ways to promote Diversity and Inclusion at CSLTV. Also, check out the table display in the Breezeway before or after service which focuses on special dates and commemorative occasions. So far the D and I Committee has brought you events such as Listening as an Act of Love, Braver Angels, Holidays Around the World, and soon, the Peace Pole and Garden. For more information contact Janine Tominaga,

Contact Janine Tominaga for more information.


“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Joan Ruth Bader was born on March 15, 1933, at Beth Moses Hospital in the Brooklyn
borough of New York City, the second daughter of Celia (née Amster) and Nathan Bader, who
lived in the Flatbush neighborhood. Her father was a Jewish emigrant from Odesa, Ukraine,
at that time part of the Russian Empire, and her mother was born in New York to Jewish
parents who came from Kraków, Poland, at that time part of Austria-Hungary.Although not
devout, the Bader family belonged to East Midwood Jewish Center, a Conservative
synagogue, where Ruth learned tenets of the Jewish faith and gained familiarity with the
Hebrew language. Ruth was not allowed to have a bat mitzvah ceremony because of
Orthodox restrictions on women reading from the Torah, which upset her.
To say that RBG shattered barriers — for herself, and for others — is an understatement.
Her life and leadership certainly speak for themselves. She was a trailblazer, as one of
only a few women in law school. In 1972, Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Rights Project
at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and in 1973, she became the Project’s general
counsel.[18] The Women’s Rights Project and related ACLU projects participated in more than
300 gender discrimination cases by 1974
In 1993 She became the 2nd female and the first Jewish female justice of the Supreme
Court.(and a powerhouse for gender equality and women’s rights). Not only did she manage
cancer throughout her career, in her time on the court, she most notably and ardently fought
for the advancement of gender equality, women’s rights — and true equality for all, especially
the underrepresented and underserved members of society. All while maintaining bipartisan
friendships with people with whom she had strong disagreements.
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“Don’t ever think just because you do things differently, you’re wrong”

Gail Tsukiyama, Author
Gail Tsukiyama, author

Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco, California to a Chinese mother from Hong Kong
and a Japanese father from Hawaii. She attended San Francisco State University where she
received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in English. She is the
bestselling author of Women of the Silk and The Samurai’s Garden, as well as the recipient of the
Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. Gail
is also currently the Executive Director of WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water, a nonprofit
organization that provides books and access to water in developing countries.
Her latest novel, The Brightest Star, will be released in June 2023. This magnificent historical
novel is based on the life of the luminous, groundbreaking actress Anna May Wong–the first and
only Asian American woman to gain movie stardom in the early days of Hollywood.