On April 24, 2016, PII Center for Interfaith representatives and volunteers joined the Ponds Reformed Church of Oakland for a Friendship Gathering in efforts to form bridges between the two communities. The members of the congregation got to know more about the Peace Islands Institute after watching the video presentation on the works of the organization.

PII volunteers attended the Sunday Worship in the morning and stayed for Coffee/Fellowship hour to chat and socialize with congregation members. The volunteers brought traditional Turkish food to company coffee.

The Sunday service was on the message of Love. Reverend Susan shared the following verse from the Bible. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”