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We seek to deepen our spirituality, cultivate harmony among our spiritual communities, and foster the engagement of our congregations with the world through service and education.

About Us 

The San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Association was created in 1985 by Pastor Bill Harman and Rabbi Lenore Bohm. They organized the association to facilitate religions coming together and gathering in each other's churches to learn about one another. Service was another driving force of the association's creation. The word "ministerial" in the organization's title is meant to represent people who serve. Overall, SDIMA was created to provide ways to "enrich our faith experiences." As friends, we gather monthly to learn of each other, community service opportunities and interfaith events happening around San Diego County.


Board of Directors

Amanda Gish

Vice Chair

Mandy has lived in Encinitas all her life, leaving briefly to attend college in Santa Barbara. Back home in Encinitas, Mandy was invited to her first Baha'i Fireside in 2004. Hearing the message of a religion that worships God by doing good deeds for others. This teaching transformed her life and she's been joyfully serving with the Encinitas Baha'i community for almost 20 years.

Interfaith gatherings are natural fit for Mandy. She humbly accepts the honor of serving on the board of directors of San Dieguito Interfaith Ministry Association. The deep bonds of friendships formed while serving humanity together is her favorite part of SDIMA.

Another Baha'i teaching that shapes Mandy's life is the act of sacrificing personal comfort for the upliftment of others.



Sr. Tazheen comes to us with over 20 years of experience as an accounting professional and financial consultant and has lived in San Diego for 30 years. She has served the community as an activist and an organizer. Sr. Tazheen has deep roots in the San Diego American Muslim community, has worked extensively with the interfaith community, and has been an active voice in San Diego politics. She is the Founder & Co-Chair of the North County Immigration Task Force where she has advocated for immigrants’ rights. She has also served on multiple non-profit boards including the San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Association, South Vista Communities, and the Tri-City Islamic Center.

Sr. Tazheen holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Organization Management & Finance. She also holds certifications in Non-Profit Management, Paralegal Studies, and Mediation.



Karen is honored and privileged to serve as chair of this Interfaith group which began 1985. It started out as an ecumenical group and as the times changed later that same year, become known as San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Association. Karen came to SDIMA in 1996 when she needed the perfect Rabbi willing to assist in a collaborative to perform a funeral service for her Jewish father.

As our world is everchanging and we are being called to "minister" to these current needs.

Karen works with the Interfaith Community, Community Resource Center Encinitas. She volunteers with various groups involving homelessness, veteran affairs and affordable housing, “Sacred Service is where one Prospers”.



Randa attends San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas where she is the Social Action Coordinator for the United Methodist Women. She is actively engaged in the areas of human trafficking, immigration, and homelessness. Randa previously taught elementary school for 35 years.

Last year Randa was recognized by the North County Philanthropy Council as one of the 2020 Volunteers of the Year for her work with Jewish Family Services of San Diego. This year the Encinitas City Council recognized Randa as the Senior Citizen of the Year for her volunteer work representing United Methodist Women at San Dieguito United Methodist Church.






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Encinitas, CA 92024

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