Upcoming Events

January 6, 2019

Moving into Courage when Tyranny Threatens:  Claiming our Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens.  A program of the Pachamama Alliance’s Seeds of Hope. The program will be aided by Scott Forsyth, an attorney in private practice with decades of involvement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He will help us understand our constitutional rights and how they apply to 21st Century issues.  We will look at the signs of tyranny as understood by historians.  And we will explore potential actions we can take to counter the abuses of power.   The event is free.  It would be helpful if you registered by clicking on the yellow “Enroll” button at https://connect.pachamama.org/node/1681.

January 7, 2019

Moving Beyond Racism Book Discussion.  Book selection TBA. Monday, January 7th, 7-8:30 pm, Barnes & Noble - Pittsford Plaza - Upstairs Community Room.  Everyone is welcome whether or not you have read the book.  Join us for a safe, stimulating discussion. For more information call 585-288-8644 or e-mail mbrbookinfo@aol.com.

January 7, 2019

Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown.  Learn about latest research on global warming and what we can do about it.  This program will be held from 6-7:45 pm at the Victor Farmington Library, 15 W. Main St., Farmington.  There will be an identical program from 7-9 pm on January 17 at the Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street in Rochester.

The programs are free, but registration is requested and donations are gratefully accepted.  Register at:

  • For the Farmington Program: https://connect.pachamama.org/node/1606

  • For the Third Presbyterian Program: https://connect.pachamama.org/node/1304

January 17, 2019

TIAR Board Meeting.  The monthly meetings of the TIAR Board of Directors are held at 4:00 pm at Covenant United Methodist Church on Culver Road at Parsells Avenue.  All interested parties are welcome whether TIAR Board members or not.  The schedule for the remainder of the year:

  • February 21

  • March 21

  • April 18

  • May 16

  • June 9 – Annual Meeting

  • June 20

January 20, 2019

Martin Luther King Worship Celebration.  The 6th Annual Celebration featuring former Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr. delivering the keynote address, “Where Do We Go from Here?”  The program begins at 4:00 pm at the Pentecostal Miracle Deliverance Church at 923 Portland Avenue in Rochester.  For further information, contact the UCLM Office at 454-0077.

January 23, 2019

Repairing the Planet II – Hope Through Action. Climate change is upon us. It is essential that we take action now to avert the worst outcomes that might occur.  Come and learn from local environmental groups about actions all of us can take to reverse climate change and preserve a livable climate for our children.  This panel discussion will be held from 7-9 pm at Temple Brith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue in Brighton.  Panelists include:

Norma Polizzi, local environmental lawyer and member of the Climate Reality Project.  Norma will share with us information on the current state of the atmosphere and international efforts to work together.

Sue Staropoli, Pachamama Alliance.  Sue will introduce us to the Drawdown Project, a list of the 100 most effective changes we can make to reverse climate change.

Admission is $5.  Light refreshments will be served.  A sign-language interpreter will be available if requested by January 9, 2019 Registration in advance is appreciated.  You can register at www.ncjwgrs.org.  Questions: email info@ncjwgrs.org, or call Arlene Schenker at 704-4193

February 6, 2019

Sacred Texts for Our Times: In Pursuit of Social Justice.  The 22nd year of interfaith Bible study presented by the Jewish Community Federation of Rochester and the GRCC Faith in Action Network.  All programs will take place from 12 noon – 1 pm at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Ave. in Brighton.  The topics and presenters are:

February 6, 2019: #MeToo: Treatment of Women. Rev. Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, U of R and Nora L. Rubel, Chair, Department of Religion and Classics, U of R.

March 13: LGBTQ Rights.  Rev. Stephen Cady, Asbury First United Methodist Church and Melissa Nunes-Harwitt, LMSW, Adult Jewish Educator and Outpatient Therapist, FLACRA Mental Health Services.

April 10: Criminal Justice: Judgment, Punishment, and Restoration.  Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and Rabbi Peter Stein, Temple B’rith Kodesh.

You Set the Date

Conversations on Race.  Facilitators lead whole-group and small-group discussion on questions such as:  

  • How segregated is my life?

  • In what surroundings am I most aware that I have a racial identity?

  • To what extent is privilege a factor in not having to think about my racial identity?

  • Who or what raises questions about race for me?

Conversations on Race with Poverty facilitators lead whole-group and small-group discussion exploring the connection of race to poverty. 

Presented by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library in collaboration with Metro Justice, the National Coalition Building Institute, ACT Rochester, the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, and the Center for Dispute Settlement among others.  

If you would like to schedule a Conversation on Race for your organization, workplace or place of worship, contact Donna Goldberg at 585.385.4866.

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