Upcoming Events

    October 18, 2017

    Major Lessons from Minor Prophets.  This annual program of Interfaith Bible Studies will begin on October 4 and continue monthly through April 11, 2018.  In this year’s series we will explore often overlooked texts rich in “prophetable” lessons, from Christian and Jewish perspectives.  Join us for a new interactive format that includes small group discussions.  All sessions are free and will be held at a new location, the JCC at 1200 Edgewood Avenue.  They will run during the lunch hour, from 12-1 pm.  This year’s schedule:

    • October 18:  Malachi, presented by Rev. Stephen Cady, Asbury First Methodist Church; Jewish presenter TBA.
    • November 8:  Jonah, presented by Pastor Nicole Iaquinto, Greece Baptist Church and Rabbi Alan Katz, Temple Sinai.
    • December 13: Hosea, presented by Rev. Debbie Grohman, First Presbyterian Church of Ontario Center and Rabbi Drorah Setel, Temple Emanu-El.
    • February 7, 2018: Amos, presented by Prof. Emeritus Joseph Kelly, Nazareth College and Rabbi Michael Silbert, Temple Beth David.
    • March 14: Zechariah, presented by Dr. Mark Brummitt, Assoc. Prof. Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and Rabbi Peter Stein, Temple B’rith Kodesh.
    • April 11: Micah, presented by Rev. Denise Yarbrough, University of Rochester and Rabbi Debbi Till, Temple Sinai.

    October 19, 2017

    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:

    • October 19
    • November 16
    • December 21
    • January 18, 2018
    • February 15
    • March 15
    • April 19
    • Annual Meeting: May 20
    • June 21

    October 21, 2017

    The Annual Reality Tour: Organized by the Social Welfare Action Alliance / Rochester Chapter. Everyday economic injustices cannot be ignored. Too often, stories of human rights violations remain untold. Meet people affected by a dysfunctional social and economic system that does not meet their basic human needs. Hear from people who work to end poverty every day, and people who are affected by it, from the homeless to the working poor. Learn about and become involved in the movement to win economic human rights for all. That’s what this Reality Tour is all about. So reserve your seat today.

    Bus will depart from the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 S. Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14610.  Lower parking lot, look for the yellow school buses.  Board the bus at 11:45 AM. Tour ends approximately 3:45PM.  RSVP: by October 18, 2017. Seats are confirmed when payment is received.  For more information call 585-512-8822 or e-mail realitytour@swaarochester.org

    REGISTRATION: $20 donation for the tour, $15 for students and $10 for low income. Make checks out to SWAA Rochester. Please write REALITY TOUR on the check! Mail checks to P.O. Box 17323 Rochester, NY 14617.  You can register online here: http://www.swaarochester.org/reality-tour-registration/

    October 23, 2017

    The Trump Administration Really, Truly Hates Separation of Church and State.  Americans United for Separation of Church and State Executive Director Barry Lynn will be retiring at the end of this year after a remarkable 25 years of service to Americans United. It is our good fortune that Barry has agreed to return to Rochester in October to present his perspective on the state of church/state separation under the Trump administration.  In his talk, Barry will point out all the ways the present administration has tried to thwart efforts to maintain the separation of church and state.

    To celebrate Barry’s retirement, cake and coffee will be served after his talk, giving audience members the opportunity to thank him for his years of outstanding service to the organization, which for 70 years, has led the fight to maintain church/state separation.  The program, free and open to the public, will begin at 7:00 pm at Asbury First Methodist Church, 1060 East Avenue.

    October 26, 2017

    The Prophetic Tradition and the Civil Rights Movement: How Can We Respond to Anti-Semitism and the Rise of White Nationalism?  Susannah Heschel, Chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College and daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, will be giving the above talk at the University of Rochester in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.  The talk begins at 5:00 pm and a reception will follow.   For information, please contact Prof. Aaron Hughes at aaron.hughes@rochester.edu

    October 26, 2017

    Jewish and Muslim Relations: Past, Present, and Future. Dr. Reuven Firestone will be giving a talk on Muslim and Jewish relations. Dr. Firestone is the Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute or Religion and Affiliate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. In addition, he is the author of An Introduction to Islam for Jews, Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims, and many other books.  The program is from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Nazareth College Arts Center, A14, and is free and open to the public- Parking is available at A parking lot.

    October 27-9, 2017

    Temple Sinai Scholar-in-Residence Program. Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism & Islam at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, is one of the foremost scholars of Jewish-Muslim relationships and has authored eight books and over 100 articles on this topic. He is a dynamic and popular speaker who has lectured at colleges and universities across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast and East Asia, as well as leading workshops in synagogues, mosques and churches here and abroad.
    Rabbi Firestone's topics will include:

    • "One Holy Land for Three Holy Peoples: Islamic, Christian & Jewish Regard for the "Holy Land" and their impact on the current conflict"
    • "Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Dialogue & Dissent"
    • "Who are the (real) Chosen People? The Meaning of Chosenness in Judaism, Christianity, & Islam"

    There will be much more information to follow but, in the meantime, make sure to mark your calendars. This program is being presented in cooperation with the Islamic Center of Rochester.

    November 2, 2017

    ROC/Acts Public Action Meeting.  ROC/Acts will be holding a public meeting to discuss:

    • Police Accountability – Community trust requires police to be held accountable if they break the law….”Accountability goes both ways.”
    • Childcare Assistance – Keep pressure on the State Legislature, additional funding for Childcare Assistance is desperately needed.
    • Wage Equity for Healthcare Workers – People who care for the sick and elderly should be paid a living wage.

    The meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 304 Joseph Avenue.

    November 6, 2017

    Moving Beyond Racism Book Discussion.  Book selection TBA. Monday, November 6th, 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 at  mbrbookinfo@aol.com.

    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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