Upcoming Events

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October 10, 2018

Transforming Patriarchy in Religions: From Gender Oppression to Beloved Community.  A program of the Hickey Center at Nazareth.  Speakers will include Rev. Cynthia Brix, PhD (Hon), co-director of Satyana Institute and co-founder of Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI). She is an ordained contemplative interfaith minister and was formerly a campus minister at the University of Colorado.  Joining her will be William Keepin, PhD, a mathematical physicist and scholar-practitioner of interfaith spirituality. His new book is Belonging to God: Spirituality, Science, and a Universal Path of Divine Love, which presents a universal, nondual path of divine love, bridging science and mysticism. He leads interfaith spirituality trainings, and his research on global warming influenced environmental policy internationally.  The program will be held from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Otto Shults Center on the Nazareth campus.

October 13, 2018

A Community Forum on Housing Challenges in Rochester. The Church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene will host a community forum on housing problems in the City of Rochester including homelessness, housing instability, affordable housing shortages, substandard housing and pervasive poverty.  A presenting panel will include Sister Grace from the House of Mercy, representatives from the Homeless Union and the City Wide Tenants Union, and Harry Murray, Ph.D., Sociology Professor at Nazareth College.

We will hear from people who work directly with those affected such as Catholic Worker James Murphy and Activist Liz McGriff. We will also hear from members of the community who cope with these housing issues on a daily basis.  The forum will be held from 3-5 pm at the Church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene, 17 S. Fitzhugh Street in downtown Rochester. For additional information contact Susan Strickland at 585.749.4878 or the Church office 585.546.7730

October 15, 2018

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 7-9 pm at Metro Justice, 1115 E.  Main Street, Door #7, Rochester.

This program will also be held on January 17, 2019, from 7-9 pm at the Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street in Rochester.

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


October 17, 2018

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:

  • October 17: Environment: Care of Creation.  Rev. Debbie Grohman, First Presbyterian Church of Ontario Center and Rabbi Michael Silbert, Temple Beth David.

  • November 7: Poverty and the Safety Net: Supporting the Common Good.  Rev. Doug Stewart, Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word and Rabbi Debbi Till, Temple Sinai

  • December 5: Immigration: Welcoming the Stranger.  Professor Joseph Kelly, Emeritus, Nazareth College and Rabbi Alan Katz, Temple Sinai.

  • 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.

October 18, 2018

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:

  • November 15

  • December 20

  • January 17, 2019

  • February 21

  • March 21

  • April 18

  • May 16

  • June 9 – Annual Meeting

  • June 20

November 1-7, 2018

2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions – Toronto. The Nazareth College Hickey Center and Center for Spirituality as well as the University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel are participating in this year's Parliament of the World's Religions. Hickey Center executive director Dr. Muhammad Shafiq met with the Parliament's executive director to discuss plans for the upcoming event. The Parliament Conference will take place November 1st thru the 7th in Toronto and will include workshops put on by Nazareth College and U of R faculty and students.  The proximity of this international event should be attractive for many local residents.  For more information and registration, go to their website: https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto/toronto-2018

November 5, 2018

Moving Beyond Racism Book Discussion.  Book selection TBA.Monday, November 5th, 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.

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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