Upcoming Events


March 21, 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:

  • April 18

  • May 16

  • June 20 – Annual Meeting

March 21, 2019

Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown. In an inspiring and easily understandable format, using videos, slides and group discussion you will learn about the latest research on how we can reverse global warming.  Many opportunities to attend this program are available:

March 24, 2019

A Tribute to Author and Humanist Amos Oz. On Sunday, March 24, J Street Rochester will be hosting a tribute to the work of Amos Oz in literature and advocacy. The event will feature an exploration of Oz's literary work from Nora L. Rubel, University of Rochester's Jane and Alan Batkin Professor of Jewish Studies.

Two weeks after Oz blessed Rochester with an extended visit, he returned to Israel and presented his "Last Lecture" at Tel Aviv University: The Account is Not Closed Yet. It is a powerful and lucid cri de coeur about Israel's future. Following Professor Rubel's presentation, we will present a screening of this final lecture.

March 25, 2019

Climate Change: Paths for Solutions.  A program cosponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition.  Panelists include Susan Hughes-Smith, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health at The College of Brockport and of Environmental Studies at RIT, a co-founder of the Rochester People's Climate Coalition; Barbara Grosh, PhD, Member of League of Women Voters, Member of Mothers Out Front; Peter Collinge, retired MCC math professor, Citizens Climate Lobby volunteer; and Melissa Carlsen, Community Choice Aggregation advocate and small business owner.  The program will run from 7-9 pm and will be held at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Avenue in Rochester.  Registration is requested at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-change-paths-for-solutions-registration-57910589131.

April 1, 2019

Moving Beyond Racism Book Discussion.  Book selection: TBA. Monday, April 1st, 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.

April 2, 2019

Equal Pay Day Rally. Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the year an average woman must work to earn what white non-Hispanic men earned in the previous year. Learn more about Pay Equity at http://rochesternow.org/equalpay/. The rally will be held from Noon - 12:45 pm at Workers United, 750 East Ave. in Rochester.  Wear green to signify equal money for all. Free and open to the public.

April 6, 2019

An Antidote to Today’s Partisanship: How to Agree to Disagree.  This is the 6th Annual Symposium of the RIT Center for Statesmanship, Law and Liberty.  Leading public intellectuals Robert George and Cornel West never let a spirited political disagreement get in the way of their deep friendship and mutual reverence for learning and open debate. West, a progressive philosophy professor at Harvard University, and George, a conservative legal scholar at Princeton, will discuss the importance of learning how to disagree with respect, civility, and humor.  The program will be at the Gordon Field House on the RIT Campus.  Doors will open t 6:30 pm and the Keynote Lecture will begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but seating is limited and registration is requested by March 26.  For more information or to register, go to http://alumni.rit.edu/2019CSLL.  This event will be live-captioned.

April 10, 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 final topic and its presenters are:

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.

April 16, 2019

Beating Guns Tour. Come watch Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin Beat a Gun into a Gardening Tool. The Beating Guns Tour is a 90-minute event that will feature music, art, and stories of people impacted by gun violence, culminating with an invitation for the audience to take the hammer and transform a gun into garden tools. Claiborne and Martin have also launched the Disarming Network to help people connect with safe spaces to disable guns according to Federal ATF guidelines. Inspired by the biblical prophets’ call to “beat swords into plowshares,” Claiborne and Martin will tour the country this spring with a forge and other blacksmithing tools. Claiborne and Martin build their case with a revealing overview of the history of guns and gun marketing in America, alarming statistics, and stories of devastated lives and restorative justice. They debunk common myths and offer ideas for common sense change.

Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.

Mike Martin is the founder and executive director of RAWtools, which partners with communities in an effort to repurpose weapons for creative and productive uses. Mike learned to blacksmith in order to turn guns into garden tools and is passionate about connecting people to nonviolent skills like restorative justice and conflict mediation. He is trained for restorative justice facilitation and encourages everyone to explore how they can connect to similar efforts in their community. He blogs at RAWtools.org.

The program will be at 6:00 pm at the Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Road.

April 23, 2019 through May 28

Project Drawdown. Project Drawdown is based on a recent comprehensive scientific study of global climate solutions, which found that the level of greenhouse gases can be drawn down and global warming reversed by scaling up existing methods and technologies.  “Drawdown Solutions: Getting into Action” is a free, 4-session multi-media, interactive learning experience that helps each person find their own role in reversing global warming. The free course will be offered 6:30-9:00 p.m. Tuesdays April 23, April 30, May 7, and May 28 at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Rd. Rochester, NY 14626.

Participants will develop skills to communicate effectively about reversing global warming, explore the climate solutions that most interest them, develop a project that helps implement a solution in their own community or context, and become part of a growing global community that is changing the conversation about global warming. Participants report moving from discouragement to activated hope in the face of global warming and climate change.  It will be presented by Drawdown Ambassadors of Pachamama Alliance in conjunction with Greece Baptist Church.

Free advance enrollment is requested by emailing greecebaptist@gmail.com. Or call Brandon Arva at 225-6160.

This same program will be offered M6 through June 10 at the Victor Farmington Library, 15 W. Main Street in Victor. Register at: https://connect.pachamama.org/node/1719  (click yellow “Enroll” button)

April 27,  2019

UCLM 6th Annual Martin Luther King Worship Celebration. Hosted by United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western NY. https://www.facebook.com/events/225022421778343/

LOCATION: Pentecost Miracle Deliverance Church, 923 Portland Ave., Rochester. This event was rescheduled (due to weather cancellation on the original date of Jan. 20). Mayor Johnson will deliver the keynote. 

May 19, 2019

Interfaith Climate Summit.  A presentation of Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action. Registration at 1:30 pm; program 2:00-5:00 p.m.  The program will be at the Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Rd. (just north of W. Ridge Rd.).  We will share in interfaith prayers for Creation, learn ways your faith community can protect Creation through workshops on food/recycling, facilities, gardens/landscaping, education/motivation, advocacy, and more, and experience the intergenerational Carbon Footprint Game.  The event is free. Please register in advance at www.RAICA.net.  Childcare is available with registration.

Questions? Contact Debby Kornfeld at gkornfeld@gmail.com or 269-8526.

June 4, 2019

Faith in Action Banquet. The 28th annual Faith in Action Banquet will include not only a time to celebrate those among us who put their faith into action but also a look at what this year’s centennial of ecumenical cooperation in Rochester is calling forth for our future together.  Please stay tuned for details.  In the meantime, select your faith community’s nominee and save the date.  The Banquet will be held from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Burgundy Basin Inn.

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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