Upcoming Events

    December 4, 2017

    Moving Beyond Racism Book Discussion.  Book selection TBA. Monday, December 4th, 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.

    December 7, 2017

    Racism Event. Debby Irving, author of “Waking Up White” will be at St. John Fisher on Thursday, December 7, 7 – 9:00 p.m.  She is a dynamic, nationally-recognized speaker, helping us to understand race/racism.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this insightful educator and enlightener!  Go to www.expandingevents.org for more details and to register. Questions?  Call Frank Staropoli 734-2960.  

    December 13, 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:

    • 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.

    December 14, 2017

    Rochester Vigil to #EndGunviolence.  To remember the half-million Americans killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook tragedy, there will be vigil at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 353 Court Street in downtown Rochester.  The vigil will begin and will be followed by a reception.

    December 21, 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:

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

    January 20, 2018

    Healing the Great Divides. Our society’s sharp divisions not only stress our nerves and divide our families, they also cripple our ability to work together and solve the major problems that threaten our common future, such as climate change, poverty, and the threat of terrorism and war. On January 20, 2018, the Rochester Pachamama Alliance Seeds of Hope team, in partnership with others, will present “Healing the Great Divides.” Participants will gain an historical perspective on how our divisions have arisen, glimpse the emerging perspective of our interdependence, and practice practical tools for building bridges over the chasms that separate us.  The Sisters of Mercy, FR=EE and Greece Baptist Church have joined as co-sponsors. The event will take place from 2:00-5:00 PM on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Road, Rochester NY 14626

    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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