Upcoming Events

October 26, 2019

From Conflict to Collaboration: WNY Restorative Practices Conference.  Conference to be held from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm in Kearney Hall, St. John Fisher College.  Keynote speakers and their subjects are Lauren Abramson – Restorative Approaches: A Biological and Moral Imperative of our Time and Danielle Ponder – For the Love of Justice: Building a Justice System with Transformative and Redemptive Power.  Breakout sessions will cover these practices in school, the criminal justice system, and the community.  The conference is open to the public; registration fee is $50-$85. Register at eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-conflict-to-collaboration-wny-restorative-practices-conference-registration-64241478993?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.  For more information, call (585) 473-0970 or email office@pirirochester.org

October 30, 2019 – April 22, 2020

Leaders and Leadership in the Bible.  This year’s 6-part program presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.  All sessions, featuring presentations from both Christian and Jewish perspectives, will take place at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue in Brighton, from 12-1 pm with time for Q&A.  All are free and open to the public.  This year’s schedule:

Wednesday, October 30: Moses

Presented by Dr. Angela B. Sims, President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and Rabbi Rochelle Tulik, Asst. Rabbi, Temple B’rith Kodesh

Wednesday, November 20: Eve

Presented by Rabbi Debbi Till, Temple Sinai, and Rev. Dr. Denise Yarbrough, Director, Religious and Spiritual Life, U of R

Wednesday, December 18: Miriam

Presented by Meredith Dragon, CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester and Mark Brummitt, Asst. Dean of Students and Assoc. Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Deborah

Presented by Rev. Debbie Grohman, First Presbyterian Church of Ontario Center and Rabbi Peter Stein, Sr. Rabbi, Temple B’rith Kodesh

Wednesday, March 11: David

Presented by Rabbi Alan Katz, Temple Sinai and Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady II, Sr. Minister, Asbury First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, April 22: Joseph

Presented by Prof. Joseph Kelly, Emeritus, Nazareth College and Rabbi Michael Silbert, Temple Beth David

October 30 – November 15, 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:

  Wednesday October 30, 2019 1:00-2:30 PM

        Lyell Branch Library, 956 Lyell Ave, Rochester, NY14606

        Sponsored by: Lyell Branch Library

        Register at: https://connect.pachamama.org/node/3364

  Wednesday November 6, 2019 7:00-8:00 PM

        Mendon Public Library, 22 N. Main St., Honeoye Falls, NY14472

        Sponsored by: Mendon Public Library

        Register at: https://connect.pachamama.org/node/2949

        Friday November 15, 2019 3:00-5:00 PM

        Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Ave, Rochester, NY14617

        Sponsored by: Irondequoit Public Library

        Register at: https://connect.pachamama.org/node/2226

October 31 through February 13, 2020

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 between October 31 and December 5 at the Victor Farmington Library, 15 W. Main Street, Victor.  Register at: https://connect.pachamama.org/node/2267

The course will also be offered between January 9 and February 13 at the Henrietta Library, 625 Calkins Road, Rochester, NY  14623.  Register at: https://connect.pachamama.org/node/3316

           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.

November 11, 2019

Satanism.  A monthly discussion group on the 3rd Thursday of every month by the Rochester Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. This topic will be led by Tom Quinn, Western NY Satanic president/organizer. The discussions are held at the Out Alliance/Gay Alliance, 100 College Ave #100.  They will take place from 7-9 pm.  Street parking. Kindly respond to choffman962@gmail.com if you are able to attend these events.

November 21, 2019

Why Do We Hate?  A Community Conversation to be led by Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Kaleka.  Pardeep Kaleka lost his father, a leader of the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, when a white supremacist opened fire in the neighborhood temple in 2012. Arno Michaelis, a former skinhead who spent years committing violent acts in the name of white power, helped start the gang that produced the mass shooter.  In 2013, they met for the first time. They’ve been in dialogue ever since. The two men are co-authors of The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate. Since 2013, their educational organization Serve2Unite has engaged thousands of school students to address a host of social issues, including racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance, Holocaust remembrance, and genocide prevention.  Arno and Pardeep's shared stories and positive, outcomes-driven discussion will kick off a greater dialogue in the Rochester community.  The program is at 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Lyric Theater, 440 East Avenue in Rochester; tickets are $10.  The program is sponsored by the Levine Center to End Hate.  For more information, go to https://www.picatic.com/whydowehate.

December 8, 2019

Roc/ACTS Annual Fundraiser Banquet.  The Banquet will begin at 3:00 pm at the Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus Street, in Rochester.  The Keynote Address, “Rochester’s Legacy: Lift Every Voice”, will be given by Rev. Julius D. Jackson, Jr., Pastor, Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.  Tickets are $60; for more information, call 201-0147.

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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