Upcoming Events

October 10 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 10 and November 21 at the Penfield Library, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield.  Register at: https://connect.pachamama.org/node/2122

The course will also 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

Also 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.

October 17, 2019

Worker Rights in the 21st Century.  A program of TIAR following its monthly Board Meeting.  The program begins at 5:30 pm at the Covenant United Methodist Church on Culver Road at Parsells.  The speaker will be Bruce Popper, VP-Retired of 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East.  For more information, contact: Ms. Gaynelle Wethers, President, TIAR, gwether9@gmail.com

October 17, 2019

Project Blitz.  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. Project Blitz is the religious right’s effort to pass (numerous/onerous) bills in state legislatures reflecting far right fundamentalist theology.  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.

October 20, 2019

Building Community: The Intersection of Faith and Arts. Celebrate with GRCC Faith in Action Network, 100 years of building community in greater Rochester.  The program features:

* Concert by the Telos Trio and the world premiere of Cary Ratcliff’s “Fresh Wind for Our Sails”

• Art show of student works about community

• Participation in The Children’s Agenda

Interfaith Weekend

• Interactive audience participation

The program begins at 2:30 pm at the Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street, in Rochester.

October 23, 2019

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along: An Interfaith Dialogue Session.  A seminar of the Hickey Center at Nazareth College featuring Dr. Tamara Sonn, the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of Islam, and director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, speaking on "The Myth of Civilizations: How the Clash Was Constructed”, and Dr. Carl Davila, professor of History at State University of New York at Brockport with a specialization in Arab History, Classical Islam, Arabic Language and Culture, speaking on "Islamic Spain and the Problem of Convivencia".  The presentation is at 7:00 pm at Nazareth’s Golisano Academic Center, Room 38, and will be followed by a Q&A; it is free and open to all.  Register at https://www.smore.com/xn48q-can-t-we-all-just-get-along?ref=email.

October 23 – 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 23, 2019 6:00-8:00 PM

        Wolcott Civic Free Library, 5890 New Hartford Street, Wolcott, NY14590

        Sponsored by: Wolcott Civic Free Library

        Register at: Contact Nancy Kasper, (315) 587-9349

  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 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

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.

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.

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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