Land of Open Graves
Oct
18
4:30 PM16:30

Land of Open Graves

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Dr. Jason DeLeon- Land of Open graves: Understanding American Politics and the US/Mexico Border Enforcement through the Lives and Deaths of Migrants.

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Jason De León is currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Beginning July of 2019, he will become Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles with his lab located in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

De León directs the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a long-term anthropological study of clandestine migration between Mexico and the United States that uses a combination of ethnographic, visual, archaeological, and forensic approaches to understand this violent social process. He has published numerous academic articles and his work with the UMP has been featured in a variety of popular media outlets. For more information on this research go here.


He is the author of the award-winning book “The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail” (featuring photos by Michael Wells). He is also on the Academic Board for the Institute for Field Research, a nonprofit organization operating over 42 field schools in 25 countries across the globe. 

Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan in the Fall of 2010, Jason taught in the anthropology department at the University of Washington for two years. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Penn State University in 2008 and earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at UCLA (2001). As an undergraduate at UCLA he gained his first experience conducting research in Mexico.  His dissertation research focused on the development of early political economy and stone tool production among the ancient Olmec of Mesoamerica.

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Jason is an active musician who played with the Long Beach based hardcore-punk-reggae band Youth in Asia in the mid to late 1990’s and the Americana band The Wilcox Hotel based out of State College, PA between 2005 and 2008. He is currently involved in various musical projects in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Pasta with a Purpose
Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Pasta with a Purpose

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Are you ready for a fun night of great food and drink that also supports a worthy cause?

The Caring Community Collaborative (C3) is proud to host the Second Annual Pasta with a Purpose event at Liberty Center on Thursday, October 18.

Get your tickets by clicking here and please pass this email along to your friends and family.

We can't wait to see you there and thank you in advance for your support!

Thanks for helping us spread the word.

The C3 Team

C3 is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to make a difference right here in our own community.

All ticket sales and donations will support C3 programs for:

Mental health

Substance abuse, addiction, and prevention

Veterans welfare

Youth and Senior issues

Hunger and homelessness

Interfaith understanding




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Stefan Schluter: Populism on the Rise: What does this Mean for Minority Communities in Germany and Europe?
Oct
22
11:45 AM11:45

Stefan Schluter: Populism on the Rise: What does this Mean for Minority Communities in Germany and Europe?

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Payment for this Luncheon Dialogue can now be made thru www.fplcohio.org  noted at the bottom of the flyer.

Click on Events at the top, and then scroll down to the October 22 event. 

If you are unable to pay thru the site, cash, check, or credit card can be taken at the event.  Please RSVP by emailing to cummins@xavier.edu

 

Parking Pass and Directions are below the event flyer

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Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati: Professional Development WorkShop
Oct
25
4:00 PM16:00

Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati: Professional Development WorkShop

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Greetings,

Educators across the region recognize the need and have asked for accurate, engaging and curriculum relevant resources on Islam and Muslims. In addition to the Islamic Center’s Tours and Speakers, you are cordially invited to a very beneficial Educator's Workshop at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. in the educational building room E-104

This session aims to empower educators, administrators and other leaders in public and private institutions on contemporary issues surrounding Islam and Muslims.

The program will include recognized instructors who will:

- Provide educators with the tools, information and methods they need on Islam and Muslims

- Educate the audience on the basic tenets of Islam following the “Getting to Know Your Muslim Neighbor” model based on First Amendment Center 

- Address common misconceptions and stereotypes 

- Highlight Islamic Art and Calligraphy by Dr. Ainsley Cameron, Curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Please see attached flyer for further details and registration link. Evening meal will be provided.

We hope to see you at this valuable program.  

For further details, contact 513-755-3280 or info@icgc.us

Sincerely,

Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati 

Tours & Talks Outreach Program

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Art After Dark
Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

Art After Dark

Art After Dark: Diwali: Festival of Lights #artafterdarkcincy

Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati, OH 45202

Friday, October 26, 2018

5–9 p.m.

Free admission and free parking

Celebrate special exhibition The Fabric of India and Diwali, India’s festival of lights with food for purchase from traditional Indian restaurants, specialty cocktails, live music from  DJ Vikas, docent-led tours, henna tattoo stations and dance performances. 

Hope to see you there.

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The Fabric of India
On view October 19, 2018–January 6, 2019
Organized by the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this exhibition is the first to fully explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India.

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Heroes Rise Street Dance Experience
Oct
26
6:30 PM18:30

Heroes Rise Street Dance Experience

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Heroes Rise - Street Dance Experience

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Friday, October 26, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Purchase tickets here

Experience street dance in Cincinnati like you've never seen it before. A complete production full of Breaking, Popping, Locking, House, Krump, HipHop, Memphis Jookin, and West African street styles.  All done to the music these dances were born of.  Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic etc...

Happening in the Harriet Tubman theatre in the Freedom Center, featuring local street dancers of all ages, this will definitely be an EXPERIENCE to remember.

With special guest BASKOTY DJONZE 

"Basko" is a choreographed dancer from Gabon who started dancing on the streets of Libreville in 2007. He is one of the most successful dancers in the battle circuit in Central Africa. Parallel to his rise in the world of the competition, the dancer crossed the gates of the institute Francais du Gabon in 2013 where he is still in residence now. This partnership brings Basko to choreographic creation where there is a real desire to share, but also to tell their visions of life to the public. In 2015 they created a Street Dance called Zyeute Dance, a very popular dance in Gabon and one of the most popular dances in Africa, and he continues to travel around the world to exchange, share and meet various professional dancers.

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2018 Refugee Intergration Conference
Oct
30
to Oct 31

2018 Refugee Intergration Conference

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2018 Refugee Intergration Conference

Refugee integration is a complex and gradual process with legal, economic, social and cultural dimensions. US Together was founded in Columbus, with the purpose to assists refugees and immigrants escaping persecution, violence, tyranny, and extreme poverty.  We facilitate their resettlement, provide social/economic integration, and help them build vibrant communities.

US Together, Inc. in partnership with OSU Wexner Medical Center invites you to join us for the 2018 Refugee Integration Conference: Overcoming Trauma to Integration, on October 30th and 31st, 2018.  The conference will be held on OSU’s campus at the Biomedical Research Tower 460 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, Ohio. The cost to attend is $60 either day one or day two and $100 for both days, and CE Credits are available for nurses and social workers. Invoicing is available and separate per request. Community organizations are encouraged to table and display their information. Please contact Christine Garcia, MS, Director-Columbus Office with any inquiries at cgarcia@ustogether.us or (614) 437-9941 x 3221.

For Event details and Registration Information click here.

EventBrite registration:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-together-refugee-integration-conference-tickets-49913027208 

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Peaslee Neighborhood Center - 8th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Peaslee Neighborhood Center - 8th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction

Save the date for Peaslee Neighborhood Center's 8th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, Peaslee Presents, on Thursday, November 8, here in Over-the-Rhine at the Bell Event Centre! RSVP and purchase your tickets on Eventbrite.
Follow the links below to stay connected and support Peaslee's work.

Join Peaslee Neighborhood Center as we educate, engage, enrich and empower learners of all ages! Since our founding on December 14th 1984, Peaslee has been an anchor in our community, providing space for deep connections made through art, music, service and conversations that foster critical thinking and action for positive social change.

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Our annual dinner and silent auction, Peaslee Presents, supports this vital work and vision of raising up “thoughtful citizens committed to a just and equitable society.” We hope you will join us in honoring the challenging and rich work of educating and community building that is sustained by youth, mothers, grandmothers and engaged citizens in our community. Come join us for great food, wonderful items for auction, beautiful music — plus a chance to be inspired by the work of Peaslee and our amazing community partners. Please bring your friends and join us in this celebration of community.

Interested in partnering through a sponsorship? 

To see details on sponsorship opportunities, download our Sponsorship Levels. If you're interested in supporting Peaslee's mission through a sponsorship or have more questions, fill out the Sponsorship Form and contact Jennifer Summers at (513) 621.5514.

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Cincinnati Zen Center - One-Day Retreat
Nov
10
8:00 AM08:00

Cincinnati Zen Center - One-Day Retreat

Cincinnati Zen Center

One-Day Retreat with Dae Do Soen-sa
Saturday, November 10, 8 am to 8 pm


Join us for a day retreat with guest teacher Dae Do Soen-Sa, which includes sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talk, and interviews.

Dae Do (Bob Kohl) is the abbot and Resident Teacher of the Mud and Water Zendo in Neenah, WI. He has been practicing Zen for more than 25 years, starting with the Indianapolis Zen Group in the early 90s. He received Inka (permission to teach) from Zen Master Dae Gak in 2011.

Participants are expected to sit the entirety of the day to maintain consistency of the retreat experience. Vegetarian lunch and dinner are provided.

Suggested donation $50 ($20 students).Preregistration required.

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AJC 18th Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Lunch
Nov
14
11:45 AM11:45

AJC 18th Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Lunch

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18th Annual AJC Cincinnati Thanksgiving Diversity Lunch

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

11:45AM – 1:15PM
Schiff Family Conference Center
Cintas Center, Xavier University
1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati OH 45207

United States of America: 
The Five Freedoms of the First Amendment


Featuring
Kevin Aldridge 
Cincinnati Enquirer 

Register Here

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Sunset Salons - Historic Preservation Religious Institutions Then and Now
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Sunset Salons - Historic Preservation Religious Institutions Then and Now

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Sunset Salons: Historic Preservation – Religious Institutions Then & Now

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6 – 8pm
CCAC partners with the Skirball Museum for a conversation about architecture, historic preservation, and the history of Cincinnati’s religious institutions against the backdrop of Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic History by J. Miles Wolf. $10/advance and $12/door; Skirball members and FotoFocus Passport holders $8/advance and $10/door. Registration recommended.

Featured Panelists:

  • Pastor Robert Baines, Southern Baptist Church

  • J. Miles Wolf, photographer

  • Dr. Gary P. Zola, executive director of the American Jewish Archives

  • Margo Warminski, Cincinnati Preservation Association

  • Moderated by Dan Hurley, host of WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition

Schedule:

6:00pm – Doors open for light bits and chocolate desserts
6:15pm – Featured panel conversation

Register Here.


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Save the Date! Belonging: Undocumented and American
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Save the Date! Belonging: Undocumented and American

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On November 15th, IJPC will host Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. His keynote address will cap IJPC’s annual gathering. During the night we will celebrate the work of local peace makers through honoring them with the IJPC Margaret Fuller Peace Award and the IJPC Bob Maxwell Peace Builder Award as well as share updates about the successes and struggles of the previous year on the front lines of social justice in Cincinnati.

Tickets on sale in September!

Help support Belonging: Undocumented and American

Sponsorships for the night exist at a variety of financial commitments and help us ensure we reach the broadest audience as we bring in this international speaker. Your organization/business’ involvement is necessary to create a culture of belonging for all people in Cincinnati.

Who is Jose Antonio Vargas? 

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Define American, the nation’s leading nonprofit media organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. He is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, to be released by HarperCollins on September 18, 2018.

In 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants in a follow-up cover story. He then produced and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. Broadcasted on CNN and streamed on Netflix, the film received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. In 2015, MTV aired White People, an Emmy-nominated television special he produced and directed on what in means to be young and white in a demographically changing America.

A product of the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a proud graduate of San Francisco State University (’04), where he was named Alumnus of the Year in 2012, and Mount View High School (’00).

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Community Conversations:Racial Coalition Politics
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Community Conversations:Racial Coalition Politics

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Community Conversations: Racial Coalition Politics

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. 
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos raised their fist in a black-power salute during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City. October 16, 2018, is the 50th anniversary of this peaceful protest that shocked the world and its legacy is reflected today with similar protest by professional athletes.  

Dr. Jakobi Williams is the author of From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago published in 2013 by the University of North Carolina Press under its prestigious John Hope Franklin Series will lead a conversation on the concept of racial coalition politics and its relevancy.

Dr. Williams was born and raised on the south side of Chicago (Englewood). Prior to joining the faculty at Indiana University, he served as an associate professor of History at the University of Kentucky, an adjunct professor at UCLA, and spent one year as a Chancellor Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Williams’ research interests are centered on questions of resistance and the social justice revolutions found within the historic African American community.

In partnership with the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati and Union Institute & University, join us for this meaningful conversation as we explore the past and present climate of racial coalition politics.

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A Just Gathering: Working Towards Equity & Justice
Oct
14
4:30 PM16:30

A Just Gathering: Working Towards Equity & Justice

We're having a Party and you're invited!

Join us for a time of food, fellowship, and fun while we celebrate the work you have done. And organize for work going forward as AMOS. We also want to thank Troy Jackson for his service to the Cincinnati community.

  • Music for the Movement Towards Equity and Justice: 

    • 4:30 JustLove Band with Ric Hordinski and friends of the Monastery

    • 5:00 New Prospect Baptist Church Choir

    • 5:30 BlɅckSeeds and Sound the Alarm 

    • 6:45 MUSE Cincinnati Women's Choir

  • Food trucks

  • Children's activities

Let's get out the Vote!

Click on the link below to RSVP!

https://actionnetwork.org/events/a-just-gathering-working-towards-equity-justice-2?source=direct_link&

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FotoFocus Biennial: New American Stories
Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

FotoFocus Biennial: New American Stories

Prairie to Participate in 2018 Fotofocus Biennial

Prairie to present New American Stories, images by recently resettled refugees, as a participant in the 2018 Fotofocus Biennial Festival of Photography in Cincinnati. Opening reception October 13, 6-8 pm.

To complement the “open archive” theme of the upcoming 2018 Fotofocus Biennial Festival of Photography in October, Prairie worked with recently resettled refugees to create an exhibit of photographs which will show in its Northside gallery space. Refugees who have recently resettled in Cincinnati from around the globe, through the efforts of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, learned the basics of point and shoot photography and about Western traditions of creating and compiling family photo albums. Each participant created their own small body of work, created their own family photo album and selected one or two of their images to show in Prairie’s Fotofocus exhibit, New American Stories. The exhibit will also contain short narratives and reflections from each participant on immigrating to the US and the role Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio played in their lives.

Read more..

http://prairiecincinnati.com/news/detail/prairie-to-participate-in-2018-fotofocus-biennial

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Great Human Race 5K Run/Walk
Oct
7
8:30 AM08:30

Great Human Race 5K Run/Walk

Great Human Race 5K Run/Walk

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Join the Mayerson JCC and the Holocaust & Humanity Centers for the 2018 Great Human Race 5k run/walk!

The Great Human Race 5K will take place on October 7, with registration at 8:30am and the race starting at 10am at the Mayerson JCC. Register with coupon code

GHR2018 to get $10 off your registration! 

Come gather with the community for a family-friendly day of wellness and fun to support two incredible community organizations - the Holocaust & Humanity Center and the Mayerson JCC.

Both organizations serve as homes for the greater community to celebrate diversity and inclusion and foster understanding of each individual.

Register

SIGN UP AND SAVE $10 Off Great Human Race
Register now and use coupon code GHR2018 to receive $10 off  your Great Human Race registration and join us to transform humanity one step at a time.

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Greater Clifton Interfaith Community Barbecue
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Greater Clifton Interfaith Community Barbecue

Dear Friends,

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In our challenging and divided world of the past years, one of the great ways we have had to come together has been through the Greater Clifton Interfaith Community. Through worship services, lunches, etc., we are learning about each other and how to become the community our faiths inspire! We want to invite you to a Barbecue on the HUC-JIR campus on Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30pm

This will be special because it is during Sukkot, the Biblical feast of Thanksgiving and we will all eat (weather permitting!) underneath our Sukkah, symbolic of the Feast of Booths.

We will provide the main course, and we hope that you will bring a vegetarian food that represents your ethnic, cultural or religious community! We are excited to begin the new year together, introducing our new dean, Dr. Jonathan Hecht, our new clergy friends who have come to Cincinnati this summer, as well as making plans for the new year!  Please feel free to bring a guest. We will be joined by some of our HUC Rabbinical School and Pines School of Graduate Studies students.

We are excited to welcome you to the HUC campus (3101 Clifton Avenue), some for the first time, and others yet again!

Please RSVP to Jenny Mendelson, jmendelson@huc.edu or 513-487-3098, by Thursday, September 20, and let her know how many will be attending, and what dish you will be bringing.

Ken

Rabbi Kenneth A. Kanter

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

3101 Clifton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45220

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  JCRC and Israel Center Present: Parents Circle Families Forum- Reconciliation Over Revenge
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

JCRC and Israel Center Present: Parents Circle Families Forum- Reconciliation Over Revenge

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In the midst of their grief and anger, more than 600 families who have lost loved ones to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are seeking reconciliation over revenge.

The Parents Circle Families Forum (PCFF) brings thousands of these bereaved families together on their personal journeys of reconciliation. It is often raw and always emotional, but out of these interactions, comes change. Not the kind of change that makes headlines, but a more personal and profound shift in perspective. 

These bereaved members, armed with the credibility of their loss and the uncommon path they have chosen, have opened a crack in the psyche of a hardened populous. They have begun to stir an awareness about the conflict that transcends history and politics. For many, it is the first time they have seen “the other side” as human. 

The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati's Israel Center and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), along with Entrepreneurs' Organization Cincinnati (EO), will host Rami Elhanan, who lost his daughter, and Mazen Faraj, who lost his father, for a dialogue on September 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mayerson JCC. The two men will share their stories of loss and their unique choice of reconciliation.

Following the presentation will be an interactive session led by JCRC Board Member and communication trainer, Sherri Goren Slovin, about how we in Cincinnati can develop the tools to have productive conversations in the midst of challenging differences.

The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are asked to register at jewishcincinnati.org/PCFF

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OTR Film Fest & Interfaith BreakFast
Sep
26
to Sep 30

OTR Film Fest & Interfaith BreakFast

The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival  is Wednesday, September 26th to September 30th.

This year’s movies will follow bold new film blocks, including films involving: Freedom, Diversity, Faith, Identity, and Disability. Join us as cinema brings us together to explore, discuss, and celebrate the shared human experience.

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INTERFAITH BREAKFAST

September 27, 2018 8:00 am | Cintas Center

LET US ALL COME TOGETHER!

A coming together of universal faiths and cultures to share stories that celebrate the Human Spirit, as well as raise awareness of relevant issues facing our community. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and meet new people who care about inclusion as much as you do. Listen to an inspiring message from our keynote speaker, Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.  You will leave with a renewed vision for what it means to be a neighbor. Want to pay by check? Simply download the Pay by Check Form, fill it out and send with your check to the address on the form.

We are excited to announce that we have posted our new website –www.OTRFilmFest.org. You can now tour our website to find out about this year’smovie offerings and other special events.


Be a Part of It - Become a Volunteer!

We invite you to become a big part of this year’s festival. We have hundreds of volunteer opportunities throughout many venues, including: Cincinnati Music Hall, Woodward Theatre, Mini Microcinema, Duke Energy Convention Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, SCPA (School for Creative and Performing Arts), Cintas Center, CAC (Contemporary Arts Center), and the 12th Street Global Village. Hundreds of volunteer jobs are open throughout the event, including: Ushers, Hosts/Hostesses, Ticket Takers, Runners, Greeters, and Venue Supervisors. Volunteers are an integral part of the film festival. We encourage you to volunteer with your co-workers, friends and relatives. Teenagers and college students are encouraged to volunteer.

It is very simple to register as a volunteer.

Go to www.OTRFilmFest.org.
Click on the “MENU” button in the right top corner. Click “GET INVOLVED”.
Click “VOLUNTEER”.
Click on “SIGN UP!”
Click on “Volunteer by Shifts – Various Jobs”

You take it from here. Select the date and time you would like to volunteer. You get to select the venue and what task for which you would like to volunteer. Register by filling in the blanks and submitting as requested.

Each volunteer will have to attend a “one-time” orientation on Tuesday, September18th or Wednesday, September 19th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Each volunteer will receive a volunteer t-shirt to be worn during their selected duties and a lanyard that will be worn to identify them as a volunteer while on the grounds of the festival. Your lanyard will be your free ticket to see any of the films scheduled during your off time. (Ticketed guests will be given priority admission.) Food/snack will be available for you while volunteering at a central location.

We hope to see you at this year’s Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival. If you have additional questions, please call (513)873-1609.

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Can We Bridge the Divide? Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Can We Bridge the Divide? Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Can We Bridge the Divide?

Better Angels Red /Blue Workshop

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 What:  A workshop bringing together a select number of conservative or Republican-leaning citizens and liberal or Democratic-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations rooted in our Catholic faith.*

Why:   In Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address in 1861, with the nation on the brink of Civil War, he appealed to the "better angels of our nature." When our Holy Father spoke to the U.S. Congress for the first time in history in 2015, he honored Lincoln as a guardian of liberty. Pope Francis pointed to a truth this U.S. President taught us: "Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity and solidarity." In our dangerously divided nation, we all need to be touched by something "better" within us and within the country we share. That's why we're hosting this Better Angels workshop.

Goals

  • To better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide.

  • To explore areas of unity and difference when it comes to our politics, while rooting our convictions first and foremost in our Catholic tradition.

  • To learn something that might be helpful to others in our community and the nation.

The Process:  A focus on listening and reflecting rather than debating and persuading.

Hosts:  Incarnation Catholic Church, 7415 Far Hills Rd., Centerville OH 45459

When:  Saturday, September 22, 9am to 1pm

(Lunch is not included, but there will be refreshments throughout the morning.)

Sponsors:  Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Social Action Office and Commission and Better Angels (www.better-angels.org). Better Angels is a nonpartisan organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America.

Interested?  Contact the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Office at
(513) 421-3131, ext. 2660, csa@catholiccincinnati.org. Space available for up to 42 participants. RSVP by Sept. 14.

 *Independents are welcome. To participate, we ask for the purposes of this workshop that you identify as "red" (leaning Republican and/or conservative) or "blue" (leaning Democratic and/or progressive).

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Interfaith Basketball Tournament
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

Interfaith Basketball Tournament

Interfaith Basketball Tournament


Sunday, September 16 2018 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 Sycamore High School Gymnasium

As people are increasingly seeking out those with whom they agree—on social media and in person—three local faith-based groups are encouraging the opposite among local teens. 

Crossroads Church, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), part of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, will host an Interfaith Basketball Tournament at Sycamore High School on Sunday, September 16, with a goal of increasing interaction and discussion between teenagers from three different religious backgrounds. There will be a high school boys tournament, and new this year, a high school girls bracket.

Christian, Muslim, and Jewish teams will first compete against each other in round-robin play, then mix it up for some interfaith interaction in a 3-on-3 tournament. 

The event on September 16 from 2-6 p.m. is free and open to the public. This program is funded by a Venture Award from the Cincinnati Jewish Teen Collective.

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Global Climate Action Summit
Sep
12
to Sep 14

Global Climate Action Summit

Global Climate Action Summit

People everywhere are encouraged to participate in the hundreds of affiliate events taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the world during the week of September 10-14th, including climate action panels, workshops, tours, exhibits and other special events. The full affiliate event schedule will be posted here this summer.

From September 12-14, you can virtually attend the Summit by streaming it live on YouTubeFacebook and Twitter. In person, Summit attendance for the plenary and other high-level sessions is by invitation and will require accreditation. If you represent an organization ready to make a major climate commitment at the Summit, please send details about that proposed announcement by clicking here.

The Global Climate Action Summit is also committed to reducing the environmental impact of the Summit event itself. To see how the Summit looks to meet or exceed international sustainability standards for large events, please click here.

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Big Hunger, The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups
Sep
6
5:30 PM17:30

Big Hunger, The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups

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Big Hunger, The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups

In Big Hunger, author Andy Fisher argues that many anti-hunger advocates miss an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. Encouragingly, Big Hunger sets forth a vision for what we can do to address poverty to solve hunger.

"We have pretended that the problem is hunger and not poverty. We’ve pretended that the solution to hunger is charity, not ensuring the right to food or increasing the political power of the poor." Andy Fisher

Following Andy's talk he will join a panel of local community leaders who are working to address poverty. These leaders are: Giovanna Alvarez, Director of the Su Casa Hispanic Center; Ted Bergh, CEO of Catholic Charities; Michael Johnson, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati; Kurt Reiber, President/CEO of the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank, and Moira Weir, Director, Hamilton County Job and Family Services. Together they will address how we can address poverty in our community and answer questions. Learn more.

This event is brought to you by Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio a United Way Agency Partner and the follow sponsors: Bartlett Wealth Management and the Edwin B. Brueggerman Center for Dialogue.

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Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change
Sep
6
5:00 PM17:00

Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Hosts
Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change
Program brings educators in the community together
for a dialog on progressive learning, September 6

 

CINCINNATI, OH (August 17, 2018) –The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will host Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 5 - 8:00 p.m. with featured speaker, Erin Gruwell. This program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.
 
Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change is a program that allow educators, students, parents and community leaders to come together to engage in topics pertaining to the field of education for the new school year. Erin Gruwell is a teacher, author, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, she transformed her students’ lives and encourages them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions, and ultimately re-chart their futures.
 
“With the start of the new academic year, we are thrilled to welcome Ms. Gruwell along with educators and parents in the community to build stronger relationships for the benefit of our youth,” says Tara Riley, Special Projects Officer at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “By sharing her perspective, our guests will be further inspired to engage and interact with the learning community.”
 
Gruwell and her students captured their collective journey in The Freedom Writers Diary. She founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches educators around the world how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. Gruwell created the Freedom Writers Methodology, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students.
 
Education is Freedom, Freedom is Change will be Thursday, September 6, from 5 – 8:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested. For more information about exhibits and programming at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, visit freedomcenter.org.

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Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati -Tikli and Laxmi Bomb
Sep
6
2:00 PM14:00

Indian Film Festival of Cincinnati -Tikli and Laxmi Bomb

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Tikli and Lakshmi Bomb Film Screening

Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This screening is free with general admission.

Join us as we partner with the Indian Film Festival for the screening Tikli and Laxmi Bomb.

Laxmi Malwankar is a sex worker in Mumbai who works on S.V. road and has been part of Mumbai's thriving sex trade for nearly two decades. She's 40, jaded and at some level has a deep seeded loyalty towards Mhatre, the pimp, who takes care of all the girls on that street.

Putul, 22, hails from Bangladesh and Mhatre the pimp has brought her to Laxmi to be taught the ropes. Putul, rebellious as she is, is full of questions about how this system works and why all the men in this system of prostitution profess to provide protection but then end up becoming predators themselves from whom then there is no protection.

Living in what could well be the strata of society that is most oppressed by Patriarchy, as it doesn't even officially exist in India, can these girls actually forge a new path for sex workers in the country? Or do they rise only to finally be overcome by a claustrophobic man's world?

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2018 Aruna Run
Sep
3
6:30 AM06:30

2018 Aruna Run

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2018 Aruna Run

Monday, September 3, 2018
6:30 a.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Across the world, today, millions languish in sexual slavery. They are more than statistics; they are individuals, with hopes and fears, dreams and doubts. Apart from someone stepping into their need, young women like Reshma will never be free.

We run to raise awareness of her need, to raise funds to secure her freedom through outreach programs, and to sustain her freedom through full time employment. When you run or walk in an Aruna Run, you run for a specific woman by name, like Reshma. You run for her freedom.

This year’s Cincinnati Aruna Run is presented by the Aruna Project, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and End Slavery Now. And new this year! We're offering a 5-mile, 3-mile, and 1-mile run/walk option. The 5-mile and 3-mile courses will be bridge runs, offering scenic downtown views as you travel along both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the river.

Register today at https://www.crowdrise.com/CincinnatiArunaRun. 100% of the registration fees go to free, empower, and employ survivors!

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Freestore Foodbank - Buy a Duck: Feed a Child
Sep
2
3:00 PM15:00

Freestore Foodbank - Buy a Duck: Feed a Child

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It’s time to get your ducks in a row! Duck Season is now open for the Freestore Foodbank’s 24th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta. The event, presented by Dawn, takes place on Sunday, September 2 prior to the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks. That afternoon, as many as 200,000 ducks will swim in the Ohio River near the Serpentine Wall. The first prize winner will receive a 2018 Honda Accord, courtesy Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers and possibly $1 million if their duck is the “KEMBA Million Dollar Duck.” The second prize winner will receive $100 from Kroger every week for a year ($5,200 total), and five additional winners will receive $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union.

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Stories of Survival Speaker Series: Cyprus
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

Stories of Survival Speaker Series: Cyprus

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6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • These events are free, but tickets must be reserved in advance.

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In 1974 the Turkish army forced hundreds of thousands of Greek Cypriots to flee their homes and become refugees in their own country. Many Cypriots stood their ground and stayed with their homes while others fled south and to other countries. 

About Stories of Survival: Stories of Survival is RefugeeConnect's annual speaker series. Our 2018 series includes five different speaking engagements with refugees from five different countries telling their own stories of survival, including Somalia, Cyprus, the Former Soviet Union, Burundi, and Bhutan. 

For all dates, information, and flyer, visit refugeeconnect.org/storiesofsurvival.

About RefugeeConnect: RefugeeConnect is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of refugees in Greater Cincinnati, to foster community acceptance and inclusion, and to construct a sustainable support system that empowers new Americans on the path to self-sufficiency. To learn more, visit us online at refugeeconnect.org.

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Beloved Community Talks: Let's Bridge the Racial Divide
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

Beloved Community Talks: Let's Bridge the Racial Divide

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The King Center is proud to launch its Beloved Community Talks (BCT)national tour in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Duke Energy Center on August 28, 2018, in honor of the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington for jobs and freedom and Dr. King's I Have A Dream Speech.

The King Center CEO, Dr. Bernice King, invites you to the Beloved Community Talks: Let’s Bridge the Racial Divide. Joining us in the courageous conversation, moderated by CNN Commentator, Bakari Sellers are William Gipson, P&G’s Chief Diversity Officer, Tamika Mallory, Co-President of the Women’s March, Dee Haslam, Owner of Cleveland Browns, Dr. Monty Lobb, Dean of Students at Ohio Christian University, Arno Michaelis, former Skin Head and Writer, Daryl Davis, Activist and Musician and Tim Wise, Anti-Racism Activist. Dr. Bernice A. King will also join the conversation.

This Beloved Community Talks will feature two courageous conversations with corporate leaders, activists, and political commentators with varying perspectives with a goal of hearing and starting to understand each other. Dr. King once said, "Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated." 

We know that these courageous conversations will not solve all matters regarding racism, but we do believe it is a step in the right direction of closing the divide and creating an understanding. 

Register today for this FREE event and learn how to host your own courageous conversation @ https://civicdinners.com/theracialdivide

This Beloved Community Talk is made possible by our sponsors Proctor & Gamble and Pepsico Foundation and partners International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies and Civic Dinners.

 

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Back to School Youth Symposium: Welcome to My World
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Back to School Youth Symposium: Welcome to My World

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Back to School Youth Symposium: Welcome to My World

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Social issues such as the use of the racial slurs and violence in schools have become part of our daily conversation. Our youth are being confronted with terms that adults are still challenged to defend. Each word carries more than their singular meaning; their usage spell out a society that refuse to embrace diversity and inclusivity; they highlight our difference and reveals to the world the communities that we’ve established. This youth symposium is an opportunity for our youth to use their words to express their thoughts and challenge others to give up complacency and achieve a greater understanding.

We encourage students, parents, educators and school administratorsfrom the Greater Cincinnati area to join us for this meaningful dialogue! 

DATE AND TIME

Sat, August 25, 2018

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

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LOCATION

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

50 East Freedom Way 

Cincinnati, OH 45202 

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Stories of Survival Speaker Series: Somalia
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Stories of Survival Speaker Series: Somalia

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6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • These events are free, but tickets must be reserved in advance.

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Nearly two million Somalis have fled Somalia since Mohamed Siad Barre seized power in 1969. They have fled to countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen and the United States. Currently, the United States has roughly 150 thousand Somali refugees.

This event is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance.

About Stories of Survival: Stories of Survival is RefugeeConnect's annual speaker series. Our 2018 series includes five different speaking engagements with refugees from five different countries telling their own stories of survival, including Somalia, Cyprus, the Former Soviet Union, Burundi, and Bhutan. 

For all dates, information, and flyer, visit refugeeconnect.org/storiesofsurvival.

About RefugeeConnect: RefugeeConnect is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of refugees in Greater Cincinnati, to foster community acceptance and inclusion, and to construct a sustainable support system that empowers new Americans on the path to self-sufficiency. To learn more, visit us online at refugeeconnect.org.

 

 

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Refugee Empowerment Initiative
Jul
18
1:00 PM13:00

Refugee Empowerment Initiative

You're Invited to the
Refugee Empowerment Initiative
Quarterly Forum 

Engaging the Media 

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1.   How to successfully call media attention to your work and advocacy efforts

2.   How to build media relationships

3.   How to speak with media and conduct interviews in a changing climate

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Schiff Family Conference Center
 Xavier University at Cintas
1624 Herald Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45207

Parking is free. We recommend you print a parking pass and place it in your car window.

RSVP to Cynthia Cummins at cummins@xavier.edu

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Promoting Inclusive & Just Communities in Ohio Kentucky and Indiana
Jul
16
to Jul 18

Promoting Inclusive & Just Communities in Ohio Kentucky and Indiana

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Promoting Just and Inclusive Communities in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana

Date: July 16, 2018 - July 18, 2018

Website: REGISTER HERE!!!

Event Description:

Promoting Just and Inclusive Communities in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana:
A “Whole of Community” Approach to Immigrants and Refugees

Join scholars, researchers, community organizers, service providers, local officials, leaders of faith communities, immigrant advocates, and others for a three-day event on how diverse groups in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana are working together to meet the needs of immigrant communities. This event will examine “whole of community” responses to welcoming, integrating, and protecting immigrants, lift up models and best practices, and provide opportunities for further community-focused collaborations. It will also help participants identify and bolster their legal support, research, and capacity needs in addressing these issues.

The conference schedule includes: optional site visits on July 16; and plenary panels and workshops on July 17 and 18. The full agenda and list of speakers will soon be available at http://cmsny.org/event/cincinnati-july2018/
 
The conference fee of $50 includes lunch and refreshments throughout the event. To register, visit https://cmsnewyork.eventbee.com/event?eid=107761232. Discounts and fee waivers are available to registrants/organizations indicating financial need. To request a discount or fee waiver, please contact cms@cmsny.org.
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DATE:
July 16-18, 2018

HERE:
Cintas Center At Xavier University
1624 Herald Av., Cincinnati, Ohio 45207

COST:
Conference Fee $50

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Cincinnati's Festival of Faiths
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

Cincinnati's Festival of Faiths

Greater Cincinnati’s first-ever Festival of Faiths on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Xavier University’s Cintas Center will bring together neighbors, families and spiritual leaders to celebrate the area’s religious diversity. The day will feature faith-based exhibits, dialogues, workshops, art, music and fun activities for all ages.  The event is free and open to the public. 

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Modeled after popular long-standing festivals in Louisville and Indianapolis, Cincinnati’s festival will showcase the many faith traditions of our region. It also includes a day of community service for interfaith groupings of volunteers.

Organized by the local Bridges of Faith Trialogue, the Festival’s objectives are to promote awareness of Greater Cincinnati’s religious diversity, celebrate the variety of cultural contributions to our community’s quality of life, and educate families about the world’s religions.   

The theme for this inaugural event is “Compassion through Action” in recognition of the role the faith community has historically played and continues to play in advancing a civil, socially just and welcoming community for all who live, work and visit Greater Cincinnati.  The event will also serve to unify our community, focusing on our similarities and celebrating our differences. 

"COMPASSION THROUGH ACTION "

A Day of Celebration: A festival showcasing Greater Cincinnati’s religious diversity and vitality, celebrating religion’s contributions to our community’s quality of life and modeling our exemplary interfaith relations and collaboration.

Days of Community Engagement: Interfaith groupings of volunteers will spend the day together performing community service, followed by a discussion of their shared experience.

THE Event

A Day of Celebration – a fun and educational festival, featuring music and culture, purely non-political, within a setting of 50+, diverse religious group exhibitors; to include opportunities for interfaith prayer/meditation and dialogue. (June 24, 1-5 pm)

Get your free ticket today

INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICE

 "Religious communities are, without question, the largest and best organized civil institutions in the world today, claiming the allegiance of billions of believers and bridging the divides of race, class and nationality.  They are uniquely equipped to meet the challenges of our time; resolving conflicts, caring for the earth, the sick, the needy, and promoting peaceful co-existence among all people."       - Religions of Peace

The organizers of the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths envision the Festival as a launching pad for an expanded, energized and united faith community that will address the challenges of our community.  Imagine it, representatives of a dozen world religions working hand in hand as never before to advance the cause of "compassion through action." To that end, we are urging interfaith groupings to perform community engagement services before and after the June 24th Festival of Faiths.  We have two (2) projects that are now ready for volunteer involvement:

        * Safe and Healthy Ohio Campaign: Canvassing for Ohio criminal justice reform (on November ballot) --- seeking volunteers to gather petition signatures; an initiative being led locally by the AMOS Project.  Those interested individuals and groups should contact Elizabeth Hopkins of the AMOS Project at elizabeth.hopkins@ohorganizing.org.

        * Habitat for Humanity interfaith builds --- seeking individuals and groups to participate in half-day or full-day Habitat builds.  Those interested should contact Maria Santiago of Habitat at maria.santiago@habitatcincinnati.org.

 

June 24th Events:

12:10-12:50 PM Interfaith Service  (Cintas Center, XU Campus)

12:50 - 1:00 PM Faith & Civic Leaders Processional

1:00 - 1:20 PM Opening Ceremonies (Cintas Center, XU Campus)

1:20 - 5:00 PM  Festival Exhibits & Vendors, On-going faith-based entertainment, Compassionate Conversations, Children & Youth Activities

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