Holocaust Speaker Series
Jun
3
to Jun 30

Holocaust Speaker Series

Holocaust Speaker Series


Join the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center each Wednesday and Sunday to hear directly from Holocaust survivors and the descendants. Each presentation is FREE and open to the public.

You can read biographies for each speaker here. 

This program is sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine. 

 

June Schedule:

June 2, 2pm               Al Miller

June 5, 11am              Steve Coppel

June 9, 2pm               Andrea Herzig

June 12, 11am            Irene Levin

June 16, 2pm             Conrad Weiner

June 19, 11am            Al Miller

June 23, 2pm            Gary Brooks

June 26, 11am           Sonia Milrod

June 30, 2pm            Henry Fenichel

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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Freedom 55 Series
Jun
6
to Jun 30

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Freedom 55 Series

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United Religions Initiative- 2019 International Conference & Circles of Light
Jun
26
to Jun 27

United Religions Initiative- 2019 International Conference & Circles of Light

2019 International Conference and Circles of Light

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019 to THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019

URI (The United Religions Initiative) will be hosting a two-day international conference on interfaith strategies for global peacebuilding at the Hoover Institution on the Stanford University campus.

Learn More

 


CIRCLES OF LIGHT GALA

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019

Celebrating the launching of URI's 20th year, the Circles of Light Gala will be held on the Stanford University campus as a separately ticketed event. Conference attendees are invited to register for this dinner.

Learn More

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual Tickets to Accelerate Peace Conference and Circles of Light Gala are available here.

WEB STREAMING

Both the Accelerate Peace Conference and Circles of Light Gala will be streamed live on June 26 and June 27. A link will be available here to view the various part of the events. For a full schedule of the Conference, click here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please contact URI via email at peace@uri.org or by phone at 415-561-2300.









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Intro to Zen Workshop
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Intro to Zen Workshop

INTRO TO ZEN WORKSHOP
Sat 6/29, 9 am to Noon


This 3-hour workshop provides an orientation to Zen, sitting and walking meditation, open dialogue about Zen, and an opportunity to practice the meditation forms. The format is interactive, with plenty of time for questions. Good for beginners or for those seeking a refresher.

The workshop will be led by senior CZC students Suz Croutwater, Joe Fisher, and Mark Shores.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Preregistration required. No suggested donation.

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Kids4Peace Summer Camp
Aug
2
5:30 PM17:30

Kids4Peace Summer Camp

Kids4Peace Summer Camp

We are happy to announce that registration is open for the 2019 Kids4Peace Interfaith Day Camp .  The camp will be held from July 2019 through August 2, 2019.  There is still plenty of room available.!  Please join the fun.  Kids 4Peace has been steadily growing, and have many opportunities available for those youth interested in having a voice, and building peace within our local community.

Who: youth who are currently in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade

Where:

MONDAY: Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, Westchester, OH

TUESDAY: St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, OH

WEDNESDAY to FRIDAY: Adath Israel Congregation, Cincinnati, OH

Through a variety of  discussions, and exercises which include music, sports and art projects, and food,  the participants will develop team building and communication skills. Their skills and friendships  will empower the students to become a voice  in  building a  stronger, and more peaceful Greater Cincinnati home.  To demonstrate the commitment to improving our community, day four of camp will be dedicated to a community service project.

FOR INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN https://www.k4p.org/summer2019/ or register directly at https://www.regpacks.com/reg/templates/build/?g_id=100901804 Kids4Peace Interfaith Day  Camp: July 29 2019-August 2, 2019. 

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Legacy of Justice: The Nuremberg Trials and the Future of International Military Law
Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Legacy of Justice: The Nuremberg Trials and the Future of International Military Law

Legacy of Justice: The Nuremberg Trials and the Future of International Military Law

Featuring David M. Crane, Founding Chief Prosecutor International War Crimes Tribunal for West Africa, and Greg Peterson, Co-Founders of the Robert H. Jackson Center

WEDNESDAY | JUNE 19 | 6PM | UNION TERMINAL 
Reception: 5 – 6pm| light refreshments and cash bar | museum previews
Gallery talk about Robert H. Jackson & Justice, sponsored by Xavier University

In an age when there is little political incentive to hold people and institutions accountable for crimes against humanity, David M. Crane and Greg Peterson will discuss the legacy of Nuremberg.

Registration Required

Information: Trinity Johnson 
tjohnson@cincyhhc.org or 513.487.3055

Partners: The Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, Foreign Policy Leadership Council and The Brueggeman Ce

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The NonViolence Alliance Presents: Human Values Workshop
Jun
14
to Jun 16

The NonViolence Alliance Presents: Human Values Workshop

  • Xavier University- Gallagher Center Arrupe Overlook (map)
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Human Values Workshop sponsored by the NonViolence Alliance and conducted by the Institute of Sathya Sai Education

  • When: Friday, June 14: 8:00 am-5:00 pm; Saturday, June 15: 8:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday, June 16: 8:00 am-3:00 pm (ending times subject to slightly change, depending on how quickly we move through the material) **Participation in the entire workshop is mandatory**

  • Where: Xavier University, Arrupe Overlook in the Gallagher Student Center, free parking will be provided

  • Why: Nonviolence plays a critical role working for justice regardless of the specific issue being focused on (poverty, education, racism, etc.) As a representative of an organization working for justice in some way, attending this workshop will reinforce the importance of the human values of truth, Right Action, Peace, Love, Non-violence, each of which informs your ability to carry out the good work you do. Not only will this training contribute to participants’ self-development, it will also provide them with the tools necessary to transform inward values into outward action required of justice and peace builders.

  • Other things to note: Refreshments and lunch will be provided each day. The event is free, but donations will be accepted throughout the weekend.

  • Please urge those you speak with to register via Eventbrite ASAP! Go to www.nvagc.org and click the registration link to register via Eventbrite

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Free Trip to Egypt - Movie
Jun
12
5:00 PM17:00

Free Trip to Egypt - Movie

Free Trip to Egypt June 12th

On Wednesday June 12th, FREE TRIP TO EGYPT opens nationwide, for one-day-only, in 500 theaters across in the United States for our #PledgeToListen Day of Unity. The screening will be followed by a telecast live-panel discussion from Washington DC featuring celebrities, politicians and thought leaders.

Please watch the trailer here www.FreeTripToEgypt.com and follow us below.

List of all 500 theaters and buy tickets: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/free-trip-to-egypt/theaters
Join #PledgeToListen: www.FreeTripToEgypt.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/FreeTripToEgypt

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/FreeTripToEgypt

Instagram: www.Instagram.com/FreeTripToEgypt

Tickets are available for purchase on 6/12 tickets now: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/free-trip-to-egypt

Free Trip to Egypt takes audiences on a remarkable journey, in which an unlikely group of travelers to the Middle East find themselves transformed by the power of human connection.  

Tarek Mounib, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland, is troubled by a world that seems ever more divided and polarised. In response to increasing levels of anger and hatred towards “the other” on American social and broadcast media, he resolves to reach out to the very people who fear his culture, with an intriguing idea. 

With the aim of trying to build mutual understanding, Tarek travels across the United States in order to find Americans who feel threatened by Islam and offer them a Free Trip to Egypt

The initial reactions range from disbelief to hostility, but eventually, a diverse group is selected. These characters are a cross-section of contemporary America: including a teacher, a police officer, a Marine veteran, a single mom, a preacher and a beauty pageant queen. All have their preconceptions but all are receptive and courageous enough to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Read More

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Festival of Faiths- Sacred Connections: June - Baha'i Faith
Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Festival of Faiths- Sacred Connections: June - Baha'i Faith

A Special Invitation to Festival of Faiths Participants and Friends

We invite you to “Sacred Connections” an opportunity to worship together, learn more about each other and enjoy fellowship in unique sacred spaces.

Register Here!

Baha’i Faith

Baha’i Center

2723 Montana Ave.

Cincinnati 45211

513-481-6332  /  / 

 

The Baha’i Faith professes that all religions come from the same Source and are successive chapters of the one common Faith from God. Baha’ís have no clergy. We are each responsible for our own spiritual development but also must strive to help advance our communities. Today, Baha’is observe a “Unity Feast” for our month of Nur (Light) with Devotions, Consultation on business of community concern, and Fellowship and refreshments. Limit: 65 guests.

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Hunger Walk & Run 5K
May
27
9:00 AM09:00

Hunger Walk & Run 5K

Spend your Memorial Day with us and walk, run, skip, or stroll around the Ohio River!

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Now is the time to lace up your shoes and hit the pavement for a tremendous cause! Join us on Monday, May 27th for the 16th Annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run! This year's race starts bright and early at 9AM. Since its inception in 2004, the Hunger Walk and 5K Run has raised more than $1,800,000, the equivalent of 5,400,000 meals, for Freestore Foodbank community partners serving 20 counties in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. With each step you are taking you are directly impacting lives of those in our community. Spend your Memorial Day with us and walk, run, skip, or stroll around the Ohio River! Register now and take a stand against hunger!

Your registration or donation will help support the Freestore Foodbank's network of 450 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community centers. Through this network, we are able to provide 27.3 million meals each year to hungry children and families in 20 counties in Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky. One step a time, one dollar at a time, together we can solve hunger.

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Refugee Connect Meeting
May
22
3:00 PM15:00

Refugee Connect Meeting

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Upcoming Meeting

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All are Welcome

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

Light appetizers and desserts

Click here to get your parking pass

RSVP encouraged (not required) to Cynthia Cummins at cummins@xavier.edu 

HISTORY OF REFUGEECONNECT

The Junior League of Cincinnati launched RefugeeConnect in 2013 after a routine community needs assessment determined that connecting refugees to existing resources was a pressing need for women and children in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Many American families have come to the U.S. fleeing oppression in their homelands. Refugees are no different and, by definition, have been forcibly uprooted from their homes due to war, violence, or persecution.  The initial community needs assessment revealed a lack of coordinated education, employment, housing, health care, and other essential services for refugees. RefugeeConnect helps refugees navigate often unfamiliar systems, new cultural norms, and language barriers. RefugeeConnect promotes coordinated services so that this specific population of new Americans, who are unaware of the patchwork of crucial resources already in place, reach their full potential as individuals, families, and civic and community leaders. 

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Immigration Learning Community: Venezuela
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Immigration Learning Community: Venezuela


Immigration Learning Community: Venezuela

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:30-7:30PM

IJPC Office
215 East 14th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

With recent news of escalated violence, hunger and energy shortages, the people of Venezuela are being put in the middle of an economic and political crisis. Come learn about the ongoing conflicts in Venezuela, from the eyes of a local Venezuelan immigrant, Andrés Contreras, at our May Immigration Learning Community meeting.

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16th Annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner
May
12
6:30 PM18:30

16th Annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner

16th Annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner

Muslims, locally and globally, prepare to start Ramadan — Press Release

West Chester, OH: The Islamic blessed month of Ramadan starts with the sunset Sunday night, May 5th, and a special night prayer. Muslims throughout the world observe a total fast from dawn till sunset during Ramadan, starting May 6th and fasting through June 3rd, with the Eid al-Fitr holiday being on Tuesday June 4th. They strive to renew themselves spiritually, with added emphasis on prayers, recitation of the Holy Qur'an, sharing Iftar (end of the fast) meals as a community and providing charity to the needy. A special food drive titled Sharing the Spirit of Ramadan, Ramadan Coupons for groceries and many serving of Iftar meals at various locations are orchestrated throughout the month to serve and support those in need in our Greater Cincinnati regional community. The Islamic Center's Rahma Social Services group will also be hosting a Donation & Free Shopping Day to help in preparation for Ramadan and the Eid holiday. 

##Media & Interfaith Friends##

As part of the festivities for the Muslim blessed month of Ramadan, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati will be hosting community leaders of various faiths at an Interfaith Iftar on Sunday the 12th of May, 2019. Besides a shared meal for breaking the daylong fast at sunset, a brief guided tour of the Center will be offered at 7:00 pm followed by a brief program before the Iftar meal. The event is by invitation and you as Media colleagues, with guest, are cordially invited to attend this or any other events you would be interested in.
To RSVP, please reply to the Eventbrite.com online invitation, email at info@icgc.us or call the office 513-755-3280. Please continue to visit our website and Facebook page for more updates on news and events. We look forward to seeing you at the Islamic Center during the month of Ramadan, God willing. We wish our fellow Muslims in America and across the world "Ramadan Mubarak" and wish for a peaceful summer for everyone. 

We encourage our regional media to engage with us on Ramadan stories of local Muslim Americans.

PRESS RELEASE

4/24/2019

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

media@icgc.us

513-755-3280

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Festival of Faiths- Sacred Connections: May - Unitarian Universalism
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Festival of Faiths- Sacred Connections: May - Unitarian Universalism

A Special Invitation to Festival of Faiths Participants and Friends

We invite you to “Sacred Connections” an opportunity to worship together, learn more about each other and enjoy fellowship in unique sacred spaces.

Register Here!

MAY

Sunday, May 12 @ 10am

Unitarian Universalism

536 Linton St., 

Cincinnati 45219 

513-281-1564   

In 1961, Unitarianism and Universalism merged to form Unitarian Universalism, a non-credal faith that draws from many religions and human experience to promote a love-and justice based Beloved Community that honors the worth and dignity of all. Worship is followed by lunch and dialogue. Limit: 50 guests.

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Art Meets World!
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Art Meets World!

Art Meets World

You're invited to our first ever culminating education event that will display the artwork and cultural knowledge from our 2018-19 Art Meets World program. 

Learn about China, India, Japan, and Mexico.

Create Lanterns, Rangoli, Origami, and Sugar Skulls.

Come & go as you please!

May 11 11am -1:30pm

To confirm your attendance for May 11, simply reply to ahepner@cincyworldaffairs.org

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Dayton Peace Summit
May
11
10:30 AM10:30

Dayton Peace Summit

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Dayton Peace Summit
Saturday, May 11, 10:30am 
Dayton International Peace Museum
208 W Monument Ave, Dayton, OH 45402

Members of the NonViolence Alliance will lead a trip to the International Peace Museum in Dayton, another International City of Peace. The trip will include a tour of the museum, followed by a meeting with the organization Peace DAYton. If you are interested in learning how to make Cincinnati more nonviolent-- especially through the NonViolence Alliance's platform-- we encourage you to take part in this educational experience.
Email Jessie for more details.

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Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence

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Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence

Saturday, May 4, 10:00am - 3:00pm
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
2400 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Join activists across the city to discuss gun violence prevention tactics in our communities. Organized by Mitch Morris of the Cincinnati Works's Phoenix program, the event will feature a welcome from Mayor John Cranley, keynote speaker Dr. O'dell Owens, thoughts from government officials, and community speakers. The latter half of the event will focus on networking and solution sharing with those present. Please register to reserve your space here.

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We Who Believe in Freedom - Preview
May
1
to May 31

We Who Believe in Freedom - Preview

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You are invited to preview

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM

New exhibit curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi and the Women of Color Quilters Network

***Media Day***

Through artistic expression utilizing the canvas of quilts, the artists of Women of Color Quilters Network have produced works reflecting social commentary on the civil rights movement and issues of race in America. These quilts and their images are symbols of liberation, resistance and empowerment, layered with memories and meanings.

This exhibition is dedicated to all the African American women who played a role in the civil rights movement, who felt their voices were marginalized and their contributions ignored.

Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi is the Founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network and the curator of several museum exhibitions for the organization for over forty years.

We Who Believe in Freedom opens Saturday, April 6 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

https://freedomcenter.org/we-who-believe-freedom

When: Friday, April 5, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

               50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH. 45202, 

Third floor inside Skirball Gallery

To attend, please RSVP Will Jones at wjones@nurfc.org no later than 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019.

To access press kit see link below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pw_fQy0Pe5driHO9fP5W-HDouddJhLD1

NURFC Online

Website: https://freedomcenter.org/

Social Media: 

  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FreedomCenter/

                Twitter - https://twitter.com/FreedomCenter

Instagram -https://www.instagram.com/freedomcenter/

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Festival of Faiths- Sacred Connections: April - Sikhism
Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Festival of Faiths- Sacred Connections: April - Sikhism

A Special Invitation to Festival of Faiths Participants and Friends

 

We invite you to “Sacred Connections”

an opportunity to worship together, learn more about each other and enjoy fellowship in unique sacred spaces.

Saturday, April 27 @ 12pm-2pm

Sikhism

Gurdwara Sahib

4394 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, OH 45011

513-860-0589 / www.sikhcoalition.org

RSVP

APRIL

Sikhism, founded in 1469 in Punjab, is monotheistic, and its beliefs include: devotion to God, truthful living and service to humanity. Today’s event is held in a Sikh gurdwara (house of worship), and includes worship, tour, music, Guru Ka Langar (food for all) and fellowship. No limit to number of guests. 

Free but reservations required.





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Way of the Cross for Justice
Apr
19
12:00 PM12:00

Way of the Cross for Justice

Join a collaboration of faith-based groups for an engaging Good Friday prayer experience that connects the suffering of Jesus with the suffering brought about by injustice in our day.

The event takes place entirely in Washington Park.

The program consists of reflections on social justice issues and the Passion of Christ, a procession, veneration of the cross, and a closing bread service.

Facebook event here.

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Kids4 Peace Fundraiser
Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

Kids4 Peace Fundraiser

We are hosting our first annual Inspire Hope Fundraiser at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14th at First Lutheran Church (1208 Race Street). I invite you to come join Kids4peace supporters, families, volunteers, and staff as we celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and look forward with excitement to our upcoming programs.

During the event you will hear about our recent success including

  • A continued increase in kids participating in our interfaith summer camp

  • The launch of our new monthly core youth leadership team

  • A successful grant request that three of our students applied for and received!

You will also meet some of the kids and get to hear their own personal experiences with Kids4Peace.
Below is a paragraph from one of our parents, speaking of her son. Jack has been with us since our first Day camp in 2016, and is now an active member of our Youth Leadership Team.

"Jack has participated in the Cincinnati based day camp for two summers, and it has been a rewarding experience for him.  Last summer, Jack spent over a week at overnight camp in North Carolina with about 75 other rising 9th grade Israeli, Palestinian, and American teens.  At this camp, the teens deepen their understanding of religious traditions through educational sessions, conversation with peers, and observation of religious services.  They also learned more about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the US Civil Rights Movement, and explored social issues facing communities around the world. "

It is going to be a great time, and I hope you will join us, and feel the infectious youth enthusiasm! (Oh, and we will have a variety of desserts for you to enjoy!)

To RSVP please register at bit.ly/k4pinspire  

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2019 AJC Cincinnati Annual Community Intergroup Seder
Apr
11
11:45 AM11:45

2019 AJC Cincinnati Annual Community Intergroup Seder

AJC Community Intergroup Seder

AJC Cincinnati cordially invites you and your friends to experience the Ageless Ritual of Passover at our

26th Annual Community Intergroup Seder
Celebrating Freedom for All People

led by

Rabbi Matthew Kraus
Director of Undergraduate Studies,
Department of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati

CO-CHAIRS

Michelle Kohn and Bill Katz

Thursday, April 11, 2019
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Mayerson JCC
8485 Ridge Road, Amberley Village
(South of Ronald Reagan Highway)

Church groups, high school and college
religion classes are especially welcome.

After the Seder, join an optional tour of the
sanctuary of Rockdale Temple, adjacent to the JCC.

Adults $18, high school or college students $8
(Includes lunch)

Seating is limited to the first 250 people to reply.

Questions? E-mail cincinnati@ajc.org

or call AJC at 513.621.4020.

Deadline: Friday, March 24th.

REGISTER

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Driving Out Darkness: Cincinnati Region Summit on Antisemitism and Hate
Apr
9
8:00 AM08:00

Driving Out Darkness: Cincinnati Region Summit on Antisemitism and Hate

Driving Out Darkness: Cincinnati Regional Summit on Antisemitism and Hate

April 9 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost $40

A one-day, immersive learning experience for leaders in the civic, governmental, religious, and educational sectors.

Don’t miss your chance to attend the summit on April 9 at Cincinnati Union Terminal. Register here today.

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center is an ally partner for this event presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council.

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Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,

Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
A Taft Lecture by Ibram X. Kendi

This Taft Lecture features award-winning historian and best-selling author Ibram X. Kendi, Professor of History and International Relations and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

Dr. Kendi is the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. In addition, he has published fourteen essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers’ and audiences’ eyes to the reality of racism in America today. His lectures are sharp, informative, and hopeful, serving as a strong platform for any institution’s discussions on racial discrimination.

TICKETS ARE FREE AND AVAILABLE ON Eventbrite.

Funded by The Charles P. and Elanor Taft Memorial Fund, the Taft Lecture Series features provocative thinkers, writers, teachers, theologians, social justice activists and leaders in the fields of religion, social science, the arts, politics, and more.

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2019 Lenten Retreat
Apr
6
9:30 AM09:30

2019 Lenten Retreat

2019 LENTEN RETREAT

Presented by
Dr. John J. Thatamanil
Associate Professor of Theology and World Religions
Union Theological Seminary

Saturday, April 6
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Centennial Chapel

SUMMARY 

This retreat, through a time of reflection, discussion and renewal, explores how a “rediscovery” of the Sermon of the Mount in the last century gave rise to the concept of Beloved Community and the way in which the Kingdom of God can be found here on Earth.

The retreat will be in Centennial Chapel.  Lunch will be provided.

Registration is required. Register by contacting Crystal Jones by email or at 513.621.1817. You may also sign up in person at the cathedral reception desk. Online registration here.

BACKGROUND 

Any true Christian reflection on the Beloved Community is inseparable from the global rediscovery of the Sermon on the Mount. Why? Because “The Beloved Community” is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, way of rendering the heart of Jesus’s teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, namely the Kingdom of God.

A variety of New Testament scholars have noted that the central theme of Jesus’s own preaching was neither God, nor himself, but rather the coming Basileia tou Theou (Βασιλεία τοῦ Θεοῦ ), or the Kingdom of God. The heart of that message finds concentrated expression in Sermon on the Mount.

But how can we speak of the “rediscovery” of the Sermon on the Mount? Was it ever lost? Has it not been sitting there in our Bibles all along? Well, yes, but there is a serious argument to be made that Sermon on the Mount has been domesticated, defanged and discarded from the heart of much Christian teaching among many Christian communities for much of Christian history.

The center of Christian life has moved from the teaching of Jesus to dogmas about Jesus and a particular focus on theories of atonement—accounts of what Jesus’s death has accomplished for us. Meanwhile, his life and teachings receive diminished attention.

One recent argument about the distortion of Christianity in the U.S. can be found in the writings of Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Wilson-Hartgrove has argued that a great deal of American Christianity has centered not on prophetic Christianity but instead on slaveholder religion. (A recent popular piece of writing by Wilson-Hartgrove about slaveholder religion and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary may be found here.)

As Wilson-Hartgrove points out at the heart of slaveholding Christianity is a certain disconnection: “Slaveholder religion makes a relationship with God separate from one’s obligation to work for God’s justice. It made it possible for Southern Baptists in the early 20th century to not only justify but feel righteous in their defense of white supremacy, because they imagined they were saving poor black souls.”

Of course, as Wilson-Hartgrove goes onto note, that is precisely what Martin Luther King Jr. rejected.

In his brief article found in the link above, Wilson-Hartgrove notes that King received this legacy of prophetic Christianity from the black social gospel and his abolitionist forebears. Not coincidentally, the Sermon on the Mount was central to both Social Gospelers and abolitionists.

But the person who most famously made the case that the Sermon on the Mount has been displaced, watered down and marginalized was none other than Count Leo Tolstoy. Yes, that Tolstoy, the very same person who wrote the epic novels, Anna Karenina, War and Peace and other pieces of classic fiction, long and short.

While no single person can be credited for the single-handed rediscovery of the Sermon on Mount, Tolstoy plays a crucial role. Many who know him only from his works of fiction know nothing about his turn to spiritual writing towards the close of life, writing that had a world-transforming legacy.

In those last years of his life, Tolstoy wrote a number of works that won him worldwide attention in a host of religious and spiritual communities, within Christianity and outside it.

Within Christianity, his early writings on the Sermon, most especially his The Gospel in Brief and What I Believe stirred global excitement and brought him to the attention of many, including, American pacifists and abolitionists, who had never forgotten the Sermon.

Tolstoy was surprised and invigorated when his American correspondents sent him extensive vigorously argued defenses of pacifism from the American scene, defenses that did not seek to dismiss the Sermon on the Mount’s teachings on nonresistance.

Inspired by that correspondence, he wrote his most extended and rigorously argued defense of nonviolence, The Kingdom of God is Within You. The first chapter of this most important book contains extensive selections from his American interlocutors.

Tolstoy’s spiritual writings received their most enthusiastic and consequential reception from a young Indian lawyer who was then relatively new into mounting a campaign of civil disobedience in South Africa. Gandhi was deeply taken by Tolstoy’s work and began a brief, if nonetheless important, correspondence with him. (This correspondence can be found here.)

Gandhi’s writings about, and more importantly, his implementation of the Sermon in collective nonviolent resistance transformed how we understand the Sermon today and even who Jesus is.

PREPARATION

In preparation for this retreat, Christ Church Cathedral is offering a Lenten Wednesday evening series focused on the theme of Beloved Community. The series centers around a selection of readings as recommended by Dr. Thatamanil. Learn more here.

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Faith- Climate Action Week April 5th- April 14th
Apr
5
to Apr 14

Faith- Climate Action Week April 5th- April 14th

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Our theme this year is “Our Love for Earth”. This year we will find joy and rejuvenation in the natural world and reconnect to why we love and protect our planet. We encourage everyone to disconnect once in a while from the technology that rules our days. Reconnecting with the natural world is key to improving personal health and ensuring our survival on Earth. This year we are looking for positive steps we can take to reconnect ourselves to the wonders of the natural world and encourage our elected leaders to create innovative polices that protect our planet and our communities.

The Faith Climate Action Week website also provides sample sermons, talking points, and other printable materials. With your help, we will also collect and deliver 100,000 signed postcards and letters from people of faith to U.S. senators urging action on climate change, and asking them to support our Faith Principles in any Green New Deal legislation.


Click here to download your kit for Faith Climate Action Week. 

Once you plan your congregational activity, movie screening, or other event, please post them on our Faith Climate Action Week Event Calendar to invite your community to learn about and discuss climate change.  
 
Thank you for being a part of the growing faith movement to stop global warming and protect Creation.

In gratitude,

Rev. Susan Hendershot 
President, Interfaith Power & Light

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Women of Cincy & Wyoming Community Coffee - Boozy Hour
Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

Women of Cincy & Wyoming Community Coffee - Boozy Hour

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April's Boozy Hour will be all about community as we convene at neighborhood staple Wyoming Community Coffee! Join us for coffee, cocktails, confections AND conversation! From 5:30-6 p.m., Reverend Abby King-Kaiser, staff member of the Center for Faith & Justice at Xavier University, will lead an intentional conversation. This conversation is designed to ask you to think about how you tell your story AND how you listen with presence to others. We hope to gather a table of people with diverse faith backgrounds and spiritual journeys, no matter the faith, religion, philosophical tradition or values that you claim. The conversation piece is limited to 14 participants.

Boozy Hour will commence at 6 p.m. and take place until 8 p.m. If you are unable to attend the conversation piece, please join us from 6-8 for drinks and mingling. Wyoming Community Coffee serves coffee and food as well.

Here is the link to the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/542877206115769/

And the ticket platform: https://bit.ly/2HiwCDf
ALL are welcome.

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YWCA: Racial Justice Breakfast: Hate Crimes & Police/Community Relations
Apr
4
7:30 AM07:30

YWCA: Racial Justice Breakfast: Hate Crimes & Police/Community Relations

Thursday, April 4th 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Music Hall Ballroom

Hate Crimes & Police/Community Relations

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2019 Keynote Speaker Roy Austin

Former Deputy Assistant to the President, Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Justice & Opportunity

Mr. Austin began his career as an Honors Trial Attorney with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division investigating and prosecuting hate crime and police brutality cases around the country. In 2000, he joined Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco,  working on complex civil and white-collar criminal cases, including a successful pro-bono civil lawsuit aimed at preventing racial profiling by the California Highway Patrol. In 2002, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where he prosecuted domestic violence, adult and child sexual assault, human trafficking, homicide, fraud and public corruption cases. In 2009, Mr. Austin became Coordinator of the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In 2010, Mr. Austin was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice where he supervised the Criminal Section, and the Special Litigation Section’s law enforcement portfolio.  In 2014, he joined the White House Domestic Policy Council as Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity. In this position, Mr. Austin co-authored a report on Big Data and Civil Rights, worked with the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, helped develop the Police Data Initiative, worked on the expansion of reentry assistance, and was a member of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.  Over his career, Mr. Austin has tried thirty jury trials. Mr. Austin received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from The University of Chicago.

Racial Justice Award Honorees: Chip Harrod & Iris Roley

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Nonviolence Alliance of Greater Cincinnati & S.OS. ART: Peace Builders Potluck
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Nonviolence Alliance of Greater Cincinnati & S.OS. ART: Peace Builders Potluck

Join the NonViolence Alliance of Greater Cincinnati (NVA) and SOS ART for a Peace Builders Potluck.

All peace builders and those interested in peace building and non-violence are welcome to attend. The event will start at 6:00 PM with introductions of all in attendance and event announcements. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck. The evening will also include a brief presentation by Dr. Michael Roman on “Humanizing Climate Change from the Front Lines.”

Please RSVP on eventbrite so we can set up enough tables and chairs. The event will be held at IJPC in the lobby of the Peaslee Neighborhood Center. Parking is available for free in the lot attached to the building until 8:00 PM.

http://www.ijpccincinnati.org/

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Faith to Faith: An Interfaith Forum on Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse
Mar
31
1:30 PM13:30

Faith to Faith: An Interfaith Forum on Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse

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Faith to Faith: An Interfaith Forum on Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse

The forum will be free and open to the public.  As noted on the Save the Date, a formal invitation will follow with an Eventbrite link for RSVP, and agenda for the afternoon, including panel, and workshops.


Over the past year and a half since the revival of the #MeToo movement, it has become more and more apparent that Gender Based Violence affects people of all walks of life. This means that there are survivors and victims in our own faith communities too. While there are cases when these experiences are more public than others, we as members of the Cincinnati Interfaith Community have decided to be proactive in continuing the conversation of how our faith communities can better address sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking in our midst - with an important focus on supporting survivors.

With this goal in mind, on Sunday March 31, The Changing Role of Women in our Faith Communities, a series of interfaith symposiums, will present Faith to Faith, an Interfaith Forum on Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse. The forum will feature both a panel and interactive break out sessions regarding how both individuals and faith communities can bring change through recognizing gender-based violence (including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking), speaking out against it, implementing preventative measures, and supporting survivors.

Change happens through conversation that leads to communal action. It is our hope that through conversations with leaders and members of different faiths as well as experts from organizations doing important work on this front we can bring needed change to Cincinnati. Faith to Faith, program of The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Xavier University is proud to be in collaboration with American Jewish Committee (AJC Cincinnati); Crossroads Church; Festival of Faiths Cincinnati; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Interfaith Cincy, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati; Women Helping Women; the President's Office of Xavier University; Xavier University’s Center for Faith and Justice and Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice;and the YWCA Greater Cincinnati.

We hope that you will join in our learning and conversations Sunday March 31, 2019 at Hebrew Union College. To register for the event or learn more, please go to https://faithtofaith.eventbrite.com or check out our Facebook event entitled “Faith to Faith.” If you have further questions, send them to zoe.mccoon@huc.edu.



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Volunteer for Faith to Faith: An Interfaith Forum on Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse
Mar
31
1:30 PM13:30

Volunteer for Faith to Faith: An Interfaith Forum on Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse

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Volunteers Needed!!

Faith to Faith: An Interfaith Forum on Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse

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Press Release Information

We hope that you will join in our learning and conversations Sunday March 31, 2019 at Hebrew Union College. To register for the event or learn more, please go to https://faithtofaith.eventbrite.com or check out our Facebook event entitled “Faith to Faith.” If you have further questions, send them to zoe.mccoon@huc.edu.

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