Religious Holiday: Ramadan
May
26
Jun 25

Religious Holiday: Ramadan

Ramadan

This month-long fast is done to commemorate what, according to Muslims, was the first Quranic revelation to Muhammad, and its observance is one of the Five Pillars of Islam- a list of the great deeds every Muslim ought do in his life to secure salvation.

The month of Ramadan lasts 29 or 30 days, depending on the year, and its beginning date is based on local moon sightings, making it always somewhat uncertain when it will begin. During Ramadan, Muslims are not allowed to eat, drink, smoke, or have sexual relations from sunrise to sunset. Muslims are supposed to focus on Allah, read their Korans, and give to the poor more than usual during this month as well. Some are exempt, however, from “the rules,” including young children, pregnant women, seniors, and those with serious health conditions. An athlete in intense training can also be exempted, but he would be expected to fast later to make up for missing Ramadan.

The “Iftar” is the time of breaking the fast, and it occurs right after the evening call to prayer. Since people fast all day, family and friends eat late-night meals during Ramadan. 

During the final 10 days of Ramadan, prayer exercises intensify, and many spend all the night in prayer. Finally, at the very end of the month, a large festival called “Eid El Fitr” occurs. Businesses typically let their employees of between one and four days at this time to attend the festival and to recover from the long fast. (Source:https://publicholidays.ae/ramadan/)

Hunger Walk & Run 5K: Together we can solve Hunger
May
29
9:00 am09:00

Hunger Walk & Run 5K: Together we can solve Hunger

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

Now is the time to lace up your shoes and hit the pavement for a tremendous cause! Join us on Monday, May 29th for the 14th 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 aroundthe Ohio River! Register now and take a stand against hunger!

Your registration or donation will help support the Freestore Foodbank's network of 350 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community centers. Through this network, we are able to provide 23 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.'

Call 513-482-3663 with any questions.

Support your community agency! View agency map

Save the Date! Midwest region Sustainability Summit: Van Jones
Jun
9
8:00 am08:00

Save the Date! Midwest region Sustainability Summit: Van Jones

  • Cintas Center- Xavier University

Highlights for this year's Summit:

  • A keynote address by Van Jones, a globally recognized, award-winning leader in the green economy,
  • A lunchtime awards ceremony honoring area small business leaders who have successfully incorporated sustainability into their business practices, and
  • Breakout sessions to dive deeper into issues such as energy conservation, water quality, local food access, outdoor recreation, sustainable business supply chains and waste reduction.

For detail schedule of events read more here!

JFC Isreality: A Cross and a Star in the Holy Land
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

JFC Isreality: A Cross and a Star in the Holy Land

  • Mayerson JCC

A Cross and a Star in the Holy Land: Jews and Christians in Israel

For the first time in history, after two thousand years of Jewish minorities living in Christian lands, Israel creates the unique situation of a Christian minority in a Jewish country.  Hana Bendcowsky, Program Director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, will explore challenges and everyday realities both groups face in creating a shared Israeli society.

It was only after she moved to Jerusalem that Hana Bendcowsky was exposed to the Christian communities who live in Israel. Since then, she has worked to promote awareness of those communities’ heritage, culture, and traditions among Jewish Israelis. In her job as Program Director of The Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, Bendcowsky creates opportunities for Arab Christians and Jews in Israel to meet and work together. She holds a master’s in comparative religions from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has two decades of practical experience in interfaith activities in Israel and abroad.

Read more and to register click here!


Stories of Survival: Finding Refuge in Cincinnati
May
24
6:30 pm18:30

Stories of Survival: Finding Refuge in Cincinnati

  • Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education

April 27, May 24, & June 29

A Speaker Series presented in partnership with the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education and RefugeeConnect

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. •  Event Begins at 7:00 p.m. on each date

Greater Cincinnati has a long history as a refugee resettlement community, beginning with welcoming Holocaust survivors. Currently, approximately 25,000 refugees call Greater Cincinnati home.

Hear the stories of three survivors. Each event in the series is free-of-charge, but tickets are required. Questions, email or call 513.487.3055.

Reserve Tickets

April 27th Bosnia: Hear the first-hand account of a Bosnian refugee who was ten years old when the Serbian army confiscated her family’s possessions, bombed their home, and transported them to concentration camps. While her father died in the camps, she and her mother managed to flee the country and begin their long refugee journey, which eventually led them to their new home in the Tri-State area. The most recent estimates suggest that around 100,000 people were killed during the Bosnian War, and over 2.2 million people displaced, making it the most devastating conflict in Europe since the end of World War II.

May 24th Burma: Participate in a dialogue with a student who escaped the hostile regime in Burma as an ten year-old child along with her two siblings. With a paid guide, they made their Burma-Thailand-Malaysia escape by car, boat, and foot, and reunited with their parents in a refugee camp where they lived as a family for two years before being granted refugee status and resettling in the U.S. Burmese residents fleeing religious and ethnic persecution have become the biggest refugee group arriving in the U.S. Many Burmese are Christians in a Buddhist majority country, and almost all are from minority ethnic groups.

June 29th Burundi: Connect with a Burundi refugee who spent much of his childhood confined to a camp with only the most basic resources before being safely resettled in the United States, and is now pursuing his education at a Cincinnati university. Hundreds of thousands of families from the central African nation of Burundi are fleeing violence, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture, and persecution. Many Burundi refugees are children who arrive at camps unaccompanied and separated from their families.

 

Read More

 

Cincinnati Aruna 5K
May
20
9:00 am09:00

Cincinnati Aruna 5K

  • National Underground Freedom Center

Cincinnati Aruna 5K

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Registration required. $30/per person. To register for this event at http://arunaproject.com/events/6514/

Run for Khushboo. Run for Fathima. Run for Mamja. Run for so many others. Run for their freedom during the 9th annual Aruna Run. Money from both the entry fee and additional sponsorship will benefit the Aruna Project, an international human rights organization focused on bringing and sustaining freedom to the sexually enslaved in South Asia through employment marked by holistic care. 

This event is presented by the Aruna Project, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and End Slavery Now.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
May
15
7:00 pm19:00

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

  • Christ Church Cathedral

The Taft Lecture Series of Christ Church Cathedral, in partnership with the United Way and Community Action Agency, is pleased to present:

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER

MATTHEW DESMOND, PH.D.

Social Justice Advocate • Urban Ethnographer

Speaking on his best selling book,Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Monday, May 15, 7:00 pm.

The event is free but tickets are required. Click here to reserve your ticket.

Parking is conveniently located at Queen City Square Garage, directly across the street from the cathedral’s Fourth Street entrance, for a $5 fee.

About Matthew Desmond

'Matthew Desmond is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. His primary teaching and research interests include urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography.

'Desmond is the author of four books: On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters (2007), Race in America (with Mustafa Emirbayer, 2015), The Racial Order (with Mustafa Emirbayer, 2015), and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016).  He also is the editor of the inaugural issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Volumes 1 & 2: Severe Deprivation in America (2015).

Desmond has written essays on educational inequality, dangerous work, political ideology, race and social theory, and the inner-city housing market.  Recently, he has published on the prevalence and consequences of eviction and the low-income rental market, network-based survival strategies among the urban poor, and the consequences of new crime control policies on inner-city women in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Demography.

The principal investigator of the Milwaukee Area Renters Study, an original survey of tenants in Milwaukee’s low-income private housing sector, Desmond’s work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage, and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

His New York Times bestselling book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data. Evicted won the National Books Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, and the Barnes & Noble’s Discover New Writers Award, and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest. It was named one of the Top Books of 2016 by nearly three dozen outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal. Including it on her personal best-of-the-year list, Jennifer Senior of the New York Times also called it 2016’s most “unignorable” book: “Nothing else this year came close.”'

Read more http://cincinnaticathedral.com/taft-lecture/

The Sultan and the Saint: A Story of Muslim-Christian Peace
May
7
5:45 pm17:45

The Sultan and the Saint: A Story of Muslim-Christian Peace

  • 20th Century Theatre

SUNDAY, May 7th  5:45pm  20th Century Theatre

3021 Madison Rd.  Cincinnati, OH 45209

General Admission: $10
Students w\ID & Seniors: $5  VIP: $50  (VIP includes pre-event reception at 5:00 PM)
Purchase Tickets At: SultanSaintCinci.eventbrite.com

For more information, please contact:

ICGC:  (513) 755-3280 toursandtalks@cincinnatiislamiccenter.org
Brueggeman Center for Dialogue:  cummins@xavier.edu (513) 745 - 3922

During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better. 

Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this amazing story is brought to life. Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren (Sisters of St. Francis), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Homayra Ziad (Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies), Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan), and others. View

 

March for Racial Justice
May
6
3:00 pm15:00

March for Racial Justice

  • 1755 East Broad Street Columbus, OH, 43203 United States

March for Racial Justice May 6, Columbus  

AMOS is part of a statewide March for Racial Justice on May 6th in Columbus. In a state that has witnessed the deaths of Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Tyre King, John Crawford III, and Sam DuBose just in the past few years, we know we have a lot of work to do in Ohio to counter the mass criminalization of people of color. The march will last from 3-5 PM and begin at 1755 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203. We do have a bus available that will leave from the Tryed Stone New Beginning Church parking lot promptly at noon on Saturday May 6th. Please RSVP to reserve a seat on the bus.

World Refugee Day Cup
May
6
9:00 am09:00

World Refugee Day Cup

  • Xavier University

World Refugee Day Cup

Soccer Tournament and Family Fun Day...Activities for Kids- Community Resource Fair- Food Concessions- Student Scholarship Ceremony- Refugee Empowerment Initiative Awards

Saturday, May 6 2017 9am-5pm

Xavier University: 3800 Victory Parkway

About the Annual World Refugee Day Cup

Four years ago, RefugeeConnect began an invitational soccer tournament as an opportunity to welcome refugees in a manner that is familiar to families across the world, with over 200 athletes (both men and women) from 15 teams from ten countries of origin competing. This event brings together communities in Greater Cincinnati for a family-friendly day that includes not just the “World Cup” style soccer tournament, but a family-fun area, a resource fair, and an awards ceremony!

Sponsored by Xavier University, Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Academy of World Languages, Junior League of Cincinnati, WUHS, InterfaithCincy, American Red Cross,HIAS, FC Cincinnati

For more information click here!

May 4th: National Day of Prayer!
May
4
12:00 pm12:00

May 4th: National Day of Prayer!

Please join in solidarity on May 4th for the National Day of Prayer!

Say a special blessing for our families, friends, congregation, community, city, country, and world!

Re-Thinking Racism Organizers Present: Pro-Action Cafe
May
3
6:00 pm18:00

Re-Thinking Racism Organizers Present: Pro-Action Cafe

  • Mayerson JCC

Re-thinking Racism Organizers Present: Pro-Action Cafe

Now that you’ve attended one or more Rethinking Racism Open Space events, or even if you’ve found this for the first time, you might have found yourself thinking, “Where can I go with my passion and energy?” “What can I do?” Rethinking Racism has been thinking about this, too. We have a plan and you’re invited to participate!

The Pro-Action Café is a chance to bring any of your musings, ideas, projects and dreams to the table and have the opportunity to talk with others about their thoughts and ideas. Perhaps a workable plan will emerge and you will have some people to work with you – or you may find a project or plan that “strikes home” with you, in which case you can be part of a group working on something about which you feel passionate. There will also be people who have experience and a level of expertise bringing their talents to the table in the form of information, the “right” questions, and recommendations.

The attached flyer gives the basic time, place and registration information. Additionally, we want you to know that, because of the nature of the evening, this is a limited attendance event. We can accommodate 50 people. RSVPs through eventbrite are necessary.

Our hope is that out of this past year of talking, sharing and listening, will come action that will contribute to the raising up of equality and equity in our city.

For more information click here.

People's Climate Rally Cincinnati
Apr
29
12:00 pm12:00

People's Climate Rally Cincinnati

  • Fountain Square

People's Climate Rally Cincinnati

 Saturday, April 29, from 12-2pm

Fountain Square

520 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

It's coming this Saturday!  In solidarity with the National People's Climate March in DC, all are invited to join together to express concerns about climate change, environmental protection, biodiversity loss, national park protection, water and air quality, and more. People of many faith backgrounds will be present to voice these concerns in hope that public leaders will prioritize care for creation.

The Facebook event is here.

Don't miss it!

Faith Climate Action Week
Apr
17
Apr 23

Faith Climate Action Week

Get ready for Faith Climate Action Week, April 17th- 23rd!

Join with more than 1200 faith communities to spread the word about climate change and take action on the greatest moral issue of our time.
Order your kit now, and receive 100 postcards for your senators, a prayer flag project, global warming fact sheet, action sheet, social media phto project, and access to extra materials – all for just $15. There are a limited number of pre-printed kits so get yours now. 

Please click here to order your 2017 Faith Climate Action Week kit.

The theme of the 2017 Faith Climate Action Week is "Act on Climate” and will focus on how we can protect our climate and energy policies.  It is vitally important that our elected officials know that, as people of faith, we demand action on climate change and that we believe having strong climate policies is our moral obligation to protect future generations.  With your help, we can make sure the faith voice is heard loud and clear in Washington.

The Faith Climate Action Week website provides sample sermons, worship resources, and other printable materials. With your help congregations in all 50 states will take part, and with your help will send thousands of postcards to senators to urge them not to weaken the EPA and our climate protections.

Click here to find downloadable and printable materials.
Once you plan your Earth Day festivities, talk, or other event please post them on our Faith Climate Action Week Event Calendar to invite your community to learn and talk about climate change.
Thank you for joining the national faith movement to stop global warming.

With faith and hope!

Empty Bowls - Mason
Apr
8
11:00 am11:00

Empty Bowls - Mason

  • Lagrange

Empty Bowls - Mason OH

http://www.masonemptybowls.org/

The Empty Bowls Project began more than 25 years ago as a local fundraiser in Michigan. Since then, Empty Bowls has grown into an international, grassroots effort to combat hunger and food insecurity, with thousands of events hosted each year.

Our first two Mason Empty Bowls events raised more than $16,000 to help fight hunger and food insecurity among Warren County residents. Proceeds from the 2017 event will be split between the Kings Local Food Pantry and the St. Susanna Schuh Center Food Pantry. Together, the two food pantries help feed at least 800 households per month in the Kings, Mason, Lebanon and Lakota local school districts.

HOW IT WORKS

In exchange for a cash donation (in this case, the price of your ticket), you receive a simple lunch of soup, bread, dessert and beverage and your choice of a handcrafted bowl. By being a part of Mason Empty Bowls, you also will be helping in the fight to alleviate food insecurity in the Mason and Little Miami School Districts.

Bring your online payment receipt or ticket to the Mason Grange Hall during your scheduled seating time and choose your favorite bowl from the hundreds that local potters, artisans and students have created and donated.

Then you will head downstairs to the Grange Hall dining room, where you can decide which of the many soups prepared and donated by area chefs you want to try. Complete your meal with some bread, a dessert and a beverage.

The handcrafted bowl is yours to take home to remind you of all the empty bowls that need to be filled.

The 2017 event also features a Silent Auction of items donated by area businesses and artists and a "Buy It Now" table, where guests can find some great values in handmade pottery.

Unless otherwise marked, all of the ceramic bowls are food and oven safe. Please feel free to ask one of our bowl attendants if you have questions.

THE HOST

Mason Community Grange No. 1680 has been supporting the Mason community and area farmers since 1908. It is the local chapter of The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, the oldest farm advocacy group in the United States. 

The modern Grange is open to anyone who supports agriculture and believes in working together to make our communities better places in which to live. That's why it seemed natural for Grange members to host an event that helps put food on the tables of local residents who otherwise would go without.

Mason Grange members reside in communities throughout Warren County, meeting the second Wednesday of every month at the Grange Hall in Mason. Mason Empty Bowls is one of several local and state community service projects that the Mason Grange actively supports each year.

Interested in becoming a member? Contact the Mason Grange using the form on our Contact page.

DeFeet Hunger 5K - Valley Interfaith
Apr
8
9:00 am09:00

DeFeet Hunger 5K - Valley Interfaith

  • Glenwood Gardens

April 8th, 2017
at Glenwood Gardens
Runners will begin at 9:00am, Walkers will begin at 9:30am

Registration is now open!
REGISTER HERE FOR DEFEET HUNGER 5K!

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS!
If you or your business are interested in sponsoring our event,
please contact our Alicia Stollenwerk by phone 513-821-3233 ext. 7 or by email astollenwerk@vicrc.org.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event,
please contact our race event coordinator Ann Taylor by email at ataylor@vicrc.org

God of Life and a Civilization of Love: A Catholic Response to the Refugee and Immigration Crisis
Apr
5
7:30 pm19:30

God of Life and a Civilization of Love: A Catholic Response to the Refugee and Immigration Crisis

  • Bellarmine Chapel - Xavier University

Professor Daniel Groody, CSC

April 5, 2017 7:30 p.m. 

Bellarmine Chapel, Xavier University

Daniel G. Groody, Ph.D., is a Catholic priest, a Holy Cross religious, and a scholar with years of experience working in Latin America.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Theology and Director of Immigration Initiatives at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  He is the author or producer of multiple award-winning books and films including Dying to Live.  He has worked with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, and the Vatican on issues of theology, globalization, and migration.

Fr. Groody's thoughtful presentation on such a difficult and controversial topic is powerful and enlightening!  

SEE FLYER here

The event is sponsored by Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice and Department of Theology, Xavier's Mission Animators, Xavier University Ethics/Religion & Society Program, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Bellarmine Chapel and Su Casa Hispanic Center-Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio 

Roots of Peace: The shared story of a settler rabbi and a Palestinian activitst
Apr
4
7:00 pm19:00

Roots of Peace: The shared story of a settler rabbi and a Palestinian activitst

  • Mayerson JCC

Roots of Peace

How do Palestinians and Israelis move beyond the cycle of violence that engulfs them? The Roots Project, based in Israel’s West Bank, brings together Israelis and Palestinians who, despite living next to each other, are separated by walls of fear. Antwan Saca, a Palestinian Christian peace activist, and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, an Israeli settler who has become an advocate for coexistence, will share their shared story of discovering the humanity and legitimacy of the other. They’ll discuss how they are working to move their communities past suspicion, fear, and violence, and towards lasting justice, freedom, and peace on that tiny sliver of land that they both call home. 

The JCRC is hosting an event on the evening of April 4th from 7-9pm at the Mayerson JCC 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

The program “Roots of Peace” is part of our larger speaker series, which this year’s theme is Coexistence.

Here is the link to learn more and rsvp: https://jewishcincinnati.org/calendar/community-calendar/rootsofpeace

 

24th Annual Community Intergroup Seder
Apr
4
11:45 am11:45

24th Annual Community Intergroup Seder

  • Mayerson JCC

24TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY INTERGROUP SEDER

24th Annual Community Intergroup Seder

The 24th Annual AJC Community Intergroup Seder will take place on Tuesday, April 4, 11:45am-1:15pm, at the Mayerson JCC in Amberley Village.

Celebrate the ageless ritual of the Jewish holiday of Passover, the festival of freedom, with participants of varied religious and ethnic backgrounds at the 24th annual AJC Community Intergroup Seder. Dozens of church groups, public officials, dignitaries, community leaders, and students from local private and parochial high schools and colleges will attend and participate.  

“Seder” literally means order. It is called this because the service is done in a certain order which takes the reader from slavery to freedom. The Passover Seder is performed in much the same way, in the same order, by Jews all over the world.

Rabbi Matthew Kraus, director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati, will officiate at the popular event. The Seder includes ritual foods, retelling of the highlights of the story of Exodus, and songs, prayers, questions and answers. 

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.

Register Here 

Kultar's Mime directed by J. Mehr Kaur
Mar
30
1:00 pm13:00

Kultar's Mime directed by J. Mehr Kaur

  • Aronoff

I bring news that the Sikh Community of Cincinnati is hosting Kultar's Mime for a night of theater and discussion on Saturday, April 1st, 2017, 1:00 PM at the Aronoff Center. Directed by J. Mehr Kaur, Kultar's Mime is a critically acclaimed theater production which has been shown in 73+ different cities across the world. 

Bookmarked by two poems: Kultar’s Mime by Sarbpreet Singh and In the City of Slaughter by Haim Bialik, this play explores the effects of state-sponsored genocide in the Sikh and Jewish communities by bringing the story of five Jewish students, who discover a deaf and mute Sikh boy, traumatized by the violence of 1984 Sikh pogroms, to life. It is a story of trauma, reconciliation, and resilience that many minority communities, are all too familiar with. Most importantly, it is a powerful condemnation of intolerance and violence, which affirms that just as hatred can transcend culture, religion, and geography, so can compassion. I believe everyone - no matter their background- can learn something from this play.

Through our collective efforts, this event will bring together the larger Cincinnati (interfaith & secular) community to explore Jewish and Sikh histories and draw insights to navigate the complexities of today's volatile political and social environment.

See Flyer for Details

Tickets will be on sale March 17 - April 1. Price of tickets is $12.50 per person. Please visit cincinnatiarts.org/events on Friday to book yours! 

Please visit the facebook event for more information:  https://goo.gl/PEFSMZ

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me! 

Balpreet Kaur

kaurbalpreet3@gmail.com

Concert Series- Petr Eben: JOB for organ
Mar
26
2:00 pm14:00

Concert Series- Petr Eben: JOB for organ

  • Church of the Redeemer

Church of the Redeemer Concert Series:

The Ancient Story of Job Presented through Spoken Text, Song, and Organ Music

            A musical cycle on the Biblical Book of Job will be presented at the Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal) on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. The music, written for the organ by the 20th century Czech composer Petr Eben, will be performed by the Redeemer staff organist Ted Gibboney. The music, composed in eight movements, is based on and recounts the story of Job from the Hebrew scriptures. The text will be recited and punctuated with insertions of Hebrew chant by Rabbi Matthew Kraus of the Jewish Studies Department of the University of Cincinnati. Redeemer Church is located at 2944 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208. Although no tickets are sold for the recital, the audience is encouraged to make a $10 donation to help defray the costs for the program.

            Petr Eben (1929-2007) was raised as a Catholic, but was imprisoned during the Second World War in the notorious Buchenwald concentration camp because his father was Jewish. Trained in Prague following the war, he held important teaching positions there at Charles University and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. As a performer he was known as a brilliant improviser on both the piano and organ, often playing entire programs on literary and Biblical themes. Composing was his primary vocation, though. He composed widely in vocal, choral, symphonic, piano, and chamber genres, but was most prolific and did his most important writing for the organ.

            As the story opens, Satan makes a Faustian bargain with God to test Job, who is faithful to God and prosperous in human terms, with a large family and many possessions. As Job’s earthly possessions and health are stripped away, his faith is sorely tested. The ancient story reveals the theme of innocent suffering, which questions the very meaning of life itself.  A portion of the scripture text is read before each of the cycle’s eight movements. The music responds in a way that both tells the story and captures the drama of each scene. Its use of harmony is conservative compared with much 20th century music, but the organ is used in a unique, colorfully virtuosic manner. Also traditional is his use of recurrent melodies or motives associated with thematic ideas, with insertions of chant and hymn melodies from the Western Christian Church.

Dr. Ted Gibboney is Organist for the Church of the Redeemer (Episcopal) in Cincinnati. A life-long church musician, he has served churches and seminaries in three states. As an organist he has and continues to study and perform throughout the U.S. and in Western Europe. As a recently certified instructor in the Alexander Technique, he teaches privately and has conducted wellness workshops to both musicians and general audiences.  Rabbi Matthew Kraus is assistant professor in the Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Kraus studies and writes extensively on the history of biblical interpretation and Judaism in the Greek and Roman world. A gifted teacher of students of all ages, he is an enthusiastic teller of Biblical stories through an engaging combination of word and song.

Movie Event: Growing Up Smith
Mar
24
Mar 25

Movie Event: Growing Up Smith

  • Marimont Theater

Growing up Smith

Our family-friendly film Growing Up Smith is a timely and upbeat film that peeks into the immigrant experience, steeped in nostalgia for a bygone America. This TIME Magazine "Movie Pick of the Week" is set in 1979 as an Indian family moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. Meanwhile, their 10-year-old Smith awkwardly navigates his new American dreams of first love and fitting in and his family’s traditional Indian ideals. As the NY Times appreciated, “you don’t need to burden it with politics to be touched by its tale of a child who is pulled by two very different cultural worlds.”

You can watch the trailer HERE

This award-winning film has played many film festivals around the USA and will start its nationwide rollout in theaters this month. Growing Up Smith will release Friday, March 24th at the Mariemont Theatre with screenings at 7:10pm & 9:30pm. There will be additional screenings on Saturday, March 25th at 12:10pm & 2:30pm. 

There will be a Q&A with actor/producer/writer (Smith's father) will follow all four screenings on Friday & Saturday. He will be available for one-on-one media interviews on both days. We would greatly appreciate it if you could share the news on your social media pages and with any email lists if possible!  Below are links and an attached image you can include in your communication.

GROWING UP SMITH

Website / Trailer: www.growingupsmithmovie.com

Tickets: http://www.mariemonttheatre.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/growingupsmith | Twitter: @GrowingUpSmith | Instagram: @growingupsmith  #FirstLove #ChildhoodHeroes #SmallTownAmerica #FamilyFilm #GrowingUpSmith #HowDoing

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu
Mar
24
Mar 31

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu

  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

March 24 - August 20, 2017
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Skirball Gallery, Third Floor

Admission $5.00

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Matthew Willman as he revisited many of the locations that had played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal fight for freedom. Visitors will travel throughout South Africa with Mandela via Willman’s camera lens: Mvezo Village, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Robben Island. The exhibit will also feature artifacts from Mandela’s life on loan to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center from The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

From humble beginnings to a life dedicated to resistance, Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu tells the story of a young South African boy who became a man prepared to die in the name of equality, justice, and freedom. This exhibition provides a platform for a sharing of values so richly present in Mandela’s life to understand the role forgiveness, leadership, truth, and sacrifice play in overcoming the challenges we face in society today.

The exhibition is sponsored by John and Francie Pepper, Macy’s, and ArtsWave.

University of Cincinnati to Host Model UN
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University of Cincinnati to Host Model UN

  • University Of Cincinnati

Model United Nations Concerence

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ONLY

When: March 24-25, 2017

Featuring: General Assembly Special Session on Drugs and Human Trafficking & Crisis Committee: 'Homegrown Terrorism: 2022'

More information & registration: CINCYMUN.ORG

LETTER FROM THE SEC-GEN

Dear Delegates and Faculty Advisors,

It is a privilege to welcome you to the first annual University of Cincinnati Model United Nations conference! Our conference will be hosted on March 24th and 25th at University of Cincinnati’s Main (Uptown) Campus located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Our well-trained staff led by our passionate Secretariat is excited to lead the first conference hosted by our University. Our staff is made up of our competitive Model United Nations team which has a strong history of competing successfully at conferences at the national level. We hope to demonstrate to you why our conference is one of the best in the country.

CINCYMUN will offer two excellent committees. First, is a General Assembly Special Session on Drugs and Human Trafficking. The General Assembly is the main staple of debate in the United Nations. Delegates will be negotiating policies about a topic that is highly important in today’s international policy. Second, is a Crisis Committee in which the topic will be “Homegrown Terrorism’. This fast-paced committee will be sure to challenge delegates. Our staff is particularly excited about this committee and looking forward to the creative solutions to be brought forward by the delegates. 

Apart from the committee debate that will occur, I believe that another important aspect of Model UN is the interaction with peers. I encourage all delegates to take time to work with and learn from their fellow delegates.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. Our staff and I look forward to seeing you this Spring!

Nikith Reddy

Secretary-General