We are so excited to announce the following winners to the 33rd Annual Wildacres Institute!
Laity – Judy Guerry
Clergy – Rev. Dr. Hughey Reynolds
A big thank you to Ann Lois Ballon, who donated both scholarships in honor of Rabbi Jeffrey L. Ballon.
And a thank you to all individuals and congregations that participate in and support the Interfaith Mission Service in serving our community!
If you have thought about joining the Interfaith Mission Service, here’s one more good reason to join now. Two scholarships to the July 27-30 session at Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina have been donated in honor of Rabbi Jeffrey L. Ballon by Ann Lois Ballon. A drawing will be held on July 13 from names of IMS members who have joined between January 1 and July 12 of 2015.
One drawing will be for a clergy scholarship and one for a lay scholarship. The clergy scholarship will go to the lead clergy at a congregation whose membership dues have been paid between Jan 1 – July 12, and the lay scholarship will go to an individual member.
Individual memberships begin at $35 per year. Congregational membership dues are based on the size of the congregation. [Clergy can also join as individual members.]
Please register online at www.interfaithmissionservice.org, or send a check to IMS at 701 Andrew Jackson Way, Huntsville, AL 35801.
Winners will be notified on July 13!
Wildacres Interfaith Institute
The Greater Carolinas Association of Rabbis (GCAR) sponsors the annual Interfaith Institute at Wildacres, now in its 33rd year.
Every year we have up to 100 Christians, Jews, and persons from other faith traditions participating in interfaith dialogue about issues of mutual concern, led by well-known leaders and scholars from our various faith traditions. Generally, our group comprises nearly an equal number of clergy and interested laypersons.
The theme for this year’s institute will be “Holy Remembering: Discovering God in Memory and Scripture.” Rev. Dr. James Howell will guide the learning as participants share their stories. He is the Senior Pastor at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, and adjunct professor of preaching at Duke Divinity School.
More information about the scholar and registration can be found at http://gcarwildacres.com/interfaith-institute.
On Monday, June 29, the Office of Multicultural Affairs in conjunction with Aura Graphics and Design and Gathr Films will host a screening of the film “Kindness Is Contagious” at Hollywood Stadium 18 from 7:00-9:00 pm. This is a documentary film about making our community a more compassionate place to live and shows that acts of kindness have larger consequences for those who engage in them. Film screenings are being held nationwide during the last two weeks of June in collaboration with the Charter for Compassion based in Seattle organization that launched the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities, a global, organic movement inspired by the Golden Rule that seeks to increase awareness of the role of compassion in creating healthy, productive communities and to encourage citizens to engage in random and strategic acts that demonstrate the belief that we should treat others as we would like to be treated.Huntsville is now one of 58 cities worldwide that have signed the Charter for Compassion, and remains the first and only in the state in Alabama to be recognized by the Charter for Compassion.
The Compassionate Huntsville campaign is being spearheaded by the City of Huntsville Office of Multicultural Affairs under the direction of Multicultural Affairs Officer, Kenneth Anderson, who held a series of conversations with community stakeholders to gauge interest, and found that there was a significant amount of interest and support from these individuals. The current steering committee includes representatives from: the North Alabama African American Chamber of Commerce (NAAACC), Huntsville City Schools, Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations, Huntsville/Madison County National Marriage Week Coordinating Committee, University of Alabama-Huntsville Office of Multicultural Affairs, Oakwood Adventist Academy, Hospice Family Care, Huntsville Council of Neighborhood Associations, Huntsville/Area Friends Quaker Meeting, AshaKiran, United Way of Madison County, Cornerstone Initiative, 100X Church, Hispanic/Latino Advisory Council, International Society of Huntsville, Phoenix, GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services, Interfaith Mission Services, North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, Phoenix, and the Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Anyone or any group is welcome to participate.
The screening can only be confirmed once we reach our ticket goal, and we’ve got just 9 days to obtain 74 reservations. Proceeds will support the United Way of Madison County that currently supports 29 agencies involved in compassion work. For tickets: http://gathr.us/screening/12412.
For information, contact Kenny Anderson at 256.883.3993 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see a preview of the film, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa5ni6Vs7Mg
About the film:
Kindness Is Contagious is a feel-good documentary by David Gaz, narrated by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the best selling author of the novel (and film) Pay It Forward. It’s a film all about being nice and the benefits of being nice. Kindness Is Contagious features prominent experts, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Dacher Keltner, director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, James Fowler, author of the book Connected, the power of social networks and how they shape our lives as well as real life people from all walks of life whose lives illustrate their incredible discovery:
NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST!
Kindness Is Contagious asks one surprisingly difficult question: What is the nicest thing that anyone has done for you?
Street performers, soup kitchen volunteers, police officers, models, CEOs, baseball players, roller girls, concert pianists, artists, and many more tell you their heartfelt stories of kindness and generosity.
Lifetree Café meets at Latham United Methodist Church (109 Weatherly Rd, HSV 35803) @ 6:30PM every Thursday.
Lifetree Café is a comfortable place and time for people to gather weekly to explore life and faith. It looks and feels like the kind of place you’d typically meet a friend for food and drink and fun. Where the atmosphere encourages conversations, questions, and personal stories…
The hour-long Lifetree Café experiences feature real stories of real people, friendly conversation, time to build relationships with new and old friends, laughter, fun, spiritual insights, and opportunities to serve in the local community.
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