Calendar

Sep
1
Mon
2014 Hometown Pilgrimage: Education and Experience Events @ Multiple Venues
Sep 1 @ 11:00 am – Nov 2 @ 11:00 am
Sep
30
Tue
HINDUSTAN REVEALED: THE ART AND CULTURE OF TRADITIONAL INDIA @ Carnegie Visual Arts Center
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – Nov 8 @ 5:00 pm

HINDUSTAN REVEALED: THE ART AND CULTURE OF TRADITIONAL INDIA

SEPTEMBER 30 – NOVEMBER 8, 2014 – Journey with us to the land of Hindustan. Traditional Indian art and culture come to North Alabama in the form of paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, handicrafts, and jewelry. Traditionally inspired contemporary works of art by Shyam Balami, Shinani Chakrabarty, Sarab Soni and Deepa Sundaram. Other art and items on loan from the collections of  Madhu Singh, Divya Pradhan, Sonchita Chakrabarty, Krutika Patel, Alka Bhargave, Rupali Vyawahare, Mohinder Kaur Meenakshi, and Godika Sethi Deepa. Special events, performances, and visitors will accompany the exhibition.

http://carnegiearts.org/exhibitions/current-exhibits/

Oct
21
Tue
One Huntsville Diversity Dinner @ Huntsville Madison County Public Library
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm

“Just taking time to sit with someone is how we make connections and find commonalities.”

 

The objective of One Huntsville is to provide an opportunity to meet across religious, racial and cultural segments, exchange information and become informed via a good program.

We meet the third Tuesday of each month at Huntsville Madison County Public Library

915 Monroe Street, 35801

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.  – Dinner and informal table discussion

Informal table discussions as we eat together is an important aspect of our One Huntsville experience.  Please take the extra time to bring (or order) your meal, drink or snack so we can eat together.

Bring your own meal or order a boxed turkey sandwich dinner for $6.00 by noon the day of the meeting at ims@knology.net or call (256) 536-2401)

5:45 – “Unity in our Community” – Fresh updates on Community Life

6:00 – Program and Dialogue

Can’t come for the full time? Come anytime between 5:00-7:00

Program for October 21st:

Discovering Wicca

Presenters Blake and Carol Kirk will be sharing information regarding the Wiccan faith tradtion.

Program for September 16th:

Etowah Project

Program for August 19th:

Economic Mobility and Peace Building Through Solidarity; A Baha’i Perspective

The presentation/discussion will go into some depth on Baha’i attitudes toward the role of religion and wealth creation. We will examine how religious groups can contribute to the sustained economic advancement of all their members, and their larger communities, as well as the significance and purpose of economic development in and of itself. After addressing the tenets of economic mobility within, between and outside religion, we will examine the integral function of economic stability in establishing cooperative peace. We’ll look at a new definition of peace, which views peace as an approach to conflict, rather than the absence of conflict.

Program for July 15th:

Urban Farming
Addressing food security, energy, and sustainable community.

New location: Main auditorium at Huntsville Main Library

Program for June 17th:

When Compassion Meets Passion: The Programs of JustFaith

The program will be presented by graduates of the renowned JustFaith initiative who have seen its impact and value – coming to know how it “forms, informs and transforms people of faith by offering programs and resources that sustain them in their compassionate commitment to build a more just and peaceful world.”  If you have wondered about what JustFaith is, or if you’ve never heard of JustFaith, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the different programs… and hopefully choose to participate in one of the courses being offered in the near future.

 

All faith communities who are looking for small group programs for their members should send representatives to this meeting to learn of  the many programs within the JustFaith curriculum.

New location: Main Auditorium Huntsville Main Library

Program for May 20th:

Nexus Energy/Smart Energy Council: Correlation Between Utility and Poverty

Our next One Huntsville program on May 20 features Leaders from Nexus Energy and the new Smart Energy Council, collaborative stakeholders of community and faith-based organizations.

The SE Council is addressing the gaps in the underserved and their utility bills, including the statistics and getting the community together with one voice to discuss the correlation between utility and poverty. Ways for citizens and organization to join the cause will be laid out, as will the plan for full community engagement.

Program for April 15th:

Facing the End of Life: Transformation and Empowerment Beyond Cultural Barriers

Our presenter is Monica Williams-Murphy, MD who will touch on present American cultural barriers to the open discussion of death and dying – and highlight the role of spiritual leaders in guiding those who are facing the end of life.  She is a board-certified Huntsville Hospital emergency physician who is also an author, blogger and public speaker whose focus is empowering patients and families in critical and end-of-life decision-making. Dr. Murphy also serves as a Medical Expert for ThirdAge.com, the leading online Baby Boomer lifestyle site, and is Guest Faculty for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine, and serves on the Boards of both her local not-for-profit Hospice at home, Hospice Family Care and The Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara. Her book, “It’s OK to Die” and companion website are devoted to transforming the end of life into a time of peace, closure and healing.

Program for March 18th:

Huntsville’s Mayor Presents:

“ONE CITY – ONE VISION:  THEN, NOW, TOMORROW”

Mayor Tommy Battle launched his “One City – One Vision” Campaign upon his election on 2008.  When he was overwhelming re-elected in 2012 the voters affirmed him and his ability to “walk the talk” on this and his many other unity-building initiatives,  Come to listen to our Mayor speak to this Campaign, including future plans – and to express his  gratitude  for the efforts of One Huntsville, the Inclusiveness Community initiative, and many others who are making the Campaign work!

See the great al.com article on this event!

Program for February 18th:

Presenter:

The IGH Director, Dr. Laj Utreja

“Huntsville Evolving:  Creating Conditions Conducive for Harmony”

Learn of the model Institute of Global Harmony (IGH) in Western India that will be coming to our nation, starting in Huntsville!  This collective teaching and learning center engages in state-of-the-art knowledge in the prevailing practices and consequences of agriculture, business, education, medicine, media, and technology.  The goal is to devise and develop local conducive conditions for good conduct,sustainable development and fair governance that by design promote peace and harmony.

The IGH Director, Dr. Laj Utreja, will share the model and its potential for Huntsville in its continued move forward as city of excellence.   Dr. Utreja, having contributed to a wide range of disciplines related to the U.S. space and defense programs, recently contributed to Oxford Round Table where he presented “Creating Harmonious Civilization – A New Paradigm in Education.”   He has for years been active with Interfaith Mission Service, serving as a leader with 2009 Interfaith Summit and in continuing Interfaith Dialogue programs and Global Education panels.

Program for December 17th:

Presenter: Naaman Goode, President of the Huntsville Council of Neighborhood Association

Making Good Neighbors Across Our City:The future of neighborhood associational life for civic vitality and unity

Come and learn about the remarkable progress being made by the Huntsville Council of Neighborhood Associations.  Also discover what is happening in cites around the country who look to neighborhood associational alliances to strengthen quality of life and further civic vitality and unity

Program for October 15th:

George Marchinkowski, Moderator of the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa

“It seemed good to the Spirit and to us”

Developing a new model for discernment and consensus forming for meeting spiritual and societal challenge.  Across the world, spiritual and humanitarian communities are searching for new ways to discern the path to authentic unity. Join us as we look to cutting-edge research that explores four decision-making events form history and sacred scripture that lift several common elements, suggesting a model for wise and compassionate decision-making.

Dr. Marchinkowsli’s collected research considers the parliamentary method and a new consensus decision-making system designed by religious councils across the world for meeting the crises of our times.

Program for September 17th:

“An Overview of Current Issues in Education Reform and Resources for an Informed Opinion”

Our presenter is Robert Ferrell, a One Huntsville advocate, a state representative for the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a former board member, and a scholar on teacher quality.  He will share his fascination with education reform as it relates to spiritual intelligence, leadership, psychology, and interfaith dialogue.

 

Program for August 20th:

Inclusivity and the Arts:  A Story of Collaboration from Create Huntsville

Create Huntsville has laid the groundwork for The Arts Council’s current program expansion.  Leaders are excited to now have new community data to share about engagement in the arts across the community.  Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken will share this with the excitement that comes with passionately believing in the power of the arts to bring people together.  She will focus on the collaborative nature of the arts and the current activity in the arts community that relates back to our shared interest in community, education, and quality of life for all.

 

Click here to watch the great video from this One Huntsville event!

Program for July 16th:

Day Break in Alabama Series

Joining Others NOW in Bringing About Breakthroughs for Social Justice

Constitution Reform … Death Penalty … Education … Food Security … Health Care … Human Trafficking … Immigration …  Predatory Lending … Tax Reform …  what is going on and what can be done? We see arising across our state serious and balanced attempts to address difficult issues in a way that engages individuals, organizations and congregations in ethical and deliberate decision making. Daybreak in Alabama is a pioneer in this movement in its work to develop study guides, videos, creative teams, and “places and spaces” for citizen and congregation participation. We have the opportunity to learn of their cutting edge work. Come and learn from area leaders how the creative and sustained work of Interfaith Mission Service and partners across the community and state is resulting in successful ways to tackle the public issues of our times with discernment and relevant information.  Experience the tools for democracy and moral discernment that are working – and can work for any individual or community who wants to do something towards building a better Alabama.

Click here to watch the great video from this One Huntsville event!

Program for June 18th:

CORNERSTONE: A Fresh Vision for Genuine Collaboration:

A Community-engaged Framework Addressing Relational Poverty and our Under-Resourced Communities

Our program will be presented by The CornerStone Initiativean emerging faith-based, community development organization committed to providing comprehensive solutions to poverty.   They will share:

  • Their vision for holistic community development
  • Their picture for future city-based “Centers for Excellence” – strategically-located, easily assessable “one-stop shop” resource centers
  • Their approach:  To assess, develop, and partner with local community and faith-based organizations who can come alongside families in asset-strapped communities
  • Their progress in developing a community “hub” for the coordination and dissemination of information and services for under-resourced communities
  • Their desired result:  A continuum of care that moves people from crisis to self-sustainability, “lifting all boats” for a safer, healthier, and more vibrant life!

Click here to watch the great video from this One Huntsville event!

 

Program from May 21st:

Inspiring Inner Global Leaders in All of Us

Building and Expanding Cross-Cultural Work in The World We Call the South 

One Huntsville welcomes Deborah Levine, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the renowned American Diversity Report (launched in 2006) through which she provides leadership designed to develop and implement training for diverse teams locally and globally.  Based in Chattanooga, her fields of expertise and regular practice include cross-cultural understanding, diversity training, urban planning, and creating community organizations and initiatives. An award-winning author, her writing spans decades of published articles. She is also listed among the 2013 Champions of Diversity by DiversityBusiness.com.

Committed to developing the new Cross Cultural School of the South, she trains “New Southerners” to acculturate to the culture of the US Southeast while going global.  She joins us with a special interest in sharing as a pioneer in the field of Global Leadership training.  Her book “Inspire Your Inner Global Leader” was field tested in Youth Global Leadership Classes co-taught with Volkswagen executives and is now available for use and application.

Ms. Levine is a product of Harvard and New York University (NYU – BS, Cultural Anthropology), University of Illinois at Chicago (MUPP, Urban Planning & Policy/Arts & Culture) and Spertus Institute (MA, Jewish Studies).  She has received research fellowships from UCLA and the American Jewish Archives.

Click here to watch the great video from this One Huntsville event!

Secrets to Being Truly Happy with Sri Sri @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Secrets to being Truly Happy
An evening of Joy & Meditation with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Learning how to access happiness anywhere, anytime.

Who is Sri Sri? Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the founder of the Art of Living Foundation. He is a humanitarian leader, a spiritual teacher, and an ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses he has developed.

▶ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar – A Voice for Peace and Human Values – YouTube

Oct
22
Wed
JustFaith – Ecumenical Version – United Way @ United Way, Conference Room
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

JustFaith is a thirty-session course in Christian call to action. JustFaith Minstries forms, informs and transforms people of faith by offering programs and resources that sustain them in their compassionate commitment to build a more just and peaceful world. Our Christian faith invites us to become agents of God’s compassion in a wounded world. It’s JustFaith’s mission to help you act on that invitation.

JustFaith is being offered starting in September at the following times. There is no cost for the class. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these classes… and it really doesn’t hurt too badly the miss the first session.

Please register by calling Debbie Esslinger at (256) 658-4454 or emailing dsesslinger@gmail.com.

Oct
23
Thu
Multicultural Engagement Training @ UAH University Center, Shelby Center
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
JustFaith – Catholic Version @ St. John’s Catholic Church, Parish Library
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

JustFaith is a thirty-session course in Christian call to action. JustFaith Minstries forms, informs and transforms people of faith by offering programs and resources that sustain them in their compassionate commitment to build a more just and peaceful world. Our Christian faith invites us to become agents of God’s compassion in a wounded world. It’s JustFaith’s mission to help you act on that invitation.

JustFaith is being offered starting in September at the following times. There is no cost for the class. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these classes… and it really doesn’t hurt too badly the miss the first session.

 

Follow this link for more information:

http://www.stjohnbchurch.org/images/022587/Bulletin%2008-31-14.pdf

View a video on JustFaith at St. John’s website: www.stjohnbchurch

Greene Street Market @ Greene Street Market
Oct 23 @ 9:00 pm – 9:15 pm

greene street market

 

The Greene Street Market at Nativity is downtown Huntsville’s open-air market for fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. It’s where you go to meet farmers with organically-raised beef, pork, chicken and eggs; pick up freshly-prepared meals, gourmet popcicles, traditionally-made relishes, cheeses, preserves and breads. And, it’s where local artisans offer their work. 

 http://www.greenestreetmarket.com/ 

Oct
26
Sun
AN AFTERNOON WITH HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA @ Regions Field, Birmingham, AL
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dalai Lama v2

 

His Holiness will give a public talk on Secular Ethics in Our Time in the afternoon at the Regions Field.

 

http://www.dalailama.com/

 

Click here to purchase your ticket from the IMS block!

Buddhist Learning and Meditation Group @ Unity Church on the Mountain
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm