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/

Nov
2
Sun
Exploring Faith Intersections – Community Gathering
Nov 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
JustFaith – Ecumenical Verions – Trinity UMC @ Trinity United Methodist Church, Room 268
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 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.

 

Books for the ecumenical version may be purchased or checked out during the course from the Trinity UMC library.

Please register for the course by following this link: www.trinityhsv.org/engage/adults/engage.

Nov
3
Mon
Exploring Faith Intersections – Regional Conference @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Nov 3 all-day

This year, the Interfaith Mission service turns 45 years old. To celebrate that anniversary, we wanted to offer Huntsville and the Southeast a rare opportunity to hear dynamic, challenging speakers on topics of interfaith cooperation, social justice, and outreach to the community. We also wanted to share what we and others have learned about building a beloved community.

The framework for sharing that wisdom and inspiration is a conference that focuses on three significant intersections: Faith & Community, Faith & Justice, and Faith & Culture.

Please join us!

Q.  Who should attend?

A.  Anyone interested in how people of faith can impact the quality of life in their community.

Educators, social workers, clergy, lay Outreach leaders, government officials, and business leaders will hear new, successful ways of making their communities more compassionate, inclusive, and attractive in a global economy.

Speakers:

Rev. Jim Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values. He is the author of 10 books. His latest, On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common  Good (Brazos Press), was released in April 2013.

He is president and founder of Sojourners, where he is also editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. His columns appear in major newspapers, and he frequently appears on radio and television as a commentator. He has taught at Harvard University and currently teaches a course on Faith, Social Justice, and Public Life at Georgetown University.

 

Bryan Stevenson is Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, located in Montgomery, Ala. He has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. He also is on the law faculty at New York University School of Law. His new book, Just Mercy, has just become available.

 

Rabbi Rami Shapiro was challenged by Joshu Sasaki Roshi to be a zen rabbi in 1973, ordained as a Reform rabbi in 1981, earned a doctorate in religious studies in 1985, welcomed as a rebbe by RebZalmanSchachter–Shalomi in 2000, labeled a Holy Rascal by Sister Jose Hobday in 2003, made a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in 2010, and initiated into the Ramakrishna Order of Vedanta Hinduism in 2011. Rabbi Rami is a world renowned lecturer and author, who has been bringing the perennial wisdom of the world’s religions to spiritual seekers of every faith and none for over forty years.

 

Rev. Joe Ingle has been  a counselor to death row inmates for more than 30 years. Two of his books — Last Rights (2008) and TheInferno (2012) – chronicle his experiences .  Ingle, who lives in Nashville,  has twice been  nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988 and 1989.

 

Other distinguished presenters include : Kimble Forrister, Executive Director of Alabama Arise in Montgomery, Alabama and Scott Douglas, Executive Director of the Greater Birmingham Ministries.

 

 

conference track pics

Nov
5
Wed
JustFaith – Ecumenical Version – United Way @ United Way, Conference Room
Nov 5 @ 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.

Nov
6
Thu
Prison Overcrowding Forum @ Times/Al.com Hub
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Prision Overcrowding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prison Overcrowding Forum in a natural follow up to our Exploring Faith Intersections conference. Not only because it is a topic for a future Daybreak in Alabama study guide, but it provides us an opportunity to collaborate with the David Mathews Center (DMC) for Civic Life. In 2006 Dr. Bob Mckenzie, now a DMC board member, introduced us to the “deliberative decision making” practice that we are using in our Daybreak in Alabama study guides.

 

During the intervening years we collaborated on several events and Bob was instrumental for establishing the DMC. They are now conducting forums forums on several topics important to Alabama’s future. The Alabama Media Group, the Alabama Investigative Journalism Lab and the David Mathews Center have partnered to conduct this forum.

 

I hope that you can attend.

 

Best Regards,

Chuck Vedane

Vice Chair, Interfaith Mission Service Leadership Council

JustFaith – Catholic Version @ St. John’s Catholic Church, Parish Library
Nov 6 @ 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

Bhagavad Gita: Overview of Content and Essence @ St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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The Huntsville interfaith study group, Abrahamic Prayers, will begin a year’s study on the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred Hindu text, on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, a day that coincides with the 145th anniversary of the birth of Gandhi, the devout Hindu who helped lead India’s revolution against Great Britain.

Abrahamic Prayers is an informal, interfaith worship service that meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of most months. The gatherings are always free and open to newcomers. Anyone who expects to attend is invited to notify Abrahamic Prayers coordinator Peter Meister at meisterp@uah.edu so that adequate materials can be prepared.
 

lajDr. Laj Utreja, a retired mechanical engineer who is is also a teacher of yoga and meditation and the founder of the Institute of Spiritual Healing, will lead “Bhagavad Gita: Overview of Content and Essence” from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 2, in the parlor of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 12200 Bailey Cove Road in Huntsville.

 

 

Nov
9
Sun
JustFaith – Ecumenical Verions – Trinity UMC @ Trinity United Methodist Church, Room 268
Nov 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 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.

 

Books for the ecumenical version may be purchased or checked out during the course from the Trinity UMC library.

Please register for the course by following this link: www.trinityhsv.org/engage/adults/engage.