Calendar

Sep
1
Mon
2014 Hometown Pilgrimage: Education and Experience Events @ Multiple Venues
Sep 1 @ 11:00 am – Nov 2 @ 11:00 am
Sep
22
Mon
Fall Equinox Celebration @ Light of Christ Center
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Light of Christ Center Fall Equinox celebration on Sep 22 at 7pm. Monday evening.

Sep
23
Tue
Interfaith Dialogue @ Faith Presbyterian Church
Sep 23 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

You must register with Learning Quest for the below course!

There is a shift in religious affiliation occurring in the United States that is altering the landscape of our country. It behooves people of faith and spiritual commitment to familiarize themselves with those faiths. This course will encourage the desire and provide opportunity for interfaith dialogue among participants by providing insights into different faiths by guest presenters each session. Frank Broyles, has been bringing people of faith together for years. Does that mean I switch religions? No, but a dialogue has been opened and participants can be enriched by such conversation.

Program Details – http://lquest.org/event/interfaith-dialogue/?instance_id=2117

 

PROPOSED SCHEDULE

September 9 -”Setting sail” to explore the many worlds of faith and spiritual culture –  overview, demographics, the challenges and opportunities of interfaith dialogue

September 16 – Abrahamic streams and Jewish faith and life

September 23 – Islam: Unity and Diversity

September 30 –  Moving East into the Global Village – presenters from Buddhism and Hinduism

October 7– The rest of the spiritual landscape, with presenters from Baha’i and New Thought paths.

October 14 – Weaving the tapestry of world religions  – what matters most for the interfaith journey

 

GOALS

Learn the importance, challenges, and opportunities for interfaith dialogue and understanding in an increasingly pluralistic and diverse nation – and world.  This will entail gaining knowledge and insight into religious diversity in our world, nation and community.

Increase knowledge of the core tenets, practices, and profiles of the major religious traditions and spiritual cultures of our time.

Learn at least one teaching, principle or practice that all religions can embrace.  At the same time you will see where there are fundamental distinctions/differences and see value in diversity in the family of religions.

Experience and see the value of being in dialogue with area faith representatives as well as the benefits of being open to ongoing developing relationships with people of different spiritual beliefs and practices.

Will in some way deepen their understanding and affection for their own spiritual tradition and beliefs, discovering what is most valuable and at the core of that tradition.

Sep
24
Wed
JustFaith – Ecumenical Version – United Way @ United Way, Conference Room
Sep 24 @ 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.

Consciousness – Faith and Reason @ Clubhouse at Valley Way Subdivision, Four Miles Post
Sep 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Knowledge Sharing Forum

Presented by: Dr. Laj Utreja

Faith provides a firm anchor to us. It gives meaning to life and enables us to come to terms with injustice and tragedy. Reason based on scientific rationality pulls out the recognition of faith, and we find ourselves exposed in a cold world.

Each one of us has elements of faith, which can lead to our spiritual beginning, as well as capacity to reason, which can lead to scientific truth. Science has opened extensive vistas of material gains, and has given us a certain degree of control over environment. But this new-found freedom with reason alone leaves a great void in our soul. Science can’t even begin to touch the surface of our deeper concerns – the meaning of life, our place in the scheme of things, and our ultimate destiny. However, with honest and persistent enquiry, we can come to a realization that faith is primary and intuitive, sufficient unto itself, transcending the bounds of logic. Scientific rationality, on the other hand, has a totally different basis, having to satisfy the requirements of factual proof at every step.

Both, faith and reason reside in consciousness. Many self-realized people and Vedanta connote cit (consciousness) as a sublimely blissful experience of the boundless – the natural state of every living being. In Part 1, the presenter introduced the terms from the perspective of common sense as well as generally available notions about the terms. In Part 2, the presenter would continue the subject further from the perspective of the Vedic tradition.

Bio

Laj Utreja is a longtime Huntsville resident. His professional experience covers a wide range of disciplines related to the U.S. space and defense programs. Laj is an ardent student of Sanaatana Dharma and gives talks on its applications as part of cross-cultural understanding to groups and organizations all over the world. His reverence for Bhagavad Gita has in part motivated him to write his two books, “Who are we?” and “What is our origin?” Laj had been active with the Interfaith Mission Service of the Greater Tennessee Valley to promote understanding among different faith, race and cultural groups. Lately, Laj has initiated an undertaking, Institute of Global Harmony (IGH) in India.

Grace UMC- Science & Religion: Ancient and Modern Wisdom Meet @ Grace United Methodist Church
Sep 24 @ 11:00 pm – 11:15 pm

A free, 6-week course led by Dave Hickman and Todd Noren-Hentz

Wednesdays @ 6pm, August 13th thru October 1st in Fellowship Hall Room 1

This course is intended to give you some insights into the processes by which God’s creation may have occurred. We’ll examine reasons for tensions between these two worlds, some of the great contributors to each field, and gain deeper insights into both worlds. Being a whiz in science is not needed. No text is required and read-ahead handouts will be provided.

Participants can register online or at Grace UMC.  Participants can expect 30 minutes to an hour of recommended reading per week, but classes are designed to provide value to those who are unable to complete the weekly reading as well.

For more information contact Dave Hickman at daglhi@bellsouth.net or (256) 527-9721 or Todd Noren-Hentz at toddnorenhentz@graceumchsv.org or (256) 430-0003

http://www.graceumchsv.org/scienceandreligion/

Sep
25
Thu
Viewing of “The Second Cooler” @ UAH Charger Theater
Sep 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

There will be a reception and Q&A with Ellin Jimmerson, writer/director, after the viewing.

thesecondcooler

 

The Second Cooler is a documentary about illegal migration shot primarily in Alabama, Arizona, and in northern and central Mexico. The premise is that Arizona is the new Alabama—the epicenter of an intense struggle for migrant justice. The documentary’s purpose is to bring basic migration issues into focus. Those issues include the impact of free trade agreements on migration, the lack of a legal way for poor Latin Americans to come to the United States, the inherent abuses of the guest worker program, the fact that many migrants are indigenous people, anti-immigrant politics in Alabama, the thousands of migrant deaths at the border, and an escalating ideology of the border.
http://thesecondcooler.com/

JustFaith – Catholic Version @ St. John’s Catholic Church, Parish Library
Sep 25 @ 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

Bruno Groening Circle of Friends @ Unity Church on the Mountain
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bruno Groening Circle of Friends – Huntsville. Meets every three weeks at Unity Church on the Mountain at 7:00pm (see schedule) to learn about the life of Bruno Groening and to take in the divine power that not only helps and heals, but brings you to closer to the divine, from which we all belong. Many medically documented healings have occurred from people attending these community meetings. There are no fees involved only your willingness to be open to the possibilities God has in store for you. If you would like to attend a Community Hour, please contact Dan or Laura Dickson (dickson881@comcast.net) for an introduction to Bruno Groening.

Thurs – Sept 4: 7pm

Thurs – Sept 25: 7pm

Thurs – Oct 16: 7pm

Thurs – Nov 6: 7pm

Information on Bruno Groening Circle of Friends – http://www.bruno-groening.org/english/

Greene Street Market @ Greene Street Market
Sep 25 @ 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/