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.
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View a video on JustFaith at St. John’s website: www.stjohnbchurch
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 email@example.com so that adequate materials can be prepared.
Dr. 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.
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.
St Joseph’s Catholic Community will celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on Saturday Oct.. 4th at 9AM. Please bring your pets for their annual blessing. Be sure they are on a leash, in a cage, fishbowl, terrarium or whatever and under your control.
Experience communion at Church of the Nativity, Episcopal in honor of World Communion Day.
Services at 8:45 and 11:00 am.
Church of the Nativity, Episcopal – http://www.nativity.dioala.org/
World Communion Sunday offers congregations a distinctive opportunity to experience Holy Communion in the context of the global community of faith. The first Sunday of October has become a time when Christians in every culture break bread and pour the cup to remember and affirm Christ as the Head of the Church. On that day, they remember that they are part of the whole body of believers. Christians celebrate the communion liturgy in as many ways as there are congregations. World Communion Sunday can be both a profound worship experience and a time for learning more about our wider community of faith. ….http://www.globalministries.org/resources/special-days/WCS/world-communion-sunday-ideas.html
Out of the Darkness Walk for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Sunday Oct. 5th at 2:30 p.m.
Big Spring Park
Individuals asked to raise $150 no fee to walk.
Register online at www.outofthedarkness.org
Questions: Jan 256.652-9709
Join the fight. Support the cause. Reduce the stigma. Education for the public.
Mental Health Center in Madison County
Center for Loss, Grief & Change, Rev. Carl Malm
Rev. Frank Broyles, HAPC
Come learn the truth about ISLAM – what the Quran says, not what Islamophobia says
Free Educational Mini-course on ISLAM in 3 Interactive Sessions
IDEALS, REALITIES AND PERCEPTIONS OF ISLAM
Session 1 Sunday, September 28, 3-5 pm — IDEALS of Islam
The core fundamentals of Islamic teachings about God, human being, and the religious path will be explored through a model of ISLAMIC HUMANISM based on the Quranic Concept of Human Being. A unique new approach with a spotlight also on the common thread tying all three Abrahamic Faiths viewed as a developmental series.
Session 2 Sunday, October 5, 3-5 pm — REALITIES and PERCEPTIONS of Islam
The perception of Islam in the West is a highly distorted version of the truth as promoted by the media based on constant repetition of a very narrow and unrepresentative perspective. Its perception in the Muslim world itself is variable between a dogmatic attitude and a pluralistic one. The reality is that the Muslim world is a highly diverse mix of 1.6 billion people of all nationalities, cultures, races, languages, and even interpretations of the Quran, and there is no central organization of them. The terrorists are a very tiny minority who are NOT AT ALL representative of Islam. The broader Muslim world sees them not only as UN-Islamic, but even as ANTI- Islamic. Thus, the reality is a broad spectrum, but Islamophobia focuses on the actions of less than 1% of Muslim misfits (e.g., al Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS, etc) who feed Islamophobia in the West and greatly offend the 99% peaceful Muslims. Come learn what Islam really teaches about the three critical areas of Western misperception of Islam: violence, women and shariah. The reality spectrum is not only broad, but also quite variable. If the false perceptions in the West persist, the reality will shift towards it, with continued strife. With right actions, the reality can be changed toward the ideals, away from the 1% bad Muslims and towards the 99% good Muslims. The peace of the world may depend on whether the paradigm shift is made the goal.
Session 3, October 12, Sunday, 3-5 pm — So what is the solution? An example of compatibility and mutually cherished co-existence of Islam and the West, as achieved by a specific modern/Islamic/immigrant Muslim community and its Canadian hosts, will be explored. This community engages in amazing peaceful civil society projects in the cultural, spiritual and social arenas, of very local to federal and even international scope. Come judge for yourself. You may be amazed by what you will learn about what can be achieved and how. Mainstream Canada (government and people) is responding. Why not all of us? Islamophobia and war are NOT the answer, for they will only lead to escalation and self-perpetuation. Education, compassion, diplomacy and development, and pluralism are key to any solution.