Human Rights Day Celebration. Rochester’s Human Rights Day Committee will host a discussion of “Class and Race: What happens When the ‘Have-nots’ Become ‘Haves’?” through a dramatic reading of the play, Palmer Park, written by Joanna McClelland Glass. Glass’ acclaimed play helps us understand our situation in depth, with heart as well as mind. Looking at human rights through the lens of drama builds on our year of talking about race and community. The program will be in the evening at Downtown Presbyterian Church, 121 Fitzhugh St, Rochester.
Twice Told Tales. The Interfaith Bible Study program sponsored by the Commission on Christian-Jewish Relations. This year’s series will focus on stories told twice – once in the Hebrew Scriptures and once, in a different context, in the Christian Scriptures. Programs are free and are held from 12:00-1:00 pm at the Jewish Federation of Rochester; 441 East Avenue. Each presenter – one Jewish and one Christian – will speak from his/her own faith tradition. Discussion follows. This year’s schedule:
December 11: Two Ascension Stories presented by Rabbi Debbi Till (Elijah) and Prof. Joe Kelly (Jesus)
February 12, 2014: Two Josephs who Are Dreamers presented by Eleanor Lewin (Joseph son of Jacob) and Fr. George Heyman (Joseph of the House of David)
March 12: Raising of the Widow’s Son presented by Rabbi Amy Sapowith (Elijah) and Rev. John Cedarleaf (Jesus)
April 9: The Multiplication of the Loaves presented by Rabbi Leonardo Bitran (Elisha) and Pastor Debbie Grohman (Jesus)
TIAR Monthly Board Meeting. The monthly Board Meeting of TIAR is held on the 3rd Thursday of the month (barring conflicts) from 4:00 – 5:30 pm at Covenant United Methodist Church on Culver Road at Parsells. All members and visitors are welcome. Future meetings of the Board:
January 16, 2014
Sunday, June 8 (Annual Meeting)
50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Rev. Peter Peters. TIAR has been an important part of Peter’s journey here in Rochester and he would be honored if any folk from TIAR would be able to join in this celebration. The celebration will be held at St. Luke and St Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church at 5:00 pm.
Moving Beyond Racism Book Discussion. Book 1491 by Charles Mann. Monday, January 6th, 7-8:30 pm, Barnes & Noble - Pittsford Plaza - Upstairs Community Room. Everyone is welcome whether or not you have read the book. Join us for a safe, stimulating discussion. For more information call 585-288-8644 or e-mail at email@example.com
February 3: Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy B. Tyson
March 3: What's the Matter With White People by Joan Walsh
Mission of The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester
We are committed to an inclusive democratic process based upon the mutual responsibility of public officials, public institutions, and the general public. It requires honest and civility through open discussion of issues and full participation open to all citizens.
We work towards a public good that offers dignity and wholeness to all people. This includes a quality public education, a sustainable environment, a living wage, comprehensive health care, adequate housing, and a voice for people of faith in the political arena that respects the First Amendment.
As a growing and diverse interfaith community, we bring a constructive and healing witness to public and political life in the Greater Rochester community. The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester is one of many local alliances in a national coalition of people of faith.