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Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative Calendar – February 2013

Compiled by Mike Wells

 ISJC Mission Statement: To network and collaborate as we work to serve and promote systemic change for the common good; to educate and inspire one another to positive actions; to model interfaith cooperation; and to break down barriers as we work together for justice, right relationships, an end to violence and care for the earth.

Weekly Events

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26 • 10 a.m.–noon

Buddhist Cultural Class in Japanese by Rev. Sensho Inouye. Buddhist Church of Fowler, 210 S. 9th St., Fowler. For more info, call 559-834-2077.

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26 • 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Fresno River Zen group meeting. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Clovis. Emphasis is on bringing peaceful actions from personal experience in meditation to healing the world. Teaching and practice in the spirit of the Suzuki Roshi Lineage is led by Grace Schireson, an ordained Zen priest. For more info, contact Grace at 559-877-2400 or grace@emptynestzendo.org.

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27 • 7 p.m.–8 p.m.

Meditation. St. Paul Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. For more info, call 559-435-2212.

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27 • 7:30 p.m.

Taize Prayer. St. Paul Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave. For more info, call 559-436-3434.

Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21 & 28 • 7 p.m.–8 p.m.

Meditation. 7319 N. Fourth St. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. For more info, call 559-435-2212.

Saturdays, February 2, 9, 16 & 23 • 7:25 a.m.

Buddhist Radio Broadcast on KBIF-AM 900. Short Dharma talks in Japanese and English.

Sundays, February 3, 10, 17 & 24 • 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

Meditation. 7319 N. Fourth St. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. For more info, call 559-435-2212.

Biweekly Events

Fridays, February 1 & 15 • 6:45 p.m.–8 p.m.

Meditation. Perfect Balance Yoga, 5091 N. Fresno St. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. For more info, call 559-435-2212.

Saturdays, February 2 & 16 • 10 a.m.–noon

Bishop Steinbock Homeless Advocacy Committee. Bishop Scher Room, Diocese of Fresno Pastoral Center, 1550 N. Fresno St. For more info, contact Bill Simon at 559-227-6565 or bsimon6565@sbcglobal.net. The interfaith community is invited.

February Events

Friday, February 1 • 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Dances of Universal Peace. Sacred Circle Dances from Around the World. First Congregational Church, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd.

Monday, February 4 • 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Buddhist Churches of America Center for Buddhist Education (CBE) Monthly Monday Evening Lecture: An Introduction to the Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life by Rev. Marvin Harada. CBE Reedley Buddhist Church, 2035 15th St., Reedley. Suggested donation $5. For more info, call 559-638-2146.

Friday, February 8 • 7 p.m.

Free presentation on Engaged Buddhism. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave, Clovis. Engaged Buddhism is a contemporary movement concerned with developing Buddhist solutions to social, political and ecological problems. The presenter, Eve Decker, is a Buddhist practitioner with specialized training in Engaged Buddhism, as well as a professional musician. Come find out how social justice issues are addressed while maintaining the emphasis on inward spiritual growth. The Fresno Center for Nonviolence and the Fresno UU Social Justice Committee are co-sponsoring this event. For more info, e-mail alarredondo@me.com.

Saturday, February 9 • 7 p.m.

Fresno Jewish Film Series: Wasserman. Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave. Seventy-three-year old Wasserman swore never to pray again. He blames G-d for his family’s annihilation during the Holocaust. He is unwilling to forgive. But a dire situation forces Wasserman to reconsider—he needs money. Tickets $8. For more info, call 559-439-9638.

Tuesday, February 12 • 7 p.m.

Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative (ISJC) monthly meeting. First Baptist Church, 1400 E. Saginaw Ave. You need not RSVP. Just come if you’d like to meet others engaged in faith-inspired social and environmental justice work. Our meeting format enables individuals of different faith traditions to meet and exchange ideas, share event flyers and support each other’s efforts to create a healthier, more loving and compassionate world.

Wednesday, February 13 • 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Buddhist Discussion in English led by Curtis Koga. CBE Buddhist Church of Parlier, 360 Newmark Ave., Parlier. For more info, call 559-618-1528.

Sunday, February 17 • 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

World Meditation Day is observed to promote peace within oneself and harmony in the world. 7319 N. Fourth St. Guided meditation followed by discussion and light refreshments. For more info, call Veena Kapoor at 559-435-2212.

Thursday, February 21 8:15 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

Does lasting fulfillment come from Christianity—or Christ? What’s the difference and why is it important? These are the questions author, speaker and pastor Shane Hipps will tackle at the 2013 Central Valley Ministry Forum. Special Events Center, Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Hipps will present “Selling Water by the River,” based on his book, Selling Water by the River: A Book about the Life Jesus Promised and the Religion That Gets in the Way. Lunch, snacks and other materials will be provided. The former lead teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., Hipps previously served for five years as lead pastor of a Mennonite church in Phoenix, Ariz. Before accepting his call as a pastor, the Fuller Theological Seminary graduate was a strategic planner in advertising for Porsche.

Faith Resources

Interfaith Alliance of Central California: Learn more at www.interfaithalliancecc.org/.

Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative: Click “Like” on this Facebook page to receive updates.

Interfaith Youth Alliance: Learn more at www.ifya-net.org.

Mental Health America–Central Valley: Learn more at www.mha-cv.org/ (information for clergy and faith leaders).

Multifaith Calendar: Learn more at www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/multifaith-calendar/.

Multifaith Exchange: Learn more at http://fresnomultifaithexchange.org/.

The Bishop John Steinbock Homeless Advocacy Committee: Learn more at www.dioceseoffresno.org/homeless.html. (Click on English or Spanish near the top for brochure on how to help the homeless.)

List of Religious Holidays: Visit www.interfaithcalendar.org/2011.htm.

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Beginning this month, Fresno Metro Ministry will be the Community Alliance ISJC Calendar coordinator and the ISJC e-mail coordinator. Contact them at mike@fresnometmin.org. (Send information for the ISJC Calendar by the 14th of the prior month.)

  • The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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