All compiled by Fresno Metro Ministry

Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative Calendar – October 2013


Weekly Events

Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Fresno River Zen Group meeting. Zen Center of Fresno, 922 N. Van Ness Ave. Fresno River Zen is guided by Rev. Myoan Grace Schireson, dharma heir of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center. For more info, visit or call 559-301-6570. “Cultivating the true source of peace in our hearts, day by day, as a basis for wise and compassionate service in the world.”

Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 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.

Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 6 p.m.7:30 p.m.

Zen Center of Fresno, 922 N. Van Ness Ave. Class: Four Truths and a Path—A Guide for Living. For beginning or continuing meditators, taught by Zen priests in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. For more info, call 559-301-6570 or visit

Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 7 p.m.8 p.m.

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

Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26

Big Pond Zen Group meeting, Zen Center of Fresno, 922 N. Van Ness Ave. Guided by Rev. Kuzan Peter Schireson, dharma heir of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center. For more info, call 559-301-6570 or visit

Biweekly Events

Saturdays, October 12 & 26 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 The interfaith community is invited.

October Events

Wednesday, October 2 7 p.m.

Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative. First Congregational Church of Fresno (Big Red Church), 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. Discussion of relevant social issues and events. All are welcome. Enter the courtyard of the church through the north gate. The meeting is in the parlor, next to the church office.

Wednesday, October 2 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Candlelight Vigil for World Peace. Celebrating Gandhi’s 144th birthday. CSUF Peace Garden, just north of the Henry Madden Library.

Saturday, October 5 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

CSUF Peace Garden. Program includes garlanding and flower ceremony, special guest speakers, classical and folk dances, musical tribute, short speeches by youth leaders, brief statements by community and civic leaders, meditation, pledge against hate and violence. Please bring flowers.

Sunday, October 13 1:30 p.m. Registration, 2:30 p.m. Walk

2013 Fresno-Clovis Crop Hunger Walk. United Japanese Christian Church, 136 N. Villa Ave., Clovis. 3K walk; bring friends, families and pets. For more info, call 559-301-8597 or visit

Sunday, October 20 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.

Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27 1 p.m.–5 p.m.

Weekend Course on Letting Go of Anger. Lutheran Campus Ministry, 2311 E. Shaw Ave. Learn to understand anger and its impact on your life, gain a deeper understanding of mind/body/spirit connection and tools to transform anger into peace and love. Free. Register by Oct. 18.

Faith Resources

Fresno Metro Ministry: Learn more at

Interfaith Alliance of Central California: Learn more at

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

Interfaith Youth Alliance: Learn more at

Mental Health America–Central Valley: Learn more at (information for clergy and faith leaders).

Multifaith Calendar: Learn more at

Multifaith Exchange: Learn more at

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

List of Religious Holidays: Visit


The Community Alliance ISJC Calendar and the ISJC e-mail list serve is coordinated by Fresno Metro Ministry. Contact them at (Send information for the ISJC Calendar by the 14th of the prior month. Please include the phrase “Interfaith Calendar” in the subject of the e-mail.)

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    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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