The Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative Faith Calendar – Oct. 2012

Compiled by Susan Orovitz

Tuesday, October 2–Saturday, November 10
Isaac Bashevis Singer and His Artists. The Jewish Federation of Central California and Temple Beth Israel invite you to attend a Yiddish Festival to celebrate Yiddish culture while viewing illustrations inspired by the writings of Singer. Artists on display include Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle and Roman Vishniac. Viewing hours of exhibit: Tuesday–Friday 1 p.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Closed Saturday and Monday.

  • Sunday, October 14, 10 a.m.: Jewish cooking program and Gefilte Fish screening.
  • Sunday, October 28, 10 a.m.: Storytelling by G.J. Thelin.
  • Saturday, November 10, 7 p.m.: Screening of Yentl starring Barbra Streisand, sponsored by the Fresno Jewish Film Series, followed by discussion.

For more info, call 559-432-3600.

Tuesday, October 2 • 7 p.m.
Gandhi’s birthday celebration. Mohandas Gandhi’s birthday celebration will start with a candlelight vigil for peace, unity and harmony in the Peace Garden at CSUF.

Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 • 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
The Fresno River Zen group meets. 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, October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 • 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Weekly meditation. St. Paul Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. For more info, call 559-435-2212.

Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 • 7:30 p.m.
Taize Prayer. St. Paul Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave. For more info, call 559-436-3434.

Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25 • 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Weekly meditation. 7319 N. 4th St. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. For more info, call 559-435-2212.

Friday, October 5, 19 (1st & 3rd Fridays) • 6:45 p.m.–8 p.m.
Weekly meditation at Perfect Balance Yoga. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. For more info, call 559-435-2212.

Friday, October 5 • 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.

Saturday, October 6 • 9:30 a.m.
Gandhi’s birthday celebration. A community celebration to pay tribute to Gandhi on his 143rd birthday will be celebrated with a garland ceremony in the Peace Garden at CSUF. Many activities are planned, including a film series and a panel discussion on women and nonviolence. Dwarko Ji Sundarani, a well-known Gandhian thinker and social worker from India, has been invited to participate in the celebration. Interfaith groups, peace groups and other interested individuals are cordially invited.

Saturday, October 6 & 20 (1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month) • 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. Interfaith community is invited.

Saturday, October 6 • 1 p.m.
Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative (ISJC) monthly meeting. Little Leaf Tea, 6011 N. Palm Ave. You need not RSVP. Just come if you’d like to meet others engaged in faith-inspired social and environmental justice work. Our new 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. Informal meeting. Little Leaf Tea (www.littleleaftea.com) is an independently owned small business.

Saturday, October 6 • 3 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Women of Spirit—a gathering of women rediscovering their own spirituality and enabling others to do the same. 7319 N. 4th St. Beginning and closing meditation, discussion and activity, and light refreshments after closing. Free. Both men and women welcome. For more info, call Veena Kapoor at 559-435-2212.

Saturday, October 6 • 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Genetic Roulette is the fourth film in the Fast Forward to Fall Film Festival. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Clovis. This seminal documentary about genetically modified food provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future. This film was produced by Jeffrey Smith, who spoke at the Unitarian Church on July 31. Free. Wheelchair accessible. For more info, contact 559-291-1590 or ggrcalif@sbcglobal.net or visit www.uufresno.org.

Sundays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28 • 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Weekly meditation. 7319 N. 4th St. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. For more info, call 559-435-2212.

Sunday, October 14 • 1:30 p.m.
Fresno-Clovis CROP Hunger Walk, an interfaith and community-oriented event. Funds raised go to Fresno Community Food Bank and Church World Services for hunger programs worldwide. First Congregational Church, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. Registration 1:30 p.m., walk 2 p.m. Donations accepted online at www.cropwalkonline.org/FresnoCA. All are encouraged to join in the walk. For more info, call Carol Yamashita at 559-301-8597.

Tuesday, mid-October • 6 p.m.–8pm
Beginner’s meditation class. Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization. For more info, call 559-435-2212.

Sunday, October 21 • 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
World Meditation Day is observed to promote peace within oneself and harmony in the world. 7319 N. 4th St. Program includes guided meditation followed by discussion and light refreshments. For more info, call Veena Kapoor at 559-435-2212.

Friday, October 26 • 6 p.m.
Faith in Community (FIC)/PICO Heart of the City Honorary Dinner. Westside Church of God, 1422 W. California Ave. Fund-raiser honoring community leaders. To sponsor or for more info, contact Susana Moreno at 559-375-2446 or fic.heartofthecity@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 27 • 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Mardi Gras: Made in China is the fifth film in the Fast Forward to Fall Film Festival. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Clovis. This examination of cultural and economic globalization follows the life cycle of Mardi Gras beads from a small factory in Fuzhou, China, to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Free. Wheelchair accessible. For more info, contact 559-291-1590 or ggrcalif@sbcglobal.net or visit www.uufresno.org.

Wednesday, October 31 • 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Basic Buddhism Class. Dharma Family Center, 2720 E. Alluvial Ave. Free. The basic teachings of Sakyamuni Buddha (the historical Buddha) will be taught, and many different Buddhist schools will be examined. For more info, call Rev. Kurt Rye at 559-442-4054.

Saturday, November 3 • 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Hot Coffee is the sixth film in the Fast Forward to Fall Film Festival. Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Clovis. The McDonald’s Coffee Case has been routinely cited by the media as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of the legal system. This documentary shows how and why the case became so popular in the media, including who funded the effort, and to what end. Free. Wheelchair accessible. For more info, contact 559-291-1590 or ggrcalif@sbcglobal.net or visit www.uufresno.org.

Sunday, November 18
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for more info. IACC (www.interfaithalliancecc.org/).

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Susan Orovitz is the Community Alliance ISJC Faith Calendar coordinator and the ISJC e-mail coordinator. Contact her at sussieg@pacbell.net. (Send info for the Interfaith 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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