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The Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative Faith Calendar – September 2012

Compiled by Susan Orovitz

Saturday, September 1 (1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month) 10:00am-12:00 Noon
Bishop Steinbock Homeless Advocacy Committee in the Bishop Scher Room at the Diocese of Fresno Pastoral Center, Fresno, CA 93703. Contact: Bill Simon 227-6565 Interfaith community is invited.

Saturday, September 1 – 3–5pm
Women of Spirit—a gathering of women rediscovering their own spirituality and enabling others to do the same. Held at 7319 N Fourth St, Fresno. Beginning and closing meditation, discussion and activity, light refreshments after closing. The event is free. Both men and women are welcome. Contact: Veena Kapoor, (559) 435–2212.

Saturday, September 1 • Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
Founders Day Gospel Fest • African American Historical and Cultural Museum, 1857 Fulton Street • Concert is behind the museum in the museum park • Tickets $10 advance, $15 day of show • For more information (559) 268-7102

Tuesday, September 4, 11, 18, 25- 6:30 – 8:30pm
The Fresno River Zen group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church. 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 information, call Grace at (559) 877-2400 or email her at

Wednesday, September 5, 12, 19, 26 – 7:30pm
Taize Prayer, St. Paul Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave. Fresno, CA. 436-3434

Thursday, September 6, 13, 20, 27 – 7 – 8pm
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Org. Meditation Class at St. Paul Newman Center on 1572 E Barstow Ave Fresno, CA.

Friday, September 7 – 7–9pm
Dances of Universal Peace. Sacred Circle Dances from Around the World at the First Congregational Church, Van Ness and Yale.

Saturday, September 8-Saturday, November 10
Isaac Bashevis Singer and His Artists. The Jewish Federation of Central CA. and Temple Beth Israel invite you to attend a Yiddish Festival to clebrate Yiddish cultrue while viewing illustrations inspired by the writings of Singer. Some of the artists on display include Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, and Roman Vishniac. Viewing hours of exhibit: 9/9-11/10 Tues. through Fri. 1-5pm; Sun. 10am-1pm. Closed Sat. and Mon. and Yom Kippur, 9/25-26.

Sat. Sept. 8 – 7pm
Opening Wine and Cheese reception featuring Klezmer musci and comments by Prof. Toni Wein of CSUF following by Slichot service.

Friday, September 14 – 6 – 9pm
The Fresno Chapter of California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty and the Peace and Justice Ministry of St. Paul Newman Center presents Sabrina Butler who will be speaking at St. Paul Newman Center’s Cardinal Newman Hall, 1572 Barstow Avenue. Ms. Butler is the only woman in America to have been exonerated and freed after being convicted and imprisoned on death row. For more info. 264-2934

Saturday, September 15 (1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month) 10:00am-12:00 Noon
Bishop Steinbock Homeless Advocacy Committee in the Bishop Scher Room at the Diocese of Fresno Pastoral Center, Fresno, CA 93703. Contact: Bill Simon 227-6565 Interfaith community is invited.

Sunday, September 16 – 3 – 5pm
World Meditation Day is observed to promote peace within oneself and harmony in the world. Held at 7319 N Fourth St, Fresno. Program includes guided meditation followed by discussion and light refreshments. Call Veena Kapoor, (559) 435–2212, for more information.

Monday, September 17 – 7-9pm
Brahma Kumaris Senior Brother Mike George, from England, will be speaking at College Community Congregational Church, 5550 N. Fresno St., as part of his California tour promoting his latest book, 7 Myths of Love…Actually: The journey from your HEAD to the HEART of your SOUL. The event is free. All are welcome. For more info: 435-2212 or

Wednesday, September 19 – 1-3pm
The Summit Conference on Homelessness for Fresno’s religious leaders meets for the 3rd time at Breaking Free Revival Center, 2743 E. Shaw Ave. across from Save Mart Center and next to Bulldog Grill. The hope is the leader of every house of worship in Fresno, or their representative, will be able to participate. Please RSVP to Bill Simon <> or 227-6565 by Sept. 9.

Friday, September 21 –
International Day of Peace-stay tuned for more info. check w/ IACC

Wednesday, September 26, October 31, November 28 – 7-8:30pm
Basic Buddhism Class at Dharma Family Center, 2720 E. Alluvial (between Chestnut and Alluvial). Free. The basic teachings of Sakyamuni Buddha (the historical Buddha) will be taught. And many different Buddhist schools will be examined. For more info.: Rev Kurt Rye or Temple office at 442-4054

Interfaith Alliance of Central California:

Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative: For Facebook users, click “Like” on this facebook page and you will receive updates.

Interfaith Youth Alliance: Learn more at

Mental Health America-Central Valley (has info. for clergy and faith leaders)

Multifaith Calendar

Multifaith Exchange:

The Bishop John Steinbock Homeless Advocacy Committee (click on English or Spanish near the top for brochure on how to help the homeless)

website that lists all religious holidays:


Susan Orovitz is the Community Alliance ISJC Faith Calendar coordinator and the ISJC e-mail coordinator. Contact her at

  • Community Alliance

    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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