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August-September 2014 Newsletter

posted Jul 29, 2014, 2:02 PM by Interfaith WS

AUGUST

 

Sunday, August 3

“Journeys” Breakfast Meeting (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)

Our First Sunday breakfast meetings resume with Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity as our guest. Dr. Voss Roberts teaches in the fields of systematic, comparative, and feminist theologies.

 

Dr. Voss Roberts is the author of two books and over a dozen peer-reviewed articles. Her first book, Dualities: A Theology of Difference (Westminster John Knox, 2010), received the award for the Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies (2008-2011). In her newest book, Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (Fordham University Press, 2014), she explores the role of the emotions in religious experience through the lens of Indian aesthetic theories. Dr. Voss Roberts currently serves as Secretary for the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies and is past co-chair of the Comparative Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion. She is a lay theologian in the United Methodist Church.

 

The meeting will be held at 8 a.m. in the Bayberry Bistro Restaurant at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, 420 High Street, Winston-Salem.  Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The deadline for registrations is 6 p.m. Monday, July 28.  Reservations are required.  Contact Michael Lange at cplummer2@bellsouth.net for more information.  Insert “Journeys” in subject line.

 

Under the new format, each person who attends will pay $10 plus gratuity.  Credit cards are accepted.  The breakfast will include scrambled eggs, potatoes, fresh fruit, make-your-own oatmeal/grits, coffee and at least two juices.

 

Friday, August 15

Dinner for Guests of the Bethesda Center

Volunteers from Compassionate Winston-Salem will prepare and serve meals to 60 or more overnight guests of the Bethesda Center, many of whom are homeless.  You can help by making a financial donation, preparing food and serving food.  Contact Michael Lange at cplummer2@bellsouth.net for more information.  Insert “Bethesda” in subject line.

 

Monday, August 18

Interfaith Conversations

In response to a survey conducted in June, we are offering this new program called Interfaith Conversations.  It will be held at 7-8:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, 1700 Ebert St. in Winston-Salem. 

 

A moderator will guide the group in discussions of topics selected for the evening.  Participants are encouraged to suggest topics for future discussions.  Individuals may bring a snack or drink.  Reservations are not required.  Interfaith Conversations is open to the public.

 

Contact Michael Lange at cplummer2@bellsouth.net for more information.  Insert “Conversations” in subject line.

 

 

Tuesday, August 19

Interfaith Contemplatives

This small group representing multiple faith traditions meets at 7 p.m. at The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, 1700 Ebert St. in Winston-Salem.  Participants enter the space noiselessly and meditate for 30 minutes in their own style.  A time of reflection and discussion completes the hour.  Contact Drea Parker dreas.parker@yahoo.com

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Friday, September 5

Free Hugs

Compassionate Winston-Salem will be offering free hugs downtown from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  Watch for the signs and stop for a hug.  Contact Drea Parker dreas.parker@yahoo.com. ß

 

Sunday, September 7

“Journeys” Breakfast Meeting (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)

 

David Harold, a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Winston-Salem, will be our speaker in September.  For over 35 years he has been committed to his own and others’ personal and spiritual growth through psychotherapy, Tai Chi instruction, and justice work.  A former director of the Piedmont Triad Regional Office of Catholic Social Services, he has been active with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Council on Services of the Homeless.

 

The meeting will be held at 8 a.m. in the Bayberry Bistro Restaurant at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, 420 High Street, Winston-Salem.  Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The deadline for registrations is 6 p.m. Monday, September 1.  Reservations are required.

 

Under the new format, each person who attends will pay $10 plus gratuity.  Credit cards are accepted.  The breakfast will include scrambled eggs, potatoes, fresh fruit, make-your-own oatmeal/grits, coffee and at least two juices.

 

Contact Michael Lange at cplummer2@bellsouth.net for more information.  Insert “Journeys” in subject line.

 

Sunday, September 7

Book Signing at Barnes & Noble

Interfaith Winston-Salem is joining with Barnes & Noble to sponsor a book-signing event today for Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts.  Dr. Roberts’ newest book is Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (Fordham University Press, 2014).  In it she explores the role of the emotions in religious experience through the lens of Indian aesthetic theories.  The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store, 1925 Hampton Inn Ct., Winston-Salem.

 

Tuesday, September 9

Interfaith Book Club

The next selection for our Interfaith Book Club is “Acts of Faith” by Eboo Patel.  Our group, which is open to the public, meets at 6:30-8 p.m. in Room 201 at the Central Branch of the Forsyth County Public Library at 660 West Fifth Street in Winston-Salem.  In the past, we have devoted two consecutive Tuesday nights to discussions of the book chosen.  Beginning with this selection we will meet only on the second Tuesday of the month.  In addition, we will be choosing a new location for our meetings after the Central Branch closes for renovations at the end of September.

 

Former President Bill Clinton had these words about the book and Eboo Patel:  Acts of Faith, a beautifully written story of discovery and hope, chronicles Dr. Eboo Patel’s struggle to forge his identity as a Muslim, an Indian, and an American. In the process, he developed a deep reverence for what all faiths have in common, and founded an interfaith movement to help young people to embrace their common humanity through their faith. This young social entrepreneur offers us a powerful way to deal with one of the most important issues of our time.”

 

You can read a synopsis of “Acts of Faith” at http://www.if-ws.org/book-discussions/eboo-patel---acts-of-faith.

 

Contact Barbara Bowman, bbowman2@triad.rr.com

 

Monday, September 15

Interfaith Conversations

In response to a survey conducted in June, we are offering this new program called Interfaith Conversations.  It will be held at 7-8:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, 1700 Ebert St. in Winston-Salem. 

 

A moderator will guide the group in discussions of topics selected for the evening.  Participants are encouraged to suggest topics for future discussions.  Individuals may bring a snack or drink.  Reservations are not required.  Interfaith Conversations is open to the public.

 

Contact Michael Lange at cplummer2@bellsouth.net for more information.  Insert “Conversations” in subject line.

 

Tuesday, September 16

Interfaith Contemplatives

This small group representing multiple faith traditions meets at 7 p.m. at The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, 1700 Ebert St. in Winston-Salem.  Participants enter the space noiselessly and meditate for 30 minutes in their own style.  A time of reflection and discussion completes the hour. Contact Drea Parker dreas.parker@yahoo.com

 

Friday, September 19

Dinner for Guests of the Bethesda Center

Volunteers from Compassionate Winston-Salem will prepare and serve meals to 60 or more overnight guests of the Bethesda Center, many of whom are homeless.  You can help by making a financial donation, preparing food and serving food.  Contact Michael Lange at cplummer2@bellsouth.net for more information.  Insert “Bethesda” in subject line.

 

 

NEWS

 

City Council Honors

Compassionate W-S

            Compassionate Winston-Salem was honored Monday night by Mayor Allen Joines and members of City Council.

            Council member Molly Leight presented a resolution from the city to Jerry McLeese, chair of Interfaith Winston-Salem, and Drea Parker, coordinator of Compassionate Winston-Salem.

            In part, the resolution said:  “Now, be it resolved that the Mayor and City Council do hereby congratulate Compassionate Winston-Salem on its one-year anniversary, express grateful appreciation to the organization for its past year of active involvement in the community, and extend best wishes for the future of Compassionate Winston-Salem.”

            The resolution was signed by Allen Joines, mayor; Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore; and council members Dan Besse, Robert C. Clark, Derwin L. Montgomery, Molly Leight, Denise D. Adams, Jeff McIntosh and James Taylor Jr.

            Details on Compassionate Winston-Salem’s activities during its first year are available at http://compassionatews.wordpress.com/reports/

 

 

Compassion Corner

Project Gains Steam

Moore Magnet School and Bolton Elementary will be the first two schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County system to participate in Compassionate Winston-Salem’s Compassion Corner project.

 

Compassionate Winston-Salem volunteers Robert Castro and Jay McNulty are designing and building benches that will be installed on the playgrounds at both schools in August and September, according to Dean Clifford, coordinator of the Compassionate Schools effort. 

 

Clifford, who has been involved in early childhood education for most of her life, is working with principals and counselors to develop an integrated program that helps children learn the importance of treating others as they want to be treated.

 

The bench is a place where a child can go and sit if he or she feels lonesome or feels left out of activities.  School counselors will help all children understand the purpose of the bench and how they can help when someone needs a friend.  Presentations will be made to school faculty and parents to ensure that children hear the same messages from all adults in their lives.

 

The idea for the benches was introduced to Compassionate Winston-Salem by Anne Collins, a counselor at Moore.  She has continued to be involved by helping prepare materials to introduce the program.

 

Compassionate Winston-Salem is providing the benches at no cost to the schools.  Initial funding is from Temple Emanuel and Highland Presbyterian Church, which have a partnership with Moore; Knollwood Baptist Church, which partners with Bolton; the Adam Foundation; and Interfaith Winston-Salem contributors.

 

The Compassion Corner project supports the overall Compassionate Winston-Salem effort.  Winston-Salem is one of more than 200 cities around the world that are working to build a compassionate community.

 

Adam Foundation

Supports Project

The Adam Foundation has awarded Interfaith Winston-Salem a grant of $250 to build and install Compassion Corners on one elementary Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools campus.  It is the second grant received from the Adam Foundation to support Compassionate Winston-Salem.

 

In its grant application, Interfaith Winston-Salem said, “Buddy benches are small benches that are placed on school campuses where boys and girls can go when they feel lonesome or need a friend.  Students receive training in being compassionate and understand that when someone is sitting on the bench they are silently crying out for friendship.  Several school systems around the country and in the United Kingdom have had great success with the buddy benches.  The effort by Compassionate Winston-Salem would introduce the concept to Winston-Salem.”

 

Presentation

To City Council

Interfaith Winston-Salem board members Drea Parker and Jerry McLeese appeared at the July 21 meeting of Winston-Salem’s city council on the first anniversary of the council’s unanimous support for a resolution supporting the Charter of Compassion.  They thanked Mayor Allen Joines and members of the council for enabling Winston-Salem to become the 18th city in the world to join the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities movement.  They noted that since that time 22 additional cities, including Atlanta, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla. have joined the compassionate cities movement.  You can read the report presented to the council at http://compassionatews.wordpress.com/reports/

 

Editorial Praises

Youth Tour

Interfaith Winston-Salem’s 2014 Interfaith Youth Tour received high praises in the lead editorial in the July 12 issue of the Winston-Salem Journal.

 

The editorial writer said:  “…we should all celebrate programs like one Interfaith Winston-Salem, a non-profit group that encourages collaborations among religious faiths, is promoting.”  The editorial quoted local church leaders describing the tour with words like “beautiful,” “a blessing” and “a gift.”

 

You can read the entire editorial at http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-faith-bridges-and-the-youth-shall-lead-us/article_274977ee-090d-11e4-982e-001a4bcf6878.html

 

Join Compassionate WS

At the Canine Festival

Representatives of Compassionate Winston-Salem will be present at the second annual Canine Challenge and Responsible Dog Ownership Day festival at Miller Park in Winston-Salem.  Stop by and learn what we are doing to promote compassion among animals.  The event is from noon until 4 p.m. on September 27.

 

 

 

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