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posted Nov 3, 2014, 6:10 AM by Interfaith WS   [ updated Nov 3, 2014, 7:17 AM ]

Understanding Then Respect,

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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014
 

Honored by The Winston-Salem Foundation
For Building Social Capital -- 2014

 

 
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014
 
NOVEMBER
 
Sunday, November 2
­­­­­­­­“Journeys” Breakfast Club
(RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
Our breakfast group will meet at 8 a.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 180 Hanes Mall Circle, in Winston-Salem. Kim Williams, author of Wishful Preaching: Things I Wish I'd Said from the Pulpit, shares his faith journey from ordained ministry, through addiction, recovery and to a discovery of the abundance of belief and living.  More about Kim can be found at www.kimewilliams.com 
 
Deadline for registrations is 6 p.m. Monday, October 27.  Contact Michael Lange cplummer2@bellsouth.net.  Insert “Journeys” in subject line.
 


Sunday, November 2
Festival of Faith and Culture
Children in kindergarten through the fifth grade will be treated to an extravaganza of arts and crafts activities, music, storytelling and food, representing many faith traditions, cultures and countries, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Kwanzaa, Paganism, Unitarian Universalism, and others.  The free three-hour festival begins at 2 p.m. in Bryant Hall on the campus of Salem College.  Bryant Hall is best accessed from East Salem Ave. at Rams Dr. on the eastern perimeter of the campus.  For free tickets, register here.  Contact Drea Parker dreas.parker@yahoo.com
 


Tuesday, November 11
Interfaith Book Club
The next selection for our Interfaith Book Club is “The Rebirthing of God” by John Philip Newell.  Our group, which is open to the public, will meet at 6:30-8 p.m. in the Reynolda Manor branch of the Forsyth County Public Library at 2839 Fairlawn Dr. in Winston-Salem while the Central Library is being renovated.  Contact Barbara Bowman bbowman2@triad.rr.com
 


Wednesday, November 12
Palestinian/Israeli Conflict: A Deliberative Dialogue
This continuing discussion moves to a deliberative dialogue format at 7-9 p.m. in Room 401 at the Benson Center at Wake Forest University.  The discussion will entertain these questions: Is it possible to engage in a civil dialogue on the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict? Is there any path beyond the current impasse? How does this conflict impact members of our community.  Interfaith Winston-Salem is a co-sponsor of the event in collaboration with the lead sponsor, the Chaplain’s Office at Wake Forest.  The event is free and open to the public.  Contact Imam Khalid Griggs griggska@wfu.edu.
 


Monday, November 17
Interfaith Conversations
The theme for tonight’s conversation will be “Gratitude,” with a focus on how our own faith traditions understand, express and extend gratitude.  Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn of Temple Emanuel will introduce the program with comments about gratitude in the Jewish tradition.  Tonight’s meeting will be held at 7-8:30 p.m. in the Social Hall at Temple Emanuel, 201 Oakwood Dr., Winston-Salem.  The event is open to the public.  Contact Truman Dunn tldunn104@gmail.com.


Tuesday, November 18
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, November 21
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 cplummer2@bellsouth.net.  Insert “Bethesda” in subject line.
 


DECEMBER
 
Sunday, December 7
­­­­­­­­“Journeys” Breakfast Club
(RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
Our breakfast group will meet at 8 a.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 180 Hanes Mall Circle, in Winston-Salem.  Deadline for registrations is 6 p.m. Monday, December 1.  Contact Michael Lange cplummer2@bellsouth.net.  Insert “Journeys” in subject line.
 


Monday, December 15
Interfaith Conversations
The theme for tonight’s conversation will be “Light,” with a focus on its importance in different faith traditions.  The meeting will be held at 7-8:30 p.m. in the Social Hall at Temple Emanuel, 201 Oakwood Dr., Winston-Salem.  The event is open to the public.  Contact Truman Dunn tldunn104@gmail.com.
 


Tuesday, December 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, December 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 cplummer2@bellsouth.net.  Insert “Bethesda” in subject line.
 
 


NEWS
 
Moore and Bolton
Dedicate First Two
Compassion Corners

 
Highlighting their commitment to the Golden Rule, students at Moore Magnet and Bolton elementary schools in October dedicated the first two Compassion Corners in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

The two schools are building a compassionate campus around the idea of the Compassion Corner, an L-shaped bench located on their playgrounds.  Children are encouraged to use the bench when they feel lonely, left out or sad. Through skits, art, music and other media, they learn that it’s a time for showing kindness and friendship when they see someone on the bench.

Compassionate Winston-Salem would like to help establish the program at all elementary schools in the system where there is interest and support from partners.  Anne Collins, counselor at Moore, brought the idea to Compassionate Winston-Salem last summer, and the idea has grown from there.  Volunteers Rob Castro and Jay McNulty designed and built the benches. 

Temple Emanuel and Highland Presbyterian Church, partners with Moore, funded the bench at Moore, and Knollwood Baptist Church, partner with Bolton, funded the bench there.  Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn of Temple Emanuel and Rev. Randy Harris of Highland Presbyterian participated in the Moore dedication, as did the Rev. Dr. Bob Setzer of Knollwood at Bolton.

The two programs have been featured on the school system website.  You can reach the feature on Moore here and the feature on Bolton here.  Although Moore was misidentified, WFMY Television ran this story October 23 about the dedication at Moore.

“The bench (at Moore) has been in place since the start of the school year,” said Anne Collins, the school counselor.  “It is working quite well.  We have been talking about what it means to be compassionate, so the children understand the purpose of the bench.”

Dean Clifford is chair of Compassionate Winston-Salem’s K-12 education constellation. Others who are interested in the program can contact Clifford at cliffordconsult@mindspring.com.
 

 
Over 100 Attend
“Ties That Bind”

 
Interfaith Winston-Salem’s “Ties That Bind: Protestants in Conversation” attracted more than 100 participants to United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in October.  The attendees represented a wide range of Protestants churches and theological backgrounds.

The meeting was organized to bring together Protestants of liberal and conservative stripes to find common ground from which they can address issues that have divided the church.  Planners are now evaluating feedback from the event and deciding what will come next.

“Ties That Bind” featured a panel including Mike Rakes from Winston-SalemFirst, J.C. Hash Jr. from St. Peter’s Apostolic World Outreach Center, Yvonne Hines from Mount Sinai Full Gospel Church and Kelly Carpenter from Green Street United Methodist Church.

 
 
 
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