Sunday Forum - Rabbi Heschel’s Mysticism
Sep
22
9:50 AM09:50

Sunday Forum - Rabbi Heschel’s Mysticism

David Lee discusses how Heschel’s Jewish foundations can strengthen Christian understanding and faith: God lives within every human being, within creation, and within history. Religion that has become “irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid” can be reinvigorated by realization of “the momentous reality of God.”

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Moving BEYOND “White Fragility”: Honest and Effective Conversations About Race  with Nanette D. Massey
Aug
18
2:30 PM14:30

Moving BEYOND “White Fragility”: Honest and Effective Conversations About Race with Nanette D. Massey

Sponsored by Metro Justice

$10 at the door

The book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo has been on the lists and lips of readers all over the country. DiAngelo coined the phrase "white fragility" to describe many white people's insistence that conversations about race be comfortable and non-threatening before they're able to fully participate.

Some don't understand the idea at all. Others read the book and report they're just left with an ambivalent feeling of helplessness about their role in the future of race relations.

African American writer Nanette D. Massey of Buffalo believes we are way beyond holding hands when it comes to talking about race and the timing of this book couldn't be better. Massey will present her take on its ideas in very practical terms. The goal is to leave audiences, black and white, with self-clarity and the ability to participate in conversations within their own personal spheres of influence with genuine confidence, humor, and humility. Whether you're new to this kind of forum or you "marched in the sixties", you're promised an afternoon of candor and revelation

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Sunday Forum - Rochester’s Toy Library
May
19
9:50 AM09:50

Sunday Forum - Rochester’s Toy Library

The Toy Library, a part of the Monroe County Library System, is a 2,500 square foot playroom with toys that can be played with on site or borrowed with a library card. Sarah Fitts-Romig, who grew up in this church, has been developing materials and programs there for five years. She will share her experience with us in pictures and words.

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Roundtable Book Group - WHITE FRAGILITY:  Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism.  By Robin DiAngelo
May
16
12:30 PM12:30

Roundtable Book Group - WHITE FRAGILITY:  Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism.  By Robin DiAngelo

The Roundtable Book Group will meet on Thursday, May  16 at 12:30 PM in the church library.  The book chosen is:

WHITE FRAGILITY:  Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism.  By Robin DiAngelo

Groundbreaking book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality

Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what can be done to engage more constructively.

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 Roundtable Book Group
Apr
25
12:30 PM12:30

Roundtable Book Group

On Thursday, April 25, we will gather in the church library to discuss our current book. “Educated,” a memoir by Tara Westover.

Here’s what Goodreads has to say:

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

You can read more about the book here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35133922-educated?ac=1&from_search=true

Feel free to come and discuss the book whether you’ve finished it or not. (Yes. Homemade cookies are often available – or Girl Scout cookies. You can bring your lunch, too.)

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Sunday Forum - "Parables"
Apr
14
9:50 AM09:50

Sunday Forum - "Parables"

Speaker Sister Barbara Moore is a member of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, has served as Director of Women and Gender Studies at Colgate Rochester, Director of the Interfaith Jail Ministry, and coordinated women’s and health issues in the office of Rep. Louise Slaughter, as well as teaching, ministering a city parish, and preaching. Her passion is researching sermons in an ecumenical setting. She’ll be discussing how parables are both ancient and very contemporary, simple and complex.

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Sunday Forum - “Storytelling and Human Rights”
Apr
7
9:50 AM09:50

Sunday Forum - “Storytelling and Human Rights”

Speaker Anne Meredith is a Professor in the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester. Her specialty is in the New Testament and the history and literature of early Christianity. She’ll be presenting “Storytelling and Human Rights.” Drawing on the work of the philosopher Richard Rorty, she’ll discuss how Christians can re-claim our tradition of storytelling to further the cause of human rights.

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Sunday Forum - “Write Your Own Bible”
Mar
31
9:50 AM09:50

Sunday Forum - “Write Your Own Bible”

Speaker Gail Ricciuti, Associate Professor of Homiletics at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (retired) and former co-pastor of the Downtown Church along with her husband Anthony, will present “Write Your Own Bible...” Someone has said that the world wants stories– not one big one, but many small ones– narratives rooted in personal experience, stories in which we recognize our own lives. This should present no problem to Christians, followers of a man who spent most of his life telling stories! Together, we’ll look at the practice of midrash and how our own lives converse with the divine Story through stories of their own.

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Sunday Forum - Solar in Your Neighborhoods – From Rooftops to Vacant Plots
Mar
24
9:50 AM09:50

Sunday Forum - Solar in Your Neighborhoods – From Rooftops to Vacant Plots

Speaker Brian Buzby, Community Partnerships, Ampion, will provide an introduction to solar energy and an inside look at how legislation and renewable energy programs are changing the way we buy electricity. Solar electricity is cheaper and now more accessible, and you'll have an opportunity to learn how to make an impact.

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Sunday Forum - Land-based Wind Electricity Generation - One Key to Transitioning Off Fossil Fuels
Mar
10
9:50 AM09:50

Sunday Forum - Land-based Wind Electricity Generation - One Key to Transitioning Off Fossil Fuels

Speaker Neely Kelley is New York State Senior Organizer for Mothers Out Front. In NYS, wind

energy development is key to meeting the state's 2030 and 2050 climate goals, and offers

unrivaled economic development opportunities for rural upstate New York farming

communities. Join us to learn more about NYS wind energy and its potential, opposition to

wind, and what you can do to support land-based wind energy in upstate NY.

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Roundtable Book Group
Feb
21
12:30 PM12:30

Roundtable Book Group

The chosen book is Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming.”

All are welcome to join the discussion whether you’ve finished or not, or even if you haven’t read it.

Here’s a review:

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.

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Great Decisions Discussion Group - Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm beginning Jan 23rd
Jan
23
5:30 PM17:30

Great Decisions Discussion Group - Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm beginning Jan 23rd

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on foreign affairs. The eight week program model involves a Great Decisions briefing book and DVD presentations followed by discussions. Downtown Presbyterian Church has been offering this program for many years, and discussions are always spirited and informative.

$25 for briefing book. Light supper available for $10 each week. 

TO SIGN UP, please respond to Mary Rees at mjrees@frontiernet.net

THIS YEAR'S TOPICS
Global Migration
Middle East
Nuclear Negotiations
Nationalism in Europe
Trade with China
Cyber Conflict
US and Mexico
State of Diplomacy

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Roundtable Book Group
Jan
17
12:30 PM12:30

Roundtable Book Group

Roundtable Book Group will meet Thursday, January 17 at 12:30PM in the church library. Our book discussion will be Kim Edwards “The Lake of Dreams.” Come join us if you’ve read the book or not.

Imbued with all the lyricism, compassion, and suspense of her bestselling novel, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards’s The Lake of Dreams is a powerful family drama and an unforgettable story of love lost and found.

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Sunday Forum - Anxiety in Childhood & Adolescence: Opportunity for Resilience
Jan
13
9:50 AM09:50

Sunday Forum - Anxiety in Childhood & Adolescence: Opportunity for Resilience

Worries and fears in children and teens are both deeply personal and have certain common

features. Dr. Kathleen Baynes, child and adolescent psychiatrist and assistant professor at the

UR Medical Center, will focus on education about anxiety, its variable presentations, how

families and communities can provide support, and common treatment strategies.

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An exploration of the book “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living” by Krista Tippett
Dec
16
9:50 AM09:50

An exploration of the book “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living” by Krista Tippett

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Part 2 of 2

An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living” by Krista Tippett, facilitated by Mary Rees, Susan Richane, and Carolyn DeHority.

We will explore the issues of:

  • The many kinds of love and how our use of the concept of love has been impoverished.

  • How does social change happen?

  • Hope is a muscle that must be exercised to become part of our spiritual discipline.

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and a New York Times bestselling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” She is the host of the public radio program and podcast On Being.

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Rochester Landscape Lottery
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Rochester Landscape Lottery

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Rochester artist Jim Mott will be giving a public talk about his Landscape Lottery Project at the Downtown Presbyterian Church (DUPC), Wednesday December 12th at 7 p.m.

 

The Rochester Landscape Lottery was a NYSCA-funded/public art project that used randomly-generated GPS points around the greater Rochester area to determine subject matter for 30 paintings. The result was an engaging journey, dynamic community involvement, and a remarkable, remarkably unpredictable composite portrait of  Rochester. An exhibit of Mott’s Rochester Landscape Lottery paintings recently finished a run at RoCo's Lab Space.

 

Drawing on images and stories from the Rochester Landscape Lottery, as well as from an earlier Landscape Lottery in Tucson, AZ, Mott will discuss the origins of the project, the process, his interest in chance encounters, and art’s potential as creative activism for troubled times.

 

Jim Mott is a nationally recognized artist based in Rochester, NY.  He has a BA in Visual Studies and Religion from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Painting from the University of Michigan School of Art. He is best known for landscape paintings that combine sense of place with emotionally expressive technique; and for his socially-engaged painting projects, particularly the Itinerant Artist Project (IAP) – "exchanging art for hospitality across the USA" one month per year since 2000.

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Special Music Sunday
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Special Music Sunday

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The choir will present our annual Advent Special Music Offering.

This year will feature a Pastoral oratorio by French, Baroque composer, Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The instrumentation includes recorders, violins, harpsichord, and theorbo (a really big lute!). The characters include a chorus of shepherds and shepherdesses, a senior shepherd, an angel chorus, Mary, and Joseph. The music, both sprightly and mysterious, with its imaginative texts and bubbling textures will be a delight for all.

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An exploration of the book “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living” by Krista Tippett
Dec
9
9:50 AM09:50

An exploration of the book “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living” by Krista Tippett

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Part 1 of 2

An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living” by Krista Tippett, facilitated by Mary Rees, Susan Richane, and Carolyn DeHority. After an introduction to Krista Tippett and her book, Becoming Wise, we will explore the issues of:

  • How our childhood faith and spiritual background influences us throughout life.

  • Our inherent ability to grow in compassion and other virtues through rituals and neuroplasticity.

Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and a New York Times bestselling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” She is the host of the public radio program and podcast On Being.

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Advent Festival
Dec
2
9:45 AM09:45

Advent Festival

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Join us for an Advent Festival featuring a Marketplace & Crafts

9:45am – 11:00am & 12:00noon – 2:30pm

We’ll have an Angel Tree, craft activities, a light lunch and an opportunity to purchase merchandise from One World Goods.

You’ll also have the chance to learn more about Heifer International and Building Minds in South Sundan

This year we are planning activities that connect with several Christmas Picture books!

 All ages are welcome and invited to attend!!

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