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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First Inversion's "Holding On Through Song: Exploring the African-American Spiritual"
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

First Inversion's "Holding On Through Song: Exploring the African-American Spiritual"

First Inversion presents a unique experience, combining improvisation in the oral tradition with written arrangements of African-American spirituals for various configurations of choir, soloists, instrumentalists, and the gathered community. The singers of First Inversion are joined by guest artists Jason Holmes, Marcus Jefferson, Alan Jones, and Kearstin Piper-Brown. Words from Rochester’s own Frederick Douglass and other African-American leaders, scholars, and artists will provide historical context and sacred story that will inform our journey with this powerful music.

Admission is Free - Donations Gratefully Accepted.

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Bill Castle presents his new novel: "It Was and Was Not So"
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Bill Castle presents his new novel: "It Was and Was Not So"

Local author, teacher, and playwright, Bill Castle presents his book, “It Was and Was Not So.” Like all stories, it is told with words, but this story is also about words. It balances between a three year old narrator just beginning to grasp language and an adult for whom language has helped him make sense of the world.

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Book Discussion: Born a Crime
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

Book Discussion: Born a Crime

Join us for a discussion of Trevor Noah's book "Born a Crime."

Meet in the Church Library

"Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life." (Penguin Random House)

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The Art of Flavor - Afternoon Class
Mar
29
11:00 AM11:00

The Art of Flavor - Afternoon Class

Join Lea Kone for an interactive cooking class focused on the 5 primary tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. We will learn how to incorporate each flavor profile in order to create truly balanced dishes that are satisfying as well as healthy.

There are TWO offerings for this program. You may choose between either the evening session OR the day session.  There is a limit of 10 people in each class.  Please register in advance to guarantee your spot.

The cost is $10 to cover the cost of food.

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The Art of Flavor - Evening Class
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

The Art of Flavor - Evening Class

Join Lea Kone for an interactive cooking class focused on the 5 primary tastes: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami. We will learn how to incorporate each flavor profile in order to create truly balanced dishes that are satisfying as well as healthy.

There are TWO offerings for this program. You may choose between either the evening session OR the day session.  There is a limit of 10 people in each class.  Please register in advance to guarantee your spot.

The cost is $10 to cover the cost of food.

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6x6 Creation
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

6x6 Creation

Create a 6X6 art piece for entry into the annual RoCo 6X6 Art Show
$5 per person, covers that cost of materials.

Bring your own dinner
Snacks and beverages provided.

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Great Decisions
Jan
17
to Mar 7

Great Decisions

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Come join America’s largest discussion program on foreign affairs.  The eight week program model involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book, watching the DVD and meeting with a discussion group to discuss the topics for that evening.  

This program meets in the Shaw Room for eight Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm, starting January 17.  

A light supper will be available for $10.
The cost of the briefing book is $25.  Assistance is available to help with this cost.

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 This year’s topics are as follows:

o The waning of Pax Americana?
o Russia’s foreign policy
o China and America: the new geopolitical equation
o Media and foreign policy
o Turkey: a partner in crisis
o U.S. global engagement and the military
o South Africa’s fragile democracy
o Global health: progress and challenges

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Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy
Nov
12
12:30 PM12:30

Book Discussion: Hillbilly Elegy

Book discussion led by Kim McConnell

Registration appreciated, but not required.

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

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Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past: A Workshop for Change Agents
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past: A Workshop for Change Agents

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Led by Miki Kashtan, co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication and the Center for Efficient Collaboration.

Register online by October 24

If you feel inspired by this vision, this workshop, is an opportunity to start where you are -- in your life, your organizational contexts, your community work, or your spiritual community -- and gain tools to move further in that direction.

  • Are you looking to align your organization with its purpose and values?
  • Are you committed to working for change?
  • Have you often wondered why so many organizations are full of conflict?
  • Do you wish to grow your capacity to connect with people across differences?
  • Would you like to find a path for navigating power issues – your own and others’?

If you said “yes” to these questions, this training will offer food for the journey. Whether you are a change agent within an organization, a facilitator or teacher, or are exploring how you can make a positive difference, this experience will offer:

  • Convergent Facilitation tools for supporting decisions that work for everyone
  • Dialogue skills for connecting and resolving challenges with others, even long-standing ones
  • Perspectives and tools for understanding and engaging with your own and others’ power and privilege
  • An approach to building alternative institutions that anchor and embody your vision
  • A path towards leadership that does not compromise others’ participation and wisdom

A Note on Financial Contribution:
This is a workshop about changing the way we work together. This transformation must include our relation to resources including money. We’re planning to explore this as part of the workshop.

Requested Deposit:
Our preference is that you sign up with a deposit of $50 – to help cover up-front costs and to gauge how many people to expect – and then choose during the workshop how much you will give. If $50 is beyond what you are able to give, please sign up with at least $10.

Requested Donation:
If you would prefer a fixed number in advance, we invite you to give $275 at registration to support the sustainability of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and BayNVC (Miki’s workplace) and to make this training accessible.

If, on average, we receive $200 from each person at the end and have over 50 participants, this will support our sustainability. We invite you not to be bound by it and to stretch into giving much less or much more. Thank you for engaging in this important exploration of resources with us!

**Please note the following schedule for this 3 day workshop: Nov. 3 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm; Nov. 4 from 9:30am - 5:00pm; Nov. 5 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Learn more about Miki one her website as well.

Register online by October 24

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Book Discussion: Mornings in Jenin
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Book Discussion: Mornings in Jenin

A discussion, led by Melanie Duguid-May on the Palestinian conflict through the lens of the book Mornings in Jenin.

Registration appreciated, but not required.

"Set against one of the twentieth century's most intractable political conflicts, Mornings in Jenin is a deeply human novel - a novel of history, identity, friendship, love, terrorism, surrender, courage, and hope. Its power forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining conflicts of our lifetimes."

 

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Healing Foods: A Fresh Take on Comfort Food
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Healing Foods: A Fresh Take on Comfort Food

Join Diane King and Lea Kone for an informative and delicious evening as we explore what "comfort foods" mean to us and learn to take a fresh approach to cooking (and eating) with both health and comfort in mind.

This program includes hands on cooking as well as time for eating together as a group.

There is a $10 suggested donation per person to assist with food costs.

Meet in the Downtown Church Kitchen on the 2nd Floor.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Walking the Camino de Santiago

For well over a thousand years, the Camino de Santiago has existed as a Christian pilgrimage for individuals seeking spiritual transformation, redemption or a new beginning.  

Each pilgrim has their own reason for walking, and their own story upon completion.  Join Lea Kone as she shares her images and experiences from walking the Portuguese route of the Camino de Santiago this past year.  She will share excerpts from her journal in describing how the powerful feelings of solitude, loneliness, courage and connection shaped not only her Camino experience, but her spiritual path beyond. 

Event to be held in the Shaw Room
No registration or fee required. 
Light refreshments will be provided.

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