Dates: February 3rd, May 5th, August 4th & November 3, 2019 Times: 2:00-3:30 pm Location: Kreitner Room, Laskey Building on Scarritt Bennett’s campus (1027 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212) Cost: Free and open to the public The Journey of the Universe materials used in this series invite participants to step back to explore and assimilate our cosmological context. Just as scientific cosmology is giving us an understanding of the origins of the universe and the unfolding of life on Earth, philosophical and poetic reflection on this cosmology brings us a fresh perspective regarding our place in the universe. These provide an unusual braiding of sciences and humanities, weaving empirical data with poetry and fact with metaphor. They combine three intersecting objectives: understanding the evolution of the universe and Earth by drawing on current scientific research; relating the evolutionary narrative as a whole (cosmic, Earth, human); and reflecting on the story with a sense of awe and wonder. From this there emerges a new integration of scientific facts, story, and connection. Within this integrated perspective we can ask: What is humankind in relation to 13.7 billion years of universe history? What is our place in the framework of 4.6 billion years of Earth history? How can we foster the continuity and the integrity of life processes? Dr. Craig E. Philip Civil and Environmental Engineering Dr. Keivan Stassun Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Research Tamara Marshall Whiting MS Environmental Studies Joyce Wilding, TSSF Science & Religion URI Resource Consultant
“Let Us Work Together for Peace”is the theme of September 17, 2018 URI/ NCC annual interfaith service. Representatives of different faiths will share readings from seven religious faiths that speak to working for peace in communities and in the world. Committed to building bridges between peoples and transforming hate into hope and love, we come together to pray and work for peace as members of the world’s religions.
"A Place to rest our hearts and hold them with Us." A silent meditation and prayer in way of support for the immigrant Children separated from their parents. Jun 26th 6:30 pm
"An Evening with Rumi" An evening of “Rumi” poetry reading with live ambient world music by Sacred Moments Ensemble Friday June 22 7-9 pm Scarritt Bennett center Nashville
Mar 20 Tuesdays in Chapel at SBC - Joyce Wilding will talk about URI Purpose, Principles and Practices and prayers for peace March 1 thru April 5 - Howard Thurman programs at Christ Church Cathedral -- Rev Edwin Sanders, H Thurman Scholar Guest speaker Howard Thurman was an African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, preacher, poet, and civil rights leader known for his ethical and cultural criticism. Thurman’s theology of radical nonviolence shaped a generation of civil rights activists, including the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thurman served as dean at Howard University and Boston University, and he co-founded the first major interracial, interdenominational church in the United States. His embrace of wisdom from other religious traditions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, emboldened interfaith cooperation and understanding.March 26-May 27 -- , a community-wide initiative centering on a collection of instruments played by J Nashville Symphony and the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee present Violins of Hopeewish musicians interned in concentration camps during the Holocaust. This months-long initiative is designed to foster a city-wide dialogue on music, art, social justice. See www.violinsofhopensh.com/events/ April 13Interfaith Justice Event at Jewish Temple hosted by Vanderbilt, FCC, URI NCC and other interfaith leaders . See http://www.scarrittbennett.org/events/mobile-course-on-theology-activism/ to learn and time for this event. UR NCC is a sponsor) April 14-5 Baisakhi Festival April 14-15 hosted by Sikh leaders April 14 - Franciscan spirituality and interfaith retreat see http://www.scarrittbennett.org/events/4-14-2018-beyond-the-birdbath/
Many people have learned about St Francis of Assisi via water and bird statues in gardens. Too few people know St Francis’ lifestyle and teachings laid solid foundation for interfaith work along with attention to contemplation and action. During this retreat, we will examine key teachings of St Francis that inspire Pope Francis, Richard Rohr and his Center for Action Living School, and contemporary Franciscan nuns who work with people in jail. The retreat time will be equally divided into telling and listening to spirituality stories, art as meditation, and silence. We will examine how Francis stood barefoot on the ground and yet touched heaven, how he participated in a Larger Knowing that many call God. We will walk the SBC labyrinth and Franciscan Creation Canticle “trail”. Bring your journals for recording how you might expand attention to Franciscan Spirituality beyond birdbath to beauty of selfless care giving engagement in a multi-faith world. Joyce Wilding is a Third Order Franciscan (TSSF), associate member Society of Ordained Scientists (SOSc), and spiritual retreat leader. She is the resource consultant for United Religions Initiative (URI) and recently developed a URI interfaith Cooperation Circle that is hosted at SBC. Many of her Franciscan programs include Yale’s Ecology and Religion Journey of the Universe resources that re-imagines the universe story and reframes the human connection to the cosmos.
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*April 21- ICN Diversity Festival *May 19 - TIPL "Opening Book of Nature Retreat" -hosted by Paul Slentz * Still waiting for info about June, July & August key interfaith events (NCC core team and associates to set retreat date, place and time to study Bishops Quest book. * August 30 - Opening of CARAVAN CC " I AM" art show at Vanderbilt's Fine Art Gallery on 21st Avenue. Time for opening event TBD (This art will be up from through August 30 - October 14) . -A strategic exhibition celebrating the rich, diverse and pivotal contribution that Middle Eastern women make to the enduring global quest for harmony and peace. Founder and president of CARAVAN* is Paul-Gordon Chandler, is an interfaith advocate, art curator, and social entrepreneur who has lived and worked in the Middle East. *He is to confirm dates to talk his newest award winning book: In Search of a Prophet is a fascinating journey through the all-embracing spirituality of Kahlil Gibran, author of the bestselling book The Prophet. Capturing our imaginations and enriching our spirits, In Search of a Prophet is not a traditional biography, but a compelling spiritual journey through Gibran’s writings, art, and the places he lived. September 17 - 6:30 - 7:30 City Wide Interfaith Service and reception at SBC hosted by NCC * Fall FCC Annual Fall Conference * Fall Annual Kathina Theravada Buddhist Tradition (Jayanthi) Oct 19 Durga Pooja - honors feminine universal goddess at Ganesha Temple * Nov 4 or 9 Diwali - festival of light, Light winning over Darkness at Ganesha Temple (Reita) Nov 23-25 Sikh Guru Nanak's Birthday at Gurudwara in Bellevue (Sunday Closing ceremony Nov 25th * December - Songs in Waiting art exhibit and talks about the art and text in Paul-Gordon Chandler's book at SBC (date and time to confirmed)
URI PAST EVENTS
Past NCC Events, Community outreach projects include: Jan 21- 2018 - Dharma talk about Ecology & Buddhism at Against The Stream Buddhist Center (2 NCC) Jan 27- 2018 6:30 - “Devi Sarvamayam” Exploring different facets of the goddesses of Hindu mythology. Venue: Ganesha Temple Auditorium (6 NCC folks attended) Feb 17 UNA CH Galen Hull hosts guest speaker to talk about challenges in Congo (3 NCC)February 27 Islamic Center Nashville "Exploring Faiths Series Program" Dr. Ossama Bahloul guest speaker (promoted by Atlantic Institute Turkish Muslim Leaders) (4 NCC)
Join Us as We Celebrate the Worldwide Release of The World Wisdom Bible June 17, 2017
An antidote to religious ignorance, arrogance, and parochialism, The World Wisdom Bible is a unique anthology of teachings drawn from humanity’s greatest saints, sages, and mystics, exploring the essential themes of spirituality.
The World Wisdom Bible is more than a collection of wise words; it is the song of the human heart. It is the cry of the despairing for solace and of the outraged for justice. It is a joyful noise, a fertile silence, a prophetic call, a beautiful fever and a blessed remedy and the promise of hope for our troubled times. It is a gasp of holy awe. – Mirabai Starr
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Please join us for this amazing, enriching, and inspiring weekend of study, discussion, and spiritual practice guided by the One River Foundation faculty. Topics include Perennial Wisdom, the sacred art of lovingkindness, and other spiritual practices for moving humanity past the narrative of “us against them” toward a new story of “all of us together.” To register for this special Retreat Click the link: World Wisdom Bible
Faculty: Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Ph.D., Director of the One River Foundation and editor of the WWB is the author of Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent. Gordon Peerman, D.Min., Episcopal priest and therapist, directs Insight Nashville and is the author of Blessed Relief: What Christians Can Learn from Buddhists about Suffering.
To learn more and register see: Cup of Wisdom - FCC - A Seat at the Table events where diverse community members and neighbors break bread together and share points of view on life, faith, and culture. Participants walk away with a deeper understanding and a greater appreciation for neighbors. www.faithandculture.org
Nov 5 - Vassana and Kathina in the Theravada Buddhist TraditionNov 12 - Howard Thurman Retreat
Nov 13 - Dean's forum* at Christ Church Cathedral to hear Douglas Meeks, retired Dean Emeritus of the Vanderbilt Divinity School and Turner Chancellor Professor of Theology will speak about faith and finances and “Life in a Post Employment Society”. Meeks will also speak at Nashville Global Summit on Nov 14-15. URI NCC members can learn more ways to support the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from United Nations and World Bank guests at Dean's Forum. See http://globalactionplatform.org/
Nov 14-5 Global Summit - Sustainable Development Goals at Vanderbilt
Nov 17 - Immigrant Entrepreneurs: The Face of the New Nashville. Panel of Entrepreneurs and Professionals give presentation at Middle Tennessee State UniversityBusiness and Economic Research Center during Global Entrepreneurship Week
Nov 19 Personal Deeds of Lovingkindness from Various Faith Traditions at Scarritt-Bennett Center
Nov 20 Sikh Temple at 7673 Sawyer Brown Rd Nashville hosts Guru Nanak's Birth Day Hymn singing Celebration
Nov 23 -Sri Sathya Center event promoted by Dr. Mani Hull
Core CC team meetings were held in February, May, June, August, September, October and November 2106.