Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno denounces statement from religious authority in Saudi Arabia
The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno issued a statement this week denouncing a statement from the highest ranking religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Shaykh Abdul Aziz al-Shaykh, who said Iranians are not Muslims because they are “descendants of Majus” – a term that refers to Zoroastrians, a monotheistic religion predating Christianity and Islam that was the dominant religion in Persia before Arab conquest.
Portions of the center’s statement: “This brand of hatred has spawned some of the ugliest forms of terrorism in recent history which have manifested in those groups who follow the same pattern of ideals as al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Boko Haram, and ISIS, among others. … The Saudi cleric’s statement cannot be taken lightly as his condemnation of Iranians, and all Shi’a which account for 20 percent of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims, as non-Muslims is not just a theological viewpoint, but a dehumanizing call to eradicate our world of all those who do not agree with their ideology. … We cannot, in good faith, sit silent as one of America’s strongest allies is free to teach and propagate a violent path while committing and inspiring others to commit atrocities throughout the world while ironically and hypocritically holding the position of the chair of a panel of independent experts in the UN Human Rights Council.”
The full statement can be read on the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno’s Facebook page.
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New Spirit Rising monthly liturgy begins
New Spirit Rising, a Roman Catholic women priest movement in the central San Joaquin Valley, will celebrate a liturgy at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in space rented at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3973 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, and every second Sunday of the month. Rev. Donnieau Snyder of Ceres will lead these services. Intercommunion will be celebrated at each mass for Christians of all faiths.
Day of Arafah celebration
The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, will gather at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, for takbiraat of the Day of Eid inshallah, followed by a potluck breakfast. It follows the Day of Arafah, which falls on Sept. 11 this year, the most significant day of the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of the Muhammad. “We also pray to God to make this Eid an occasion of peace and security for everyone,” reads a statement from center, “especially those afflicted with war and violence and those struggling in refugee camps.”
Weekly meditation group begins
A weekly meditation group is starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Positive Living Center, 40045 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst, facilitated by certified meditation instructor Susan Madden. Bring your own mats. There is no cost, but a small donation is encouraged for use of the facility. The class runs every Thursday.
Mennonites’ Peace Sunday
Peace Sunday, celebrated annually by Mennonites on the third Sunday of September, will be discussed by David Wiebe, executive director of the International Community of Mennonite Brethren, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at College Community Church Mennonite Brethren, 2529 Willow Ave., Clovis. Organizers say Wiebe will focus on the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:43-48: “Love your enemies.” The College Community Church choir will also perform “With a Voice of Singing” and “Breathe on Me, Breath of God.”
Dream interpretation workshop
The Fresno/Sierra Center of Eckankar is sponsoring a free dream interpretation workshop, “Unlock the Spiritual World of Dreams,” from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Woodward Park Regional Library, 944 E. Perrin Ave., Fresno. Workshop leaders say participants will learn how dreams can offer insights on their health, career, relationships, connection with the divine and everyday challenges. A free book will be provided. More information is available by calling 626-927-9943.
Democracy film at Wesley United Methodist
The Fresno Affiliate of Move to Amend and Wesley United Methodist Church’s Social Justice Action Team are sponsoring the free screening of a film, “Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 East Barstow Ave., Fresno. Organizers say it’s a “humorous odyssey that reveals how much difference one person can make” as it examines how “corporations have taken over our democracy.” A discussion and refreshments will follow the screening.
Islamic Cultural Center’s annual bazaar
The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno will host its fifth annual bazaar from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The event will include camels, international vendors, food, fire shows, henna art, international and kid’s photo booth, bounce houses and other children’s activities. Admission is $5 and is free for children age 5 and younger. For more information about the event or being a vendor, call 559-297-9535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Sept. 10
‘Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times,’ performed by Dominican Sister Nancy Murray
St. Mary’s Parish Center, 506 N. Garden St., Visalia, 559-731-9791, $20, $10 ages 11-17, free to ages 10 and younger.
Faith in the Valley hosts LIFT Forum: Power, faith and community
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
‘Mercy on Fire’ featuring Catholic speakers
St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, 356 N. Villa Ave., Dinuba, free.
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11
‘Why Jesus Had Higher Ratings than Rome’ by Fresno Pacific University Seminary professor Timothy Geddert
College Community Church Mennonite Brethren Church, 2529 Willow Ave., Clovis, free.
Monday, Sept. 12
Cornelia Southern Baptist Church, 2405 N. Cornelia Ave., Fresno, 559-277-1533, free.
SouthPoint Foursquare Church, 5391 E. Tulare Ave., Fresno, 559-455-1119, free.
Kerman Covenant Church, 15495 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-8114, free.
Tuesday, Sept. 13
Evangel Home of Fresno annual banquet
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Law enforcement panel and screening of ‘Waking in Oak Creek’
Fresno State North Gym, 5241 N. Maple Ave., Fresno, www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/ethicscenter, free.
Thursday, Sept. 15
‘Interrupting Violence with Mercy: Discussions of Xenophobia, Racism and Catholic Social Teaching’ with Jim Grant
Marie Callendar’s Restaurant and Bakery, 1781 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, email@example.com, free.
Sustaining Peace and Harmony in a Turbulent World
Unitarian Universalist Church, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno, free.
Friday, Sept. 16
Wilbur Daniels and the Chordsmen
New Covenant Community Church, 1744 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, 559-225-2351, free-will offering.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Asian Craft and Food Faire
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Beth Moore Simulcast
First Christian Church of Madera, 2300 Sunset Ave., Madera, 559-706-5149, www.maderafcc.org/#/welcome-to-fcc/beth-moore-simulcast, firstname.lastname@example.org, $15.
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Say No to Meth march and bike run, hosted by This Ain’t Your Mama’s Church
Courthouse Park, M and 20th streets, Merced, 209-726-6123.
9:45 a.m.-3 p.m.
Zumbathon to combat human trafficking
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 23
Mass honoring law enforcement and firefighters
St. John’s Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa St., Fresno.
Saturday, Sept. 24
Blessing of the Animals
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Walk for Syrian Refugees
Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, 559-473-7564, www.eventbrite.com/e/cvpha-walk-for-syrian-refugees-tickets-26530603750, $20, $10 students, free for children 5 and younger.
Thursday, Sept. 29
Marie Monville, author of “One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting”
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