Faith leaders at Vatican-sponsored conference in Modesto
A number of faith leaders from the central San Joaquin Valley are attending the Vatican-sponsored U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto that began Thursday and continues through Sunday. The 2017 conference aims to help the “most weak and vulnerable among us” by addressing issues concerning social justice and public health.
The four-day conference opened with a reading of a welcome letter from Pope Francis reminding people not to paint any race or religion as “terrorist” and to treat all people with compassion.
“I join the Holy Father in inviting all ‘to be protagonists of change of their own situation’ and share his hope that we are able to deepen the wellsprings of empathy in our society,” wrote Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Vatican’s department for Integral Human Development, in a news release from the PICO National Network, one of the event’s co-sponsors.
“We are fortunate to have this opportunity to build relationships, develop our understanding of societal structures which contribute to the ‘economy of exclusion,’ and to deepen solidarity between social justice movements in the United States and the Church.”
Turkson – who oversees Vatican offices addressing subjects such as climate change, charity, health care, immigrants and refugees – will speak in Fresno on Monday during an invitation-only event.
Honoring Shivaratri Indian festival, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization satellite center, 559-435-2212, free, 3-5:30 p.m. Feb. 19.
Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave., Fresno, 559-435-2200, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.
‘Nonviolence Then and Now’
Lecture: “Nonviolence Then and Now” with the Rev. James Lawson Jr., Fresno State North Gym 118, Fresno, 559-278-2621, 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23; book signing to follow lecture, reception at 5:30 p.m.
Social Justice Series lecture
On Islam: “Beyond the Myths, Breaking Down the Barriers” with Amer F. Ahmed, Clovis Community College, 10309 N. Willow Ave., Fresno, Academic Center Building One, Forum Hall, Room 150, 559-325-5378, gurdeep.herbert
@cloviscollege.edu, free, 2-3 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 22.
Christian Business Men’s and Women’s Connection
Annual banquet featuring Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, H and Terry Spees, Tornino’s Banquets, 5080 N. Blackstone Ave., Fresno, 559-225-5095, firstname.lastname@example.org, cbmcfresno.com, $75, doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
The Oneness Dialogues
merced, $15-$45, 7 p.m. Feb. 24.
Hymn Festival Sing-Along
Organized by San Joaquin Valley Chapter American Guild of Organists. University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Ave. Fresno, 3 p.m. Feb. 26.
‘Mr. Fix-It’ 2017 Men’s Retreat
Organized by Fresno’s First Armenian Presbyterian Church. Keynote speaker is the Rev. Philip Garo Jr., Hartland Christian Camp, 57611 Eshom Valley Drive, Badger, 559-237-6638 or email@example.com for reservation information, Feb. 24-26.
Fundraiser for Syrian refugees
Help Syrian refugees in Fresno, Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, $12, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27.
‘Prophetic Models of Justice & Compassion’
Drive-up for Ash Wednesday
“Ashes to Go” at Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno, 7-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 1. Ashes, communion and brief church service, 6-7 p.m.
Fresno Catholic Singles
St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, 6:30 p.m. March 2.
‘Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose’
Featuring Matthew Kelly and musical guest Eliot Morris. Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 355 E. Champlain Drive, Fresno, $39, 6:30-10:30 p.m., 559-434-7701.
Cornelia Southern Baptist Church, 2405 N. Cornelia Ave., Fresno, 559-277-1533, free, 6 p.m. Feb. 20.
Southpoint Church, 5391 E. Tulare Ave., Fresno, 559-455-1119, free, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 20.
Kerman Covenant Church, 15495 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-8114, free, 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20.
Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave., Fresno, 559-435-3300, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.
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