Catholic center’s ‘Theology on Tap’ series to discuss racism
Jim Grant, director of the Social Justice Ministry for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno and Catholic television KNXT producer, will present “Interrupting Violence with Mercy: Discussions of Xenophobia, Racism and Catholic Social Teaching” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Marie Callendar’s Restaurant and Bakery, 1781 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno. The talk is part of Saint Paul Catholic Newman Center’s Theology on Tap series. Appetizers will be provided and drinks may be purchased. Grant graduated from Boston College with a degree in education and pastoral ministry. For more information, email John Kyler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mass honoring law enforcement and firefighters
A special Mass to honor law enforcement and firefighters will be held at 12:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at St. John’s Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa St., Fresno.
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Walk for Syrian refugees in Fresno
The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno is hosting a fundraiser walk to support Syrian refugees who have been displaced by war and conflict. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave., Fresno. The Central Valley Physicians for Humanitarian Aid, helping organize the event, say funds raised will benefit the Syrian American Medical Society, an organization that brings medical care and humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees and other displaced people in Syria, the surrounding countries of the Middle East and in Europe. Following the two-mile walk, participants will receive a traditional Arabic breakfast at 10 a.m. and have the opportunity to listen to speakers and participate in activities. Registration is $20, $10 for students age 6 or older, $50 for families, and free for children age 5 or younger. Online registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cvpha-walk-for-syrian-refugees-tickets-26530603750. For more information, call 559-473-7564 or email email@example.com.
‘Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus’ series
A two-part series titled “Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus” will be presented by professors Greg Camp and Tim Geddert at College Community Church Mennonite Brethren Church, 2529 Willow Ave., Clovis. Greg Camp, who teaches religion, the Bible and Greek at Fresno Pacific University, will address “Following the Call of Jesus” from Matthew 4:18-22 at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Camp led a tour to Greece and Turkey, the “land of the first-century church,” in June 2016. Timothy Geddert, who teaches the New Testament at Fresno Pacific University Seminary, will present “Why Jesus Had Higher Ratings than Rome” from Matthew 4:23-5:2 at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Geddert “walked in the footsteps of Jesus” while leading a tour to Israel and Palestine in May 2016. Coffee will be served after the talks, followed by a “Sermon Talk-Back” at 11 a.m.
Wife of Amish schoolhouse shooter to speak
Marie Monville – the wife of a man who shot 10 young girls, killing five, in an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania in 2006 before turning the gun upon himself – will speak in Fresno about her book, “One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting” during Choice Books of West Coast’s 10th annual fundraiser banquet at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center, 4584 W. Jacquelyn Ave., Fresno. RSVP by Sept. 16 by calling 559-638-1745 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Event organizers say Monville’s story is one of “sorrow and destruction, but also one of majestic deliverance, unending compassion, breathtaking forgiveness, and grace-filled redemption.”
Sunday, Sept. 4
Drum circle and meditation
Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno, 559-435-2690, Free.
Jazz Mass: Family Values
Bethel Lutheran Church, 187 N. Broadway St., Fresno, 559-264-5385, Free.
This Ain’t Your Mama’s Church, G Street and Yosemite Avenue, Merced, 209-726-6123.
Worldwide Prophetic Evangelical Ministries
Monday, Sept. 5
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. 6
Wednesday, Sept. 7
Grief education and support group
St. Benedict Catholic Worker House, 4022 N. Cheryl Ave., Fresno, 559-229-6410, register by Sept. 7 for 12-week class, $50.
Thursday, Sept. 8
One Faith Weekend opening services
Sunrise Community Church, 100 E. Inyo Ave., Tulare, 559-686-9229.
World Day of Prayer
Unity Church, 315 W. Shields Ave., Fresno, 559-905-8399.
Friday, Sept. 9
‘Prayer for peace’ Mass celebrated by Bishop Armando Ochoa
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 351 E. Kearney Blvd., Fresno, 559-488-7440.
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.
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
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
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, email@example.com, $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.
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