October 2019: Together in Faith
Together in Faith
Fostering Respect, Understanding & Cooperation
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Please join us for our Annual Venice Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 7:00 PM. The Service will be held at the Venice United Church of Christ, 620 Shamrock Blvd., Venice. Refreshments will be served following the service.
Rabbi Benjamin Shull will be the Guest Speaker. Members of the local clergy and the Venice Interfaith Community Association will participate in this shared act of giving thanks around the theme of “All Are Welcome”.
A voluntary love offering will be received to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Please make checks payable to Venice Interfaith Community Association.
Invite your friends and neighbors to be a part of this wonderful time of thanksgiving in our community. Come and life your voice for “All Are Welcome!”
American Racism: Yours, Mine and Ours Part II
Join us for our 2020 Winter Series, American Racism: Yours, Mine and Ours Part II”, which delves deeper into institutional racism and what can be done about it. The series will be held at Emmanual Lutheran Church, 790 S Tamiani Trail, Venice, on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. We kick off the series on January 20 with our annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. We look forward to seeing you there!
January 20, 2020, Martin Luther King Day Celebration
January 27, 2020, “Racism 101:America’s Most Challenging Issue”
February 3, 2020, “Providing an Equitable and Entitled Education for All Children”
February 10, 2020, “Decarceration Through a Community-Oriented Criminal Justice System”
February 17, 2020, “Discrimination in Environmental Law: All Are Not Equally Protected”
February 24, 2020, “Personal Responsibility for Communal Transformation”
VICA Members Continue Discussions on Race
We are happy to report that, as an outgrowth of last winter’s “American Racism” series, several faith groups have initiated programs on the subject and got started this summer.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation held a book group on “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving and another program series based on the NPR podcast “Seeing White.” Check with UUCOV for dates for the podcast, which began in mid-September.
The Baha’i Faith began a program called “Undoing Racism: America’s Most Challenging Issue” with sessions being held at the Blue Lotus Meditation Center/Venice Holistic Center on the second Sunday of each month beginning at 1 PM. Dennis Davis facilitates these lively discussions. All are welcome. The center is at 714 Shamrock Blvd. in Venice.
We’d love to hear that others are organizing book groups and discussion groups. You may want to refer to the reading lists on our website. They are on the pages describing each of last year’s programs. Please let us know of any other programs being held being held by your faith group so that we can send out the information to our interfaith community.
Dr. Catherine Meeks co-authors new book
Dr. Catherine Meeks, Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and keynote speaker for the 2019 series on American Racism, has written a new biography of Ida B. Wells, a black woman who blazed trails as a journalist, churchwoman, and truth-teller in the post-Reconstruction era. The book’s title, Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time, hints at the visionary power of Wells’ life and the valuable lessons it holds for us today. Meeks, an African-American racial healing consultant, and her co-author, Nibs Stroupe, a child of white supremacy, offer a blueprint for achieving racial justice today through the lens of Wells’ persevering search for justice in her time. This book is recommended for book study groups, along with Meeks’ earlier book, Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America.
2019-20 Membership Drive
Thank you to all who have initiated or renewed their membership for the upcoming season. Each month we thank our special members. This is the beginning of the list for the season. We are grateful for your support and look forward to many more names on our thank you list. If you have not yet done so, send your membership information and donations to Venice Interfaith Community Association, P.O. Box 2022, Venice, FL 34284. Individuals $20; Family $30; Supporting $60; Sponsoring $100; Organizational $150; Benefactor $200. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Baha’is of Sarasota County 941-223-0412.
Center for Religious Tolerance 520 Ralph Street, Sarasota 941-312-9795 www.c-r-t.org
Emmanuel Lutheran Church 790 Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34285 941-488-4942 www.emmanuel-elca.org
Jewish Congregation of Venice 600 North Auburn Road, Venice, FL 34292. 941-484-2022. www.jewishcongregationofvenice.com. Shabbat Services are on Friday nights at 7:30 pm .
Mary, Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community www.marymotherofjesus.org
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church 508 Riviera St, Venice. 941-488-7714 www.stmarksvenice.org
Suncoast Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church 3276 East Venice Avenue, Venice 34292, 941-484-7068 www.suncoastmcc.org DON’T MISS Venice’s FIRST annual Pride Festival at SCMC November 3, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.!
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice
1971 Pinebrook Road,Venice 941-485-2105 www.uucov.org
Venice United Church of Christ: 620 Shamrock Blvd. Venice 941-493-6741 www.veniceucc.org
Village On the Isle, 900 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285 941-486-5429
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