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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Free Events for the HarriOak Community

This is post for everyone in the HarriOak neighborhood - or anyone who wants to attend one of the free community events listed below.

All events will be held and hosted by the First Christian Church - 111 Fairmount Avenue (up the hill from the Grocery Outlet, at the corner of Fairmount and 29th.)

And if you're not religious, don't worry about proselytizing - the pastor, Sandhya Jha, is not focused on conversion but on creating inclusive community and peaceful, safe neighborhoods.

Plus, the church building is just cool. Built in 1928, it's 82 years old and full of Oakland history. Sandhya gave me a tour and there are fascinating stories and mysterious nooks and crannies.

Thursday, January 21, 7 PM: The Congregation: A Reader's Theater
Come to a dramatic reading of scenes from The Congregation, a new screenplay by Writer/Director Robert T. Fields. Enjoy the story of a typical (or not-so-typical) church wrestling with issues of judgment, compassion, family tension, and figuring out how to make love matter more than "keeping up appearances." Excerpts from the new screenplay will be "test run."

January 28, 7 PM: Community Movie Night!
Bring the family for popcorn, soda and a viewing of "The Garden," a documentary about a community garden in South Central Los Angeles. Afterwards, learn about People's Grocery and other efforts to "Green" our city!

February 4, 8 PM: PEACE TALKS: A spoken word event
Come for spoken word poetry on the theme of violence, peace, and the pursuit of a just and peace-filled city.

February 11, 7 PM: SAVING PARADISE: *How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire* Hear internationally acclaimed author Rita Brock speak on her most recent book. "For a thousand years, Christians did not depict Jesus dead. Why not? And what happened that crucifixion eventually took center stage and became the core of Christian faith?"

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible!

Sandhya Jha

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Peace in Christ is through conversion.

Fill your cup and leave the draught.

With all due respect, a pastor not focused on conversion is like a man who leaves his house locked and asks some toughs to take care of it. And a pastor focused on conversion in distress, to take advantage, is like a man who sees nothing sustainable on earth, tope.

Open Christian public conversion rallies are an essential part of sustainable democracy in America. Rarely are they known. Every day is the Millenium for some people.

Thank you,