Splendor Mandala by Julie Hliboki

"Splendor" Mandala
Julie Hliboki


and God approaches you.
Hold the inhalation,
and God remains with you.
and you approach God.
Hold the exhalation,
and surrender to God.


One City, Many Faiths:  Judaism

Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 11am - 12.30pm
Location: Clarkston Library, 951 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021

As part of Neshama Interfaith Center’s commitment to work with the refugee community in Clarkston, GA, Dr. Steve Chervin of the Neshama Board and renowned Jewish educator will be talking about The Basics of Judaism to an interfaith gathering of refugees at the Clarkston Library on Saturday, September 6 from 11 am – 12.30 pm. The program will also include a question and answer session at the end. The Clarkston Library has been hosting speakers from all faith traditions as part of an ongoing enrichment project 'One City, Many Faiths'.  All are invited to this program, for which there is no charge.

The Clarkston Library is located at 951 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021.
For more information about this program contact the Clarkston Library at 404-508-7175 or email Samia at sabdullah781@gmail.com.


Compassion Games - Survival of the Kindest

September 11- 21, 2014
Opening Ceremony Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 4-6 pm at Georgia State University Student Center Ballroom

Neshama Interfaith Center, as a founding partner with Compassionate Atlanta, is proud to promote the COMPASSION GAMES.  The Compassion Games are designed to make our communities safer, kinder, more just, and better places to live. No matter where you are, you can (a) perform a Random Act of Kindness or (b) become a Secret Agent of Compassion and receive a secret mission for each of the eleven days [September 11 - 21] or (c) offer your services to a Metro-Atlanta organization that is already involved in compassionate action.

Compassionate Atlanta invites you to join us in celebrating the Atlanta Compassion Games at the official Opening Ceremony. Expect a truly exciting multi-cultural event, embracing the essence of the Charter For Compassion as we announce the start of this year's Compassion Games! * CULTURE *  MUSIC * COMMUNITY * EDUCATION * COMPASSION *   Refreshments will be served.

Jason Esteves was elected to the Atlanta Board of Education in 2013 and is serving his first term as the board member for At-Large Seat 9. After graduating from the University of Miami, Jason devoted himself to teaching at a public middle school in the Houston Independent School District as part of Teach for America. Today, Jason is a practicing attorney at the Atlanta law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP, where he brings businesses, nonprofits and individuals together to solve problems and get results. Jason has also served on the boards of KIPP South Fulton Academy, Georgia Appleseed's Young Professionals Council, and the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association. 
LOCATION: Georgia State University | Student Center Ballroom, 44 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
COST:  FREE - Online registration preferred (click here)
WELCOME & CHECK IN: 3:30 PM [Please arrive in good time to register and meet others]
PARKING: FREE on the G Deck [Follow directions to the Student Center Ballroom via the Courtland Street Bridge] 


"Show Me Your Face: Embracing The Story of The Other"
Reflections on a Personal Interfaith Journey Towards  Peace

Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 7pm to 10pm
Location: Congregation Gesher L'Torah, 4320 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022 

Join Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger of the Judean settlement of Alon Shvut and Ali Abu Awwad of the neighboring West Bank village of Beit Omar, as they bring to our community their experiences, their wisdom, and the passion for peace that has brought them together.

Currently finishing his book, Painful Hope, Ali Abu Awwad is today a leading Palestinian activist teaching his countrymen non-violent resistance, and reaching out to Jewish Israelis at the heart of the conflict. Ali has toured the world many times over, telling his riveting story of violent activism, imprisonment, bereavement and discovery of the path of non-violent resistance, a story of personal transformation.

Hanan Schlesinger is an Orthodox rabbi and teacher, and a passionate Zionist settler who has been profoundly transformed by his friendship with Ali.  His understanding of the reality of the Middle East conflict and of Zionism has been utterly complicated by the parallel universe that Ali has introduced him to. 

Join Ali and Hanan as they tell their personal stories and of their efforts to build a better future for their peoples. They come with no ready peace plans in hand, but only with the conviction that human understanding and trust will be the prerequisites for lasting justice, freedom and peace on that tiny sliver of land that they both call home.  Rabbi Michael Bernstein of Congregation Gesher L'Torah will introduce the speakers and facilitate the discussion.

The program includes an Interfaith Havdallah service, separating the Sabbath from the Week even as we intertwine the stories of our peoples.  A dessert reception will follow, at which Ali and Hanan will talk about the Roots Center for Understanding, Nonviolence and Reconciliation that they have established, and will tell you how you can get involved. 

There is no charge for this event, which is co-sponsored by Congregation Gesher L'Torah and Neshama Interfaith Center. 
However, REGISTRATIONS ARE REQUIRED - please register and save your seat by clicking here.


Neshama Interfaith center is happy to support the Atlantic Institute's program, in the 'Exploring Faiths' series:

The Baptist Branch of the Christian Family Tree with Dr. Loyd Allen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 7pm
Location: The Holiday Inn Roswell, 909 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076

Come join us as we hear Dr. Loyd Allen, professor of church history and spiritual foundation at Mercer University speak on the different types of Christianity, how they came to be and explore in particular the Baptist tradition. What is Christianity? What are Baptists? How are they different? Where do they come from? If you are interested in the answers to any of these questions, then this event is for you!

Dr. Loyd Allen holds the Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Chair of Baptist History at Mercer University’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Allen holds the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has taught in higher education for over twenty years and is the author of numerous publications, including the books You are a Great People and Crossroads in Christian Growth.  He has a particular interest in Christian spirituality, which he teaches at McAfee.  He serves as faculty for the Academy of Spiritual Formation and often leads retreats.

Light refreshments will be available followed by the lecture and then a brief Q&A session.  Suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Seats are limited!  Please RSVP to the Atlantic Institute by clicking here.