Splendor Mandala by Julie Hliboki

"Splendor" Mandala
Julie Hliboki

Meditation

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

Krishnamacharya

Interfaith Contemplative Meetings

Every third Sunday of the month, from 6.30pm to 8pm
Location: Currently at Istanbul Cultural Center, 591, N Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Each month a religiously and culturally diverse group of adults meet to sit in contemplative silence for 20 minutes and then have a spiritual conversation. The topics discussed are ones that affect all seekers or people of faith: surrender, forgiveness, prayer, spiritual practices, compassion, etc. The time together is respectful and honors the tradition and experiences of each person who shares; the rich dialogue that ensues fosters interfaith friendship, understanding and growth. All this goodwill in 90 minutes!  You are always welcome to join us. 

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Marian Monahan (marian@neshamainterfaithcenter.org) or Kemal Korucu (kkorucu@theatlanticinstitute.org) for the latest information and confirmation of dates - especially as the location or timing may change from time to time, due to unforeseen circumstances.  Thank you for your understanding! 

 

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Hunger Walk

Sunday, March 15, 2015, from 2pm to 4pm
Location: Starting at Turner Field Stadium, and proceeding through downtown Atlanta

On Sunday, March 15, 2015, thousands of people will come together to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger in our community. The NESHAMA INTERFAITH CENTER TEAM will be there and we need your support to raise funds again for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The money we raise will feed hope for the 1 in 5 people who face hunger in our community.  Last year we raised in excess of $1,000 - let's try to beat that record this time around!  The Hunger Walk/Run is one of the most important hunger relief efforts of the year.  PLEASE help us reach our team fundraising goal by making a donation on behalf of the entire team or a specific team member. Or take the next step against hunger by walking/running with us on March 15.  Registration fees are $25 to walk, $35 to run ...

Together, we can make sure that a child in our community doesn’t go to bed hungry tonight. We can offer a glimmer of hope to struggling parents desperately trying to make ends meet for their family. We can ensure another senior citizen isn’t forced to choose between paying for medicine or food.  

Let's all support a very important cause in the Atlanta community .... and make sure you have your walking (or running) shoes ready for this date!

Thank you so much, and we hope to see you at the Hunger Walk/Run! 

TO MAKE A DONATION, OR TO JOIN THE TEAM  ..... Click on this link to get to the ACFB website , and then follow the directions.

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Interfaith Panel Conversation: " Gift and Challenge"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 7pm to 8.30pm
Location: Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, 1350 Hearst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319

“If we go in search of other people, other cultures, other ways of thinking, other religions, we come out of ourselves and begin that beautiful adventure that is called ‘dialogue’. Dialogue is very important for one’s maturity, because in relation with other people, relations with other cultures, also in healthy relations with other religions, one grows, matures.”

~~ Pope Francis, August 21, 2013 to a group of Japanese students. 

Learn about and discuss the challenges, joys and the importance of interfaith dialogue for people of the Third Millennium.  An interfaith panel of speakers from the three Abrahamic faiths - a Muslim, a Jewish Rabbi, and a Catholic laywoman -  will present and then invite your comments and questions.  

Please join us as we enter into conversation with Kemal Korucu, Director of Interfaith Affairs of the Atlantic Institute and member of the Istanbul Cultural Center, Rabbi Mitch Cohen, an adult educator, outreach professional and spiritual leader, and Marian Monahan, Catholic spiritual director and religious educator.  The conversation will be facilitated by Catherine Crosby, one of the founders of Neshama Interfaith Center along with Marian and Mitch.  

Our thanks to Mark Dannenfelser and the team at Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church for sponsoring and hosting this special event.  

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are requested so that we can cater accordingly. Please email your RSVP to Mark Dannenfelser at mdannenfelser@olachurch.org.

Location: Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, 1350 Hearst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319 (Click for directions)
For more information: www.olachurch.org

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Cosponsored with Embracing Tolerance, a Tolerance Education Program:

Through The Eye of The Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
An event commemorating Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance) and in recognition of Genocide Prevention and Awareness month

Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 7pm - 9.30pm
Location: Congregation Gesher L'Torah, 4320 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022

More than 40 years after the Holocaust, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz depicted her remarkable story of survival through a stunningly beautiful series of 36 fabric collage and embroidery panels. 

In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating fabric art to tell the story of her escape from the Nazis, with her younger sister, and their years spent posing as Catholic farm girls.  Trained as a dressmaker, not an artist, Esther's pictures are heartbreakingly beautiful, revealing a total incongruity between each perfect stitch and the violent reality behind each scene. Through Esther's own words and images of her artwork, as well as interviews with her daughters and others, a 30-minute documentary film explores the capacity of the human heart to heal. Through these reflections, we are reminded that genocide and other acts of baseless hatred are still with us, and that Esther's story, and those like hers, compels us to build a just and peaceful world for all.  

We are thrilled to have Rachel Steinhardt, Esther’s granddaughter, join us at this event to guide us through the screening and a discussion of the documentary.  We are also privileged to hear from Embracing Tolerance, our cosponsor for this event, whose mission is to promote awareness of the dangers of prejudice, hatred, and intolerance, and whose programs foster tolerance, good citizenship and character development by teaching respect, compassion, and personal responsibility. 

Please join us for this special evening, an unforgettable journey of remembering, on Sunday, April 19, 2015, from 7 - 9.30pm at Congregation Gesher L’Torah. Older children and teens are encouraged to come with their families as history comes alive through memory and art. 

The exhibit of Esther’s artwork, Fabric of Survival, was on display at the Breman Museum some years ago.  For more information, visit the Art & Remembrance Foundation at www.artandremembrance.org

This program is free and open to the community. However, reservations are required, so please click here to save your seat - Thank you!  

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Cosponsored with the Roswell Community Masjid:

"A Woman's Journey"

Sunday, May 3, 2015, from 4pm to 6pm
Location: Roswell Community Masjid, 345 Market Place, Roswell, GA 30075

SAVE THE DATE!  Please plan to join us the week before Mother's Day as we celebrate the women in our lives, with speakers from multiple faiths ... and join in the conversation about our own individual journeys!

More details to be posted shortly ... Watch this space!