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Capella Romana presents Festival on Arvo Pärt

The first-ever festival in North America dedicated to the music of Estonian Orthodox composer Arvo Pärt will take place February 5 – 12, 2017 in Portland, Oregon, presented by the Northwest’s leading professional chamber choir, Cappella Romana. Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world.

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General Commission on Religion and Race introduces Vital Conversations 3: Young Adults, Social Justice and the Church

General Commission on Religion and Race, an agency of The United Methodist Church, will launch the third in a series of TED-styled talk videos entitled Vital Conversations 3: Young Adults, Social Justice and the Church. GCORR’s year long 14 part series is designed to spark grassroots engagement and features study guides for each video talk that help small groups and individuals delve deeper into social issues.

Congregations called to public commitments

Noting concern that “threatening, authoritarian messages” accompanying the recent election of Donald J. Trump “open the way to more radical attacks on human rights and democratic processes” within the United States, 50 Christian leaders from across America have called on congregations and assemblies to deepen their engagements in the political and economic health of local communities.

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Dr. Tony Evans introduces one man’s search for significance in new novel The Legacy of Nobody Smith

Like the most recent Smithsonian museum that chronicles the African American experience, a new biographical novel tackles concentric themes – the triumph of spirituality and significance over racism and poverty. Set in Baltimore at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement, The Legacy of Nobody Smith traces one man’s rise to influence despite tremendous odds.

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Jewish refugees in Cyprus en route to Israel Photo Exhibit

A little known part of the histories of Israel and Cyprus, and one of the darker episodes of the British Empire, will be commemorated in a photo exhibit entitled “Jewish Refugees in Cyprus En Route to Israel” sponsored by Temple Israel of Lawrence, who is hosting the exhibition, AJC Long Island, the Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus and the Consulate General of Israel in New York.

Christians for Fair Witness urges Israelis and Palestinians to control their future

World powers are preparing to convene at a summit in Paris later this month to discuss the future of Israel and Palestine. Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians have been invited to take part in the actual summit. They were merely invited to a separate meeting following the summit where they would be presented with the conclusions and recommendations of the countries which did participate.

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Kenneth L. Marcus to speak on definition of anti-Semitism at author talk

What is the definition of anti-Semitism? Previous efforts to define ‘anti-Semitism’ have been complicated by the disreputable origins of the term, the discredited sources of its origin and the contested politics of its applications. Kenneth L. Marcus, founder of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law will answer this question and more as he delves into the subject of ‘anti-Semitism’ during an author talk on Friday, January 20, 2017, at Temple Israel of Lawrence, 140 Central Avenue, Lawrence, New York.