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May 2020

Interfaith Ally Workshop

May 6

Join Interfaith Philadelphia staff and community members for a workshop that provides opportunities to learn about and exercise the skills needed to intervene with family, friends, and colleagues to combat discrimination and prejudice. Rooted in bystander intervention techniques, this workshop specifically focuses on how to address religiously-focused hate speech and discrimination. This will be a virtual training offered via Zoom technology. Learn more and register.

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Webinar – COVID-19: Immediate and Longer Term Strategies to Mitigate the Impact on Tenants and Landlords

May 6

Join the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania for a webinar discussing the immediate and longer term strategies to mitigate the impact on tenants and landlords during COVID-19. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Third party mediation is a model that has shown promising results in aiding the landlord and tenant to make alternative arrangements when rental situations go awry. The webinar will highlight a new model in Philadelphia that can be replicated in any…

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Webinar: The Impact of COVID-19 on Local School District Revenues and Budget Planning

May 6

PA Schools Work invites you to join them for their next "Lunch and Learn" webinar:  The Impact of COVID-19 on Local School District Revenues and Budget Planning. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 at noon EST. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for school districts, with distance learning being the most obvious. But COVID-19 will also create financial difficulties for all school districts. These revenue challenges will change the way administrators craft budgets for the 2020-21 school…

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Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself in a TIme of Pandemic

May 7

You are invited to join, with virtual open arms, to celebrate the rich diversity of faith traditions in Pennsylvania. Participate in the virtual Commonwealth Interfaith Service on Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m. on Facebook Live. This year's theme is Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself in a Time of Pandemic. This is the 12th year in raising a collective voice for a more just and peaceful world. Help us to build a culture of shalom, hospitality, and welcome! On Thursday,…

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#FreeTheVulnerable Action On May 14

May 14

The PA Council of Churches has been working closely with the Abolitionist Law Center on a grant to work toward minimizing the practice of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania. In the wake of the COVID- 19 crisis, the focus has shifted to freeing vulnerable populations from prison, so that people are not sentenced to die in prison where access to adequate health care is limited and social distancing is impossible. A coalition of criminal justice reform groups called #FreeTheVulnerable is putting…

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Webinar: “What Communities Need to Know About COVID-19 and Reopening”

May 14

Three major ecumenical groups in the United States are coming together to invite their member communions and organizations to join in unity this May for training and support. The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC), and Christian Churches Together (CCT) are offering voices of hope and reconciliation. These organizations have created a webinar and an ecumenical resource sheet for all churches and Christians in the US to engage. Register for the…

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LAMPa Schedules Virtual ELCA Social Message Hearing

May 18

What is a faithful Lutheran response regarding civic engagement? Although at this time showing love of neighbor means we can't gather as we long to do for our annual Lutheran Day in the Capitol, we invite Pennsylvania ELCA Lutherans to gather virtually on May 18 to hear from our keynote, the Rev. Dr. Roger Willer, and shape our denomination's newest social message Learn more and register here. The ELCA is gifted with a body of social teaching in the form…

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Encountering Other Faiths Training

May 21
Interfaith Philadelphia, 100 West Oxford Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122 United States
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DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITELY. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT A FUTURE DATE OR A POSSIBLE VIRTUAL WORKSHOP ALTERNATIVE. Interfaith Philadelphia is sponsoring an Encountering Other Faiths Facilitator Training on Thursday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This one-day workshop is for those seeking to feel more equipped to lead interfaith dialogue in their own settings, empowered by increased competence and confidence in facilitating members of their congregation or…

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Civil Conversations Facilitator Training

May 21

Interfaith Philadelphia is offering a virtual Civil Conversations Facilitator training that will give participants the skills to organize Civil Conversations in their congregations, workplaces, and communities. This session offers community leaders and "bridge people" techniques for grassroots civil conversations that support a thriving religiously diverse democracy. This virtual training is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Please note Interfaith Philadelphia is offering LAMPa participants a special rate. Learn more and register.

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National Council of Churches to Hold Virtual Ecumenical Memorial Service to Mourn the Lives Lost to COVID19

May 24

  The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) will hold a public online memorial service on Sunday, May 24, 2020 to mourn the more than 300,000 people worldwide who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90,000 of whom were in the United States. The NCC is comprised of 38 member communions ranging from mainline Protestant to historic African American and Orthodox churches. This service, A Time to Mourn: An Ecumenical Memorial Service for Lives Lost to…

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