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Rumi Forum Charlottesville Ramadan Dinner gatherings - May 6 through June 3.

Rumi Forum Charlottesville is organizing Ramadan dinner programs from May 6 to June 3 to share the traditional break-fast meal with the Charlottesville/Albemarle community.  Click here for more information and to register for Home or Community Iftar dinners.

Other Iftar dinners hosted by local faith groups are also available (e.g. the one hosted by Tabor Presbyterian Church in Crozet, Friday, May 10. See below.). Rumi Forum Charlottesville sponsors these dinners, while the host group provides the space. If anyone in Cville Clergy Collective is interested in hosting such an event in their own location, please email:

March & Rally to Support Residents of Belmont Apartments

Sunday, May 5, at 5 pm. March from 1000 Monticello Road to City Hall. City Hall rally at 6 pm. Sponsored by the Charlottesville Low-Income Housing Coalition (CLIHC) and SURJ. More information here.

Next Community ID Drive

Saturday, May 4 at New Beginnings Church - 1130 E. Market St.
NOTE: Doors open at 8 am, applicants must arrive before 9 am.
We encourage everyone to get this community ID, as a way of supporting the program and ensuring that there won't be a stigma attached to having one.
Attached are fliers (in English and Spanish) that have details, including a list of the required documents.
Questions? Contact Russ Linden Office: 434.978.7775; Cell: 434.242.8586

Ramadan Iftar Dinner

Friday, May 10, 7 pm, Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5804 Tabor St., Crozet.
Building bridges of mutual understanding through breaking bread together.
RSVP here or email:

Festival of Cultures - Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Booker T. Washington Park, 1001 Preston Ave.

Coming to the Table monthly meeting

Saturday, May 11, 2 to 4 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1118 Preston Ave.
RSVP to Kathy Spaar at

Soul Suppers: Cora Harvey Armstrong (Rescheduled!)

Saturday, May 11, Dinner at 5:30, Show at 7:00 pm, Mount Zion’s First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave.
Ticket is $25, which includes a home-cooked, family-style dinner and concert. Organized by The Front Porch. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Click here for other Front Porch events.

African American Fellowship of Virginia Preaching Camp XVI - (see flyer)

Friday, May 17, 8 am to Saturday, May 18, 1:30 pm at Mt. Zion First African Baptist, 105 Lankford Ave.
The purpose of the Preaching Camp is to instruct, inspire, and encourage church planters, ministers, and pastors in a small intimate setting to explore four methods of sermon preparation and delivery. Participants will have the opportunity to put theory to practice by modeling one of the sermon methods explored in a sermonic presentations. Cost: $125. Register here. For more information, click here or email Dr. Jerome Lee.



May, June, July & August at Downtown parks, Downtown Mall and Fourth St.
We, the community members of Charlottesville, come together this summer in a spirit of healing and unity for a variety of events that educate, inspire, and honor people in our community to move towards economic and racial justice. View flyer. Please visit and check back often for event updates.

Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Drive by the NAACP

The Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP has taken on the task of optimizing enrollment in the recently expanded Virginia Medicaid Program.  The NAACP looks forward to hearing from and working with faith communities on eliminating the racial and ethnic inequities that exist within our healthcare system that undermine communities of color, their life opportunities and their ability to contribute to the common good. If you are interested in co-sponsoring an event with NAACP at your church, please contact Health Committee Chairman Gregg Winston at For additional information see attached.

Poor People’s Campaign in Virginia

Virginia has joined Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of Systemic Racism, Poverty, the War Economy, Ecological Devastation and the nation’s Distorted Morality. The campaign is looking for someone in Charlottesville/Central Virginia to serve on the Coordinating Council for the Poor People’s Congress in Washington D.C., June 17-19. Responsibilities include attending bi-weekly Wed. night Zoom meetings, help plan and/or identify events in their community, represent the Poor People's Campaign at events. For more information, contact Andrea Miller <> (who serves alongside Rabbi Michael Knopf and Swami Dayananda as State Coordinating Committee members.)

A Local Alternative to Predatory Lending

The "Coalition for Economic Opportunity" (CEO) is a local nonprofit that offers short-term, low-interest loans of up to $650 to help people in times of crisis, keeping them from having to use payday or auto title loans. Over $50,000 has been loaned out in the last few years, enabling people to pay for car repairs, medical bills, and other unexpected expenses without entering into a cycle of debt. With additional funds, more loans can be provided in our community. Please help us spread the word, as one tangible way to enact our faith commitments and deal a blow to exploitative economic practices. For more information, contact Will Brown at University Baptist Church (434-293-5106), or visit the CEO's website:
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