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“Swords Into Plowshares: What the Bible says about injustice, idolatry, and repentance”

6 Week Bible Study led by Rev. Isaac Collins and Rev. Phil Woodson.
Reverends Isaac Collins of Wesley United Methodist and Phil Woodson of First United Methodist will discuss biblical texts and their relationship to the monuments around Charlottesville from the perspectives of oppressed people. This is the first of their “Swords Into Plowshares” series (see flyer), a 6-week study on what the Bible says about injustice, idolatry and repentance. They will meet on Sunday mornings, 7 am at one of Charlottesville’s idols of white supremacy: 
  • 9/8 - Clark statue
  • 9/15 - Jefferson statue

Firsthand Report of Conditions at the US-Mexico Border

Sunday, September 8, 3:00 pm, Congregation Beth Israel, 320 E. Jefferson St.
Three Charlottesville residents -- Kristin Clarens, David Baluarte, Shawn Gewirtz -- who have done volunteer aid work directly with would-be migrants at the US-Mexico border in the past year will describe the problems and great suffering they found. After their presentations, there will be a Q&A session. Afterwards, attendees will be able to meet with representatives of ten organizations working locally on various aspects of the immigration crisis. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Civil Rights Movement and Its Music

Sunday, September 8, 3:00 to 6:30 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1118 Preston Ave.
Claudrena N. Harold of UVA and Writer Works from Freedoms Writers of the 60's will present and lead discussion. Music by DJ and Cool Lane. Food provided. Part of Trinity Episcopal’s Whitefeather Project. Free registration at Eventbrite page.

A week of “A Musical Revival” Sept. 8-15 at Mt. Zion First African Baptist, 105 Lankford Ave.

Sept. 8: 5:00 pm - A Hymn Sing
Sept. 9, 10, 11, 13: 7:00 pm - Workshops
Sept. 14, 4:00 pm - Worship Concert
Read letter from Jonathan Spivey, Mt. Zion Minister of Worship and Arts, and download brochure for more information and to register ($5).

“Building a More Diverse Community” Six-Part Weekly Series

Starting Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm, The Center, 491 Hillsdale Dr.
The Center (formerly The Senior Center) is sponsoring a free series of presentations by Rev. Dr. Lehman Bates, Leontyne Clay Peck, Dr. Kelly Palmer, Juandiego Wade, Khizr Khan, and Dr. Aliaa Khidr regarding the need for increased diversity and inclusion in organizations. Download this flyer for more information.

Climate Change Summit

Sunday September 15, 1:00 pm, Unity of Charlottesville, 2825 Hydraulic Rd.
In partnership with Wild Virginia, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Virginia Inner Faith Power & Light, and the Piedmont Group of the Virginia Sierra Club, this summit will show the film "Paris to Pittsburgh," followed by a panel discussion. See flyer.

Apostle Sarah Kelley’s 35th Anniversary Ministry Celebration!

Sunday, September 15, 3:00 pm, New Beginnings Christian Community, 1130 E. Market St.
All are invited to celebrate Apostle Sarah Kelley’s 35th Anniversary of Pastoral Service! Rev. Liz Emrey, Co-Pastor of New Beginnings Christian Community will be the featured speaker to honor Apostle Kelley’s 35 years of pastoral ministry.  Download flyer for more information. 

“European Union and the Rise of Nationalism” by Dr. James Sofka

Sunday, September 15, 3:00 pm, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, 717 Rugby Rd.
Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of United Nations Association. Dr. Sofka, an adjunct faculty at the Federal Executive Institute, is an associate professor of international relations at the American Military University, teaching international relations, and European diplomatic history. See or contact Susan Roberts at

“The Prophetic & Mystical Understanding of God” by Dr. David Tracy

September 17-19, 5:00 pm, University Baptist Church, 1223 W. Main St.
Prof. Tracy is Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. A Q&A and reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres will follow the lectures. (See flyer)

“Refugees in America” by Rabbi Lee T. Bycel

Thursday, September 19, 7:30 pm, Congregation Beth Israel, 301 East Jefferson St.
Rabbi Bycel will describe his experiences in refugee camps and share stories about some of the refugees profiled in his new book Refugees in America (read press release). This event is part of Welcoming Charlottesville Week, an extended week of educational & cultural programs planned by the Welcoming Greater Charlottesville task force to affirm and celebrate the contributions of immigrants to our community. Contact Dela Alexander for more information.

“A Different Side” Documentary Premiere

Thursday, September 19, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Performance Arts Center, 1400 Melbourne Rd.
This documentary was created by five Charlottesville High School students who wanted to tell their story and experiences as young Black men living in central Virginia. They spent six weeks filming, editing, and producing this documentary. They even composed their own original score of music for the film. This is unprecedented given their age and experience. Read letter from Daniel Fairley, Charlottesville’s Youth Opportunity Coordinator, and   download the flyer and register for the event.

Interfaith March for Peace & Justice at the Downtown Mall

Sunday, September 22, starting at 4:00 pm at Thomas Jefferson Freedom of Expression Wall.
The Interfaith March for Peace & Justice in cooperation with the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice will be conducting a march on the downtown Mall to publicly reassert the basic principles of equal justice for all and religious liberty for all in a peaceful way. Read this press release for more information about the march. 

“How to Be an Antiracist” with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi - SOLD OUT

Cosmologies from the Tree of Life: Art from the African American South

June 8, 2019 – November 17, 2019, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA.
Visit VMFA’s website for more information. Free to the public.


Community ID Drive 

Saturday, September 7, at New Beginnings Church - 1130 E. Market St. 
NOTE: Doors open at 8 am, applicants must arrive before 9 am for orientation.
Download flyers and notices in English and Spanish.
1) Volunteers can help at our drives with data entry, document checking, helping out in the child care room, and simply chatting with our applicants as they wait to start the process (some wait over 90 minutes when we have big turnouts). It helps in some of these roles to speak Spanish, but isn't required.  
2)  We need people who already have a government ID to sign up for this Community ID. Doing so will help prevent our cardholders from being stigmatized or labelled. And the more people who have and use our card, the more the word will spread.  If you'd like to volunteer, contact our interim coordinator Chayla Rowley, at
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