(Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy events are in bold.)
Wednesday, April 26 — Interfaith Welcoming Seder, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 17120 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond, 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Gary Creditor will lead the Seder. Bring a Passover dish to share. Please rsvp to Kim@virginiainterfaithcenter.org
Wednesday, April 26 — Interfaith Welcoming Seder, 3 p.m., Gesher Jewish Day School, 4800 Mattie Moore Ct., Fairfax, 22030. Learn more & RSVP at www.jcouncil.org.
Friday, April 28 — United Methodist 2017 Caring for God’s Creation Conference, at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington.
Saturday, April 29 — The People’s Climate March, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Washington, D.C. (Intersection between 3rd and 4th & Pennsylvania Ave.) People of faith will join students, workers, parents, and people on the front lines of climate change to tell the White House that we refuse to move backwards on climate progress. RSVP here.
Sunday, April 30 — “Providing Sanctuary: A Forum,” 12:30 to 2 p.m., 4500 Kensington Ave., Richmond, 23221. Sponsored by the Peace & Social Concerns Committee and Adult Spiritual Education Committee of the Richmond Friends Meeting (Quakers). Forum participants are Dr. Linda Rabben, author, and anthropologist who has written several books including “Give Refuge to the Stranger: the Past, Present and Future of Sanctuary”; Lana Heath de Martinez, “Welcoming All Coordinator” from Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy; Jennifer West, Immigration and Nationality attorney at law offices of Hyder and Overas, Richmond. This forum will focus on a history of the Sanctuary movement, specifically sanctuary provided by congregations and individuals, including the more recent Sanctuary movement of the past decade; information about ICE detentions in the Richmond area in recent years and under the current administration; Circles of Protection Sanctuary Network; support and care for the vulnerable, undocumented, immigrants who have been detained or deported and their families; Power-of-Attorney clinics; the legal aspects of providing Sanctuary as a congregation and/or an individual. Faith communities have been mobilizing around the Sanctuary Movement and have been considering how best to protect, care for, and be allies with the undocumented, detained immigrants, and the families and loved ones of those deported. For more information, contact Sally Gudas at email@example.com, or (804) 399-8342. Finger foods, snacks, and drinks will be provided.
Monday, May 1 — May Day Celebration, 10:30 a.m. start with Prayer Vigil, followed by Art Showcase and Open Mic. Then a march to Capitol Square. Later in the afternoon there will be a cookout. At Abner Clay Park in Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, Brook and Leigh streets.
May 7 — The New River Valley Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy presents “Welcoming the Stranger,” an interfaith service on Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1301 Gladewood Dr., Blacksburg. Faith leaders from the local Muslim and Jewish communities will join those from several Christian churches and the Unitarian-Universalists in exploring what each faith tradition says about welcoming “the other.” After the service, there will be refreshments. Childcare will be available.
May 18-20 — Caring for Creation conference, Virginia Union University School of Theology Edosomwan Center’s 5th Annual Best Practices Conference. This three-day conference includes workshops and presentations led by experts actively engaging in fruitful and effective practices to care for Creation, including nationally known Richard Cizik, President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a faith-based organization committed to an agenda that fosters values consistent with an open and free society, and Dr. Ambrose Carroll, co-founder of the “Green the Church” movement.
May 25 — Removing Barriers to Affordable Healthcare Community Forum, learn how you, your family and neighbors will be affected by proposed reforms in national and state healthcare policy. Thursday, May 25, 7-9 p.m., Taylor Middle School Auditorium, 350 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton, 20186. Sponsored by the Northern Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center, this non-partisan event will feature Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Dr. Bill Hazel Jr. In addition, you’ll gain the perspectives of a diverse panel of local healthcare providers and advocates. For more information contact Chapter president Scott Christian at 540-272-0483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.