Global Citizen’s Bridge Walk for Peace

Tuesday, April 4
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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Join members of the faith and service community to commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a sunrise walk across the Ben Franklin Bridge, followed by coffee and a discussion around race relations in our community.

The discussion following the walk will take place at Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church, 235 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA between 7:30 – 8 AM. Refreshments will be served.


Exhibition: Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq

Exhibition Opening Saturday, April 8
Penn Museum – University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology

Considers What is at Stake When Cultural Heritage is Destroyed in War-torn Region – Press Release

11:00am April 8: A Special Celebration—free with Museum general admission—of Syrian and Iraqi culture, including regional folk music, talks, and more..

April 4 – 6: International Conference On the Preservation of Cultural Heritage During Armed Conflict at the Museum

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What is really at stake? Why does it matter? What is the human story that accompanies this unprecedented loss? And what is being done to prevent further loss of the material culture, vast human history, and diverse cultural identities in the region of the world long known as the “cradle of civilization”?

Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq, a new special exhibition at the Penn Museum opening April 8, considers these questions. Developed in conjunction with the Museum’s Penn Cultural Heritage Center, the exhibition explores the rich cultural heritage, human diversity, and achievements—as well as the movements and displacements of people and objects caught in the crossfire—through more than 50 objects from the Museum’s exceptional Near East and Mediterranean collections.

The exhibition surveys the cultural diversity of the region through the millennia, where Arabs, Kurds, Arameans, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Turkmens, Sunnis, Shias, Druze, Ismailis, Christians, Jews, and Yazidis are among the many peoples with unique histories and claims for the preservation of their heritage.

Philadelphia March for Science

April 22, 2017 (EARTH DAY)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: TBD

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“The March for Science demonstrates our passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists. The incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by the support of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.”

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Dialogue Across Difference: Creating Compassion to Bridge the Divide

Saturday, May 6, 2017
9:30 am-2:30 pm
Temple University main campus (Philadelphia)

$40 ($20 for students), includes lunch (sliding scale discount available)

In the wake of this year’s Presidential election, courage is needed to address and reduce conflict and hostility. How do we create compassion when tensions have so divided people in the public square?

This workshop, facilitated by DI Executive Director Rebecca Mays, will help address that question, inviting you to develop your own dialogue skills and capacity for compassion in engaging others across deep difference. We will explore basic principles and techniques of dialogue and nonviolent communication, and practice tools for dealing with polarization and prejudice in our own unique contexts.

May 2017 dialogue workshop flier

Space is limited so be sure to reserve your spot early! REGISTER HERE

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