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September 2020

Class: Fundamentals of Buddhism I with Chris Montone

September 26 @ 8:00 am - October 3 @ 5:00 pm
Zoom, 3520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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$90

What did the Buddha actually teach? The earliest teachings of the Buddha presented a schema for understanding why there is suffering, how it manifests, the role that ego plays in perpetuating it, and the way out—the path to enlightenment. In this two-part offering (Sep. 26 & Oct. 3), we'll explore what Shakyamuni Buddha actually taught in the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, commonly referred to as the "Hinayana" teachings. Together we'll survey the principal teachings, with references to the sutras (original written…

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October 2020

Nonviolence: A Strategic and Moral Compass in Extraordinary Times

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Grievance and deprivation, perceived or real, tempt groups into violent behavior. Rapid change, social upheaval, and uncertainty make violent expressions of social discontent even more likely. It is in those moments that we are called to demonstrate a heightened sense of restraint and sound judgment. It is in those moments that nonviolence presents as a timely and timeless concept for contemporary societies. And yet, while few would disagree about the virtue of nonviolence, a similarly firm belief and understanding about its power, strategy,…

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Why Scientists Need to Talk About Religion to Address Race and Gender Disparities in Science

October 5 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

In this lecture, three of the authors of "Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion" (Oxford University Press 2019), Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R. Johnson, and Brandon Vaidyanathan, will discuss core findings from the largest and most comprehensive international study of scientists' attitudes toward religion, gender, and ethics ever undertaken, including a survey of 20,000 scientists and in-depth interviews with over 600 of them. The speakers will explore ways that scientists can engage with and…

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Faculties’ Convocation on Anti-Racist Theology and Teaching

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

The Academic Deans of the Washington Theological Consortium Schools invite all faculty members and program directors of WTC schools and institutions  to join us for this Virtual Faculties’ Convocation during this time of racial reckoning for our schools and faith communities. The Webinar will be from 7:00-8:45 on Monday, October 5, and the theme will be: “Toward Anti-Racist Theology and Practice: Transforming our Teaching” with Dr. Eric Williams Dr. Williams is the Curator of Religion for the Smithsonian National Museum of…

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Going & Growing Through the Pandemics: Health, Hope & Help for Leaders

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Faith-Based Development Initiative presents "Going & Growing Through the Pandemics: Health, Hope & Help for Leaders" on Thursday, October 15 from 10 am to 1 pm. This webinar is designed specifically to support faith leaders, as part of a larger webinar series called "Feeding Faith Leaders with Community Fervor." Keynote speakers include  -- Reverend Erica St. Bernard, M.A., LCMFT; Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family; Therapist, Your Life's Well, LLC, Bowie, MD -- Rev. Dr. Kendrick Curry, Senior Pastor, Pennsylvania…

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30 Days with King David

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Rumi Forum is proud to announce the book talk, Thirty Days With King David, by pastor, educator and leadership coach Larry Buxton.  King David ranks among the world’s greatest heroes for defeating Goliath and for preaching Psalms. He is honored by Jews, Christians and Muslims. In turbulent times, he united a nation—and his hard-earned wisdom can bring us together today. In this book, pastor, educator and leadership coach Larry Buxton shows us how David embodies 14 crucial values shared by effective leaders…

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