MLK DreamWeek to feature several community events

DreamWeek is an entire week of events that take place at venues throughout San Antonio. DreamWeek was founded to express Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of tolerance, equality, and diversity by creating dialogue across cultures and communities. This year, there will be over 200 events around San Antonio that allow diverse groups to engage in discussion on aspects of MLK’s vision.

The Community Relations Council (CRC) of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio is encouraging “CommUNITY” throughout our entire Jewish Community for Martin Luther King Day this year. In that spirit, JFSA offers three separate events to participate in:

SUNDAY, JAN. 12, 4 p.m.

The SoL Center, 300 Bushnell Ave.

The first event is part of San Antonio’s DreamWeek. The CRC is partnering with the Source of Light (SoL) Center and the City of San Antonio’s Faith-Based Initiative to have an in-depth discussion entitled: Religion and Violence: It’s Complicated. The event takes place from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm on Sunday, January 12. This event will explore misconceptions, facts, and possibilities for peace and justice around the topic of religion and violence.

Panelists include: Roger C. Barnes, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, University of the Incarnate Word; Sajida Jalalzai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Religion Department, Trinity University; Simran Jeet Singh, Ph.D., Visiting Professor at Union Seminary (New York City, NY) and Host of Spirited; Derick Wilson, D.Phil., Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, St. Philip’s College; Reader Emeritus in Education and Restorative Practices, Ulster University (Northern Ireland)

The event will begin with a short reception running from 4:00-4:30 pm. The discussion will run from 4:30-6:30 pm

For more information about this and all the DreamWeek events, click here: http://dreamweek.org/events/

SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, 227 Woodlawn Ave.

The CRC, along with the MLK Commission of San Antonio and several other faith groups, is hosting the 33rd Annual City-wide Interfaith Worship Service to be held at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, 227 Woodlawn Ave. The guest speaker is Dr. Addie Lorraine Walker, SSND, PhD.

Dr. Walker is Director of the Sankofa Institute for African American Pastoral Leadership at the Oblate School of Theology. Diverse religious groups from across our Community will be participating in the service. The Temple Beth-El Sisterhood and Brotherhood are sponsoring desserts for the reception. All are welcome to attend.

MONDAY, JAN. 20 – CommUNITY MLK March

10:00 am (transportation times vary)

The signature event, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March, is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20. San Antonio hosts the largest March in the nation, with approximately 300,000 participants expected.  The CRC is organizing our ENTIRE Jewish Community, regardless of congregational affiliation, to march together under a single banner.

Participants should meet at the Eastside Boys & Girls Club (3503 Martin Luther King Dr.) at 9 a.m. and the March will begin at 10 a.m. The March is 2.75 miles and starts at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, travels up Martin Luther King Drive, and ends at Pittman Sullivan Park, all on the City’s historic East Side. To maintain the spirit of the March and for the safety of participants, motorcycles, cars and other motor vehicles are not allowed in the March procession.

HOW TO GET TO THE MARCH

To get to the March, you can take the VIA Park and Ride available at the Freeman Coliseum or St. Philips College (https://www.viainfo.net/2019/01/14/mlk2019/).

In addition, Temple Chai is sponsoring a bus, open to the Community and generously underwritten by Dr. Christine Vidouria. The bus will leave from Temple Chai – 15316 Huebner Road. Plan to arrive by 7:45 a.m. The bus will leave by 8:00 AM. You must register in advance at this link: https://www.templechaisa.org/mlk.

Temple Beth-El will also be sponsoring a bus for Temple Beth-El members. For more information, contact Geri Gregory, geri@beth-elsa.org.

For more information about any of these events, please contact Lisa Epstein, Director of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio: epsteinl@jfsatx.org.