On May 14, 2015, an group of more than 125 eminent Buddhist leaders gathered at the White House, including Shinge Roshi of The Zen Studies Society and Zen Center of Syracuse. The theme of this historic meeting was “Bringing Our Voices to the Public Square and Compassionate Action to Our Communities”.
The two statements printed below represent the position of 68 signees of the White House—U.S. Buddhist Leadership Conference.
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2015 marks 70 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We must never let such disasters happen again!
The Peace Walkers are walking across the U.S. to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York City. They are visiting many Native communities which are affected by contamination from nuclear activity. Read more »
The Zen Center of Syracuse, along with Unity Church of Syracuse and South Valley Presbyterian Church, are co-sponsoring the Pride Interfaith Service. Please join us for this special event on the lawn of Unity Church for prayer, song, reflection, and celebration.
The Zen Center is one of the sponsors of the following Haudenosaunee conference. We hope that you can attend and engage in this important dialogue.
From initial contact over 520 years ago, Indigenous leaders have brought into discussion the insidious role that Christianity has played in colonization and environmental destruction. Over the last several decades the Doctrine of Christian Discovery has been seen not only in historical and contemporary subjugation of indigenous human rights and land rights, but also in the ongoing devastation of the environment we all share. Read more »
Did you know that more than 5 million kids die annually from hunger, malnutrition, and hunger-related illnesses? Or that the nation’s most severe hunger-related problems exist right here in New York State? Read more »
Meditators are welcome to join this sit-in at the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge in Rochester. Plastic inflatable cushions and mats will be provided; feel free to bring your favorite gear for meditations and/or signage. Those who are interested in this issue but have no experience meditating are welcome to join in silent witness, attention, and sending healing to this dear river, the 32nd most polluted in the nation. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community partner ACTS hosts their second Community Forum. The focus of the evening will be transportation issues, and Sangha member Fugan Sam Gorden is featured as a speaker. For more information about these events, please visit the ACTS Moving People Coalition. Read more »
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is November 16-24. The Rescue Mission and Round Table of Faith Leaders are organizing the CNY Premiere of @home, a documentary on homelessness in America. Mark Horvath, the catalyst for the film, Binghamton native, and Founder of Invisible People, will be at the premiere and take part in a panel discussion following the film. Read more »
At least 4 volunteers are needed to attend the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) Public Action meeting on Sunday. Hoen-ji is a member of ACTS, a faith-based group advocating for social justice issues in Syracuse. The Public Action meeting will invite current politicians and political candidates, questioning them about their commitment to the following issues:
1) Universal pre-K for all children in Syracuse Read more »