- Michael & his background
- How music is central in both traditional and modern Jewish worship services and life cycle events (i.e. weddings & bar mitzvahs)
- A quick tour through the role of Jews in the American music industry
Our free “Write Christmas” holiday writing workshop returns Dec. 13 for its 6th year!
Write down all those holiday memories for sharing with family members … or simply for your own enjoyment.
Rev. Judy Davis again leads this popular free workshop, which helps participants capture seasonal thoughts and ideas on paper, notebook, laptop … whatever you wish to use.
Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m., followed by our workshop at 7 p.m.
There is no cost to attend, and ALL are welcome. Donations of canned goods for the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Food Closet are gratefully accepted at the door.
Questions? E-mail [email protected].
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 15 for our next storytelling evening. We will hear from Peter Baird on his recent travels to Guatemala to lead a music workshop entitled “Music that Inspires & Liberates” (“Música que Inspira y Libera”). This trip was sponsored by the Sacramento Presbytery, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and The Gathering.
In Guatemala, Peter partnered with Rev. Osmundo Ponce and the Presbytery of Suchitepéquez (Presbiterio de Suchitepéquez). Hear stories about his journey and those he met along the way–there will be a lot of pictures and music to accompany the program.
A DIY-style taco dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. As with all of our events, this is FREE and will be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church (5625 24th Street, Sacramento).
People of ALL ages are invited to a singalong concert at Bethany Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30. This event, sponsored by The Gathering, will be led by Annie Patterson & Peter Blood of Rise Up and Sing, a series of songbooks reflecting a commitment to peace and justice.
Join Annie and Peter for another terrific singalong concert this evening in Sacramento. This is a great opportunity to experience hope and solidarity and community together in these challenging times! We had a sellout crowd three years ago at our Rise Again release concert in Sacramento.
You can buy tickets here or at the night of the concert for a suggested donation of $15-20 for adults, $5 for those under 18. All are welcome regardless of singing experience or skill! No one turned away for lack of funds.
Join The Gathering for the 2nd annual showing of original art and favorite things
Do you draw? Paint? Quilt? Sculpt? Take pictures? Do you have a collection of things that others might like to see? Be thinking of what you can put on display at the art show presented by The Gathering on Sunday, October 14, 12-5 p.m. in the Bethany Social Hall.
We’ll be looking for needlework, paintings, sketches, photos, sculpture, collage/mixed media, poetry and more!
Entering is easy. Just fill out this form (or download it here) by Oct. 1 so that we can plan accordingly. Items for the show must be delivered Saturday, Oct. 13 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., to the hall at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5625 24th Street, Sacramento (about a mile south of City College).
There’s no cost to enter the show, and there’s no judging. This is a free show, and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Those submitting art/collections will be given invitation postcards to send to friends and family.
Ever wake up from the craziest dream and wonder what it all means, and even more, how God might be speaking to you through your dreams? Join the crowd!
Join us on Thursday, July 19 at Bethany Presbyterian Church and welcome Dr. James Goss, Professor Emeritus, as he presents Dreams: A Path to Soul-Making. He will speak about dreams and their implications. Dr. Goss taught in the Religious Studies Department ad California State University, Northridge for over thirty years. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, was a member of the Jesus Seminar, and advocates Process Theology. His areas of interest are New Testament, theology, religious themes in American literature, and dreams. He has been working with dreams for over forty years, and believes dreams are one of the ways communicates to help people heal and grow. He is a member of the Davis Community Church, where he teachers Bible and theology classes, and will be leading a dream work group in August.
A free spaghetti dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m. with an introduction from Rev. Judy Davis, Director of the Gathering, followed by music led by Peter Baird, and Dr. Goss’ presentation. To conclude, Dr. Goss will lead a Q & A session, so get your questions ready!
As always, this event is FREE and all are welcome!
On Wednesday, Apr. 25, The Gathering will present “Let Me Tell You a Story: Four Faiths.”
Join us for this powerful & harmonious evening! We will hear from people of four different faiths: Islam, Sikhism, Judaism, and Christianity. What makes us different? What makes us similar? How can people put aside religious differences to find common ground as human beings?
Meat our speakers:
- Imdadulla Imdad: Muslim, from Afghanistan. The Imdad family recently arrived in Sacramento as a refugee family, with the aid of World Relief Sacramento & Bethany Presbyterian Church.
- Dr. Gurtej Singh Cheema: Sikh, a medical doctor
- Michael Hirscher: In the Reformed Jewish congregation B’nai Israel in Sacramento
- Joy & Peter Baird: Christian, members of Bethany Presbyterian Church
This event takes place in the Social Hall at Bethany Presbyterian Church. A FREE dinner will be served at 6 p.m. (meat & vegetarian options available), followed by storytelling at 7 p.m.
As with all events for The Gathering, this event is FREE and open to all!
Please join us for a new workshop: “The Healing Arts of Storytelling & Listening.” By sharing our stories and listening to one another, we discover our shared humanity. Through this telling and listening, we can discover effective ways of creating connection, community, and caring for each other. We will each select a story from our experience, learn how writing helps in forming our telling, and practice supportive listening.
- Mary McGrath – Oracle Award Nominee, National Storytelling Network
- Rev. Judy Davis – Director of The Gathering
- Rev. Karene Piccolo – Conscious Community
- Saturday, March 24 / 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Bethany Presbyterian Church (Social Hall) – 5625 24th St., Sacramento 95822
- Suggested donation: $10 – $20 (includes materials), scholarships available
- Bring a sacked lunch (drinks & dessert provided)
- Wear comfortable clothes appropriate for moving exercises
- Pre-register: e-mail [email protected]
Former Gathering speaker Dr. Lisa R. Pruitt to be featured in documentary
“The Uncondemned” tells the story of a group of international lawyers – including former Gathering speaker Dr. Lisa R. Pruitt – and activists who fought to make rape a war crime, and the Rwandan women who came forward to testify. Learn more about the documentary here.
There will be a FREE screening of the documentary THIS SATURDAY (JAN. 27) at 2 p.m., at Pacific-McGeorge Law School, Room E (3285 5th Ave., Sacramento) – click here for a campus map.
Q & A with Dr. Pruitt to follow!
Back in September 2017, we heard from four Japanese-Americans who were interned during WWII. One of these speakers was Reiko Nagumo, who was raised in Hollywood, CA and later relocated to Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming.
On Dec. 8, 1941, Reiko and her best friend, Mary Frances, were both in the third grade in Hollywood when Mary Frances’s mom said they could no longer play because Reiko was Japanese. In spite of this, the girls continued to be best friends and when Reiko returned from her internment in Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Mary Frances was the first to hug her on her first day back at school. Reiko lost track of Mary Frances and has told everyone that she has been searching for her friend for 70 plus years.
Eventually, someone heard of Reiko’s long search to find her friend and amazingly, Mary Frances was found in Virginia! Hear Reiko’s story and see her heartwarming reunion with Mary Frances on the series “We’ll Meet Again” on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. on PBS (channel 6 in the Sacramento Area).