- CATHOLIC BIBLICAL ASSOCIATION: Barbara E. Reid, a professor of the New Testament at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will deliver the presidential address, “Luke: Friend of Women or Most Dangerous Book of the Bible?” when the Catholic Biblical Association holds its international meeting Saturday through Tuesday at Xavier University. Reid’s talk will take place at 8:15 p.m. Sunday in the University Center. Scholars from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia are expected to attend the four-day meeting, which offers displays, seminars and presentations keeping with the purpose of the CBA to promote, within a context of faith, scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications and support to those engaged in such studies. For information on the meeting, visit catholicbiblical.org.
ST. BERNARD PROJECT: The Jewish community of Greater New Orleans is organizing a service day on Sunday, Aug. 9, in partnership with St. Bernard Project, to commemorate 10 years of rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina. TikkuNOLAm day will consist of working on several houses throughout Orleans Parish from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with meals and water provided. “Tikkun olam” is a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world.” To sign up to work or to contribute financially, visit www.jewishnola.com/tikkunolam.
INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM: A free Introduction to Basic Judaism course will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn will lead the 20 informal classes, lasting 75 minutes each. The seminar is open to anyone interested in exploring Judaism: interfaith couples, those considering conversion and Jews who are looking for a refresher into the faith of their birth. To register, call the Temple Sinai office at (504) 861-3693.
ARCHDIOCESAN KATRINA COMMEMORATION: Archdiocesan activities to commemorate 10 years since Hurricane Katrina include a focus on the blessing of the past decade. The Office of Communications is starting a hashtag: #Kat10blessings. This is part of a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest in which residents are asked to reflect on the effects of Hurricane Katrina in their own lives and to use the hashtag to share how they have grown from the loss or what “blessings” rose from the waters of the storm. A Parish Service Day will be held in conjunction with New Orleans’ citywide day of service on Saturday, Aug. 29. Church parishes are asked to identify needs at the parish or among parishioners and to invite families and individuals to take action to make a difference in the life of the parish and the lives of their neighbors. There will be a morning prayer and commissioning service and a closing prayer service and reflection questions. A special exhibit will run through Labor Day at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, sponsored by the Office of Archives and Records and the Clarion Herald. The exhibit features photos and sacred objects from Katrina to present day. Winners of the annual High School Student Art Competition also will be on display. An Interfaith Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at St. Louis Cathedral.
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