Events List

Events for January 23, 2013

5280 Knits 4 Peace - Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project Begins

January 23, 2013 6:00pm-7:30pm

Description: Colorado Ballet, using the arts as a springboard to convene an important community conversation about hatred and bigotry, has created Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, a three-month project designed to bring Coloradans together in a united front against indifference and prejudice. It is a broad collaboration that includes local arts organizations, human rights groups, Jewish organizations, churches, schools, universities, GLBT groups, women’s organizations, African American groups, Latino organizations and other institutions that address issues such as hate, bullying, discrimination, genocide, civil rights and equality.

As a community partner, Iliff’s Diversities Program is sponsoring “5280 Knits 4 Peace” in collaboration with Susan McKee’s (MDIV ’09) Women4Women – Knitting4Peace. “5280 Knits 4 Peace” project begins this month and continues to April 17, 2013. 5280 Knits is an inclusiveness project – a way of demonstrating care for our neighbors – and a legacy of The Light Project. The goal is to create 5,280 handmade items; the number signifies the Mile High City. Together, we will generate awareness and create hand-crafted items (knitted, crocheted) for care packages that will be delivered to women, men, teens, children and infants in areas of conflict, poverty, strife or turmoil, in our own neighborhoods and around the world. Colorado & Company (9News) 5280 Knits 4 Peace interview (video)

The Light Project begins with a press conference on Jan. 15, 2013, 11:15 a.m., The Newman Center for the Performing Arts, and runs through Holocaust Remembrance Week, mid-April, 2013. Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock are honorary chairs of The Light Project.

5280 Knits 4 Peace formally launches, Wednesday, Jan. 23. 9News Colorado & Company interviewed Susan McKee and Celeste Jackson on Friday, Jan. 25. View the interview.

Date: Jan. 23-April 17, 2013

Iliff projects, as a community partner of The Light Project:

  • 5280 Knits 4 Peace with Denver Public Library and Susan McKee’s (MDIV ’09) Women4Women – Knitting4Peace. Click to download patterns for supporting the project. 5280 Knits 4 Peace begins, Jan. 23. Completed items, ready for distribution, can be dropped off at Iliff’s front desk or to: Attn.: 5280 Knits 4 Peace, PHCC (Park Hill Congregational Church), 2600 Leyden St., Denver, CO 80207
  • Etched in Memory: The Graphic Art of the Holocaust – An exhibit of prints from the collection of Arthur Gilbert, Jan. 13-March 10, Mizel Arts & Culture Center at the JCC, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. The exhibit is an act of remembrance of the millions of Jews and others who died at the hands of Nazi killers. The etchings are compelling, authentic, and masterfully rendered. In a sense, we are all Holocaust survivors. The artists who created the dark and fearsome work in this show were not survivors in the literal sense, but they had to memorialize through their artistic visions a sense of common humanity and common sorrow, a link to the years when innocent people died for no reason. It is the hope of the exhibit that we will be joined in our understanding of this terrible story and to remember that genocide is still with us in our time.
  • Social Change Praxis: Ethical and Sustainable International Development, Friday, Feb. 15, 1-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Join us for a weekend learning opportunity on social change led by Jenny Whitcher, PhD., director of the Master of Social Change Program.

Location: Iliff School of Theology, Great Hall, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210

Info/Contact: Diversities and Justice & Peace Programs are coordinating Iliff's participation in Light/The Holocaust Project: M. Celeste Jackson, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 303-765-3119

Iliff on the Road: Creating Change Conference, Atlanta, GA

January 23, 2013 10:29am-10:29am

Description: Iliff is hosting an information table at the Creating Change Conference, an annual organizing and skills-building event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their allies.

The conference is run by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and attracts more than 3,500 people from all over the country every year. Presenters and participants come from all walks of life and include members of the business community, elected officials, students, faith leaders and staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations.

The five-day program features over 350 workshops and training sessions, four plenary sessions, and numerous networking opportunities.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23-27, 2013

Location: Atlanta, GA

Info/Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Conference website:

Worship Service: Witness Against the Culture of Violence

January 23, 2013 7:00pm-3:37pm

Description: As an affirmation of Christian Unity Week, witnessing against the violence that has permeated all aspects of our society, University Park United Methodist Church will host a worship service. Sponsored by University Park UMC, Most Precious Blood Roman Catholic, Kirk of Bonnie Brae, Mountain View Friends, and Hillcrest Reformed. While this is a Christian focused service, it is open to the public. Members of other traditions will find it of value as together we unite as witnesses for non-violence.

The following is a statement that will be at the worship service for people to sign:

A Statement of Witness Against the Culture of Violence within Our Society

In the last year our nation has again experienced many violent tragedies. While we are shocked when such events occur, but we are no longer surprised that they do happen. Our hearts are with all who have suffered as a result of these events. While tears, prayers, and many other means of support are important, there is another kind of tragedy which occurs if nothing changes. We urge lawmakers and others in positions of influence to be bold and sensitive in addressing issues related to the violence. We ask that you support moves to putting severe restrictions on the purchasing and possessing of assault weapons, and also to support improved mental health care. Together, let us join in the efforts to build communities of peace.

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 7 p.m.

Location: University Park UMC, 2180 S. University, Denver 80210