Event Calendar


“Border Crossings”
An evening of stories

Sunday 3 Dec, 6.30pm at The Other Side, Utica
2011 Genesee Street

This evening brings together four people from a range of backgrounds who now live in the Utica area. They will share stories about how they have navigated various borders: from political borders to borders established by gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, and language. Within each of these stories, the place of faith becomes a vital element in these transitions.

The gathering is hosted by the Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica, and will be emceed by Brent Plate of Hamilton College. Free and open to the public.

Storytellers include

Sabur Abdul-Salaam, who has served for many years as a Muslim chaplain in the Central New York prison system. He’ll talk about his spiritual journey, including his conversion to Islam, in part through the influence of Malcolm X.

Jill Farnham-Us will tell the story of becoming fully aware of herself as a scientist, activist, and lesbian clergy through the personal connections those considered “outsiders,” including years of work with persons living with HIV/AIDS and with LGBT Christians.

Hon Moon of Utica College and Tabernacle Baptist church

Jackie Rodriguez of Hamilton College will share about her year in Israel and London, working with interfaith groups.


3nd Annual Peace Carol
Soldiers & Sailors Monument
Oneida Square, Utica
December 11th @ 4:00pm

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica is sponsoring a Peace Carol in Commemoration of the 1914 Christmas Eve Peace Truce of WWI, when German troops along with French and British infantry men on the western front, heard each other singing carols and came out of their foxholes to sing together and share pictures and stories of their loved ones back home.
Rev. Eve Stevens, church minister, said “Lately we’ve heard a lot of rhetoric about what divides us and we’ve heard a lot of talk about how we should fear people who are different than we are. The Christmas Truce is an example of a moment in history when people realized how powerful our shared humanity can be. Our prayer is that by coming together as people of different faiths and cultures to experience the beauty and strength found in our shared humanity, we will find our shared humanity more potent than our fear.”
Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas come and join others from across our community at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Oneida Square, Utica, to sing songs that celebrate the strength of the human spirit in our quest for; Peace On Earth Through Good Will Toward All.

Please bring songs of light and joy that we can sing together. Bring a flashlight.
Media Welcome — Contact: Debra Hagenbuch 315-865-6332

“Committing to Racial Justice:

A Dialogue Series on

Whiteness and Anti-Racism.”

Are you confused and concerned about the state of racism in our society?

Would you like to examine your privilege and learn how to better confront racism?

Hamilton Friends Meeting (Quakers) will be hosting a three session dialogue series on white privilege and anti-racism.

Through these sessions, we are inviting community members to meet and examine white racial identity, reflect on white privilege, educate ourselves about institutional racism, learn how to be allies to people of color, and hopefully mobilize each other to action.

The sessions will be moderated by Suzanne B. Spring (Director of the Office of Undergraduate Studies at Colgate, Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator on whiteness and racism) and Ryan Solomon (Assistant Professor in Writing and Rhetoric at Colgate).

Everyone who wishes to explore their own privilege is welcome, but space is limited. Moreover, because of the sensitive nature of conversations about race and the known benefits of engaging in sustained dialogue on race, we are asking participants to commit to all three sessions. The dates and times for the dialogue sessions are:

  1. Wed Dec. 6: 7 – 9:30 pm
  2. Wed Jan 10: 7 – 9:30 pm
  3. Wed Feb 7: 7 – 9:30 pm

All the sessions will take place at the St. Thomas Church Hall.

12 1/2 Madison St
Hamilton, NY

If you are interested in registering, you can use the linked Google form below or you can contact John Bailey at john.bailey50@gmail.com

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