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January 5, 2023: Grab you Calendars Please: Announcing important events

Updated: Jan 6

Friday, January 5, 2023: Grab you Calendars Please:

Announcing important events

Tomorrow -- Saturday, January 6th: Join John Dear and Jonathan Eig for a discussion aboiut Martin Luther King Jr. Here's John's announcement:

I’m excited to begin the new year with a special zoom presentation this Saturday, January 6th, with best-selling author Jonathan Eig about his massive new biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. called King: A Life. I suppose one could call Jonathan the world’s leading expert on Dr. King. I hope all those interested in Dr. King’s life and creative nonviolence, and the lessons we can learn from him as we begin this tumultuous year will join us!

I’ve been reflecting these days about Dr. King’s sermon a few months before he died when he called us to be “drum majors” for justice and peace. He said that’s what he wanted to do with his life. “I just want to leave a committed life behind,” he concluded.

To register, visit

The program will begin 11am Pacific/ 12pm Mountain/ 1pm Central/ 2pm Eastern time. You will receive the zoom link a few days beforehand, so be on the lookout!, and a recording link afterwards. If you have questions, email Kassandra at

Scholarships are available.

See you then! Happy new year!-- Fr. John

PS. Next week, I begin my 5 month, 65 city book tour for my new book, The Gospel of Peace: Reading Matthew, Mark, and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence, with events in Monterey and Marin, CA. Check out the schedule and get a discount copy by calling Orbis at 1-800-258-5838 or go to and use code “JDT.” And please post a review on, too! See you on the Way!

Ceasefire Action in Sacramento!

(Photo by JoAnn Consiglieri)

Updated on: January 3, 2024 / 4:58 PM PST / CBS Sacramento

Protesters including several members of Emmaus demonstrated for a ceasefire in Gaza inside the California State Capitol in Sacramento, where they disrupted the Assembly session.

"As Jews, as elders, as US taxpayers, this is not OK," protester Penny Rosenwasser said. "This is funding genocide."

(Photo by JoAnn Consiglieri)

"Every day [the California Assembly] were on break, people died," protester Meital Yaniv said. "Today is the day that they're back so today is the day we come back to demand a ceasefire."

In a statement to CBS News Sacramento, the protesters said that they wanted to disrupt business at the capitol but planned to remain peaceful.

The protesters say they are a coalition that includes rabbis and children of Holocaust survivors, Israeli Americans and teachers. The same group protested at Oakland's federal building in mid-November.

"There's no way it can be safe there for Jews as long as there's an occupation that's suppressing another people," Rosenwasser said. "The only safety for Jews is in solidarity with all peoples."

The Gaza Strip is roughly 1.5 times the size of Sacramento and is one of the most densely populated regions in the world. Since the war started, as many as 85 percent of Gaza's population has been displaced, with people forced to stay in shelters and camps.

The war began 86 days ago, after Hamas fighters attacked southern Israel, killing 1,200 people and taking 240 people hostage. Since then, the health ministry in the Gaza, a Hamas-ruled territory, claims Israel has killed 22,000 people, with 2/3 of those being women and children.

EMMAUS Movie Afternoon

Monday, January 8th at 2pm -

Let's watch MAESTRO! at Nancy and Bob’s

Seating is limited to 14. So RSVP soon!

The discussion will be wonderful.

Please bring a snack or finger food to share...

RSVP to Nancy using her email:

Excellent article about Leonard Bernstein's life:

And here's a brief video to provide some background for the film:

Leonard Bernstein and the film Maestro: from Sunday Morning in CBS News

Here’s the link:

The new film "Maestro" tells the complicated love story between composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein and his wife, actress Felicia Montealegre. Correspondent Mo Rocca talks with Bradley Cooper, the movie's star, co-writer, producer and director, about playing one of the most charismatic and controversial musical figures of the 20th century. He also talks with Bernstein's children (Jamie Bernstein, Nina Bernstein Simmons, and Alexander Bernstein) about the life and legacy of their father being brought to the screen.

Participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service by joining your community for a creek cleanup. All ages are welcome!

17th Annual Piner Creek Cleanup Monday, January 15⋅1:00 – 3:00pm Date: Monday, Jan. 15, 2024 Time: 1-3 p.m. Location: Piner Creek (3215 Coffey Ln., Santa Rosa) Meet at Piner Creek near 3215 Coffey Lane

  • Use on-street parking along Bluebell Drive

  • Wear close-toed shoes and appropriate outdoor work attire

  • Gloves, bags, trash pickers are provided

  • Heavy rain will cancel the event

Questions? Email us at or call 707-543-3845.

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