City on A Hill Forum: A Town Hall Envisioning a More Unified Society
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

City on A Hill Forum: A Town Hall Envisioning a More Unified Society

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The City on a Hill Forum will a town hall format. The salient question of the evening is this: What does it mean to be an “integrated person” in an increasingly racial and ethnic diverse society?

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. casted a vision for an integrated society. We have come a long way since the “I Have A Dream Speech.” And, we still have more work toward a harmonized society along racial and ethnic lines.

As with the church of the 1960s, the contemporary faith community has an opportunity to pick up where King left off with the next level vision. What is that vision? Perhaps, we need to think about “integrated people” rather than merely an “integrated society” (as important as that is).  

The goal of the City on a Hill Town Hall is to facilitate an evening of meaningful conversation with the audience (Town Hall style) as participant from the onset of the event.

This will be an interesting and meaningful conversation, envisioning a positive and unified future of America.

We look forward to your being a part of this important conversation!

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The URC Presents the SPC Clergy Summit on the Opioid Epidemic
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

The URC Presents the SPC Clergy Summit on the Opioid Epidemic

SPC Clergy Summit on the Drug Epidemic

Friday, September 21, 2018 at 10am–12 noon at First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk; 820 Colonial Ave; Norfolk, Virginia 23507. Lunch will follow. The Summit is free; we are asking for a $10 donation for lunch. 

* The SPC summit is also in partnership with Hands United Building Bridges (an interfaith coalition). Clergy from all faith traditions is invited to attend.

We hope to see you Friday, September 21, 2018 at 10am! 

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Project Makeover
Aug
17
to Aug 19

Project Makeover

Project Makeover Hampton Roads

August 17–19, 2018

The Urban Renewal Center is partnering with the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, and tHRive Young Professionals to host Project Makeover Hampton Roads Its purpose is to create a more dynamic learning environment for elementary school students in Hampton Roads. We plan to accomplish this goal by refurbishing one elementary school each year and we need your help to do it! 

On August 17-19, we will bring together more than 200 volunteers to makeover Jacox Elementary School in Norfolk, VA. Volunteers will have the opportunity to create a lasting impact at Jacox through various projects including landscaping, painting indoor and outdoor murals, revamping the school library, and revitalizing the school playground. 

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The URC's Annual Elementary School Uniform Drive
Aug
2
11:00 AM11:00

The URC's Annual Elementary School Uniform Drive

Participate in the URC's Back-to-School Uniform Drive!

Research shows that, among other things, when children are properly groomed, they have a better chance at academic success. As part of the Urban Renewal Center's effort to help children succeed, we are raising support for uniforms for some of Norfolk's elementary school children. Some parents are simply not able to meet the demands of life and adequately support their children's best education at the same time. What great privilege to support the community in a small way that will make a big impact! 

Will you help us? Click the DONATE Button to support our cause!

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Dig into the Bible Classes
Jun
14
to Aug 16

Dig into the Bible Classes

All classes will be on Thursday evenings 6pm-8pm. 

Mark your calendars!

This summer Dr. Antipas Harris will teach two 4-week courses to help us “dig in to” the Word. The first course, "Old Testament Survey," will be held June 14, 21 & July 5, 12.

The second course, "Biblical Interpretation," will run July 26 and August 2, 9, 16. Sign up below to attend one or both of these summer free seminar-style courses!

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May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Open House at the URC!

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Everyone is welcome to hear about exciting opportunities to plug in and make a difference in Norfolk, through initiatives at the URC!

Meet us at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6pm. Current volunteers will share their stories, community partners will talk about the IMPACT of our strategic partnership with their organizations, and there will be volunteer stations for you to sign up to join the URC IMPACT Team!

I hope to see you May 2nd at 6pm!

Peace~

Dr. Antipas

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Come hear about how to join the URC IMPACT TEAM!

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Gender Talk: Where are the Boundaries?
Feb
11
11:00 AM11:00

Gender Talk: Where are the Boundaries?

  • First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk (map)
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There is no denying that the nation is changing as the world is changing. This mean the church and religious life as well as the workplace is changing. An influx of concerns related to diversity, including race and gender matters are filling the news. The church must not turn a deaf ear to these issues. Now is an important time for the church to create space for frank conversations about the situation of race and gender in America.

The Urban Renewal Center will host a new three-part Adult Education Seminar on Diversity in America. The topic for the February class will be "Gender Talk Where are the Boundaries?" This panel-style seminar will focus on the issue of gender inequality and the abuse continuum expressed by the national #metoo movement. By the end of the class, those who attend will have a better understanding of the blight of abused women and a Christian vision for gender equality.

Join us Sunday, February 11th at 11am, Sunday, February 18th at 11am and March 4th at 11am at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk in First Hall. Each class will only last one hour. We will end each session at 12 noon. The class will be a live podcast recording.

Some of the panelists are Jen Hatzung, Hunter Johnston, Jennifer Valentine, Rev. Dr. Ella Thompson, Rev. Valena Hoy, Dr. Kimberly Alexander, and Brittany Szkaradnik.

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The IMPACT Homework Club Interest Meeting
Jan
9
4:00 PM16:00

The IMPACT Homework Club Interest Meeting

If you missed the first IMPACT Homework Club Interest meetings, don't fret. There is another one coming! Come learn about how to get involved as a tutor for the IMPACT Homework Club to help Norfolk 2nd graders succeed. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2017 at 4:00pm at Vessel Craft Coffee at Selden Market; 215 E. Plume St.; Norfolk, VA 23510

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Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

The URC Book Club

The Urban Renewal Center would like to invite you to join us for the next Fall Book Club meeting! We are reading and discussing a perspective from Ta-Nehisi Coates..   

The second book club meeting with be Wednesday, November 29th at 6pm EST. The meeting will be held at the First Lutheran Church of Norfolk; 1301 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517.

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The URC Book Club
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

The URC Book Club

The Urban Renewal Center would like to invite you to join us for the Fall Book Club! In light of the national crises surrounding the situation of race and racism in America, we will be reading a perspective from Ta-Nehisi Coates and then discussing the book from a Christian perspective.   

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