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Urban Action 10/3

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Series highlights Christian-Muslim dialogue

The Commission on Muslim Christian Relations and the Muslim Catholic Alliance presents "Christianity and Islam: A Dialogue between Perspectives," a series of discussions beginning on Wednesday, October 3, with "The Bible and the Quran." The discussion will be led by Paul Hammer and Shalahudin Kafrawi, and held at the Islamic Center of Rochester, 727 Westfall Road. There will be three more events in October. Information:

Meet the candidates nights

The Rochester Greek Letter Coalition sponsors two "Meet the Candidates" forums. Candidates for city, county, state, and national offices have been invited. The first forum is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams Street. The second is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, at First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Street.

Talk on 2012 election issues

The Downtown Presbyterian Church presents a talk by former New York Times writer David Cay Johnston at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, October 7. Johnston will talk about the 2012 elections, federal budget, and the stimulus vs. austerity. The talk is at 121 North Fitzhugh Street.

Lecture on farmworker rights

SUNY Geneseo hosts "Sowing the Seeds of Justice: Farmworker Struggle for Human Rights in New York and Beyond," a talk by Librada Paz at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3. Paz talks about social justice and environmental sustainability, and is among a group of activists pushing for an alternative food production system in the US. Her talk is in Newton Hall.

Workshops for homeless

Rochester Greenovation holds "Tiny Homes for the Homeless," a 10-part workshop that demonstrates how to build homes cheaply with discarded material. The workshops, which cover everything from design to insulation, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. starting on Saturday, October 6. For location, a complete schedule, and registration call 288-7564 or

Ministry Fair Day

The Faith in Action Network presents the "2012 Ministry Fair Day" from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 4. Some of the topics are "Interfaith Relations: What's Happening in Rochester," "Dignified Burial of the Poor in Rochester," and "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Religion and Politics." The event is at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 1400 Westfall Road. Information: 254-2570.

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