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Lecture on how religious traditions can help political process

Randi Rashkover — associate professor of religious studies, director of Judaic studies, and director of graduate studies at George Mason University — will present a picture of Jewish and Christian comparative learning.

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How can our religious traditions help repair the health of our civil discourse? How can we garner the wisdom of our Jewish and Christian traditions to guide us in restoring a rational and judicious political process? Randi Rashkover — associate professor of religious studies, director of Judaic studies, and director of graduate studies at George Mason University — will present a picture of Jewish and Christian comparative learning at Union Presbyterian Seminary’s Dawe Lecture March 23, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., 1106 Westwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Currently, much of American society is awash with anxiety. Democrats and Republicans alike sit on the edge of their seats waiting and wondering what Donald Trump will do in the first 100 days of his presidential term,” said Dr. Rashkover. “Arguably, much of this anxiety is rooted in the current breakdown in civil discourse as rhetoric overrides reason in social media news feeds. In this vacuum, sentiment and prejudice thrive at the expense of a vibrant discourse of rights and the democratic processes needed to properly care for the needs of all members of our society.”

Dr. Rashkover’s area of expertise includes Jewish philosophy, Jewish-Christian theological relations, and Jewish political thought. Her articles have appeared in journals including, “Modern Theology,” “The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy,” and “The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning.” Together with professors Peter Ochs and Stanley Hauerwas, she is senior editor of the Stanford University Press book series entitled “Encountering Traditions.”

She is the author of “Revelation and Theozpolitics: Barth, Rosenzweig and the Politics of Praise” and of “Freedom and Law: A Jewish-Christian Apologetics.” And is the editor of several volumes including “Liturgy, Time and the Politics of Redemption” and “Judaism, Liberalism and Political Theology.”

The Dawe Lecture series is funded through The Donald and Nancy Dawe Fund for Emotional and Ethical Growth. The fund was established thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Coleman Longan honoring Donald and Nancy Dawe. Dr. Dawe was professor emeritus of Union Presbyterian Seminary until his death in 2012. The annual lecture series pays tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Dawe and promotes ethical and religious understanding. Because of Professor Dawe’s long-standing interest and commitments in the area of multi-religious and multi-cultural understanding and interfaith dialogue, this lecture series seeks to contribute to deepened awareness and insight in these areas of intellectual and especially practical religious concern.

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Road Closures for the Christmas Parade

Abbreviated version avoid Broad Street and it’s side streets between the Science Museum and the Coliseum on Saturday.

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Santa is coming to town! Come out and enjoy the Dominion Energy Christmas Parade this Saturday with Chief Gerald M. Smith! We want everyone to have a great time and to be safe. Plan ahead and be aware of the street closures to avoid getting towed and traffic delays.
The following roads will be closed at 5 a.m.
• 900 Block of Terminal Place /Entire Block (Both Sides)
• W. Broad Street (East & Westbound Sides) between Terminal Pl. & N. Allen Ave
• N. Allen Avenue (Northbound Side) between Monument Ave & W. Broad St.
• Broad Street (Westbound Side Only) between N. Allen Ave. & N. 8th Street
• DMV Drive between W. Broad and Leigh Street
• W. Leigh Street between Hermitage Road and the Boulevard
• W. Grace Street between Strawberry and N. Davis Street
• Davis Street (Southbound Side Only) between W. Broad and Monument Avenue
• N. Harrison Street between W. Broad and W. Marshall Street
• N. Allison Street (Northbound Side) between W. Broad & Grace Street
• Lodge Street between Broad and Marshall Street
• N. 6th Street between E. Broad and Marshall Street
• N. 7th Street between E. Broad and Jackson Street
• E. Marshall Street between N. 3rd and N. 7th Street
• E. Clay Street between N. 7th & 8th Street
• E. Leigh Street between N. 4th and N. 9th Street

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Flying Squirrels Season Tickets Available Now

We’re barely into December but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about spring and baseball.

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Full-season and partial-season ticket plans for the 2022 Richmond Flying Squirrels season are now available, the team announced on Thursday. A limited number of 2022 Holiday Packages are also on sale now.

Season ticket plans are available now online at SquirrelsBaseball.com, by phone at 804-359-3866 or in person at the Flying Squirrels ticket office.

“This time last year we had no schedule, no real indication what our season in 2021, if we had one, would look like,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “Now, for our staff to be diligently preparing for our 69-home-game schedule at The Diamond is a huge win. We could not be more excited about the plans we have to make the 2022 campaign, one for the memory-making record books.”

Season ticket membership plans begin at $700 per year and include tickets to all 69 Flying Squirrels home games as well as additional benefits. Full-season ticket members receive access to discounted parking passes, a 20-percent discount at the Squirrels Nest Team Store presented by Retro Brand, a refillable mug with discounted drinks at Flying Squirrels concession stands, invitations to exclusive season ticket member events and much more.

More information about Flying Squirrels full-season ticket memberships is available here.

Also available now are Flying Squirrels 2022 Flex Plans with undated ticket vouchers for home games in the 2022 season. Great 8 memberships, which include eight undated ticket vouchers, start at $70. Gold Books, which include 40 undated, field-level ticket vouchers and 10 parking passes are available for $500 per book.

2022 Great 8 plans and Gold Books are available here.

A limited number of 2022 Holiday Packages are also on sale now. Holiday Packages include a 2022 Great 8 book with eight undated, flexible tickets plus an exclusive, limited edition Nutzy Nutcracker T-shirt. Holiday Packages are available here.

The Flying Squirrels open the 2022 season on Friday, April 8 at Bowie. Opening night at The Diamond will be Tuesday, April 12 as the Flying Squirrels host the Altoona Curve. The full 2022 schedule is available here. For more information, visit SquirrelsBaseball.com.

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Hermitage Richmond hosting second annual “Illumination on the Lawn”

From December 4 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This ongoing event is free to attend for the whole family — including pets.

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This holiday season, Hermitage Richmond is inviting the community to bundle up and enjoy some festive fun and holiday magic.

The senior living community in Ginter Park is inviting the community to join them for their second annual holiday tradition at Hermitage Richmond — Illumination on the Lawn.

From December 4 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This ongoing event is free to attend for the whole family — including pets.

“We are thrilled to once again bring to life our new Richmond annual tradition, and look forward to bringing the joy of the holidays to everyone with our festive light displays,” said Amy Chapman, Executive Director of Hermitage Richmond. “There are brand new displays this year that are sure to amaze our residents, as well as new and returning guests of all ages!”

Hermitage Richmond is located at 1600 Westwood Ave., Richmond, VA 23227.

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