Mercy Spirituality Center will start its 40th anniversary year with a two-day community event featuring speaker, activist and author Shane Claiborne on Aug. 3-4 at the Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality, 1101 Clover St., Rochester.
Claiborne will give a keynote speech,” Becoming the Church We Dream Of,” at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, and facilitate a workshop, “Dreams into Action,” from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 4.
In keeping with Mercy Spirituality Center’s mission to create and support a community of active contemplatives, area social justice and contemplative prayer groups will be on-site with information and opportunities to get involved starting at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4.
Claiborne worked with Mother Teresa in Kolkata, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of people who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Claiborne’s books include ”Red Letter Revolution,” “Common Prayer,” “Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers,” ”Executing Grace,” “The Irresistible Revolution” and “Beating Guns.”
Mercy Spirituality Center in Rochester is a retreat center for people of all faiths, committed to the belief that everyone needs time apart to find, deepen or refresh their connection to what matters most in life. Rooted in an awareness of God in all things, the center’s programs seek to deepen that connection through care of the Earth, building a contemplative community and concern for social and ecological justice.
Tickets cost $40 for the speech, $50 for the workshop or $75 for both events. Call (585) 473-6893 or visit for information.