social justice

How You Can Help Refugees

Shinge Roshi has been on the Round Table of Faith Leaders at InterFaith Works for more than 30 years. One of the most important tasks of the agency is refugee resettlement, which has come to a halt due to the Trump administration’s bans. Read more »

Sat, Mar 18, 2017 - 4:53pm - Fri, Mar 31, 2017 - 11:59pm

Moonlighting Discourse Series: Ethics and Earth Day: Finding Environmental Justice in a Complex World

"Moonlighting" is a series of informal discussions, debates and interviews hosted by ESF's President, Dr. Quentin Wheeler. Joining Dr. Wheeler for this dialogue are:
Fri, Apr 22, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Buddhist Leaders Gathered For White House Conference on May 14

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On May 14, 2015, an group of more than 125 eminent Buddhist leaders gathered at the White House, including Shinge Roshi of The Zen Studies Society and Zen Center of Syracuse. The theme of this historic meeting was “Bringing Our Voices to the Public Square and Compassionate Action to Our Communities”.

The two statements printed below represent the position of 68 signees of the White House—U.S. Buddhist Leadership Conference.

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Sun, Jun 28, 2015 - 8:00am - 11:59pm

Welcome Peace Walkers for a Nuclear-Free Future

2015 marks 70 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We must never let such disasters happen again!

The Peace Walkers are walking across the U.S. to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York City. They are visiting many Native communities which are affected by contamination from nuclear activity.  Read more »

Thu, Apr 16, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

CNY Pride Interfaith Service

The Zen Center of Syracuse, along with Unity Church of Syracuse and South Valley Presbyterian Church, are co-sponsoring the Pride Interfaith Service. Please join us for this special event on the lawn of Unity Church for prayer, song, reflection, and celebration.

Tue, Jun 17, 2014 - 11:00pm - Wed, Jun 18, 2014 - 12:00am

Doctrine of Christian Discovery: After Repudiation, What Next?

The Zen Center is one of the sponsors of the following Haudenosaunee conference. We hope that you can attend and engage in this important dialogue. 

From initial contact over 520 years ago, Indigenous leaders have brought into discussion the insidious role that Christianity has played in colonization and environmental destruction. Over the last several decades the Doctrine of Christian Discovery has been seen not only in historical and contemporary subjugation of indigenous human rights and land rights, but also in the ongoing devastation of the environment we all share. Read more »

Sat, May 24, 2014 - 1:00pm - Sun, May 25, 2014 - 4:00pm

Concert to Feed the Hungry

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Did you know that more than 5 million kids die annually from hunger, malnutrition, and hunger-related illnesses? Or that the nation’s most severe hunger-related problems exist right here in New York State? Read more »

Fri, Apr 25, 2014 - 11:00pm - Sat, Apr 26, 2014 - 2:00am

Sit-In over the Genesee River

Meditators are welcome to join this sit-in at the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge in Rochester. Plastic inflatable cushions and mats will be provided; feel free to bring your favorite gear for meditations and/or signage. Those who are interested in this issue but have no experience meditating are welcome to join in silent witness, attention, and sending healing to this dear river, the 32nd most polluted in the nation. For more information, please contact

Tue, Apr 22, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Community Forum on I-81 Issues

Community partner ACTS hosts their second Community Forum. The focus of the evening will be transportation issues, and Sangha member Fugan Sam Gorden is featured as a speaker. For more information about these events, please visit the ACTS Moving People Coalition. Read more »

Mon, Mar 31, 2014 - 11:00pm - Tue, Apr 1, 2014 - 1:00am

SNAP Challenge

The SNAP Challenge invites participants to commit to living on $29.40 worth of food for the week of 2/9-2/15, and donating the balance of their personal food budgets to InterFaith Works Read more »

Sun, Feb 9, 2014 - 5:00am - Sat, Feb 15, 2014 - 5:00am
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