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Community Events Calendar

This community calendar is a place to share other events and happenings in the Terre Haute and surrounding communities that align with the CANDLES mission and message.

For questions or to submit your event for consideration, please call 812.234.7881 or email Event descriptions and pictures are highly encouraged.

2017 Calendar of Events


  • The true story of Samantha Montgomery who cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’ toughest neighborhoods by day and writes and sings songs as Princess Shaw on YouTube by night. She is discovered on the other side of the world by Ophir Kutiel, a composer, musician and pioneering video artist known as Kutiman who creates video mash ups of amateur YouTube performers. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song that becomes a viral sensation of generosity, compassion and the fight of a talented singer never to give up on her dreams. Includes adult content and graphic language. A Unity Project event. The mission of The Unity Project is to build respect and understanding between various communities, especially the black and Jewish communities, through dialogue and the arts. Partners include the JCC, The Indianapolis Urban League, the Efroymson Family Fund, the Jewish Community Relations Council and Starfish Initiative.

  • A dialogue with members of the Terre Haute African-American Community (1st in a series of panel discussions)
    Ages 12 through adult are welcome to attend. Lunch is provided. Panelists include: Alia Blackburn, Samory Rashid, Bobbie DeBow, Grant Sailes, and Mary Beth Seaward. After the panel discussion, we will hold a question and answer sessions and table discussions to determine where we go from here and to identify needs in our community. This event is through the Central Christian Social Justice League.


  • Robert F. Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered implores us to use the power of compassion to find understanding. This deeply participatory event illustrates the power of words and conversation to persuade and build empathy for others. Starting with the ideas of compassion and empathy that emerge from Kennedy’s 1968 speech, participants will be asked to physically stand their position around complicated questions and then potentially—and physically—shift their position as new perspectives are shared.

  • Fort Wayne and Indianapolis have settled the largest groups of Burmese refugees in recent years. Most Indianapolis residents are still unaware of the presence of refugees, the contributions refugees make to our community, and the immense challenges refugees experience in Indianapolis. The First Baptist Church’s experiences and learnings as they approach ten years of sharing life with Burmese refugees is the focus of this documentary. As a product of the Desmond Tutu Fellowship, this documentary was created by Tutu Fellows Dr. Susan Adams and Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco as a provocation to foster greater awareness and to encourage public discourse around peace, reconciliation, and justice through civil, respectful, and enlightening cross-cultural interactions.

  • Current conventional wisdom often stresses that diversity of religious and cultural traditions is weakening society. This workshop will demonstrate the opposite: Differences are a source of community power! Using filmed interviews, personal and faith-based stories, small group conversation, and role-playing activities, different religious perspectives—from Christianity to Hinduism—on humanity’s shared values of nonviolence and respect will be explored.

  • How does one grasp the enormity of the Holocaust? This is the challenge that Peter Hayes (Ph.D., Yale, 1982) has made his career. Professor Hayes is a world-renowned expert on the Holocaust about which he has written numerous books and articles. He was, for 30 years, one of the most popular and acclaimed professors at Northwestern University. He received the Biennial Book Prize from the Conference Group for Central European History of the American Historical Association. He currently serves as the chair of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Prof. Hayes will discuss his latest book, Why: Explaining the Holocaust and examine what lessons can be learned that are relevant to our current political situation. Sponsored by Gadi Boukai, Talk to Tucker broker. Event by JCC Indianapolis.

  • Each Fall semester the Gender Studies 450 class organizes Indiana State University’s annual Take Back the Night event. The purpose of the event is to inform and educate the campus and local community about gender-based violence and to work towards developing solutions to eradicate it through the use of a resource fair, rally, and march.


  • Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters that pervade twenty-first-century daily life and media, despite our current era being frequently dubbed the “post-race society”. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary.

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