This year is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN on 10 December 1948. The Universal Declaration – translated into a world record 500 languages – is rooted in the principle that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. The United Church in St Augustine celebrated this event on Monday, Dec. 10 to a full house.
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The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies (SCJS) and the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society (SAJHS) had this unique conference that explored the lives and challenges faced by Jews and descendants of Jews who traveled to areas of America under the thumb of the Spanish Inquisition.
Focusing on those Jews who converted to Christianity or hid their religious heritage, the conference discussed the lives of these Crypto-Jews or Conversos who settled in America in the early years of the country, specifically in the Southeast.
Presentations by scholars and historians discussed the history of Spanish and Portuguese communities in the colonial period, operation of the Inquisition in the New World and research into crypto-Judaism especially as it pertains to what today is called the Southeastern United States.
Other discussions provided opportunity to engage the speakers and exchange stories of family histories and experiences in the Southeast, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The St Johns Democratic Party Holiday Lunch was held at the Milano Room at Amici’s in St Augustine. The full attendance event had several speakers under the theme of “Second Chances and Moving Forward Voting and Other Opportunities for Ex-Felons”.
The speakers were Nancy O’Byrne (Compassion in Action), Gary Farris (Second Chances Voter Registration), Tom Cushman (Criminal Defense Attorney) and Emmett Tatter (Former Felon). The information given was a real eye opener on the things that need to change in the system.
Cities for Life is observed on November 30th each year. It is a worldwide movement to abolish the death penalty. It began in Italy with the Community of Sant’ Egidio. The Community’s Cornerstones are the Gospel, Friendship & Service to the Poor and a Commitment to Justice. The Community of Sant’ Egidio was successful in abolishing the death penalty in Italy and have since been involved in efforts to end the death penalty in other countries. Each year on November 30th, about 2, 000 cities in more than 80 countries celebrate the International Day of Cities for Life. Most churches that take part do so by turning on all their lights and ringing the church bells at 7:30 pm. Some parishes will have a holy hour or prayer service to coincide with the lights and ringing the bells. Here in St Augustine it was held The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios on 102 San Marco Ave at 6:30pm.
The aim is also to make use of symbolic monuments and squares to hold educational and artistic events aimed at raising public awareness. All cities taking part in the initiative make their major monuments available as “living logos”, which “speak” with the help of special illuminations, thus becoming symbols of a commitment to hold a dialogue with the population aimed at achieving a world without the death penalty.
The 25th Annual Nights of Lights dazzles the city as some three million lights adorn every corner of the historic district for two months.
This award-winning holiday lights display runs from November 17, 2018, to February 3, 2019, in historic St. Augustine. During the seasonal display, businesses downtown stay open later, letting you dine in view of the lights and browse the shops of the decorated buildings.
First Coast.TV went wandering through the Night Market at St Augustine Amphitheater, checking it out, now that it has become so popular. We also ran into an interesting ROWITA fundraiser.
The Military Officers Association of America – Ancient City Chapter and Veterans Council of St. Johns County hosted this event at Anastasia Baptist Church. There were atrium displays from 9:30-11 a.m., and the main event began at 11:11 a.m. The displays included the Traveling Vietnam Wall and Agent Orange Quilt of Tears. Admission was free.
On Sunday October 28th, Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, and candidate for Governor of Florida, stopped in St Augustine, FL on a tour of the state before the election in 9 days on November 6th. A huge crowd waited patiently on a beautiful day. When he got there the crowd went wild and his message was received with thunderous cheers and applause.
A Classic Theatre’s first production of the 2018-2019 season is the iconic “1984” adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall, Jr., and William A. Miles, Jr. Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 is a provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century. The society portrayed was unbelievable. Yet, today it might not be impossible after all if we’re not vigilant and aware. The play is directed by Margaret Kaler.
Lincolnville Museum, St Augustine
Friday, October 26, 2018 — 7:30pm
Saturday, October 27, 2018 — 7:30pm
Sunday, October 28, 2018 — 2:00pm
Friday, November 2, 2018 — 7:30pm
Saturday, November 3, 2018 — 7:30pm
Sunday, November 4, 2018 — 2:00pm
For tickets & reservations, please call Jan at 904-501-9053.