Briefs: Local Religion May 16, 2009

Unitarians offer classes for children

• The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley, 1022 Grand Ave., will offer Our Whole Lives classes (OWL) to children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Classes will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 9-12 and will focus on providing healthy and accurate information about sexuality in a supportive, age-appropriate environment.
The class was co-developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ and will be lead by adults from the Unitarian congregation who have been trained in the OWL curriculum.
Cost for the class is $5 for Unitarian congregation members and $10 for nonmembers to cover materials and snacks.
A mandatory parent orientation will be offered at 6:30 p.m.
May 20 and at noon May 24.
Registration forms will be available at these meetings or by calling Julie at 255-9385.
Registration deadline is June 7.

Methodist church sets Bible school

• First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave., will have a vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon June 8-12.
An “extreme trek through the wilderness,” Camp Edge is for ages 4 through fifth grade. The program will celebrate God’s love, and kids will learn a new “Edge Pledge” each day.
Call Nichole Giddings at 434-6362 for information.

Bible school slated at Lutheran Church

• American Lutheran Church plans a vacation Bible school camp June 8-12 for ages 3 through fifth grade. Middle school activities are planned, and First Congregational Church will also participate.
Registration deadline is June 1. Call 242-7835 for information.

Prayer presentation to be at Goodwill

• City Church Ministries will have a presentation on prayer at
11 a.m. Sunday in the Goodwill Industries conference room at 630 24 1/2 Road.
Call 270-4234 for information.

Gay marriage vote backed by bishop

• PORTLAND, Maine — The spiritual leader of Maine’s 200,000 Roman Catholics has pledged his diocese’s help in bringing the state’s gay marriage law to a vote in November.
Bishop Richard Malone also called the law “a dangerous sociological experiment” that will have negative consequences for society. Malone said marriage as it’s been known for millennia “has served as the cornerstone of society.” In a statement, Malone also expresses concern over the law’s effect on teachings about same-sex marriage in schools.
Gov. John Baldacci signed the same-sex marriage bill last week. Opponents quickly filed a challenge through Maine’s people’s veto process.
Malone said the Catholic Diocese will work closely with a number of partners to bring the issue to Maine voters.

Judge won’t toss embezzlement charges

• WASHINGTON — A federal judge has refused to throw out charges that the former business manager at a Washington mosque embezzled $430,000.
Chief U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that defense lawyers failed to prove that the government had engaged in misconduct and refused to block testimony from a key witness.
Prosecutors say 48-year-old Farzad Darui funneled money from the Islamic Center of Washington to two Virginia companies he controlled over more than five years.


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