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RELIGION NOTES/ NEWS FROM AREA FAITH GROUPS

Panel discussion set

Panelists from different faith backgrounds will discuss "Public Goods and Faith-based Services: An Interfaith Dialogue on Religion and Government" at 7 p.m. Friday in 109 Knox Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus.

Panelists include Leondard Erb, director of the Center for Christian Social Ministries at Roberts Wesleyan College; Monsignor J. Patrick Keleher, director of campus ministry for the North Campus; the Rev. Joel Miller of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo; and Dr. Khalid Qazi, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York. Austin Dacey of the Center for Inquiry will moderate. The event is free.

Orthodox Easter

Eastern Orthodox Christians will celebrate Pascha, or Easter, with services tonight and Sunday in nine Orthodox churches in Western New York.

For a list of locations of Orthodox churches and service times, go to the Web site, www.orthodoxwny.org.

Ashton named pastor

Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and installed a new minister, the Rev. Timothy W. Ashton. He is a graduate of Meadville/Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago.

Fire Department event

The Buffalo Fire Department will hold its Family Communion Breakfast Sunday at the Buffalo Convention Center following services at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.; 8 a.m. at Bethesda World Harvest International Church, 1365 Main St.; and 8 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral.

May crowning service

Corpus Christi parish at 199 Clark St. will host a May crowning service at 11 a.m. Sunday followed by an outdoor procession and the crowning of the statue of Mary. ~
Healing service at mall

Wheatfield Community Church will hold a nondenominational healing service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, located inside Summit Park Mall. Call 553-3794.

Campolo to be at benefit

Tony Campolo, a national Christian speaker, will speak at a benefit for Peace of the City Ministries at 7 p.m. Friday in Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Parkway.

Campolo is the author of 29 books on Christian faith, including "Revolution and Renewal: How Churches Are Saving Our Cities." Mark Magee and his band and the Peace of the City Gospel Choir will perform at 6:30. Donations go to Peace of the City Ministries, which provides programs for Buffalo children.

Observing day of prayer

First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, and Cazenovia Park Baptist Church, 520 North Legion Drive, will observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday. First Trinity will offer services at 12:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Cazenovia Park will sponsor a concert at 7 p.m.

Marian Tribute

The Diocesan Marian Tribute will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will preside. Monsignor J. Thomas Moran of St. Bernard parish in Youngstown will give the homily. ~
Anglicans install pastor

Bishop Walter Grundorf of the Anglican Province of America will install the Rev. Bill Stott as pastor of St. Luke's Anglican Chapel and the Rev. Greg Miller as curate during an 8 a.m. service Sunday in the church at 591 Porterville Road, East Aurora. The bishop will receive the parish into the Diocese of the Eastern U.S.

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