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Religion Notes / News from area faith groups

Interfaith talks

The Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, a theologian and president of the International Council of Christians and Jews, will deliver two separate talks in Getzville and Amherst this week.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Pawlikowski will discuss "Pope Benedict XVI and Interreligious Dialogue: What Can We Expect?" at the Jewish Community Center, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville, in an event sponsored by the American Jewish Committee's Buffalo/Niagara Chapter and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Pawlikowski also will deliver the keynote talk at the annual meeting Thursday of the Network of Religious Communities. He will discuss "Ethics and Globalization: An Interreligious Challenge" at 7:45 p.m. in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

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Grief series planned

Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., will host a series of discussion groups on grief and loss beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Carol Speser, Jewish chaplain, and Sara Schultz, a Rabbinic associate, will facilitate. Sessions continue from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30. Call 836-6565 to register.

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Mass honors King

The Rev. Amoussou Luc Bonaventure, a Jesuit priest from the Kingdom of Benin in West Africa, will be guest homilist at the annual diocesan Mass commemorating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at 2 p.m. Monday in Infant of Prague Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will be the main celebrant.

Fellowship and tributes featuring local talent will follow the Mass.

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Prayer vigil set

Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St., will be the site of a community prayer vigil from 8 p.m. next Saturday to 8 a.m. Jan. 21.

All are invited to pray for family, friends, military personnel, health, the community, world peace and whatever else concerns them. Prayer petitions also will be accepted. Call 822-0553 for details.

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Ecumenical service

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 360 Main St., Elma, will host an ecumenical service at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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Day of reflection set

The "Epiphany Cycle, A Model of the Spiritual Life," a day of reflection with Stephanie Batterman, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Columban Center, 6892 Lakeshore Road, Derby. Cost is $30 and includes lunch. Call 947-4708 for details.

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