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Religion Notes / News of area faith groups

Westminster praises 'More Light'

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., will host a conference "Celebrating & Creating a Place for All God's Children -- Within Families, at Church, in Society, Around the World" today and Sunday in celebration of the church's 25 years as a "More Light" congregation.

More Light churches are part of a network of Presbyterians who are supportive of gay people in churches as members and as ordained ministers.

Michael Adee, executive director and field organizer for More Light Presbyterians, will be keynote speaker and conduct workshops. Other events include a film screening, tour of the church's stained-glass windows and a walking tour of Allentown.

Conference cost is $20. Call 885-7002 or 884-3450 for details.


Sanders marks 35 years

Greater Refuge Temple of Christ Church, 943 Jefferson Ave., will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Rev. Robert L. Sanders Sr. as pastor with a banquet at 2 p.m. Sunday in Samuel's Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence. For details, call the church 886-2199.


Tonawanda women event

Church Women United of the Tonawandas will celebrate "World Community Day" at 1 p.m. next Saturday in St. Jude the Apostle parish at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Melody Lane, North Tonawanda.

Speaker will be the Rev. Arthur L. Davis, who ministers to residents of Benedict House and to patients in the immunodeficiency unit of Erie County Medical Center.

The meeting will be in Kreuzer Hall, at the back of the church parking lot.


Columban retreats set

The St. Columban Center, 6892 Lakeshore Road, Derby, will be the site in November for a workshop on alternatives to violence and a retreat with the Rev. John Mergenhagen.

The workshop for the Alternatives to Violence Project will be Nov. 14 and 15 and is $125 for overnight guests and $85 for commuters. Register by Nov. 4 by calling 947-4708 or clicking on The retreat, "Freeing the Christ Within," will be offered Nov. 21 through 23. Cost is $150. Register for the retreat by Nov. 11.


Loving the Talmud

Maggie Anton will present "My Love Affair With Talmud " at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., as part of the synagogue's Erev Shabbat service.

Anton, of Los Angeles, has studied the Talmud, the 1,800-year-old compilation of Jewish laws and commentaries, for more than 15 years.


Lacki appointed

The Rev. Marek Lacki has been appointed by the Pauline Fathers and Brothers to assist in pastoral ministry at Corpus Christi Church, 189 Clark St.

Lacki succeeds the Rev. Zbigniew Frankowski, who was reassigned to Poland.

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