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James H. Forest, a peace activist, author and friend of the late Thomas Merton, will give a talk on "Merton, Mysticism and Me: Crafting Peace in a Violent World" at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Academy, 3860 Main St., Eggertsville.

A former managing editor of The Catholic Worker and associate of its founder, Dorothy Day, Forest spent 13 months in jail for burning draft records in Milwaukee in 1969. He now lives in Alkamaar, Holland, where he serves as secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. The talk is free and open to the public.

The talk will be sponsored by organizations at the University at Buffalo, the Western New York Peace Center, Religious Society of Friends, Erie Community College, Rev. A. Joseph Bissionette Foundation, Leadership Conference of Women Religious and Riverside-Salem United Church of Christ.

Forest also will make several appearances Tuesday and Wednesday at St. Bonaventure University, Olean. They include a talk on his new book, "Praying with Icons," at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and a talk on "Thomas Merton's Advice to Peacemakers" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, both in Doyle Hall.

Weight-loss plan to be offered

A Bible-based, weight-loss program will be offered beginning with a free orientation session at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.

The 12-week program, open to people of all denominations, is known as the Weigh Down Workshop. It uses prayer, faith and scripture to help people lose weight. For details or to register, call Dee Cavagnaro at 688-6495.

Service will honor pastor

The Rev. Carl W. Crate, who has served the congregation for more than 20 years, will retire Sunday as senior pastor of Cazenovia Park Baptist Church, South Buffalo.

Mr. Crate, who has been named pastor emeritus, and his wife, Gloria, will be honored during a service at 10:45 a.m. in the church, 520 N. Legion Drive, and at a banquet at 5 p.m. in Romanello's South Restaurant, South Park Avenue, Hamburg.

Ordained in Canada in 1959, Mr. Crate served churches in Hamilton and Peterborough, Ont., and Verdun, Quebec, before accepting the call to Cazenovia. In January, he will become associate director of the Conservative Baptist Churches in Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

Red Mass will be offered

The annual Red Mass for lawyers, judges and government officials of all faiths will be offered at 12:10 p.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese will be principal celebrant and homilist. State Supreme Court Justice John F. O'Donnell will address the gathering at the close of the Mass.

The event, open to the community, is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Guild, the diocesan organization for Catholic lawyers.

Temple installs officers

David H. Desmon, a senior vice president with Smith Barney, has been installed for a second term as president of Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

Other officers installed were: vice president for finance, Hyman Polakoff; vice president for Synagogue 2000, Stuart Lerman; vice president for congregational services, Ilene Gelber; vice president for administration, Samuel Shapiro; secretary, Wendee Siegel; assistant secretary, Anna Marie Richmond; treasurer, Douglas S. Cohen; and assistant treasurer, Alan Cheskin.

A lifelong member of Temple Beth Zion, Desmon, a Williamsville resident, has been active in numerous professional and philanthropic organizations.

Synagogues offer memberships

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo and six area synagogues are offering joint memberships to unaffiliated Jewish single adults and families for up to two years at a nominal cost.

The joint membership program, a form of outreach, is open to individuals and families who have not been members of a Jewish Community Center or synagogue for the last five years. Details are available by calling Sharon Kostiner at the Jewish Community Center, 688-4033.

Participating synagogues are Congregation B'nai Shalom, Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth El, Temple Shaarey Zedek, Temple Sinai and Temple Beth Zion.

Rev. Phinney to become pastor

The Rev. Diane Rein Phinney, who was ordained last month, will be installed during a service at 4 p.m. Sunday as pastor of Island United Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Road, Grand Island.

A recent graduate of Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, Ms. Phinney has been coordinator of education for 10 years at First Presbyterian Church, Lockport, where she was ordained Sept. 28. She succeeds the Rev. Hal Tyson who retired three years ago.

Bible seminar is planned

Roger Petersen, a nationally known storyteller and conference speaker, will lead a Walk-Thru-the-Bible Old Testament Seminar from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 8 at Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway, Alden.

A professor of communications at Philadelphia College of Bible, Mr. Petersen has a diversified preaching and teaching ministry at churches, conferences, conventions and retreats. The registration fee for the seminar is $15 before Friday and $18 after that deadline.

Women's conference scheduled

Women's Sharing Ministries of One In Christ Temple will sponsor a Women's Day Conference next weekend at the church, 940 Broadway.

The program will include a play at 7 p.m. Friday , a workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday and a worship service at noon next Sunday. The theme will be "Women Raising a Standard of Excellence." Tickets are available by calling 852-6521 or 837-6360.

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