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Four area residents will be inducted into the Legion of Honor of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains during a service at 2 p.m. Sunday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave.

The inductees are: Cheryl Boyd, voluntary service specialist at the Buffalo VA; Sister Mary Johnice, director of the Response to Love program for the homeless and hungry; Esther Kohlhagen, a community and organization leader in Attica; and Marlene Davies, a Special Olympics coach from Fort Erie, Ont.

The Legion of Honor Award is in memory of four Army chaplains - a rabbi, a priest and two ministers - who died in 1943 in the sinking of the USS Dorchester by a Nazi U-Boat. It recognizes acts of volunteerism, brotherhood and sacrifice.

Church offers courses

Greater Hope Baptist Church, 8 Verplank St., will hold a Winter Institute-Christian Leadership School from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Rev. James C. Blackburn, pastor, said the courses to be offered are the Holy Spirit, How the Bible Came to Be and Writing 1. Everyone is welcome.

Sessions on enneagrams

Jan Sheridan, a spiritual and retreat director at the St. Joseph Center for Spirituality, Clarence, will conduct three sessions on enneagrams, a study of nine basic types of personalities, from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 and 19 in the Newman Center, 1219 Elmwood Ave.

"From Self-Knowledge to Wholeness: Temperament and Prayer" will be the theme of the sessions, for which there is a $30 fee. To register, call the Newman Center at 882-1080.

Dr. Caligiuri to be honored

Dr. Michael A. Caligiuri, a former Kenmore resident, will be honored as a National Catholic Educational Association Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate, during the 9:30 a.m. Mass Sunday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

A 1970 graduate of Blessed Sacrament School, Caligiuri is director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Ohio State University. Formerly associated with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, he also is a graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, the University at Buffalo and Stanford University School of Medicine.

The award recognizes outstanding personal and professional achievement.

Heads synagogue group

Ann Dozoretz Earne, past president of Temple Beth El of Greater Buffalo, Town of Tonawanda, has been elected vice president and president-elect for 2001-2002 of the Empire Region of the United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism.

The organization is an association of Conservative synagogues in North America. The region represents all of New York State, excluding New York City, and extends into western Massachusetts and Vermont, providing service and resources to 32 congregations.

New altar to be dedicated

Members of Faith United Church of Christ, 1300 Maple Road, Amherst, will dedicate a new altar during the worship service at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

The service will be conducted by the Rev. Randall J. Forester, pastor, and the Rev. Kenneth H. Kolbe, pastor emeritus. Also to be dedicated are a new pulpit, lectern, Communion table, baptismal font and hymn boards.

Series on Mark's Gospel

The Gospel of St. Mark will be the subject of weekly discussions from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays in February in St. Aloysius Gonzaga School, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

The series, led by Monsignor Peter J. Popadick, the pastor, will examine Mark's "Messianic Secret" and explore why he recorded the words and actions of Jesus. Everyone is welcome.

Humanist Kurtz to speak

Paul Kurtz, one of America's best-known secular humanists, will give a talk on "God in the Public Square: The Challenge to Secular Humanists and Skeptics" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Kurtz is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University at Buffalo, editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry magazine and founder of the Center for Inquiry. In his talk, he will deal with such issues as whether church-state separation is being irreparably bridged and whether the rights of unbelievers are being undermined.

Pastor will take office

The Rev. Roderick L. Hennings, pastor of Zion Dominion Church of God in Christ, will be installed as an officer of the denomination during a service at 7 p.m. Friday in the church, 360 Genesee St.

Hennings, who founded Zion Dominion seven years ago, has been appointed by Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson to serve as international vice president of the Youth Department of the 5.5 million-member Church of God in Christ. A native of Warren, Ohio, Hennings will continue to serve as pastor of the 900-member congregation.

Abortion is talk topic

Jerry Reiter, a former activist for the religious right, will give a talk on "The Holy War Against Abortion" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.

Formerly a radio and television reporter, Reiter was a founder of the Christian Coalition who formerly worked for Operation Rescue. Now the director of development for the Center for Inquiry, Amherst, he is the author of "Live From the Gates of Hell: An Insider's Look at the Anti-Abortion Underground." The event is sponsored by the Western New York Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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