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CRITIC OF FAITH-BASED INITIATIVES TO SPEAK

Barry Lynn, national executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will speak at a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Temple Beth Zion's Broder Center, 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Lynn, a former legislative counsel for the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is considered one of the nation's foremost authorities on church-state separation. His topic will be "Place No Faith in Faith-Based Initiatives."

Lynn's appearance will be sponsored by the Western New York Chapter of Americans United. Admission is free.

Church plans dedication

Members of Fellowship Wesleyan Church, 1645 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, will dedicate their new $1.5 million worship center during a service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Rev. Neil Koppen, district superintendent of the denomination's Western New York District, will be guest speaker at the service, which is open to the community. The 300-member congregation formerly worshiped in a church at 22 Hazel Court, Orchard Park.

Topic is young adults

The Rev. John C. Cusick, x director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago, will lead a series of discussions on issues faced by young adults at 7 p.m. Oct. 8, 9 and 10 in St. Mary's Elementary School, Aurora and St. Joseph streets, Lancaster.

Cusick will explore issues that young adults encounter, offering insight into development of their faith relative to school, home, work and their peers. The program is free and open to people of all denominations who are 21 or older.

Greek Orthodox to convene

About 125 Greek Orthodox Church delegates, including 50 priests, will participate in the Detroit Diocese Clergy-Laity Conference from Wednesday through Friday in Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo.

Visiting Buffalo for the first time, Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, will deliver the keynote address at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The Detroit Diocese consists of 50 parishes in seven states, including New York.

The Rev. James A. Doukas, pastor of Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 146 W. Utica St., said the conference is being held in Buffalo as a show of support for his parishioners, whose church was heavily damaged in a fire in May. The congregation will mark its 90th anniversary during a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Church to dedicate addition

Members of Bowmansville United Methodist Church, 5344 Genesee St., will dedicate an addition to the church during the worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

The $157,000 addition provides a new ground-level entrance to the church to accommodate people with physical disabilities, an elevator that serves three levels of the building, a restroom for the handicapped and easier access to the sanctuary. A ribbon-cutting and reception will follow the service.

Building project under way

Parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1085 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, have broken ground for the first phase of a building project that will cost more than $900,000.

The initial work, begun earlier this month, will be a two-story structure containing a walkway and elevator that will connect the parish school with Klauder Hall, which contains the school gym and cafeteria. It is expected to be completed by Jan. 1. The second phase will be a 3,300-square-foot community room built on the Highland Avenue side of the church. It will be undertaken next summer.

Rite to honor terror victims

An ecumenical service in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11 attack on America will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave.

Held in conjunction with the National Memorial Observance sponsored by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, Philadelphia, the service, open to everyone, will be held simultaneously in VA hospitals across America.

Theme is biblical women

"Mama's Mansion," a musical prayer service conducted by "Women of the Well" from the Rochester Catholic Diocese, will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of the University at Buffalo Newman Center, 490 Frontier Road, near the North Campus in Amherst.

The service will be presented as a parable that tells the stories of heroic women in Scripture, including Eve, Mary Magdalene, Sarah and the woman with the lost coin. The event is sponsored by the Newman Center Women's Studies Group. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Heads church district

The Rev. Matthew L. Brown, pastor of Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, 618 Jefferson Ave., has been appointed superintendent of the Third District of the denomination's Western New York Jurisdiction.

The appointment of Brown, who also serves as director of intergovernmental relations for the City of Buffalo, was announced by Bishop Glenwood H. Young Sr., jurisdictional bishop of the church in Western New York. Brown, who will preside over several churches, succeeds the Rev. Willie F. Harris, who died in April.

A look at other faiths

"Know Your Neighbor's Faith" will be the theme of a free, four-part lecture series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in October beginning next week in St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Elmwood Avenue and Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. The series, sponsored by parishes in the northern suburbs and open to everyone, will be presented by the Rev. Francis X. Mazur, ecumenical-interfaith officer for the Buffalo Catholic Diocese and pastor of St. Gerard's Parish, Buffalo.

Topics will be: Wednesday, the Jewish Tradition; Oct. 10, the Islamic Tradition; Oct. 17, Eastern Religions; and Oct. 24, New Religious Movements.

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