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Lutheran Campus Ministry of Buffalo will sponsor a "Festival of the Reformation" at 4 p.m. Sunday in Slee Hall auditorium on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst.

Rev. Dr. David Belasic, former Eastern District president, will be the guest speaker. Special music will include Slee Hall's 46-rank organ, the Lutheran Chorale of Buffalo, Faith Journey worship band and a mass chorus from area Lutheran churches led by Ruth Kovach.

The program will be followed by a reception and open house at the Lutheran Campus Ministry office, Suite 205, the Commons.

To speak at service

Brother David Aiken of Hempstead, general president of the Connectional (National) Lay Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, will be the guest at an informational tea and worship service this weekend in St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church, 314 E. Ferry St.

Aiken will explain the role of the Connectional Lay Council from noon to 2 p.m. today at the informational tea. He will be guest speaker Sunday at the 11 a.m. worship service. The community is invited.

Series on Scriptures

The Rev. Paul Steller, Episcopal Vicar for Campus Ministry, will begin an eight-week series on the Sunday Scriptures for the end of the current liturgical year Monday morning in the Monsignor Britt Room at St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. The reflection on next Sunday's Gospel will be preceded by Mass at 7:30 a.m. with Bishop Henry Mansell.

Talk on terrorism

Rich Kellman, senior reporter for WGRZ-TV, will speak on "Terrorism: Our Fears and Concerns" in the fourth in the series of "Dialogues on Current Issues With Rabbi Heschel Greenberg" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Amherst Jewish Community Center Benderson Building, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Refreshments and an open discussion will follow.

Novena of peace

St. Bernadette's Parish, 5930 s. Abbott Road, Orchard Park, will initiate a nine-week Novena of Peace, "Let There Be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin With Me," Thursday evening, continuing through Dec. 27. The Novena will begin with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 7.

Debating 'Holy war'

The Campus Freethought Alliance and the Campus Crusade for Christ will host a debate on "Holy War and Terrorism" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Woldman Theater, 112 Norton Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst. The debate is free and open to the public.

Debating will be Dr. Edward Buckner, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, and Rev. John Rankin, president of the Theological Education Institute.

Quest round table

Quest, a ministry and social organization for married and single young adults ages 21 to 40, will hold Quest Round Table 2001 from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.

The evening will include lively small group discussions on the needs of young adults. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 688-5678, ext. 715, or e-mail

Seminar for clergy

United Theological Seminary Buffalo Campus will present "Ministry to Families in Transition," a seminar for clergy and helping professionals, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. next Saturday in Covenant United Methodist Church, 539 Main St., West Seneca.

Dr. Kathleen L. Kircher of Naples, Fla., a lecturer and consultant on practical theology and human development, will lead the seminar. For information, call 677-0802.

Youth speaker

Pastor Richard Crisco of Brownsville Assembly of God will be guest speaker at an "It's Time" youth conference Friday and next Saturday in New Covenant Tabernacle, 345 McConkey Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

The conference will begin with a general session for all ages at 7:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a session for adults who work with youth at 8:30 a.m. next Saturday and a general session for all ages at 10 a.m. Saturday. For information, call 877-9882.

Retreat is planned

A retreat for young Catholic adults to help cope with recent national events will be held next Saturday in Villa Maria Convent, 600 Doat St. For information and registration, call Sister Theresa Chumura at 892-4141, ext. 162.

Bible studies program

The Catholic Biblical Studies Program will hold its annual Fall Study Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday in the Regis Room of Canisius College's Richard Winter Student Center. The topic will be "Changing Times -- Christianity at its Beginnings and Beyond."

Presenter will be Sister Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, a teacher of the New Testament at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Ill., and author of many articles in "The Bible Today." To register, call 674-6772 or 871-9180.

Spirituality workshop set

Sister Julie LeVeque of Rochester will lead an all-day workshop, "Twelve-Step Spirituality in a Crisis," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at Hilbert College, Hamburg. Members of all 12-step recovery groups are welcome. Space is limited. For information and registration, call 888-3225.

Seminar on intimacy

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo's Office of Natural Family Planning will sponsor a seminar, "The Truth About Sex and Love," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 in Room 200 of the Horin O'Donnell Science Building at Canisius College.

Featured speaker will be Chris West, an internationally recognized authority on Pope John Paul II's theology of the body. For information, call Beverly Malona at 847-5533 or e-mail the Office of Family Planning at

Influence on the arts

The Adult Education Committee of Temple Shaarey Zedek will open a series of four programs titled "Yetzirah: Jewish Influence on the Arts" at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the temple's Lippa Family Auditorium, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst.

The first program, "Yiddishkite in the American Theater," will be presented by Saul Elkin, a leading local actor, a professor at UB and founder and artistic director of Shakespeare in Delaware Park. He will discuss Jewish influences on the American theater during the past century. Tickets can be reserved by calling 838-3232.

World Community program

Church Women United of the Tonawandas will hold a "World Community Day 2001" program at 1 p.m. Friday in St. Martin Luther Church, 322 Old Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda.

The guest speaker, Eleanor Ash, who is involved in church ministry at the local level and in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese, will discuss the theological and Biblical foundations of debt cancellation and the Jubilee 2000 campaign. Andrea Sonnenschein of Eagles' Wings Ministries, Williamsville, will blow the shofar to begin the program.

Vicar installation

The Rev. Robert D. Arnold, who has served several area churches, will be installed at 7 p.m. Thursday as vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, S. 5381 Old Lake Shore Road, Lakeview.

Bishop J. Michael Garrison of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York will install Arnold, who has served since 1992 as rector of St. John's Church, Medina, and St. Michael's Church, Oakfield. A graduate of Williamsville North High School, he earlier served churches in Jamestown and Westfield.

Middle East forum

The Rev. Robert Grimm, former director of the Buffalo Council of Churches, will lead a discussion on "Justice for Palestinians" from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Salem United Church of Christ, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island.

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