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The Rev. Charles R. Stith, founder and former national president of Organization for New Equality, will speak at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church's annual observance of Africa Day at 11 a.m. June 22.

Stith, a United Methodist minister, is director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University and was U.S. ambassador to Tanzania from 1998 to 2001.

"My Vow, Our Journey, the Challenge," is the title of his talk.

Following a six-nation tour of Africa, he published a commentary in February urging the Bush administration to address the fears of African nations concerning U.S. policy towards Iraq.

Author of "Political Religion," Stith was recently appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom by Senate Minority Leader Tom Dashle.

Greater Hope revival set

The Rev. Dr. James C. Blackburn will celebrate his 19th pastoral anniversary June 8 to 13 at Greater Hope Baptist Church, 8 Verplank St., in conjunction with the church's summer revival.

Guest lecturers at nightly revival sessions include Rev. Dennis Lee of Hopewell Baptist Church; Rev. John W. Williams, president of the Ministers Conference; Rev. Pearson Miles of Bethlehem Baptist Church; Rev. Glenn Dubois of Jordan Grove Baptist Church, and Rev. Melvin Brooks of Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

True Bethel plans walk

The True Bethel Baptist Church Women's Council is sponsoring "A Healing in the Land . . . a Unified Walk Around Delaware Park," at 9 a.m. next Saturday. The church is at 907 E. Ferry St. For more information, call 895-8222.

Christian ensemble visits

The Clearwater Christian College Ensemble from Clearwater, Fla., will perform at 10:45 a.m. Sundayat Hedstrom Memorial Baptist Church, 55 Losson Road, Cheektowaga.

The eight singers are touring the country this summer for 10 weeks. The public is welcome. For more information, call 668-1182. The ensemble will also perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, 511 Union Road, West Seneca.

Healing Mass set

A healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer, will be offered at 4 p.m. next Saturday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2017 Halley Road and Route 62, North Collins.

Anyone afflicted with cancer or another life-threatening illness who wishes to receive the Sacrament of the Sick is welcome to attend.

Buddhism workshop set

Teachers from several Buddhist traditions will give talks on Buddhist philosophy and lead participants in meditation techniques during Change Your Mind Day from 12:30 to 5 p.m. June 7 on the east lawn of George Eastman House, 900 East Ave. in Rochester.

Free and open to the public, the international event was established 10 years ago in New York City by the staff of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

The mandala, or sacred sand painting, is being built by Buddhist monks from the Dalai Lama's U.S. monastery as part of Eastman House's exhibit "Face of Asia: Steve McCurry," from Sunday through June 8.

Participants should bring something to make themselves comfortable sitting on the lawn. Folding chairs will be available.

For more information, contact Amitabha Foundation at (585) 442-5853 or visit the Web site at

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