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'Ethics of food'

The Network of Religious Communities will host a multifaith lunch forum on "The Ethics of Food: Exploring Agricultural Biotechnology" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in First Presbyterian Church, Symphony Circle.

Panelists will be Anthony Shelton of Cornell University; the Rev. Shirley Chan, a United Church of Christ minister; and John Mohawk, a historian and University at Buffalo faculty member. Lunch will be served for $6. Call 882-4798 by Monday to reserve a spot.

Reflecting on saint

St. Ambrose parish, 65 Ridgewood Road, in keeping with a custom to concentrate on a person renowned for his or her holiness on All Saints Day, will reflect on the life and sanctity of Mother Mary Lange, founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence during Masses on Monday.

Mass times are 7 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Lange, a native of Haiti, founded the African-American order in the early 1800s. Three members of the community currently serve in Western New York and have been invited to the Masses.

Interfaith support group

Lucille and Larry Sherlick will lead a three-session support group for interfaith couples beginning Tuesday in Temple Beth Zion, 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

The program, "Times and Seasons," is designed to promote communication about religion between partners in an interfaith relationship. Cost is $50 per couple. Call 836-6565 for information or to reserve a spot.

Deacon to speak

Deacon Ted Pijacki, director of formation for the permanent diaconate program, will discuss "How to Listen to God" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Road, Eggertsville.

For details, call 565-2525.

Election Day prayers

St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 1520 East Delavan Ave., will keep its doors open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday for prayers on Election Day.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available throughout the day, and there will be two Masses, at 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., in celebration of All Souls Day.

All people, regardless of religious belief, are welcome to pray for personal guidance and for the future of the nation.

'Hopeville' musical tours

"Hopeville," a Broadway-style Christian musical, will be performed at 7 p.m. next Saturday in HSBC Arena.

The performance features three of Gospel music's most popular singers, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin. Tickets are available at the HSBC Arena box office, Tops Markets, or at (888) 223-6000.

Immaculata memorial

The Alumnae Association of Immaculata Academy will host its annual Family Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. Nov. 7, in the school chapel, 5138 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

The Mass will include an opportunity to memorialize deceased loved ones with remembrance cards.

The Rev. Mark David Skura, Franciscan priest and teacher at St. Francis High School, will preside. Reserve spots by calling 649-6161, Ext. 155, by Wednesday.

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