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Interfaith group meets

The Network of Religious Communities, an interreligious and ecumenical organization, will hold its annual meeting Thursday in Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Following the organizational meeting and dinner, four area religious leaders will hold a dialogue on "Religious Organizations and Community Change," beginning at about 7:30 p.m.

Dialogue participants include the Rev. Richard Stenhouse, pastor of Bethel AME Church and member of the Buffalo Financial Control Board; Dr. Khalid Qazi, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; Dennis Castillo, professor, Christ the King Seminary; and Peter A. Weinmann, attorney and immediate past president of the American Jewish Committee.

The religious leaders will discuss economic and community development in Western New York, including regionalism, the redevelopment of inner cities, and how to increase cooperation among religious communities for the benefit of the entire community.

The moderator will be the Rev. Jeff Carter, past president of the Network of Religious Communities.

The annual meeting will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the election of a president and other officers and adoption of a 2005 budget.

Members of all congregations and religious organizations are welcome to attend the dinner, annual meeting and dialogue. Dinner reservations at $15 per person are required. Call 882-4793, Ext. 19, by Tuesday to make dinner reservations.

Gospel is topic

The Rev. Paul Steller, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Lancaster, will present a workshop on the Gospel of John on Tuesday and Wednesday at two locations.

The Tuesday session of "Johannine Journeys: Some Considerations on the Gospel of John" will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.

The Wednesday session will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Catholic Center, 795 Main St., Buffalo.

Steller, a Scripture scholar, will provide an in-depth understanding of the readings of St. John that are scattered throughout Sunday Masses in the church's liturgical year.

The workshops are open to everyone. Call the diocesan Office for the Catechumenate for more information or to register, 847-5546.

Hillview marks 50th

Hillview Baptist Church, 26 Rehm Road, Depew, will celebrate 50 years of ministry with a 9:45 a.m. program on Sunday featuring Dale Nolan, administrator of Word of Life Olympian Clubs in Michigan.

At the 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. services, John Moore, Scottish song writer and preacher, will present sermons, and Lloyd Knight, tenor soloist from Toronto, will provide music.

Anniversary cake will be served after the 6:30 p.m. service.

Healy to lecture

Mary Healy, adjunct professor of theology at Notre Dame School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Va., will be the guest speaker at two events, one Thursday, the other Friday.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Healy will address "The Culture Wars and Pope John Paul's Theology of the Body" at St. Martin of Tours parish, 1140 Abbott Road.

She also will speak Friday at the sixth annual Wendy Marks Scholarship Breakfast, set for 8 a.m. in the dining hall of Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora.

The scholarship fund is named for a missionary of St. Luke's Mission of Mercy who died on the way to Rome for the canonization ceremony of St. Faustina. The fund benefits high school seniors from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo who attend Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

Since the fund's inception in 1999, $27,000 in scholarships have been awarded. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased from Deacon Mike McKeating, 824-4924.

Welcome for Kmiec

St. Stanislaus parish, the mother church of Polonia at 123 Townsend St. in Buffalo, will host a special welcome Mass at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, for Bishop Edward U. Kmiec.

The Mass also will serve as the annual Mass to remember all deceased Polish clergy and religious from the Buffalo diocese and will remember the 150th anniversary of Polish parochial ministry in the United States.

An opportunity to meet Kmiec will follow the Mass in the school auditorium, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Church marks 30th

"Discovering God in Our Midst" will be the theme of the 30th anniversary celebration today and Sunday at New Covenant United Church of Christ, 459 Clinton St.

A free praise and worship concert will be held at 5 p.m., featuring soloist Sandra Kay Alexander and accompanist Jarvis R. Wilson, both of Atlanta.

Rev. George William Dubois, pastor of Evangelistic Temple Community Church Center, will preach at the 11 a.m. service Sunday, and Bernice Powell Jackson, executive minister of the justice and witness ministries of the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, will be the guest speaker at a 5 p.m. banquet Sunday in the Statler Rendezvous Room.

Tickets for the banquet are $35 and available by calling 832-6598.

Folk group performs

Heart to Heart, a gospel folk group from St. Mary of the Lake parish in Hamburg, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Harvest House, 1782 Seneca St.

No tickets or reservations are necessary. Call 825-0929 for more information.

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