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Religion Notes / News of area faith groups

'Festival of Faiths'

A "Festival of Faiths," featuring presentations from a variety of faith traditions, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Stella Niagara Retreat Center in Youngstown.

The free event, sponsored by the Network of Religious Communities and the Lewiston Youngstown Clergy Association, consists of a series of 45-minute workshops introducing various religious traditions found in Western New York. Traditions offering workshops will be the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Baha'i, Buddhism, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Call 882-4793 for more information.

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Primate visits

Metropolitan Herman, archbishop of Washington and New York, metropolitan of All America and Canada, and primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will be visiting Western New York today and Sunday.

He is scheduled to visit Holy Trinity Orthodox Church/Holy Cross Monastery in Niagara Falls this morning.

This evening he will attend vespers at Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, 45 Ideal St. And on Sunday morning he will serve the divine liturgy at St. George Orthodox Church, 2 Nottingham Terrace. A dinner in his honor will follow in the church hall.

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'Walk for the World'

Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church will present "Walk for the World," a 3-mile walk along the Clarence Center Bike Path to benefit four corners of the world.

Organizers of the project hope to raise $100,000 for the Buffalo City Mission Cornerstone Manor, a home for orphans with HIV in Zambia and victims of the tsunami in Sri Lanka.

By walking the bike path where Clarence resident Joan Diver was slain in September 2006, they hope to "redeem" the path with prayers for the safety and protection of bike paths throughout Western New York.

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Bolden leads revival

Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 1007 Ellicott St., will hold a spring revival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday featuring the Rev. Maurice Bolden of Greensboro, N.C., as evangelist.

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Polvino to be ordained

Andrea Polvino will be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop J. Michael Garrison of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway.

Polvino, an attorney, is attending the School of Theology of the University of the South in Tennessee.

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Habitat event Sunday

About 30 churches from throughout Western New York will come together at 2 p.m. Sunday to build a home at 136 Chester St. as part of Habitat for Humanity Buffalo's Apostolic Build.

It will be Habitat Buffalo's 170th house. Groundbreaking is Sunday. Framing will begin in mid-May. Dedication of the house is slated for Sept. 16, in conjunction with the International Day of Prayer for Habitat.

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