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Religion Notes / News of area faith groups

Prayer 'shut in'

First Holy Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church, 703 Fillmore Ave., will offer a fasting and prayer "shut in" 10 p.m. Friday through 2 p.m. next Saturday.

Participants will fast, drinking only water, all day Feb. 20 and throughout the shut in -- in accordance with a passage in the New Testament that calls on people to "pray without ceasing."

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Pastor installed

Buffalo Covenant Church, 786 Kenmore Ave., will install a new pastor, Beatrice Radakovich, during 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday.

Radakovich, a Chicago native, has a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, served in Americorps and earned a master of divinity degree in 2007 from McCormick Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the Andersen Prize as the graduating senior displaying the most promise for pastoral ministry. She previously served as associate pastor of Storehouse Covenant Church in Chicago.

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Reflection set

An afternoon reflection on "The Spiritual Side of Cancer" will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. next Saturday in the St. Columban Center, 6892 Lakeshore Road, Derby.

Author, lecturer and cancer survivor Lorene Hanley Duquin will be the presenter.

Participants will explore new ways to pray, letting go of stress and dealing with diagnosis and treatment. Cost of the retreat is $20 and registration is required. Call 947-4708.

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Nurse seminar set

Parish Nurse Ministries will host a seminar, "Calling a Parish Nurse to Your Faith Community" from 8:15 to 11 a.m. March 7 in Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, Aurora.

A complimentary breakfast will be followed by presentations from parish nurses who have active ministries in faith communities in Western New York. People of all faith backgrounds are invited to learn about the work of parish nurses and how to begin parish nurse ministry.

Admission is free but preregistration is necessary. Call 566-1163 to register or for more information.

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Lecture on Buddhism

The Buffalo Mindfulness Community will sponsor an evening lecture Feb. 27 and a daylong meditation Feb. 28 on "Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness: The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings."

The teachings, led by Philip Starkman and Jim Bedard of Toronto's Spring Rain Sangha, will be in the Business Building of Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst.

The public talk will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m.; the day of mindfulness will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a simple vegetarian lunch.

Free-will donations will be accepted. To register or for more information call 400-5899 or e-mail info@buffalodharma.org.

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