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Interfaith Summit in Huntsville
Nationally known scholars will be among speakers for
an Interfaith Summit in Huntsville, Feb. 22-25.
Vanderbilt University professor John Thatamanil will speak on “What Gandhi and King Can Teach Us about Inter-religious Dialogue” for the opening session, Feb. 22, 6 p.m., at Oakwood College Business and Technology Center. A book signing will follow.
“Toward Understanding Islam” will be the topic Feb. 23 at 6 p.m., at the Huntsville Islamic Center, 1645 Sparkman Drive N.W. The event includes dinner and prayers.
Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, will speak Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. at Church of the Nativity, Episcopal, 208 Eustis Ave. N.E. His topic will be “The Roots of Jewish Justice.” A Sabbath service will be at 10 a.m., followed by lunch.
An interfaith dialogue will be Feb. 25, 2 to 6 p.m., at The Center for Conscious Living, 308 Lily Flagg Road S.E.
Materials and meals are free. Reservations are required by Friday by calling the Interfaith Mission Service, 536-2401.
Network contest seeking entries
The Inspirational Network is accepting entries for its sixth season of “Christian Artist Talent Search.” The nationally broadcast show will have 32 finalists performing.
Entries from all categories of Christian music will be accepted, including gospel, Southern gospel, rock and rap/hip-hop. Entrants must be 15 or older as of April 16, which is the deadline for entry, and must send a CD or audiocassette of two Christian songs. Soloists and groups are eligible. Go to www.insp.com for more information.
Lilly announces clergy grants
As many as 120 congregations and their ministers will receive up to $45,000 in grants each this year in Lilly Endowment’s National Clergy Renewal Program.
Grants allow ministers to get away from the demands of daily parish life and explore “what makes their hearts sing,” said Craig Dykstra, Lilly Endowment senior vice president for religion.
Most pastors previously selected have spent three to four months away from their churches traveling, studying and connecting to family and friends, he said. The idea is to renew a pastor’s heart and spirituality and in turn to improve the spiritual quality of his or her congregation, Dykstra said.
The deadline for proposals is May 15. For an application or more information, go to www.lillyendowment.org or call (317) 916-7350.
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