Religion news and notes
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., Youngstown, will hold Black History programs 3:30 p.m. every Sunday in February. The theme is “Where Do We Go From Here in the Year 2020.”
On Sunday, the Rev. G. Black will speak on monuments and sculptures of famous African-Americans who lived in Ohio.
On Feb. 16 a talent program will take place with youth from various churches who will sing, dance, mime and do readings on African-American history. There will also be puppets from Mount Zion Church.
On Feb. 23, the Rev. Henry McNeil, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967, will speak on where we are now and what we need to be doing for the future of black youth and the black community.
Programs are free. Call 330-783-1332.
WHITE MASS: Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown will be the principal celebrant for the 24th annual White Mass 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown. Deacon Christopher Germak will serve as homilist.
The White Mass is for all health professionals, including mental health workers, to recognize and celebrate the ministry of all those in the healing professions.
A reception will follow in St. Columba Hall next to the cathedral. For information contact 330-744-8451.
ALLIANCE TO MEET: The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday at Price Memorial AME Zion Church, 920 Dryden Ave., Youngstown, where Dr. William King is pastor.
The meeting will include taking a survey on or before that meeting to determine which time — 11 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. — will be a better time to meet in the future.
NEAR DEATH: During February, the Unity Spiritual Centre Girard, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, will have the Ongoing Metaphysics discussing past-life regressions on Tuesday with Marie Lallo-Wagner, who operates the Center for Sound Therapy in Boardman.
On Feb. 18, Carol Gottesman, a certified pranic healer and instructor, will discuss her relationship with her husband both before and after death, and on Feb. 25, the discussions will be centered around near-death experiences.
All lectures and discussions are between 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and are free. Love offerings or donations will be accepted. Call 330-539-0122 for more information.
SINGING BOWLS: Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will hold a Singing Bowl Meditation 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The program “Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation” will be conducted by Maria and Calvin Wagner from the Center for Sound Therapy in Boardman.
The meditation is free but donations will be accepted. Call 330-539-0122.
HEBREW COURSE: Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, will present an eight-week Hebrew Primer class beginning Tuesday. The crash Hebrew reading course will enable participants to phonetically read any Hebrew word.
Classes will be 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays to March 10. The cost is $40 for JCC and Temple members and $55 for nonmembers. The course is sponsored by the Commission for Jewish Education.
ANTI-SEMITISM: Rabbi Frank Muller of Congregation Rodef Sholom will present a four-session mini-course titled “Anti-Semitism: Past, Present and Future” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 13, 20 and 27 at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane.
Muller will discuss one of the world’s most insidious prejudices in centuries past, the forms it has taken in the modern world and what must be done to prevent it in the future.
Cost is $25 for JCC and Temple members and $35 for nonmembers. Register online at jccyoungstown.org or contact the JCC membership office at 330-746-3250, Ext. 195.
ROAD WITH ROMANCE: Unity Spiritual Centre Girard, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, is having a Valentine’s Day Concert titled “The Road with Romance” 7 p.m. Friday.
The concert will feature Gary Lucas, who is a graduate of Heidelburg College and has been the keyboardist at the Centre for more than 23 years. A collection of well-known love songs will be featured.
The concert is free but love offerings or donations will be accepted.
FAITH AND FAMILY DAY: Fellowship of Christian Athletes Steel Valley will hold a Faith and Family Day 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at a Youngstown State University basketball game.
Pregame activities begin at noon at the Beeghly Center, followed by watching warm-ups and the high-five tunnel at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call Bob at 330-565-9274.
KIDS NIGHT: The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown will host a Kids Night 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15. Parents can enjoy a night out while their child stays in at JCC.
Dinner, games and crafts will be provided. Young children will have a movie and dance party, while older kids will watch a movie. This event is for ages 3 to 14.
The cost is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Register online at jccyoungstown.org or call 330-746-3250, Ext. 195.
For information, visit jccyoungstown.org.
ACTION PROGRAM: ACTION will hold a communitywide workshop informational forum on “What is White Privilege? Taking off the Mask” 3 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown.
Guest speakers include Martin Friedman of the Pittsburgh Racial Equity Institution.
The forum will be designed to educate, inform and preach to increase awareness with an understanding of how structural racism is based on white privilege deeply rooted in societal practices.
MOVIE NIGHT: The North Lima Mennonite Church, 90 Mennonite Drive, North Lima, will show the movie “Mbreteria” 6 p.m. Feb. 16. The tale of two sons was a winner of 23 film festival awards and is billed as “an uplifting family story from the vineyards of Kosovo.”
The film will be closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. For information call 330-549-2333.
FAMOUS JEWISH MEN: Temple El Emeth in Liberty will hold Bagels with the Rabbi 10:30 a.m. Feb. 16 with guest speaker Marica Levy, who will discuss “Famous Jewish Men.” RSVP by Thursday to the temple.
INTERFAITH EVENT: Interfaith Women of the Valley Interfaith Tea will take place 1 p.m. Feb. 18 at Congregation Rodef Sholom, 1119 Elm St., Youngstown. The theme for the 73rd annual event is “We are Better Together.” The keynote speaker will be Rabbi Franklin W. Muller, D.D.
Each year, the tea is hosted by a different faith community. The event is free. For information, call Sally at 330-759-2267 or the Rodef Sholom office at 330-744-5001.
Interfaith Women of the Valley is a gathering of women from nearly every religion in the Mahoning Valley.
SURVIVAL GUIDE: The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, in cooperation with St. Paul Parish in North Canton, is offering “The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide” 6:45 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 19 to May 6 at St. Paul Parish, 241 S. Main St., North Canton.
“The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide” is a DVD-based series with accompanying materials created to bring hope, healing, wisdom and even wit to divorced and separated Catholics. This professionally produced series includes top Catholic experts on relationships, love, sex, marriage, divorce, annulment and Church teachings, plus the personal testimony of 12 divorced Catholic men and women who share their real-life stories of hope and healing.
The series is free. To register for additional opportunities for ministry to the divorced, call 330-744-8451.
URSULINE BOOK CLUB: The Ursuline Center Book has announced its books for 2020. On Feb. 18, the topic will be “A Single Thread” by Tracy Chevalier.
The book club gathers at 6:30 p.m. at the Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road, Canfield. There is no cost to participate. Free-will offerings are accepted.
Pre-registration is appreciated by calling the center at 330-799-4941.
PERFORMANCE SET: Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir will perform with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra on March 7. The 80-voice choir will perform in collaboration with Singers Together and The Youngstown Connection for the YSO’s program “Spiritual Journey: The Road to Peace and Freedom.”
Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir is comprised of singers from Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Portage counties, as well as Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania.
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