Hudson resident Devyani Gursahaney will share her thoughts on the benefits of a pluralistic culture at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 W. Bath Road, Bath Township.
Gursahaney, a native of India, is a popular speaker on diversity and Hinduism. She has provided human resources training and consulting for corporations, universities, associations and religious institutions in India and the United States. Her approach combines a cross-cultural perspective with a strong commitment to introducing compassion in the workplace.
The presentation is part of a course on world religions at the local church, called “Wonderful Wednesdays.” The course is designed to deepen the faith of participants via conversations about other faiths.
For more information, call 330-666-3520 or go to www.bathucc.org.
In other religion news:
Akron-Canton Shambhala Center — 1707 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shambhala Day: Year of the Wood Horse. Join with the sangha to celebrate the new year. The day will feature an address from Sakyong Mipham in the afternoon.
Catholic Charities of Summit County — Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. The Women’s Board will host its 26th annual Fashion Show/Luncheon Fundraiser with a silent auction, raffle and bake sale. $20 per person. Proceeds will benefit programs that address the societal needs of children and families, persons with disabilities, older adults and the poor in Summit County. Reservations are due Friday. Checks payable to Women’s Board of CCCS/SC. Send to M. Stewart, 45 Bermont Ave., Munroe Falls, OH 44262.
Christ is the Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Be Strong and Courageous Experience will take place. The Rev. Ron Watford is featured speaker. 330-376-1869.
Cottage Grove Evangelical Congregational Church — 3133 Cottage Grove Road, Coventry Township. Noon Sunday. Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held. To enter, bring a pot of your favorite chili. Glen and Kris Evert of Missionary Maintenance Services in Coshocton will be guest speakers during 9:30 a.m. Sunday school and 10:45 a.m. worship service. The agency maintains and repairs missionary airplanes. Also, a silent auction will be held to help fund three teens preparing for a missions trip to Belize in Central America. 330-644-5616.
Dominion Family Church — 90 W. Thornton St., Akron. Third anniversary celebration. At 6 p.m. today, a youth talent showcase and family night banquet will be held. At 11 a.m. Sunday, the Rev. Sherry Jackson will bring the message at morning worship. At 4 p.m., there will be praise and worship with the Rev. Charles Prince and the congregation of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Canton. 330-252-2277.
Firestone Park Presbyterian Church — 275 S. Firestone Blvd., Akron. 5 p.m. Sunday. A Peace and Justice Prayer Service will be held for church members and the community. Pray for peace in your own life, family community, nation and/or world. 330-724-2740.
Holy Family Parish — 3179 Kent Road, Stow. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15. Exploring the joy of evangelization with Gus Lloyd, Catholic evangelist and Sirius/XM radio host. Co-sponsored by St. John the Baptist and Visitation of Mary parishes in Akron. Lunch provided at 11:30 a.m. Freewill offering. Reservations are required, no fee. Email name and number attending to email@example.com or call 330-688-6412, ext. 468.
Journey Covenant Church — 2679 N. Haven Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free, hot dinner to local residents on the last Tuesday of every month. Christ Kitchen Dinners are open to the public. 330-923-8021.
Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church — 930 S. Nickelplate Ave., Louisville. 4 to 7 p.m. today. A free-will spaghetti dinner will be served. It benefits the church’s community outreach. 330-875-2125.
St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church — 1233 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 9 a.m. March 1. The sixth annual Men’s Prayer Breakfast, named in honor of James Gibbons, will be held. Tickets are $10 per person. Speaker is the Rev. Richard McDuffie, pastor of St. John. The Men’s Day celebration will culminate at 10:45 a.m. March 9. The speaker during morning worship will be the Rev. Roy K. Reid, presiding elder of Louisville/Lexington Kentucky District, second Episcopal District of the CME Church. 330-864-3060.
Wedgewood United Methodist Church — 2350 Wedgewood Drive, Akron. 5:30 to 7 p.m. today. A chili cook-off will we held. Cost is $5 per person to sample all you want, ages 5 or younger free. Hot dogs available for children. Soda pop, water and pies sold separately. Everyone is welcome. 330-773-8707.
Westminster Presbyterian Church — 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. During Lent, the church will post 40 Quotes for 40 Days on Facebook, Twitter and via email. To be added to the email list to receive inspirational quotes each day, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-836-2226. The website is www.westminsterakron.com.
Diocese of Youngstown — St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown. 4:30 p.m. March 1. The Diocesan Office of Worship will sponsor the 2014 Youth Choir Festival. Open to young people in grades 3-12 at diocesan schools and from diocesan parishes. Students will gather at noon to rehearse for the 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass. Daniel Laginya, director of music at the cathedral, will be choral director. Mary Ann Bilas Bush is organist and pianist. A choral prelude for the liturgy will begin at 4:10 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the Vigil Mass and prelude. Students must register to participate. Call 330-744-8451 or email email@example.com.
E.J. Thomas Hall — University of Akron. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Soweto Gospel Choir will perform. The two-time Grammy-winning choir performed for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday and Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 75th birthday. Tickets are $36.50, $26.50 and $11.50 for UA students. Tickets available at the ticket office, 330-972-7570, ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Holy Trinity Church — 50 N. Prospect St., Akron. 8 p.m. March 1. The Cincinnati Boychoir will perform. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Malone University — Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. The College of Theology Arts and Sciences Department of Music will present Wilson Shitandi and the acclaimed Kenyan choir Taifa Mziki. Also, Shitandi will address Music as an Agent of Social Change. Taifa Mziki is a men’s a cappella choral group from Kenyatta University in Nairobi. Free to the public. 330-471-8239.
St. Barnabas Church — 9451 Brandywine Road, Northfield Center Township. 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1, 2 p.m. March 2. The long-running musical passion play Tetelestai will be performed all three days. The dramatic stage production by Cleveland Performing Arts Ministries brings the story of Jesus’ trial, execution and resurrection to life. The play lasts about two hours with a short intermission. A reception will follow, allowing the audience to mingle with cast and crew. Freewill offering. 440-944-0635.
St. Sebastian Parish — 500 Mull Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. March 2. A Coffee House Concert with the eclectic folk music of Lisa and Heather Malyuk will be in Zwisler Hall. The sisters perform old-time, Celtic and world folk music. Coffee, tea and desserts will be served. Free to the public. 330-836-2233.
United Baptist Church — 1007 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. March 8. Annual Scholarship Fund Concert. Includes the Rev. Kevin Rushing, orator on The Importance of Education; University of Akron’s New Seasons Gospel Choir; Kent State University’s Voice of Testimony, spoken word artist Alexis Boyd, University of Mount Union Gospel Choir, Christian rap artist Donte Dannell, Mount Haven’s Mission Movement, organist Kofi Boakye and Case Western Reserve University’s Voices of Glory. Freewill offering. Refreshments served afterward.
First Friday Club of Greater Akron — Quaker Station at the University of Akron, 135 S. Broadway, Akron. Noon March 7. Reflections from Catholic High School Students. Four seniors will represent local schools: Leah Sadinski of Archbishop Hoban, Renee Dollard of Our Lady of the Elms, Derick Whiddon of St. Vincent-St. Mary and Michael Gladstone of Walsh Jesuit. Cost of the luncheon is $15. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Call 330-535-7668 or visit www.firstfridayclubofgreaterakron.org.
Walsh University — Barrette Business and Community Center, 2020 E. Maple St. NW, North Canton. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Multicultural Affairs and the Black Student Union present Dr. Peter Rogers, author of the book With Malice Toward None: The Night Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was Killed. Rogers was a medical student who was at the hospital the night King was shot. He soon joined the fight for civil rights and racial equality. His book will be available for purchase. A panel discussion will follow the speech at 7:30 p.m. 330-490-7296.
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