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Religion briefs for June 9


Gospel music events are set

The Oklahoma United Gospel Music Association will present several concerts in June.

Anita Walker and the Stable Rock Quartet will be the featured singers at the concert set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Rose Rock Villa Apartments in Norman.

Larry Delawder and Family will perform in concert at 6:30 p.m. June 16 at Christ Church Yukon, 620 W Vandament.

The Armstrong Family and Keith McKinney will perform at 6:30 p.m. June 23 at Exchange Avenue Baptist Church, 1312 S Pennsylvania.

Admission is free for each concert. A love offering will be received at each event to give to the singers.

For more information, call 324-2144 or go to

Church to present musical

Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church's music ministry will present its annual "Gospel in Song Musical" at 4 p.m. Sunday at 1400 NE 13.

The musical will be a mixture of traditional and contemporary featuring the choirs of Allen Chapel, including the children's choir, Son's of Allen men's chorus and the gospel choir. Other participants include the Community Abundant Life Church Choir and St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

The concert also will feature a special musical performance by national recording artist Zion's Joy from Indianapolis.

For more information, call 424-6625.

Catholic Charities' highlights refugees

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City continues to highlight the lives of refugees as part of a social media initiative in conjunction with World Refugee Day on June 20.

To join in the United Nations' celebration of World Refugee Day, Catholic Charities is encouraging people to view a virtual experience entitled "Journey of a Refugee" which has been featured daily on Facebook at since June 1.

Every day leading up to World Refugee Day will be a glimpse of a day in the life of a refugee.

A refugee is a person who meets the United Nation's criteria of leaving their home nation due to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion," the agency said in a news release.

They seek refuge in other countries with the hope of creating a new life for themselves and their families. There are more than 65 million refugees in the world today, and more than 3 million have entered the United States since 1980.

Catholic Charities has spent the last 40 years working to provide reception and placement services to all newly arrived refugees in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Through the decades, the faith-based agency has worked with individuals and families from several countries across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.


"Why We Need Religion" by Stephen T. Asma (Oxford, $29.95).

From the publisher: In the book "Why We Need Religion" philosophy scholar Stephen T. Asma argues that, like art, religion has direct access to our emotional lives in ways that science does not. Unlike secular authors who praise religion's ethical and civilizing function, Asma argues that its core value lies in its emotionally therapeutic power, explaining how emotion provides a source for religion, and how religion helps humans survive and flourish. Asma is a professor of philosophy and Founding Fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture at Columbia College in Chicago.