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Lenten dinner-discussion event is set at church

"Soup for the Soul," a Lenten meal and lesson series, will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at Western Oaks Christian Church, 8100 NW 23.

Rabbi Abby Jacobson, spiritual leader of Emanuel Synagogue, will be featured guest speaker.

The Rev. Daniel U'Ren, the church's senior minister, said the series will include five Sunday evening suppers, followed by educational presentations. He said the theme is shalom, a Hebrew word which may be translated as peace, but also may mean ideas such as tranquility, prosperity, harmony or absence of discord. Discussions of the meanings of shalom will be presented by scholars from a variety of faith communities. U'Ren said the public is invited to attend.A meal will be at 6, followed by presentations at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday through April 7.

Besides Jacobson, other guests for the series include state Sen. George Young, D-Oklahoma City, an ordained Baptist minister, March 17; panelists from an interfaith trip to Israel and Palestinian areas, March 24; Imad Enchassi, senior imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City and associate professor of religion at Oklahoma City University, March 31; and John Starkey, Millhouse Professor of Theology at OCU.

For more information, call U'Ren at 789-8812 or go to

Buddhists will host repentance ceremony

Buddha Mind Monastery will host the “Eighty-eight Buddhas Repentance Ceremony” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Sunday at 5800 S Anderson Road. Individuals will pray for the well-being, peace and wisdom of their families and other beings. A Dharma talk will be featured, along with a vegetarian lunch. All activities are free and open to the public.

For more information, go to

Church hosts 'Quiet Day'

NICHOLS HILLS — All Souls' Episcopal Church will host "Quiet Day" from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 6400 N Pennsylvania Ave.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Hawkins, bishop of the Diocese of Saskatchewan, will speak during the event, which is a time of prayer, reflection and quiet. It is sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of All Souls’ but is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $10. Interested individuals are asked to notify the church office if they wish to purchase lunch. Quiet Day activities will take place in the Chapel of St. Mary. Guests must sign up for child care, if needed.

For more information or to sign up for the event, call 842-1461 or sign up at the church's front reception desk.

Youths invited to spring break event

The 2019 Youth Explosion event will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelley.

This year's theme is "Walk by Faith Not by Sight." Activities include a pizza meal, basketball tournament and "Birdbox" challenge featuring a "the walk of faith" will be at 7 p.m. Youths will attend educational sessions on the topics "Teen Suicide ... There's Another Way" and "Walking by Faith, Not by Sight."

For more information, call Debra L. Johnson at 816-7493.l

St. Patrick's Day celebration is planned

The O’Klahoma Irish Heritage Society will host a 2019 St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 16-17 in Oklahoma City.

Stockyards City Main Street's parade in Stockyards City will be at 10 a.m. March 16, with Kelly Dyer Fry, The Oklahoman's publisher, serving as grand marshal. The parade will march west from Pennsylvania and Exchange avenues to Agnew and then south to SW 14.

The O'Klahoma Irish Heritage Society will gather for Mass at 10 a.m. March 17 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2121 N Portland. The organization will host a reception in the parish hall after Mass.