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Religion briefs for April 20

Religion briefs for April 20
Published: April 20, 2013

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Ordination service is planned

First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City will celebrate the ordination of intern minister Cathey Edwards at 4 p.m. April 28 at 600 NW 13.

Beverly McLarry, music director and composer in residence, has composed an anthem for the occasion called “Oneness with the spirit” that will be sung. A reception will follow.

Edwards received her Master of Divinity degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2011. Since then, she has been making the trip down Interstate 44 several times a week to serve in a preliminary fellowship role with First Unitarian-Oklahoma City.

After her ordination, Edwards will return to Tulsa where she resides with her husband, Joe Perrault and children.


Movie focuses on malaria battle

Throw a party to save lives. That's the message the United Methodist Church is sharing in preparation for World Malaria Day on Thursday.

Advocates for the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign will host screening parties of HBO's new movie “Mary and Martha” starring Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank and Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn. The movie follows the journey of two women who meet in Africa and work to raise awareness of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that claims a life every 60 seconds.

Anyone can download the “Imagine No Malaria” movie-watch party kit to get exclusive invitations, event planning tips, themed recipes, easy instructions for making mosquito costumes, fun activities for children, information about the fight against malaria and other resources.

“Mary and Martha” premieres at 7 p.m. Saturday on HBO. It is also scheduled to air on Sunday and Tuesday. Following the parties, watchers can join the cause and donate to “Imagine No Malaria” by texting “‘MOM” to 27722. All donations go to fighting the disease in Africa.

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