Group to host fourth annual legislative preview
The Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State will hold its fourth annual Oklahoma Legislative Preview from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa.
The event's theme is “Separating Fact from Emotion.” Bills submitted by both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature that could affect rights will be presented for discussion. An added feature this year will be a short explanation of how proposed bills become law in Oklahoma. The Legislature officially convenes on Monday.
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Bill Nimmo at 843-3651 or go to www.okau.org or www. au.org.
Prayer event is set at Capitol
“Pray For Your Legislator Day,” an annual event, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the state Capitol. The event is coordinated by the Oklahoma Legislative Prayer Caucus. Co-chairman of the caucus, Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said each person who comes has the opportunity to sit in the chair of their legislator, and other legislators to pray for them. Kern said a guide for how to pray for representatives and senators will be given to participants when they arrive in the House Chamber, along with cards so they can leave a message for the legislator if they choose. Participants are asked to enter on the west side of the state Capitol through the doors under the green awning. For more information, email state director Sandra Leaver at Sandra@CPCFoundation.com, or visit www.OklahomaPrayerCaucus.org.
Author to speak on religious terrorism
CHICKASHA — Is religion a biological urge? What makes a belief sacred? What motivates a person to kill in the name of God? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed by Scott Atran, Ph.D., when he delivers the keynote address for the first Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the ballroom at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1727 W Alabama Ave. The event is free and open to the public.
Atran has traveled the world interviewing and, in some cases, living among known terrorists in order to better understand the motivations of those who kill in the name of God. He published his findings in a book titled, “Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un) Making of Terrorists (2010).”
Zachary Simpson, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at the university, said he chose Atran for the inaugural Ableson Lecture due to the breadth of his research as well as its timely message.
“Dr. Atran's research focuses on how we come to form religious beliefs and communities, what motivates certain forms of religious sacrifice and the role of science and sacred values in society,” Simpson said.
The Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture is named in honor of USAO Alumni Hall of Fame member U.S. Navy Captain Bradford Edward Ableson. An architect of the modern model for military chaplains and a chaplain to President Bill Clinton, Ableson graduated magna cum laude from USAO in 1980. He died in 2009 at age 50. The endowed fund that supports the Ableson Chair was established by Ableson's widow in 2009 and was later matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. For more information, call 574-1362.
Church to host Groundhog dinner
GUTHRIE — First United Methodist Church of Guthrie will host a Groundhog Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Logan County Fairgrounds, 1201 S Division. The dinner includes homemade sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls, green beans, coleslaw, beverages and dessert. A silent auction also is planned.
Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and younger. Money raised from the event will go toward church projects such as extensive renovation efforts already under way at the historic church, 224 E Noble Ave. Advance tickets may be purchased at the church. For ticket information, call 282-4297. Call 282-0926 after 9 a.m. Thursday, for takeout and delivery.
From Staff and Wire reports