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Religion briefs for June 8

Religion briefs for June 8
Published: June 8, 2013

In brief


Baha'is plan unity day

The public is invited to a special concert and musical presentation by conductor and vocalist Van Gilmer from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Edmond Baha'i Center, 321 E Campbell.

The concert will be part of the center's Race Unity Day celebration. Gilmer is music director at the North America Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Ill.

In addition to Saturday's concert, he will perform and speak during Sunday services at the Baha'i Center, starting with devotions at 10 a.m.

Race Unity Day was established by the Baha'is of United States in 1957. It is observed nationwide on the second weekend in June and promotes racial harmony and the understanding of the essential unity of humankind.

One of the basic principles of the Baha'i Faith is elimination of all prejudices, including racial prejudices.

For more information, call 348-9992 or visit, or email

Christian writers meet

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Robin Patchen from 1 to 3 p.m. June 15 at Mardel, 3300 S Boulevard. Patchen will lead a hands-on workshop titled “The Mystery of Voice.”

Patchen, of Edmond, will help authors to begin the process of discovering their own, God-given voices. Her first novel, “One Christmas Eve,” was released in November with Harbourlight Books.

The OKC Christian Fiction Writers meets the third Saturday of the month at Mardel. For more information, go to or email Erin Young at

Single moms event is set

The ninth annual “Survive 'N' Thrive Single Mothers' Conference” will be June 21-22 at Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland.

Wanda Pratt, mother of Oklahoma City Thunder NBA star Kevin Durant, will give the keynote presentation. She'll share about her journey as a single mother. The event, created by Arise Ministries, is endorsed by Gov. Mary Fallin, who serves as the honorary chairman of the conference. Last year, women attended from more than 120 cities across seven states.

In previous years, the conference has drawn women who are separated, widowed or divorced, as well as women whose husbands are incarcerated or stationed overseas in the military. Others are single mothers who have never married or who adopted a child without a spouse. Conference breakout sessions cover a wide-range of subjects to meet the individual needs of the moms.

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