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Religion briefs for May 4
Published: May 4, 2013


Group plans dialogue event

The Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will host its fifth annual Spring Dialogue from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Raindrop Turkish House, 4444 N Classen Blvd. Theme of the free event is “Advantages and Disadvantages of Religious Involvement with Civil Government.” The event will be a panel discussion that will explore the advantages and disadvantages of mixing religion and civil government. Turkish refreshments will be served. Panelists will include the Rev. William Tabbernee, executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches; Bilal Erturk, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of finance at Oklahoma State University; Clayton Flesher, co-founder of Odd Oklahoma; and James Nimmo, OK-AU communications chair. Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C., founded in 1947. For more information, call 843-3651 or go to

Boot camp offered at church

A five-week Body & Soul boot camp will be offered at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, 304 SW 134. The first boot camp sessions are set for 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and will be free and open to the public. The boot camp is designed to help participants improve cardiovascular endurance, build strength, and drop pounds. Participants should bring water and a mat or towel. Enrollment will be limited. Preregister by calling 206-6075 or send an email to For more information about Body & Soul or starting a class, go to

Group is planning gospel event

The Oklahoma United Gospel Music Association will present a special Yukon Gospel Sing at 6 p.m. Friday at Town and Country Christian Church, 2200 S Cornwell Drive. Guest singers will be Buddy Liles, Stable Rock Gospel and Anita Walker. Liles is former bass singer for the Florida Boys. He received the Marvin Norcross Award at the National Quartet Convention in 1995 and has appeared on many Bill Gaither Homecoming videos. For more information, call 324-2144 or go to

Buddhist monastery to celebrate

The Buddha Mind Monastery will celebrate Buddha's birthday with a Buddha Bathing Ceremony and Charity Bazaar on May 12 at 5916 S Anderson Road. The event will include several activities beginning at 10 a.m. and ending with a charity bazaar, set for noon to 2 p.m. The Buddha Bathing Ceremony will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ticket books for the activities may be purchased for a cash donation. The event is a fundraiser to help build a new monastery and to continue Buddha's teaching in Oklahoma. For more information or to RSVP, call 869-0501.

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