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 www.okau.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Body & Soul or starting a class, go to www.bodyandsoul.org.
Group is planning gospel event
YUKON — 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 www.ougma.org.
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.
Iconography classes are set
SHAWNEE — St. Gregory's University, 1900 W McArthur, is accepting students for an iconography workshop set for May 20-24. The workshop, “Creating Sacred Images: Icons on Glass,” will focus on techniques used in Romanian reverse-glass iconography. Rodica Focseneanu Cunningham and Christopher Cunningham, who have masters of fine arts degrees, will lead the workshop. Sessions will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. At the end of the week, the participants' icons will be blessed by a priest from St. Gregory's Abbey. Participants can earn three hours of visual arts course credit by enrolling in the workshop, or they can audit the course for $335. An additional $50 materials fee also will be assessed. Arrangements may be made to stay in university dorms during the workshop for $10 per day. To register, call 878-5433 or 878-5434. For more information, contact Sheryl Cozad at 651-1594 or via email at email@example.com. To learn more about the Cunninghams, go to www.iconsbyrc.com.
Faith-based agency to host reunion
Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City will host an adoption reunion on June 1 and is encouraging all former residents and staff of St. Joseph's Orphanage in Bethany and St. Joseph's Children's Home in Oklahoma City to attend. Founded in 1912, St. Joseph's Orphanage was at 7300 NW 39 St. in Bethany, and St. Joseph's Children's Home was at 3301 N Eastern Ave. in Oklahoma City. To be added to the guest list, or to learn more, interested individuals are encouraged to provide their contact information to Jane Moon, Catholic Charities, 1501 N Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73106; call 526-2308; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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