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Religious Science Leaders Plan Gathering

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FILE / JOHN DART

February 15, 1997|JOHN DART

* A one-day conference Sunday on "Physics, Fossils and Faith" sponsored by Westwood Kehilla Synagogue will feature two physicists from Israel--Nathan Aviezer, author of "In the Beginning," and Gerald Schroeder, author of "Genesis and the Big Bang." The conference, which will start at 8:30 a.m., will be at the Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd. $35.

* Humanities scholar David L. Miller of Syracuse University will lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cal State San Bernardino on "Eggs & Apples: Paradox in Religious Dialogue/Dialogue in Religious Paradox." The free lecture will be at the Yasuda Center for Extended Education. (909) 880-5981.

* Muslims Hassan Hathout and Hahmoud Ezzeldine will host the monthly meeting of the small, but long-running, Unity and Diversity World Council, at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Islamc Center of Southern California, 434 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. The interfaith group's customary candle-lighting ceremony will include students from the mosque's parochial school, New Horizons, in Pasadena. The meeting will have Buddhist, Hindu, Mormon, Religious Science and Jewish participants.

FINALLY

An evangelical online computer network that calls itself the world's largest Christian World Wide Web site on the Internet reports that it had more than 13 million "hits," or electronic accesses by users, in January.

Launched in April 1995 by the Michigan-based Gospel Films Inc., the Gospel Communications Network has signed up more than 75 Christian organizations, of which more than 50 are currently online. "We allow no fund-raising and no political agenda," a spokeswoman said.

One of the network's coordinators is communications professor Quentin Schultze of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., author of "Internet for Christians."

Schultze and representatives of about 40 of the network-aligned organizations will hold a closed meeting Thursday through Saturday at the Bay Club in San Diego. The network can be reached at http://www.gospelcom.net.

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PEOPLE

Two ex-Methodist clergy who found a liberal theological home in Unitarian Universalism will be formally installed at 4 p.m. Sunday as co-ministers of Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The Rev. Jane Bechle, who served United Methodist churches in New Jersey for 20 years, and the Rev. Bob Klein, who ministered in Colorado and Montana, met in 1989 in Oakland at the Creation Spirituality center of theologian Matthew Fox. The couple, both with children from previous marriages, soon married and entered the Unitarian Universalist ministry.

The couple served as interim and consulting ministers in Unitarian churches in New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania before coming in August to Pacific Unitarian.

* The Rev. Hartshorn Murphy, 48, who has supervised since 1988 the development of 40 Episcopal mission congregations in the six-county Diocese of Los Angeles, became the rector this month of St. Augustine-by-the-Sea Church in Santa Monica. Murphy, who was also rector of St. Philip the Evangelist parish in South-Central Los Angeles from 1980 to 1988, succeeds the Rev. Fred Fenton, who left in 1994 for a post in Louisiana.

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