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Ventura County Religion | Religion Briefs

Discussion on Immortality

April 03, 1999

* The Rev. Dick Weston-Jones will discuss ideas about immortality that various traditions have developed as ways of dealing with the loss of "those we love, as Jesus' followers had to do after the death of Jesus," at Ventura's Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura on Sunday.

Services are at 9:15 and 11 a.m., with socializing on the patio after each service.

The church is at 4949 Foothill Road. Call 644-3898 for more information.

Hawaiian Breakfast at Temple

* The Dharma School at Oxnard's Buddhist Temple will serve a "Hawaiian breakfast" at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

At 10 a.m., a Hanamatsuri service will celebrate Buddha's birthday. The Rev. Kay Nakagawa will officiate at the special service, which will include a "bathing baby Buddha ceremony." The public is welcome at Buddhist services.

The church is at 250 South H St. For details, call 483-5948.

Workshop on Old, New Testaments

* The Camarillo Church of Religious Science will hold an eight-week workshop on interpretations of the Old and New Testaments, beginning this week.

Classes are on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings. To enroll, call 484-1137. The cost for the full workshop is $69.

The church is at 340 N. Mobile Ave.

2 Men to Tell of Escape From Nazis

* Simi Valley's Congregation B'Nai Emet will commemorate Yom HaShoah (holocaust remembrance) Friday with two guest speakers who will describe their escapes from Nazi Germany to Shanghai, China, in 1938.

The two men, who met in China, were reunited in Simi Valley. The service will begin at 8 p.m.

For families with young children, a Tot Shabbat from 7 to 7:30 will be held that night. Rabbi Michele Paskow will lead both services.

The congregation is at 4645 Industrial St., 2C. Call 581-3723 for additional information.

CLU Religion Professor to Speak

* Pamela Brubaker, a religion professor at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, will discuss the ecumenical decade and its effects on women's lives at 10 a.m. Friday in CLU's Nelson Room.

The free lecture, open to all, is part of CLU's colloquium of scholars series.

The "ecumenical decade," 1988-1998, focused on four concerns, Brubaker says: violence against women, economic justice, racism and full participation of women in church and society. Brubaker will discuss the ways these issues affect women's lives around the world and how churches have or have not responded to them.

CLU's religion and women's studies departments are sponsoring the 10 a.m. lecture. Call the college's university relations office at 493-3151 for more information.

Italian Catholic Federation to Meet

* Branch 380 of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet Friday at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Thousand Oaks.

All Italian Americans are invited to attend and share in planning the spiritual and social calendar for 1999.

For more information, call 497-3275. St. Paschal Baylon is at Janss and Moorpark roads.

Holocaust Remembrance

* Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks will remember the Holocaust on Friday at the 8:15 p.m. Sabbath service. Rabbi Shimon Paskow and Cantor Jeff Cohen will conduct the service.

Cantor emeritus Leopold Szneer will chant the traditional Kel Maleh Rachamim Memorial Prayer. The congregation will recite the Mourner's Kaddish.

The temple is at 1080 Janss Road. Call 497-6891 for more information.

Oxnard Parish to Honor Nun

* A parish jubilee in honor of Sister Mary Ann Martin, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Los Angeles, will be held at 10 a.m. April 10 at St. Anthony's Church in Oxnard. All parishioners, friends and former students of Sister Mary Ann are invited.

Sister Mary Ann is celebrating her 25th year of religious life. She is the pastoral assistant for youth at St. Anthony's. She also coordinates the confirmation program, serves as a cantor, sings in the choir and teaches religion. She taught eighth grade at St. Anthony's Elementary School for several years.

The celebration will be held at the church at 2511 South C St., with a reception following in the Condon Center.

For more information, call the church office at 486-7301.

Greek Orthodox Easter Events

* Eastern Orthodox Christians will celebrate Pascha (Easter) on April 11, said the Rev. Cyril Loeb of Camarillo's St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.

This Sunday, the Orthodox Palm Sunday, divine liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. at the church, followed by Lenten refreshments. At 7 p.m., the Service of the Bridegroom will begin.

The week's schedule includes sacrament of holy unction, divine liturgy of St. Basil, Holy Thursday, vespers, decorating of the Kouvouklion, a resurrection service at 11 p.m. Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday agape vespers at noon April 11.

The parish will continue its celebration Sunday afternoon with a roasted lamb picnic. Reservations are necessary.

For more details on the holy week events, call St. Demetrios at 482-1273.

The church is at 400 Skyway Drive.

Healing Service to Follow Mass

* Father John Hampsch will celebrate Mass at 2 p.m. April 11 at Ventura's Sacred Heart Church.

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