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March 2, 2013

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‘The Passion of the Christ’ today

Seeds of Hope Mission Church invites everyone to a viewing and discussion of “The Passion of The Christ” today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The church is located at Boston North Tech Park, 110 Haverhill Road, Bldg. C, Amesbury. RSVP: 987-204-5296.

Rest in the Spirit tomorrow at Belleville

A meditation time led by the Rev. Ross and Lynn Varney will be held at Belleville Chapel tomorrow at 4 p.m. It will begin with presentation of basics, discussion as needed, then enter into practice. The session is about 45 minutes, interfaith oriented, meditating with words, music and silence. A time to sit quietly, let so of excess stress and experience oneness with divine Spirit.

The church is located at 300 High St., Newburyport.

‘Endangered Christians’ lecture at Greek church

The Social & Cultural Committee of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Newburyport presents a lecture titled “Endangered Christians in the Middle East: Religious Cleansing and Changing Geopolitics” by Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Nicholson Hall, 7 Harris St., Newburyport.

Prodromou was vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 2004 to 2012. Admission is free and the public is invited. A reception will follow the lecture. The program was originally scheduled for Feb. 10, but was postponed due to a snowstorm. Reservations are requested by contacting Tina Papadopoulos at 617-828-7543 or by email at tpapadop@aol.com.

Immigration Justice Day at First Religious Society

Sunday, March 10, at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, at 10:30 a.m., will be Immigration Justice Day. The guest speaker will be Maria Sacchetti, staff reporter for the Boston Globe. In reporting for the Globe, Sacchetti specializes in immigration issues. She recently completed a year long investigation into the deportation practices of the U.S. government. Based on her findings, the Globe recently published a multiple page, three-day expose on how badly the deportation system works, deporting people with no criminal history and setting free people convicted of major crimes. Her talk will focus on her recent findings.

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