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March 9, 2013

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Immigration Justice Day at First Religious Society

Tomorrow, 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 yearlong 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.

Sanctuaries and Sacred Spaces tour

The Rev. Martha Hubbard, rector of St. Paul’s Church in Newburyport, is leading a tour of Southern England, July 22 to 31, which will wend its way from Canterbury to London through some of England’s most beautiful cathedrals, visit the ancient stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury and enjoy the beautiful gardens at Sissinghurst and Highclere Castle (made famous by PBS’s “Downton Abbey”). Reservation deadline is May 1. Go to the website for more information, www.stpauls-nbpt.org, or call the office at 978-465-5351.

Bible study at Old South

A weekly Bible study is held at Old South Church in Fellowship Hall every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The group is studying the “seven deadly sins.” Anyone can join in at any time. The church is located on Federal Street in Newburyport.

Events at Insight Meditation Center

The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport will offer two events for beginning meditators: a drop-in class on Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.; and an Introduction to Insight Meditation retreat on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The events are designed for anyone interested in Insight Meditation (Vipassana). Vipassana is a simple practice that steadies the mind by grounding attention in the present moment; it originated in the Buddhist tradition more than 2,500 years ago. For registration and details, visit www.imcnewburyport.org.

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