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November 17, 2012

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Building bridges with Muslims

On Sunday, Nov. 25, at The First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, Dr. Mohamed Lazzouni will present a sermon, “Building Bridges: A Path Toward Interfaith Relations and Understanding with Muslims,” to explore the state of interfaith discourse in relation to Islam and Muslims. Lazzouni will present several success stories about how well interfaith discourse can work and at the same time he will provide some lessons learned in areas where interfaith relations with Muslims continue to suffer setbacks. From these stories and lessons, he will share insights that should enhance mutual understanding. Finally, he will offer general recommendations and strategies focused on how to improve the overall interfaith situation.

Author to speak in Amesbury Nov. 26

An evening with Terry Farish, author of “The Good Braider,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, at the parish house at Main St., Congregational Church, 145 Main St., Amesbury. The author will discuss his book.

Talk on prayer at library Dec. 4

Can healing prayer be scientific and bring a consistent, reliable result? Kevin Graunke, a full-time prayer-based healer using the Christian Science system of healing, will explain how prayer itself can in fact be a certain, effective healing method in a talk titled: “Christian Science Healing: Praying with Certainty.” This one-hour talk will take place at the Newburyport Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 pm. All are welcome.

Nepalese couple to tell their story

The next meeting of Immigration Matters Study Group will be on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in the lower level classrooms of the First Religious Society, Unitarian-Universalist, 26 Pleasant St.,

Newburyport. The guest speakers are Narab Adhikari, former secretary-general of the Bhutan National Congress, a political party in Bhutan, and his wife Dhan.

In the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Nepalese were violently and suddenly expelled from Bhutan because of ethnic cleansing, after having lived there for many generations. Since then, they have been forced to live in UN refugee camps in Nepal. The Adhikaris, who arrived here one year ago, will explain the sad and fascinating story of what has happened to their people, as well as their own personal stories of escape and exodus.

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