Religious activities in the Mid-Hudson Valley
Polish Mass on May 6 in Kingston
KINGSTON, N.Y. — Immaculate Conception Church, Delaware Avenue, will celebrate a Polish Mass on May 6 at 9 a.m.
The Mass will be accompanied by Polish hymns dedicated to the theme, “Mary, Queen of the Rosary.” A booklet containing Polish and equivalent English prayers and songs will be available at the church entrance. All are welcome.
Also on May 6, all children are invited to participate in the annual May crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which will take place during the first communion celebration at the 11 a.m. Mass.
The Rev. John W. Borzuchowski will officiate. Call (845) 331-0846 for information.
Classics in Religion looks at Emerson
KINGSTON, N.Y. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, the country’s preeminent philosopher during the 19th century, will be the focus of the Classics in Religion Reading Group during the month of May at the Kingston Library, 55 Franklyn St.
The group will meet this Wednesday, May 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the library’s Community Room.
Considered representative of American Transcendentalism, although he disowned the acclamation, Emerson became a popular lecturer on philosophy, mysticism and American social issues. The reading group will explore his writings about such issues as the forced removal of Native Americans and slavery, and how his position on these issues was informed by his religious beliefs.
Leading the group will be David Rolfe, a lay leader of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Catskills in Kingston. Continued...
Previous readings by the group have included Buddhist, Jewish, Sufi, Native American, Hindu, Confucian, Taoist and Christian works, as well as texts in Existentialism, Jungianism, American Transcendentalism and Pragmatism. Library resources, inexpensive editions or copies are distributed to participants. Selections from Emerson’s works will be made for readling aloud and discussion. No advanced reading is required.
More information may be obtained by calling Albert R. Ahlstrom at (845) 334-8404 or sending him an email at email@example.com.
Taize prayer service will be in Port Ewen
PORT EWEN, N.Y. — Presentation Church, 209 Hoyt St., will have a Taize prayer service on Wedneday at 7:30 p.m.
The services are sung by the Ulster Vicariate Choir, formerly from Mount St. Alphonsus, and under the direction of Michael Sweeney. Taize prayer services are held in candlelight only and last
approximately one hour. Simple chants are repeated for several minutes, with harmonies sung by the choir.
No reservations are necessary. Donations are accepted.
Call the church at (845) 331-0053 for more information.
Bible study series looks at marriage
KINGSTON, N.Y. — A Bible study series focusing on marriage will continue Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kingston Library, 55 Franklyn St. Continued...
The program, which is sponsored by local members of the Unification Church’s Lovin’Life Ministries, will also take place May 9, 16 and 23 at Rachel’s Deli, 21 W. Strand St. The program is designed for pastors and lay persons.
The program’s theme is “Matthew 19 Marriage — Sharng the Grace Jesus Wanted to Give.” The Bible calls for marriages of lifelong fidelity and families of ideal sons and daughters, but only a few can achieve this. The program examines Jesus’ teachings and seeks to show the way to bring God’s grace to bear on the seemingly insurmountable problems keeping couples from wedded bliss.
The discussion leader is Tyler Hendricks. The coordinators are Abdou and Marra Gaye.
For more information, call (845) 706-5212 or (845) 389-1692 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
King’s Place Cafe welcomes musician
SALT POINT, N.Y. — Netherwood Baptist Church, 1211 Netherwood Road, will present The King’s Place Cafe, a coffeehouse ministry, on Saturday starting at 6 p.m.
There will be an evening with music by Dave Pettigrew, a contemporary Christian artist from New Jersey. He has opened for such music groups as Mercy Me, Addison Road, Lincoln Brewster and Tenth Avenue North.
Along with the music, there will be a barbecue in honor of Mothers Day. Admission is free, although a free-will offering will be taken for Pettigrew.
Call the Rev. Liz Clarkson at (845) 471-3349 for more information.
Temple Beth-El program will feature Buddhist monk Continued...
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — “Comparative Religion — Diversity and Commonality” will take place Tuesday at Temple Beth-El, 118 S. Grand Ave.
The program features faith leaders from around the Hudson Valley in conversation with Rabbi Neal Loevinger. Joining the program will be the Venerable Dhammadipa Sak (Fa Yao), a Buddhist monk. All are welcome.
On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., The William & Sadie Effron Lecture will take place at the temple.
The topic for the lecture will be “German Churches During and After the Holocaust” with Werner Steger. His presentation will focus on the institutional reaction of the German Protestant and Catholic churches to the genocide of European Jews during World War II.
Steger is currently a history professor at Dutchess Community College. He has held the greenspan Trust-Handel Foundation Endowned Chair in Holocuast and Genocide Studies since 2008.
Admission is free.
For more information on either event, call program director Susan Canning at (845) 454-0570.
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