Bahai News - Retreat to teach centering prayer
Retreat to teach centering prayer
The Rev. Arlyn Macdonald
By Phil Anderson
Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3601 S.W. 17th, will be the site
of a "Centering Prayer" mini-retreat from 2 to 5 p.m. today.
Sister Mary Pat Johnson of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth will lead
the retreat, which will explore the nature of centering prayer and provide
opportunities to experience it.
"The intent of centering prayer is quite simple," Johnson said. "It gives
God's spirit within permission to not only draw us closer to God, but also
to change us from within so daily we become more like Christ."
Johnson said that centering prayer comes from the treasury of Christian
prayer forms built and practiced over the centuries. It is common practice
to pray in this manner for 20 minutes twice a day.
The retreat is open to all adults and is free of charge. Baby-sitting is
provided, but pre-registration is required.
For more information, call Michelle at 478-0362 or the church at 272-5590.
The Rev. Arlyn Macdonald, a certified Huna counselor and teacher, will
present her "Huna Workshop" at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unity Church of
Christianity, 125 S.W. Gage.
Participants will learn how the sacred wisdom of the ancient Hawaiians can
change their lives. A freewill offering will be received.
Call the Unity church office at 272-6407 for more information.
The regular monthly worship service of the local Baha'i communities will be
held at 7 p.m. today at the Topeka Friends Meetinghouse, 603 S.W. 8th.
The meeting topic will be the recent Baha'i conference, which several members
of both the Topeka and Shawnee County Baha'i communities attended.
The conference addressed Baha'i efforts to build the kingdom of God. The
current plan will last five years, according to Duane Herrmann of the local
Baha'i community. In that time, he said, there will be local, national and
international goals to be achieved.
Tonight's discussion also will address local Baha'i goals for building the
Kingdom of God in Topeka and Shawnee County.
True Light Baptist Church will present "Kickin' It With My Jesus," its
first youth conference and concert, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at
the Antioch Family Life Center, 1921 S.E. Indiana.
Featured musical guests will include KoBruh, the True Light choir, Tsion,
Lil Cheezie, Dark Complexion and the Community Workshop choir, as well as
other rappers, singers, soloists, praise-and-motion groups and bands.
A conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 will be open to youths and young
adults ages 3 through 18, with age-appropriate activities provided.
Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m., with a continental breakfast served.
Lunch and snacks also will be provided.
Speakers will include Minister Robert McClish of Kansas City, Minister Micah
Ross of Lawrence, Curtis Lee of Kansas City, Jasmine Carter of Atchison,
Jemaire Gilkey of Topeka and the Rev. Gregory Durant of Topeka.
All activities are free. For more information, call 233-3298.
A satellite broadcast commemorating Pioneer Day will be shown at 7 p.m.
Sunday in the Topeka Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow, and in the LDS meetinghouse, 3611
The program, which will be broadcast live from Salt Lake City, will focus on
the legacy of faith left by Mormon pioneers. Church president Gordon B.
Hinckley will give a devotional message, with music provided by the Mormon
Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square.
The program is in conjunction with Pioneer Day, to be observed officially
on Tuesday. The special day commemorates the coming of the first Mormon
pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley of Utah in 1847.
The program also will be broadcast at 9 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday on
BYUTV, seen on the Dish Network on channel 9403.
The 95th annual Pentecostal Grace Campmeeting will be held July 31 to Aug.
5 at the Forest Park Camp and Retreat Center, 3158 S.E. 10th.
Seven services will be offered daily, including at 10 a.m. "Kids' Kingdom,"
10 a.m. Bible studies, 2:30 p.m. Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Kids' Korner, 6:30
p.m. Teen Time, 6:30 p.m. Questionnaire and 7:30 p.m. evangelistic service.
Speakers will include: the Rev. Maurice Hart on July 31 and Aug. 1; the
Rev. Michael Borjon on Aug. 2; the Rev. James Wells on Aug. 3; the Rev. Kent
Duncan on Aug. 4; and the Rev. Victor E. Foster on Aug. 5.
Music will be furnished by: Ann Stuberman on July 31; Pete Whitebird on Aug.
1; Ric and Marta Barron of 1 of 2 Ministries on Aug. 2; Dennis Terry and
White Harvest on Aug. 3; the Jefferson Assembly Singers on Aug. 4; and the
Victory Tabernacle Choir on Aug. 5.
All camp expenses are paid by freewill offerings. Lodging and meals will be
For more information, call 235-1748.
Dr. Roy Lacoursiere, a Menninger-trained psychiatrist, will lead a four-part
discussion series on "Violence Unveiled" from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29,
Aug. 5 and Aug. 12 in the Formation Room of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic
Church, 3601 S.W. 17th.
"Violence Unveiled," by Gil Baille, which is available in book and video
formats, presents a biblically oriented view of violence. The videos feature
former Topekan the Rev. Richard Rohr.
The discussion series is designed for those who are interested in the subject
of violence and its various manifestations.
Lacoursiere is a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Church.
Individuals planning to attend are asked to call 267-0150 in advance.
The programs are being sponsored by the Most Pure Heart of Mary Church Social
Phil Anderson can be reached at (785) 295-1195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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