Ron Orozco: Unity will host interfaith prayer

The Fresno BeeSeptember 6, 2013 

A small congregation in west-central Fresno has sent about 400 invitations to people of all faiths for its special prayer event.

Unity of Fresno will host a prayer vigil from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and an interfaith concert at 7 p.m., both at the church, 315 W. Shields Ave. The events are in conjunction with the 20th annual Unity World Day of Prayer.

This year's worldwide theme is: ""Living Well: Nurturing Mind, Body and Spirit."

Unity of Fresno is an affiliate member of Unity Worldwide Ministries, a network of ministries, ministers, licensed teachers and individuals providing practical teachings to live healthy, prosperous and meaningful lives.

The Fresno church will set up four prayer stations that represent the various ways that people pray — the burning bowl, communion, votive candle and interfaith stations. The interfaith station will have a list of common prayers by various religions.

Visitors are welcome to pray at all stations or anywhere in the sanctuary.

The interfaith concert will feature local musical performers, including Constantine Pappas, Edna Garabedian, Michael Dennis, Lorenzo Bassman and Jim Coventry, music director of Unity of Fresno.

The Rev. Joanne Burns, new minister of Unity of Fresno, says it is important that people of all faiths come together for prayer. She previously was regional education consultant for Unity Worldwide Ministries south-central region, covering 13 stations.

"There is so much similarity between religions, which I choose to focus on," she says. "It's a way to share our oneness."

Details: or call, (559) 227-1889.

Full Gospel speaker is Fresno Pacific president

Fresno Pacific University President Pete C. Menjares will speak at the Full Gospel Business Men's and Women's Fellowship breakfast meeting at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at Piccadilly Inn Shaw, 2305 W. Shaw Ave.

Menjares will give his personal story of God's faithfulness in his life and family as well as God's development and new ministry at Fresno Pacific.

The public is welcome. Cost is $10.50. Reservations are needed.

Details: (559) 940-2716 or (831) 588-5925.

Bethesda to host worship arts conference

A worship arts conference and concert — Glory Fest 2013 — is scheduled Friday and Sept. 14 at Bethesda Apostolic Church, 3723 E. Dakota Ave.

The theme — "Celebrate the Greatness of Our God" — is based on Psalm 77:13-15.

The event begins with a rally service and registration at 7 p.m. Friday.

The conference starts at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 and features workshops led by Matthew McCaine of Sacramento, Noah James of Berkeley, Joy Anton of Houston and pastor Gwen Amey of Merced. A finale concert at 6 p.m. will feature the Divine Praise Dancers of Los Angeles.

The event is designed to bring worship arts together and learn scriptural basis for all forms of worship — singing, dancing, flags/banners and mime. Choreography will be taught.

The Bethesda Worship Arts program is hosting the event.

Registration is $15.

Details: or (559) 225-1673.

The Well launches Southeast Campus

A Well Southeast Campus will start Sunday with a 5 p.m. service at Sunnyside Baptist Church, 6269 E. Kings Canyon Road.

The Well Southeast Campus is part of The Well Community Church, which also has north, Fig Garden and Clovis campuses.

Details: or (559) 326-5100.

'Muslim Journeys' program features film

A screening of the award-winning documentary — "Prince Among Slaves" — is scheduled Sept. 19 in the Henry Madden Library Auditorium at Fresno State.

Filmmaker Michael Wolfe will attend the event.

The event is part of the library's "Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" project, which helps Americans become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims worldwide.

The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno is co-hosting the screening.

The event begins with a reception and refreshments at 5 p.m. The screening is 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session.

Seating is limited. Reservations are needed by Wednesday.

Details: email, or call, (559) 278-1022.

Christ Temple Church hosts celebration

Christ Temple Church will present a Festival Celebration — observing Mexican Independence Day — on Sunday at the Retired Teachers Education Center in Fresno, 3930 E. Saginaw Way.

The festival begins at 12:30 p.m. and features food, such as tacos, carne asada plates and nachos, as well as music, games and prizes.

Details: (559) 266-8657.


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