A special exhibit that is important to the Hindu faithful is coming to the Valley.
"The Twelve Jyothirlingams of India" — replicas of the 12 holy shrines of Lord Shiva of Bharat — will be on display 5:30-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 at Hindu Temple of Fresno, 7699 E. Alluvial Ave. in Clovis.
The exhibit is designed to inspire and inform people how the Hindu faithful's journey of devotion began with worship of God in bodiless form. The form of the "lingam" serves to attract people, who adore it with their faith and love.
The exhibit is presented by the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Organization and hosted by Hindu Temple of Fresno.
"The lingam form symbolically represents God who is bodiless," says Veena Kapoor of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization in Fresno.
"And allows the seeker/worshipper to relate to something visible in their desire to find and connect with God."
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Sikhs help Poverello House
A donation of $21,000 was presented by the area's Sikh community to the Poverello House.
Members of the Sikh community served lunch Nov. 8 and then made the donation, which will pay for the estimated cost to feed the hungry and homeless at the Poverello House for November.
This is the fifth year that Sikhs have supported the Poverello House. November is Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month. It also is when Sikhs celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism.
Sikhs also are asked throughout the month to remember the plight of the hungry, the poor and the homeless.
If any money is left over from the Sikhs' donation this year, it will be used to help buy blankets for the homeless.
Details: (559) 906-7403.
Collecting gift-filled shoeboxes
A collection site for Operation Christmas Child gift-filled shoeboxes again will be set up at Calvary Chapel Fresno, 3425 E. Shields Ave.
The shoeboxes — filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement — are an annual holiday project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization.
National collection week is Nov. 18 through Nov. 25.
The Calvary Chapel Fresno collection site will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25.
Calvary Chapel Fresno has set a goal to collect nearly 21,500 gift-filled shoeboxes.
Details: samaritanspurse.org or (800) 567-8580.
Lecture on Islam and race
An author will lecture on Islam and race at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the Peters Business Building Auditorium at Fresno State.
John Tehranian will speak on "Playing Cowboys and Iranians," focusing on race colorblindness, the use of Middle Eastern/Islamic themes to question President Barack Obama's authenticity and the current debate on immigration policy and affirmative action.
Tehranian is the author of "Whitewashed: America's Invisible Middle Eastern Minority" and the Irwin R. Buchalter professor of law at Los Angeles' Southwestern Law School.
The free event is part of the Henry Madden Library's "Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys" project.
The lecture is open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.
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Church hosts Move to Amend speaker
A spokesperson for the Move to Amend coalition will give a talk at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Ave.
David Cobb will speak on "Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule," focusing on the American creation myth and the Constitution as it pertains to corporate personhood.
Move to Amend is committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule and building a vibrant democracy that is accountable to people. Move to Amend is based in Eureka.
The free event is presented by the church's social justice action team. A donation will be taken.
Details: (559) 224-1947.
Church has speakers for anniversary
An anniversary celebration will feature special speakers for three days at Providence Community Baptist Church, 2202 S. Walnut Ave.
The theme is from Hebrews 11:10: "For he waited for the city which had foundations, where the builder and maker is God."
The speakers are:
The Rev. Joaquin Hobdy of Church of New Praise, 7 p.m. Thursday,
The Rev. Marvin Clayton of First Friendship Baptist Church in Selma, 7 p.m. Friday.
The Rev. Rueben A. Scott of Providence Community Baptist Church, 3 p.m. Nov. 24.
The events celebrate the church's 51st year.
Details: (559) 485-6190.
Former Fresno pastor leading mission group
A former senior pastor at First Armenian Presbyterian Church of Fresno has been named interim executive director/chief executive officer of the Armenian Missionary Association of America.
The Rev. Mgrdich Melkonian will help lead a nonsectarian Christian organization that maintains educational and evangelistic relief, social service, church and child-care ministries in 25 countries.
He was senior pastor of First Armenian Presbyterian Church, from September 2003 to May 2012, and minister to the Armenian Evangelical Pastors of the Republic of Armenia since fall 2012.
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