Organizers of annual faith events in the central San Joaquin Valley have announced their speakers for 2014.
--Rabbi Shai Cherry, director of Shaar Hamayim, a Jewish learning center in Solana Beach, will be the lecturer at Interfaith Scholar Weekend Feb. 7-9 in Fresno.
Details: interfaithscholar.org or (559) 435-2690.
--Pete Menjares, president of Fresno Pacific University, and his wife, Virginia, will be keynote speakers at the Fresno/Clovis Prayer Breakfast, which is at 6:30 a.m. March 4 at the Fresno Convention Center's Valdez Hall.
An interview with Joseph Castro, president of Fresno State, also is scheduled at the event.
--Derek and David Carr, the brothers who starred as quarterbacks at Fresno State, will be the speakers at the Iron Men's Ministry Big Man's Breakfast at 8 a.m. April 5 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare.
Details: (559) 740-4230.
Middle East expert to talk on Jerusalem
A Middle East expert will give a lecture on the importance of Jerusalem at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Cornerstone Conference Center, 1525 Fulton St.
Mordechai Kedar, director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam, will talk on "What is the Struggle for Jerusalem All About?"
He also is research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and lecturer in the department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
The free lecture is presented by the Jewish Federation of Central California and Cornerstone Church in a cooperation between two faiths.
Details: (559) 432-2162 or 442-0122.
Scientist to talk on 'Science and Creation'
A retired scientist from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley will speak on "Science and Creation" at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 785 N. Fowler Ave., Clovis.
Rollie Otto will talk about recent discoveries in science in the exploration of whether science and the Bible conflict or have coherence.
Details: (559) 298-0725.
Fresno pastor to speak at baseball camp
The Rev. J.R. Coleman, pastor of the Word Community Church in Fresno, will be a special speaker at an Edison Babe Ruth Baseball Association baseball camp today (Saturday, Jan. 18) at Hinton Community Center, 2385 S. Fairview Ave.
The camp's theme is "Building the Spirit." It features instruction on baseball fundamentals from Edison Babe Ruth Baseball Association coaches and Edison High baseball players.
Coleman is a former professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs.
The event begins with registration at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 per player or $23 for two players from the same household.
The camp is from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Details: (559) 240-8035.
Service honors Four Chaplains
An interfaith/memorial service to commemorate the Four Chaplains is scheduled at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District building, 808 Fourth St.
The annual event honors the Army chaplains who were among the 672 servicemen, merchant seamen and civilian workers who died Feb. 3, 1943, when the U.S.A.T. Dorchester ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat.
The four chaplains died after giving up their life jackets so others aboard could survive. There were 230 survivors.
Services are held to remember the chaplains' examples of extraordinary faith, courage and selflessness.
The chaplains were: Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed Church.
The Clovis event is presented by American Legion District 14.
Details: (559) 292-9029.
Event marks Founder's Day
A Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization Founder's Day event is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at 7319 N. Fourth St.
Founder's Day commemorates when Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization founder Prajapita Brahma ascended to his angelic form.
Sister Chandru Desai, director of the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center in San Francisco, will give a talk — "Light of an Angel" — at the Fresno event.
Details: (559) 435-2212.
Right to Life prayer events are scheduled
Valley churches will host gatherings — featuring worship, testimony and prayer — to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, the events will be held at Church of God of Exeter, First Christian Church in Visalia, Sunrise Community Church in Tulare and New Beginnings Church in Dinuba.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, an event will be at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Hanford.
The events are presented by Tulare-Kings Right to Life.
Details: (559) 732-5000.
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