Orozco: Fresno retreat uses art, beauty to find God

FresnoFebruary 21, 2014 

An urban Fresno retreat will celebrate art, nature and daily experiences as ways to open hearts to God's presence.

The 2014 Central California Prayer of the Heart Conference is 6:30-9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. next Saturday, March 1, at University Presbyterian Church, 1776 E. Roberts Ave.

This year's theme is "Pursued Through Beauty."

The annual conference features nine presentations on various art forms, all designed for people to find the beauty around them as a means to open their hearts to God.

The presenters and their art forms are:

- Chris Neufeld-Erdman, curator and pastor of University Presbyterian Church

- Calvin Hoff, collage

- Steve Skibbie, photography

- Randy White, word, glass and stone

- Cathy Varvis Griffin, fiber

- Ryan Commons, film

- Grace DePledge, pottery

- John Martin III, music/sound

- Sherry Walling, human soul

Cost is $50 or $25 for students. Friday only costs $25. Saturday only costs $35, including lunch.

Details: www.prayeroftheheart.squarespace.com or (559) 439-8807.

Metro Ministry names executive director

Fresno Metro Ministry has named Keith Bergthold as its new executive director.

He has been volunteering with Fresno Metro Ministry since July. He also served as assistant director of planning for the city of Fresno for the past seven years.

Fresno Metro Ministry is a multifaith, multicultural organization dedicated to creating a more respectful, compassionate, inclusive Fresno that promotes social and economic justice.

Details: www.fresnometmin.org or (559) 485-1416.

Synagogue hosts event on heart health

Two local cardiologists will speak at the Women's Heart Health Symposium at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave.

Dr. Teresa Daniele and Dr. Peter Birnbaum will discuss research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of women's heart problems. The event is presented by Hadassah and Temple Beth Israel. Admission is free. Lunch costs $10. Details: jahaber@comcast.net or (559) 432-3600.

Course to begin on Orthodox Christianity

An inquirer's course on Orthodox Christianity begins at 3 p.m. today at St. Peter the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church, 3502 N. First St.

The course is designed to explore ancient Christianity as experienced in today's Orthodox Christian Church.

Details: www.stpeterfresno.com or (559) 227-5565.

Castro gives talk at Islamic Cultural Center

Fresno State President Joseph Castro was a recent guest at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave.

Castro talked about his plans to create growth and innovation as well as expand diversity at Fresno State. He also was given a tour of the center.

Details: www.icfresno.org or (559) 297-9535.

Church to show film 'Inequality for All'

A showing of the film "Inequality for All" is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Fireside Room at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Ave. The free event is presented by the church's Social Justice Action Team.

Details: (559) 224-1947.


The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6304 or rorozco@fresnobee.com.

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