Religion Notes for March 5: News, events from Valley’s faith community

Nikky-Guninder K. Singh
Nikky-Guninder K. Singh Special to The Bee

Interfaith Scholar Weekend

Nikky-Guninder K. Singh, a professor of religion at Colby College in Maine who has written extensively about Sikhism, will be the speaker of this year’s Interfaith Scholar Weekend on April 8-10. Tickets are $45 if purchased before March 15. Register online at or mail a check to Community United Church of Christ, 5550 N. Fresno St., Fresno, CA 93710. After March 15, registration is $50 or $55 the day of the event. Students can register for $10.

Singh will talk about Sikhism at three locations. The opening lecture, “Pluralistic Elements in Early Sikh Art,” will be at 7:30 p.m. April 8 at the Sikh Gurdwara, 2211 S. Highland Ave., Selma. On April 9, she will give three lectures at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno: “Sikh Scripture and Its Aesthetic Horizon” at 9:15 a.m.; “Sikh Identity in a Multi-Faith Context” at 10:45 a.m.; and “Sikhism and Contemporary Issues” at 1 p.m. The weekend closes with “Sikhism in Global Society” at 10:30 a.m. April 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E Alluvial Ave., Fresno. A full schedule is available online at

Danish Smorgasbord and Country Store Boutique

The Women of the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church will host its 61st annual Danish Smorgasbord and Country Store Boutique from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 12 at the church, 5955 S. Elm Ave. in Easton. The country store and boutique will open at 3:30 p.m. and will feature homemade crafts, quilts, candies, cookies, breads, jams and jellies. Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will include Danish specialties and American favorites. Dessert will include aebelskivers, also known as pancake puffs, that people can watch being made. Tickets are $15 for adults and 50 cents per age through age 10 for children. Takeout is also available. For more information, call 559-237-7909 or 559-264-7116.

Indian festival Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri, an Indian festival that marks the “descent of the divine on Earth to remove sorrow and suffering, restore peace, love and happiness through renewal of the human spirit” will be discussed from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 20 at the Fresno meditation center of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, 7319 N. Fourth St., Fresno. The free program includes video, music, inspiring words, meditation and refreshments.


Sunday, March 6

Jazz Mass: For the Bible Tells Me So

Bethel Lutheran Church, 187 N. Broadway St., Fresno, free. 7 p.m.

Mahjong Tournament

Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, 559-273-7826, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monday, March 7


Kerman Covenant Church, 15495 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-5307, free. 7 p.m.


Northwest Church, 5415 N. West Ave., Fresno, 559-435-2200, free. 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 8


Clovis Evangelical Free Church, 2377 Armstrong Ave., Clovis, 559-292-3344,, free. 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 10

Institute for Principle Studies social

Friends Community Church, 5688 N. First St., Fresno, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 18

Wilbur Daniels and the Chordsmen

New Covenant Community Church, 1744 E. Nees Ave., Fresno, 559-225-2351, Free-will offering. 7-9 p.m.

Sunday, March 20

Sourthern Gospel music concert featuring Reliance

First Baptist Church of Dinuba, 600 E. Nebraska Ave., Dinuba, 559-643-0676, Free. 6 p.m.

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