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North Pinellas religion briefs for Jan. 15

Festival Ruah, an interfaith, multicultural celebration, will commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road.

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Free and open to the public, the program, "Oh! Freedom!," will feature music by The Redtailed Project and Joel Jadus; a dance performed by Katurah Robinson; and the Rev. Sheila Blanco-Pedrosa, Imam Askia Muhammad, the Rev. Tony Johnson and others will read excerpts from the writings of King and Gandhi as well as prayers of peace from world religions.

Offerings will be accepted.

Call (727) 531-7704 or email

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Join other women in an interactive conversation with the Rev. Dr. Kay Ward, author of the series In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women, at a Bible study and lunch Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 407 S Saturn Ave., Clearwater.

Ward, who in 1998 was the first woman to be chosen bishop in the Moravian church's 550-year history, will discuss the decisions and heartaches of the subjects of her study; nine women from the Old Testament, several from the New Testament and a handful of women she knows.

Her series was published in Gather magazine and used in the women's study groups of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 9 a.m.; bible study and lunch take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Space is limited. Reservations are required.

Cost is $10 per person. Make checks payable to St. Paul's WELCA and mail to 407 S Saturn Ave., Clearwater, FL 33755.

Call (727) 446-7718.

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Since beginning his music career in 1999, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Daniel Nahmod has performed his original music for more than 1 million people in the U.S. and Canada. His songs have been recorded by more than 50 artists in the past several years and sales of his CDs have reached 90,000.

The musician will present a sermon in song at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road.

A concert performance by Nahmod will follow the service at 1 p.m. Sunday at Peace Cottage, located on church property.

Call (727) 531-0992.

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Meet members of the Clearwater Baha'i community, learn how their faith provides spiritual growth, awareness and acceptance to all individuals and get information on Baha'i-sponsored community-driven events and social activities at an open house noon to 8 p.m. Monday at the Clearwater Baha'i Center, 2898 Gulf-To-Bay Blvd.

Admission is free and literature will be available at no cost.

Call (321) 439-5838. Email

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North Pinellas religion briefs for Jan. 15 01/14/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:23pm]
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