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North Pinellas religion column for Sept. 11


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Is there anything in the Constitution that gives special treatment or preference to Christianity? Did the founders of our government believe this or intend to create a government that gave special recognition to Christianity?

Those questions and others will be posed by guest speaker Eddie Tabash, a Los Angeles constitutional lawyer, during a UU Humanists presentation, "Is America A Christian Nation?" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road in Clearwater.

The Center for Inquiry-Tampa Bay is the sponsor. Co-hosts are UUC Humanists and the Pinellas and Hillsborough chapters of the ACLU.

For more information email

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To celebrate Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), Congregation Ohr Chadash, a Messianic synagogue, will present a traditional Kol Nidre service with an emphasis on God's provision of atonement at 8 p.m. Friday at 3190 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. in Clearwater.

At noon Saturday the synagogue will host a brief service of prayer and reflection.

The public is invited to attend both events. Seating is free, but donations will be accepted.

The congregation will break the fast after a short Neilah service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by the building of the sukkah in preparation for the holiday of Sukkot (the Festival of the Tabernacles).

Reservations are necessary for breaking the fast. Call (727) 726-1472.

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To make its holiday bazaar as successful as possible, the First Lutheran Church's Women's Missionary League is seeking vendors for the Nov. 9 event that will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church's Christian Life Center, 1644 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

Tables are $25; an extra 4 feet of space for racks is an additional $5. Electricity is available at no charge.

For details, call (727) 462-8000, ext. 1, or email

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts a family history workshop at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at 3303 Belcher Road in Dunedin.

With the help of family history specialists, individuals can get started researching their family history and learn how to access and use the church's website, which provides access to millions of genealogical records from all over the world.

For more information, call (727) 771-9699. Visit

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The Knights Templar, originally formed around 1119 to protect pilgrims on their way to visit holy places, existed for about two centuries during the Middle Ages.

Instructor Ron Sommer of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will lecture on the history of these warrior-monks at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater.

The cost of the lecture is free for "Olli" members; $15 for non-members.

For more information, call (727) 864-8912.

Mail religion items to Tampa Bay Times, 1130 Cleveland St., Suite 100-A, Clearwater, FL 33755; fax to (727) 446-4221; or email

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