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Published: Saturday, 7/19/2003

Brake the Cycle brings message to area

FROM BLADE STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

Brake the Cycle, a group of 26 cross-country bicyclists raising awareness and concern for poverty, will be in Toledo Monday and will lead a poverty-education program at 7 p.m. at Gesu Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Blvd.

The bicyclists left California June 1 and plan to arrive in Washington, D.C., Aug. 1. Their trip is being sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

After leaving Toledo, the group will head to Fremont for a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center. Information: 419-531-1421 or online at www.brakethecycle.org.

A one-day marriage-enrichment seminar will be held July 26 at nh on the bay, an independent church formerly known as New Harvest Church, 3540 Seaman Rd., Oregon.

The seminar, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be taught by the Rev. Jeff Zakrzewski and his wife, Julie, who have been married for 22 years, and is based on the best-selling book by Dr. Wilard Harley, His Needs, Her Needs.

The cost of $30 per couple includes lunch at the Harvest Caf and free coffee. Information: 419-693-6543.

The Rev. Moses B. Anderson of the Archdiocese of Detroit will celebrate the liturgy tomorrow for Black Catholic Sunday at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio.

The service, for black Catholics from Ohio and Michigan, begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by lunch, diocesan sharing, a rosary procession through the woods, and benediction.

The pilgrimage is being sponsored by the Toledo diocese's office of Black Catholic Ministry. Information: 419-244-6711, extension 511.

St. Anthony's Society Preservation Fund will present Late Nite Catechism, an interactive comedy about Catholic schools in the 1950s and '60s, at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the DC Ranch, 25740 State Rt. 25 in Perrysburg.

The comedy show puts the audience in the classroom while “Sister” leads a lesson in church doctrine and the lives of the saints. Tickets are $30, with proceeds going toward restoration and preservation of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, built in 1891 at the intersection of Nebraska and Junction avenues. Information: 419-356-1811.

Incidents of violence, discrimination, or harassment against Muslims in the United States rose by 15 percent in 2002 compared to the previous year, an Islamic advocacy group reported.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that there were 602 anti-Muslim incidents last year compared to 525 in 2001. An undetermined number of cases were related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Dr. Mohamed Nimer, the report's author.

Excerpts of the report are available online at www.cair-net.org.

Wilbur C. Harris, pastor of Toledo's Faith Way Church of God in Christ, 1122 Nebraska Ave., addresses the struggles between body and spirit in his book, The Flesh, Our Friend or Foe, published by Brentwood Books, Columbus, Ga.

Mr. Harris said he hopes to answer the “big question” that Apostle Paul wrote about in the biblical book of Romans, Chapter 7. Human beings are made up of body, soul, and spirit, Mr. Harris writes, and only the spirit lives eternally. The flesh, or body, “has no hope of heaven or hell” and therefore is not concerned with eternal judgment, Mr. Harris writes.

The book is available online at www.brentwoodbooks.com. Information: 419-242-1245.

WASHINGTON - Frustrated by ads attacking sport utility vehicles, including religious leaders' “What Would Jesus Drive?” campaign, a pro-SUV group is beginning an ad campaign celebrating plus-size vehicles for their safety and versatility.

The fledgling Sport Utility Vehicle Owners of America plans a series of national ads that asks, “What Would Jesus (Rivera) Drive?” The ad shows a smiling, waving man named Jesus Rivera in front of his 1995 SUV, who says the vehicle gets him through the snow and easily transports his grandchildren.



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