Religion Offerings: 4-5


Glass City Gospel

The annual Glass City Gospel Celebration returns to River of Life Church, 3611 Upton Ave., today with Detroit's Dorinda Clark-Cole, the headliner in 2013, again the featured performer. Singers from Ohio on the bill include Ronald Williams and the Voices of Koinonia, Teresa Teri and Unique, and Isaiah Templeton. Local musicians Tracey Underwood, United Voices, Anointed Vessels, Mildred Stegall and Tru Voices, and Melody Tate are also listed. Admission to the celebration, which begins at 6 p.m., is free, but an offering will be collected.


Symphony Sunday

The Toledo Symphony and conductor Stefan Sanderling celebrate the orchestra's 70th anniversary with a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony featuring a 1,000-voice chorus for the "Ode to Joy" Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. (tickets start at $25), but beginning an hour earlier in TLB Auditorium at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 1000 N. Main St., Findlay, the University of Findlay has a 50-piece orchestra, 70 voices, and guest soloists presenting The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins, a Welsh composer, at 3 p.m. 

The piece was commissioned by Royal Armouries, the national arms and armor museum in the United Kingdom, “to mark the end of a millennium ravaged by wars and to create a legacy of peace and hope for the future,” according to the museum's website. The composition uses the Latin Catholic Mass, other religious sources including from Islam and Hinduism, and historical works and poetry to make an anti-war statement. A film will play during the performance, and it includes war footage that can be disturbing.

Admission is free; check with the box office, 419-434-5335, for availability.


Holi Toledo

An Indian holiday known for throwing colors on one another for decoration, a playful celebration of good triumphing over bad, gets a college treatment on the field next to the Memorial Field House at 3000 W. Centennial Dr. at the University of Toledo Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. with Holi Toledo. The Holi day called Dhuleti was March 17, but that might have been too green for scheduling, as it was St. Patrick's Day.

Holi has Hindu roots, and the celebration will include Indian music and have information available on religion and cultures on the campus. The university's Center for International Studies and Programs, Center for Religious Understanding, Indian Students Cultural Association, Office of Equity and Diversity, Office of Student Involvement, and President's Lecture Series on Diversity are all cosponsors, along with the Toledo Community Foundation. For more information, email or call 419-530-6187.


Easter Bakes

Baked goods and crafts are available Friday and April 12 in Sylvania, while in Erie, Mich., baked goods accompany a rummage sale. In Sylvania, it is the annual Sister Gretchen's sale Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Regina Conference Room near Queen of Peace Chapel on the Motherhouse Grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, at 6832 Convent Blvd. The Erie United Methodist Church, 1100 E Samaria Rd., has its annual rummage and bake sale Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Homeboy compassion

The Rev. Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who is author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion and the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the country's largest gang rehabilitation program, will speak about compassion at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, April 12 at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing. Tickets are $10 and the proceeds benefit Homeboy Industries; they are available online at For information, call 419-824-3515.