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The Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik.


Centennial story

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Congregation of Lourdes, more commonly known as the Sylvania Franciscans, will premiere a centennial video Sunday as part of their 100th anniversary celebration. After a 9 a.m. liturgy in their Queen of Peace Chapel and a 10 a.m. continental breakfast at the Franciscan Center, the DVD, It is in Giving That We Receive: The Mission of the Sylvania Franciscans, will be shown at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Franciscan Center Theater. The video was produced by Sister Judy Zielinski.

All of the locations are on the sisters’ campus, which they share with Lourdes University, at 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to 419-824-3624 or

Lecture at mosque

The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo will host a free lecture at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the center, 25877 Scheider Rd., Perrysburg. Dr. Ahmed Janjua, a psychiatrist affiliated with ProMedica, will speak on understanding and managing depression and other mental health conditions. A question-and-answer period will follow Dr. Janjua’s speech.

Israeli intelligence

Mordechai Kedar, a professor in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, will speak at 3 p.m. Sunday at Congregation B’nai Israel, 6525 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, at the invitation of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo. His lecture, “Israel and the Palestinian Issue: Possible Solutions,” is informed by his studies in Arabic, Islamic studies, and political science, and his 25 years in military intelligence in the Israeli Defense Force, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. The lecture is free.

Mindful meditation

“Zen Mindfulness” is the title of a program that Jay Rinsen Weik will deliver at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Toledo’s Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, 1910 W. Rocket Dr. Mr. Weik is a senior lecturer in the University of Toledo music department and the founding abbot of the Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo. The time will begin with a brief musical introduction, Mr. Weik will give a talk, and then he will teach some aspects of meditation. A reception will follow. The evening is sponsored jointly by the university’s Mindfulness and Creativity Initiative, which Mr. Weik directs, and the Center for Religious Understanding. Free parking is available at the university’s 12, 12S, and 12W parking areas at the law center.

Abundant revival

Abundant Life Ministries will hold a winter revival, “Reviving the Saints,” at 7 p.m. nightly Tuesday through Thursday at its church, 5025 Glendale Ave. On Tuesday, Bishop Michael Pitts of Cornerstone Church in Maumee will be the guest speaker. Wednesday’s sermon will be given by Abundant Life’s pastor, the Rev. Cordell Jenkins. Then on Thursday, Evangelist Joyce Rodgers of Primary Purpose Ministries in Carrollton, Texas, will preach.

Abundant Life also is planning a free “Red Carpet Extravaganza” with a 5 p.m. meet-and-greet and a 6 p.m. program on Feb. 27 at the church, in observance of Black History Month. The extravaganza will include music, art, and vendors, and dressing in “best attire” is encouraged.

Secular consolidation

Two global free-thought organizations with offices in Washington — the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science and the Center for Inquiry — announced that they will merge and become the largest secularist organization in the United States. The foundation will be a division of the Center for Inquiry, and the foundation’s president and chief executive officer, Robyn Blummer, will be the CEO of the merged organization, taking over from Center for Inquiry president and CEO Ronald Lindsay. The center’s headquarters is in Amherst, N.Y., and will remain there. The organizations promote secularism, science, and humanism, and frequently comment on religious issues.

—TK Barger

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