Religion briefs

Published May 5, 2007

Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Road: The folk and acoustic pop group, "SONiA and disappear fear" will perform at 8 p.m. today at the church's Octagon Gallery. General admission is $21 at the door, seniors and students $18 and children 14 and younger free. On Sunday, the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi will address the "Hallmarks of a Healthy Congregation" at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. Call 531-7704 or visit www.uuclearwater.org.

Unity Church of Clearwater, 2465 Nursery Road: The Rev. Leddy Hammock will speak on "Shortcut to Paradise" at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services. Call 531-0992.

Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, Odessa: Guest speaker Julie McNeil will explore the purpose of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride marches at the 11 a.m. Sunday service. She is a member of the board of trustees of St. Petersburg Unitarian Universalists and chair of the newly formed West Central Cluster Pride Committee. Call (813) 792-1622 or visit www.spiritoflifeuu.org.

Temple B'nai Israel, 1685 S Belcher Road, Clearwater: A seminar on "Families Adjusting to Loss" meets at noon on Mondays at the temple. Renee Baseman is the facilitator and the program is based on Rabbi Earl Grollman's book Living with Loss, Healing With Hope. Call 531-5829.

St. Vincent de Paul Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday: The touring statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at the church May 7 and 8. The statue was sculpted in 1947, based on the description of one of the children who saw the vision for six months in Fatima, Portugal. A procession and rosary is scheduled at the church at 6:30 p.m. May 7, followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. and adoration of the blessed sacrament until 11 p.m. On May 8, there will be a presentation after the 9 a.m. mass, followed by the rosary at 9:30 a.m. Adoration of the blessed sacrament will be followed by a benediction at noon. Prayer petitions will be taken to Fatima. For more information, call 938-1974.

Showshannah Ministries, 20967 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater: A meeting on the "New School of the Prophetic Torch" at 7 p.m. May 10 with minister Ann D. Finkelman at the Radisson Hotel-Clearwater Central. Showshannah Ministries is an end time prophetic ministry. Free. For information, visit www.showshannahministries.net.

Heritage United Methodist Church at Countryside, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater: Author Gloria Houston will conduct a workshop for all ages on preserving family heritage from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 12 at the church. Houston is author-in-residence and visiting assistant professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. The program is a benefit for the literacy programs of United Methodist Cooperative ministries. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 442-6881.