Faith-and-values events, announcements

2013-02-08T23:00:00Z Faith-and-values events, announcements

Ecumenical Legislative Briefing Day set

Registration for the 2013 Ecumenical Legislative Briefing Day begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 9) at Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A St.

Worship will start at 9 a.m. Workshops follow at 9:30 and continue until 12:30 p.m., when lunch will be served.

Workshops will be offered in renewable energy, domestic violence, human trafficking, Medicaid expansion, rural issues, death penalty, immigration, environmental stewardship and young adults as advocates.

Larry Ruth, adjunct professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University, will give the closing address, “Civility and Politics.”

Registration is $25 at the door. Lunch provided as available.

Biblical archaeologist to talk of Bethsaida work

Rami Arav, biblical archaeologist and University of Nebraska at Omaha professor, will present “Bethsaida and What Biblical Archaeology Can and Cannot Do,” at 7 p.m. Monday in Olin B Lecture Hall on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus, 50th Street and St. Paul Avenue.

The free lecture is sponsored by a Scientists in Congregations grant to Lincoln's First Lutheran Church.

Arav, a professor in UNO’s department of philosophy and religion, has directed the excavation of the biblical city of Bethsaida since 1987. He is UNO's director of the Consortium of the Bethsaida Excavations Project. The consortium comprises 30 scholars from 18 colleges and universities worldwide.

The First Lutheran grant project, “Growing in Faith Through the Lens of Science” can be found online at To learn more about the Bethsaida excavations project visit

Church to present Valentine's event

Trinity United Methodist Church invites couples to a Valentine’s Day dinner and dance at the church, 7130 Kentwell Lane.

Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Dinner includes appetizers, salad, chicken cordon bleu with roasted new potatoes and broccoli gratin and a chocolate dessert. Dancing will follow with music provided by Dorothy Applebee, Michael Tully, Brian Morrow, Kevin Kroon and Mac McCune (formerly of The Mac Five).

Tickets are $15 per adult and are available at Trinity UMC, 7130 Kentwell Lane. For more information call the church at 402-435-2946.

Catholic Relief Services to host 'Rice Bowl'

Each Lenten season, Catholic Relief Services hosts a collection drive to raise money for its international hunger-fighting program “CRS Rice Bowl.”

The program combines prayer, fasting and giving with the message: “For Lent, For Life: What You Give Up for Lent Changes Lives.”

Each week during Lent, CRS Rice Bowl features a different country, and offers a simple meatless recipe common in that nation.

Featured recipes include:

* Bean Cakes from Burkina Faso, Africa -- A cake of black-eyed peas, onions and carrots served on a bed of rice.

* Batar Da’an from East Timor, Asia -- A popular dish made with corn, beans and squash.

* Pap with Spicy Vegetables from Lesotho, Africa -- A slightly spicy mixture of peppers, tomatoes and beans served over cornmeal porridge.

* Black Bean Soup from the Dominican Republic, Caribbean -- Soup can be served over rice for a complete meal.

* Mixed Vegetable Tihari from Pakistan, Middle East -- A traditional rice dish.

Each recipe is made with ingredients found in grocery stores in the United States. Recipe cards are available at

Religious tolerance lecture on Feb. 26

Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi will deliver the final lecture of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues series on religion, rights and politics at 7 p.m. Feb. 26.

The program will originate from the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and be simulcast to audiences gathered in Columbus, Hastings, Kearney, North Platte, Omaha and Scottsbluff.

Ebadi is the first Iranian and Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, which she received in 2003 for her pioneering efforts in democracy and human rights, especially the rights of women, children and refugees. Ebadi argues for an interpretation of Islamic law which is in harmony with vital human rights such as democracy, equality before the law, religious freedom and freedom of speech.

In her presentation, Ebadi will share easy tools anyone can use to make a difference on behalf of tolerance and human rights for all.

Free tickets are required and generally are available at the door. Tickets also may be obtained in advance.

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