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February 8, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief


The Salem News

---- — The Christian Women’s Connection February Brunch will be held on Monday, Feb. 10, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Lighthouse Point Room at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Alice Kellogg, a cancer survivor and para-educator in special education, will speak about overcoming obstacles. Brunch is $14 inclusive, and free baby-sitting is available for children up to age 5. Reservations are required by today, Feb. 8, and can be made by contacting Jan at 978-303-7873 or 978-532-1379. For childcare or to make a cancellation, call Jan.

“Moving on after Moving In,” a small group study based on the book “After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving On after Moving In,” by Susan Miller, will meet tomorrow, Feb. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, second floor, 179 County Road, Ipswich. The Bible-based discussion group for women will address emotional struggles and opportunities for spiritual growth when starting out in a new community. The group meets on Sundays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., for eight sessions. For more information or to sign up, contact the church office at office@fpcnorthshore.com or call 978-356-7690. All women are welcome.

St. Richard’s Church presents a Catholicism Faith Formation Program with The Rev. Robert Barron beginning Wednesday, Feb. 19, with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m., a presentation from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a discussion from 8 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower church hall at 90 Forest St. in Danvers. Participants will learn what Catholics believe and why by exploring the art, architecture, literature, beliefs and practices of the Catholic tradition. The Catholicism adult study program will meet every Wednesday through May 7. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact Jay Sabina at jsabina@comcast.net.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Marblehead is offering a free, four-hour experiential workshop presented by Julie Honeycutt on Internal Family Systems, a non-denominational psychospiritual model of emotional growth and healing. The workshop will be held today, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Andrew’s Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Light refreshments will be served. Children ages 10 and older are welcome. An optional $10 donation will be accepted at the door. For more information and to register, contact Elizabeth Tener at 978-910-0182 or lizten@comcast.net. Walk-ins are welcome.

Rabbi Emily Mathis will lead a discussion group at Temple Beth Shalom in Peabody on Sundays, Feb. 16, March 9, and April 6, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Using “The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic” as a guide, Mathis will lead a discussion of the Jewish perspective on food and justice, environmental ethics, the history and trends of Jewish dietary practices within reformed Judaism, animal rights, and more. Admission to the program is free, but books cost $12 for temple members and $18 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the temple office at 978-535-2100.

Babies up to 6 months of age along with mothers and caregivers are invited to Baby Lounge for a morning of gentle movement with yoga instructor Ariela HaLevi, and helpful hints for making Jewish ritual a part of a baby’s life. Baby Lounge meets on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead, through Feb. 13. Reserve a spot with Barbara Tanger at btanger@cohenhillel.org. Baby Lounge is a free program that welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds and sexual orientations.

Temple Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee presents “Comparative Religion: The Three Abrahamic Religions” featuring Dr. Michael Szycher on Sunday, March 2, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., at Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Szycher presents a layperson’s guide to the similarities and differences between Judaism, Christianity and Islam; sacred time, space and objects; religious rituals, traditions, mysticism and spirituality; and the question, “Can religion and science co-exist?” Complimentary bagels, lox, pastries, and drinks will be available for participants. Reservations are required by Monday, Feb. 24, at bsimons@templebethshalom.org.

On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church collect food and essential items for the Danvers food pantry. Items most needed are baby wipes, disposable diapers in sizes 3 through 6, canned soups, peanut butter, canned tuna and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-774-4510..