SPAFER in Oxford, a part of the South Points Association for Exploring Religion, and is a nonprofit, non-denominational study group that meets monthly to explore the histroy and beliefs of the many faith traditions. We do this within the context of our knowledge of the natural and spiritual laws of the Universe in which we live.
The next meeting will be Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, and will feature a video presentation by Dr. Deepok Chopra entitled, “The Mystery of Consciousness.” Chopra is a medical doctor, and national known author and lecturer in the fields of medicine, science, religion and spirituality. His presentation will focus on the role of consciousness in our human life experiences and in our relationship and understanding of the divine.
Those of all faiths or no faith are welcome to attend what should be a very enlightening session. SPAFER in Oxford meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 31 CR 198, about four miles north of West Jackson Ave. off Old Sardis Road (Hwy. 314.) Coffee and donuts are served beginning at 9:30. For more information, call David Smith at 816-1195 or visit the SPAFER website at www.spafer.org. (October 19, 2011)
Music for Meditation, to embrace a decade of healing since Sept. 11, 2001, will be presented Sunday by organist Jason Derrick in the Oxford-University United Methodist Church sanctuary, corner University Avenue and 10th Street. This music-only memorial meditation service is free and open to all.
A special morning service will serve as a tribute to emergency responders at New Prospect Baptist Church, 823 Highway 334. The 10:30 a.m. service will provide an opportunity for the community to show its support and appreciation to all of its emergency responders — fire and police officers as well as EMTs. The responders will be honored with a small gift and appreciation dinner following the service. (September 6, 2011)
Everyone is invited to a free concert by The Josh Buford Band at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at First Wesleyan Church, 1740 Jefferson Ave., across from Bramlett Elementary School. The theme for the concert is “Live Out Loud” and will feature original and contemporary music. (September 6, 2011)
Joyful Generation of Anchor Baptist Church will hold its annual fish fry and auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, with the live auction beginning at 5:30. Plates are available for an $8 donation and includes fish, fries, slaw, dessert and drink. Carry-outs will be available. Items being auctioned off will include a handmade quilt, a signed football and baseball, household items and gift cards. Door prizes will be given out every 15 minutes. Homemade cakes and pies will also be available to purchase. The church is located on Highway 7 South in Water Valley. (March 31, 2011)
New Orleans food and fun will be featured at “Jazzin’” from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 in the activity center of the Oxford-University United Methodist Church. Gumbo, red beans and jazz music, featuring jazz vocalist Effie Burt, will be available. Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5 for children, ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the offices of OUUMC or Burns United Methodist Church between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. Proceeds from the event will go to Burns United Methodist Church. (January 28, 2011)
Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home will have its annual Christmas Memorial Program at 3 p.m. Sunday at Philadelphia M.B. Church. (November 29, 2010)
North Oxford Baptist Church will host its annual Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its Family Life Center. Numerous vendors will offer a variety of items, including baked goods, jewelry, jams and jellies, woodwork, florals, arts, gifts and photography. For more information, call 234-1101. The church is located two miles north of the Square on North Lamar Boulevard (Ole Highway 7 North). (November 29, 2010)
Church Women United will sponsor World community Day 2010 at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Second Baptist Church. The program is titled, “Building the Beloved Community.” Program chairwomen are Marie Pringle, Jean Shaw and Dorothy Henderson. Arrangements are by Patsy Pipkin, Eugenia Minor and Darlene Williams-Washington. (November 11, 2010)
The North Oxford Baptist Church will host two free Hallow-Him festivals on Friday, one for young kids and the other geared for teens.
The Hallow-Him Carnival for preschoolers to sixth-graders will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the church’s Family Life Center. Kids will enjoy carnival games, refreshments a costume parade (no scary costumes) and lots of candy.
The Xtreme Hallow-Him festival, for youth in grades seven through twelve, will follow from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Family Life Center. This festival will feature inflatable games and much more. For more information, call 234-9343. (October 27, 2010)
In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies will host a panel discussion titled, “Coming Out Faithfully: Faith, Religion, and Sexualities,” at noon Monday, Oct. 11, in the Faulkner Room in the Archives & Special Collections on the third floor of J.D. Williams Librar yon the campus of the University of Mississippi.
This panel discussion of sexualities in the Bible will be presented by the Rev. Craig Gates, retired Episcopal minister and member of the Bishop’s Committee on Ministry with LGBT Persons, the Rev. Laura Getty’s, associate rector, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and Eunice Benton, UUA Mid-South district executive.
National Coming Out Day was founded by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary on Oct. 11, 1988, in celebration of the second gay march in Washington, D.C., a year earlier. The purpose of the march and of National Coming Out Day is to promote government and public awareness as well as affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and to celebrate homosexuality. Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or not, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBT equality this National Coming Out Day. (October 3, 2010)