Religion Briefs
Saturday, April 17, 2004

Fair at St. Francis promises fun for all

Games and rides for children, musical entertainment and food booths will turn St. Francis School's yard into a fairground next Saturday.

The campus at 2707 Pamoa Road in Manoa will be the setting of the fifth annual Ohana Fair open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The activities will include:

» A midway with Nozawa's Ponies & Petting Zoo, Xtreme Fun Rides, LegoTown, face painting and games for kids.

» Haku lei making, manicures and makeovers by ZA Cosmetics and a white elephant sale.

» Silent auction offering handmade quilts and afghans, airline and restaurant certificates, professional services and merchandise.

» Country Store and Farmer's Market booths, barbecued chicken and malasadas.

» Radio KXME deejay playing the top 40 hits from 3:30 to 6 p.m., comedian Frank De Lima and musical performances by St. Francis students.

Holy Land and conflict topic of public talks

The concerns of Jewish, Muslim and Christian people living in the land sacred to all three religions will be the topic of programs this week on peace and justice in the Holy Land.

» Tuesday, 7 p.m., Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave. Frederic William Bush, professor emeritus of Near Eastern studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., will be the speaker at the monthly meeting of Friends of Sabeel. A potluck supper will begin at 6 p.m. in Weaver Hall. Both are open to the public.

» Thursday, 2:30 p.m., Chaminade University, 3140 Waialae Ave., Henry Hall theater. Bush will share his insight on the complexities of Mideast strife in a public talk.

» Saturday, 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Cathedral Tenney Theatre, Queen Emma Square. "The Passion of the Holy Land," a documentary produced by the Episcopal Church's Peace and Justice Ministries, will air in a free public program sponsored by the Hawaii Geographic Society. The program will include commentary by Episcopal Bishop Bob Jones and his wife, Mary Page Jones, who worked in Jerusalem for four years. Jones, former dean of St. George's College in Jerusalem, is interim rector of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Kalihi.

Fewer people joining Southern Baptists

NASHVILLE » The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, grew slightly last year in members and new congregations but at a slower rate than in 2002. The denomination grew by well under 1 percent in membership in 2003, to a total of 16.3 million people. It added 249 new congregations for a total of 43,024 churches.

Jimmy Draper, president of Lifeway Christian Resources, a Southern Baptist agency, said the statistics indicated the convention "has lost its focus."

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