Interfaith group to hold first talk
A new Windward Oahu interfaith group will hold its inaugural meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at Pohai Nani, 49-090 Namoku St., Kaneohe.
"Universal commonalities in all major religions" will be the topic of a talk by Saleem Ahmed, a founder of the All Believers Network.
The informal discussion group is being organized by All Believers Network and the Interfaith Open Table. Both groups meet monthly in Honolulu with members from many faith- and ethics-based backgrounds sharing information and interests.
Lunch may be reserved for $7.50. For information call Sam Cox at 779-3606 or write to SamCox@hawaii.rr.com.
Churches to host musical offerings
June concerts at island churches will feature a Kauai-born singer and an internationally known organist.
» Faith Rivera will sing music from her latest album, "Maluhia," in a 7 p.m. Friday concert at Unity Church of Hawaii, 3608 Diamond Head Circle. The singer and songwriter was born on Kauai and graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy. She collaborates as a composer with Hawaii-born musician and producer Daniel Ho. She won an Emmy for a 2003 song that she wrote and sang on an episode of the NBC series "Passions." No charge; donations will be accepted to support church programs.
» Paul Jacobs, chairman of the organ department of the Juilliard School of Music in New York, will perform classical and contemporary music in a concert at 7 p.m. June 13 at Central Union Church, 1660 S. Beretania St. He has recently appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony and performs at American and international music festivals. The free concert will celebrate completion of restoration work on the church's Aeolian-Skinner organ.
12 Steps to be linked to Buddhism
Ways that Buddhist teaching can apply to 12 Step programs for people seeking recovery from addiction will be explored in a lecture and a workshop next month.
Kevin Griffin, a longtime Buddhist practitioner and 12 Step participant, will speak at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Buddhist Study Center, 1436 University Ave. The talk is free and open to the public.
He will lead a two-day workshop on "Buddhism and the 12 Steps" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21 and 22. The cost is $45 for one day, $75 for both days. To register call Lue Zimmelman at 722-9838 or write to email@example.com.
Griffin is the author of "One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the 12 Steps." Trained as a community dharma leader at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California, he is a leader in the mindful-recovery movement and a founder of the Buddhist Recovery Network.