Religion Briefs


Kalihi and Wahiawa bazaars feature food

Church bazaars in Kalihi and Wahiawa next Saturday are good destinations for people who look for bargains and good food.

The Higashi Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii will hold its Craft Fair Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1685 Alaneo St. Culinary specialties include andagi -- Okinawan donuts -- and Zenzai -- a black-bean dessert -- as well as Japanese food, hot dogs and hamburgers. Orchids and handicrafts will also be sold.

Korean food highlights the bazaar and chicken sale at Wahiawa's Olive United Methodist Church. The sale runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 108 California Ave.

Leeward gospel choir holding auditions

Auditions are under way for singers with spirit.

The Leeward Community Gospel Choir will hear applicants at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Salvation Army's Leeward Community Center, 98-612 Moanalua Loop. Singers must be 14 years of age and older.

For information, call Salvation Army Capt. Lisa Smith, 487-1636.

Islamic teacher leads retreat center service

A visiting teacher in Sufism, the Islamic mystical tradition, will lead a service Friday at St. Anthony Retreat Center, 3351 Kalihi St. The free 7:30 p.m. Zikr, a participatory walking meditation, is sponsored by the Jerrahi Order of Hawaii.

Sheikha Amina Teslima al-Jerrahi, leader of the Halveti Jerrahi Sufi Order of Mexico City, will lead the service. She will lead a retreat Saturday and Sunday. Call 943-9664 or e-mail


Poll finds people pray even if not in church

BOSTON >> While less than half of Americans regularly attend religious services, more than 60 percent said they prayed one or more times a day, according to a poll by the Christian Science Monitor.

A third said they prayed more after the Sept. 11 attacks, but more than 60 percent said the tragedy did not change the amount they prayed.

Less than a third of the more than 900 adults surveyed said the terrorist strikes made them more interested in participating in interfaith services.

Many clergy have held worship services with other denominations to promote religious tolerance, but some conservative Christians have said interfaith worship sent the wrong message -- that all religions were the same.

Ex-con Bakker plans another TV ministry

BRANSON, Mo. >> Televangelist Jim Bakker, who was convicted of wire fraud and served five years in prison, plans to start another TV ministry, this time in Branson.

Bakker, 62, said he has commitments from stations in several cities to broadcast his show, which will originate from a restaurant.

The former Assemblies of God minister said his wife, Lori Graham Bakker, will co-host.

"We serve a God of the second chance," he said. "We're about restoration. We're not coming to say, 'Be like us.'"

Bakker, who hit the airwaves with his PTL Ministries in the 1970s, resigned in 1987 after he admitted having an affair with a ministry secretary. Soon after, he and other ministry officials were implicated in a fraud linked to the sale of memberships in his Heritage USA theme park in Fort Mill, S.C.

While he was in prison, then-wife Tammy Faye Bakker divorced him.


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