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Faith Notes

Thursday, May 2

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER OBSERVANCE, 6:30 p.m., Blue Ridge Ballroom, Highsmith Student Union,  UNC Asheville. A National Day of Prayer observance will be held.

Friday, May 3

MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION/RESOURCE FAIR, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 6th Ave. West, Hendersonville. The 2019 Multicultural Celebration and Resource Fair will be hosted by Grace Lutheran, along with Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Immigration Network. The event will feature cultural foods, fellowship and learning. At 9 a.m., speakers will share the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ experience, immigration legal updates and community support initiatives for immigrants. Following last year’s requests, organizers scheduled two times for extended discussion around tables with neighbors of different cultures. For lunch, the organizers are asking participants to bring a cultural appetizer or dessert leabled with the item name and culture. A main dish and drinks are provided. Child care and activities are available. Admission is free and any donations will support the DREAM Scholarship Fund. Preregistration is requested by calling 693-4890.

“LIVING WITH SOUL” WORKSHOP, 7-9 p.m., Unity of the Blue Ridge, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. A workshop on “Living with Soul“ will be led by author and mythologist Michael Meade. Regarding the program, Unity stated that Meade would present “an evening of surprising ideas, a soulful and mythological view of current affairs and a resounding collective call to find unity and wholeness in this time of conflict and confusion... We are living through an extended moment of radical change that is life-defining as well as life-changing. The storms and tragedies of contemporary life can be seen as a spiritual crisis where we must find a greater sense of self and soul or become more subject to increasing feelings of anxiety and helplessness... The current loss of meaning in life and denial of truth imperils the heart and soul of human culture. Changes at the level of the individual soul can generate the collective energy needed to change the conditions of the world. This is an event about the necessity of making soul at a time when the world seems to be losing its soul.” For tickets, which are $15, visit

Saturday, May 4

“PATHS OF AWAKENING” WORKSHOP, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Unity of the Blue Ridge, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. A workshop on “Paths of Awakening” will be led by author and mythologist Michael Meade. He will explore themes that include initiation and the soul, the acorn myth, a collective rite of passage and paths to the sacred. Further, Unity noted, “Regardless of age or status, each person carries an innate connection to the accumulated treasure of the human soul. This inner inheritance includes surprising capacities for creation, but also instincts for survival and the energy needed for genuine transformation... Awakening to one’s inner story and finding life-long initiatory paths comprises the ‘real work’ and genuine opus of our lives. The problem is that the exact paths of awakening are blocked by received ideas, early life traumas and over-adaptation to the needs of others.” For tickets, which are $15, visit For tickets, which are $95, visit

Thursday, May 9

“NEW TO UNITY” PROGRAM, 7-8:30 p.m., Unity of the Blue Ridge, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. A program for those who are new to Unity will be led by the Rev. Darlene Strickland  Regarding the program, Unity stated that it will be “a time to gather — with Rev. Darlene and others who are new to Unity — for a basic overview of Unity, with time for Q&A.”

Friday, May 17

FREE MEDITATION, 7-9 p.m., Unity of the Blue Ridge, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Sri Swamiji will host a free meditation. Regarding the program, Unity noted, “Hundreds of Yogis are engaged in spiritual practices at any given time on our planet. But the opportunity to be in the company of a true Yogi is rare, indeed.” Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj is a true Yogi from India who has been teaching and guiding the public for more than five decades. Sri Swamiji teaches an ancient form of dhyan yoga (a meditation practice) that was taught to him by his Guru. The meditation is practiced by many saints and sadhus for the spiritual attainment of Self-Realization and God-Realization. Through daily meditation, one can experience inner peace, understanding of the world and others, and deeper spiritual states. The evening will consist of Meditation Initiation, Devotional Songs and an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Sri Swamiji for personal guidance. Sri Swamiji comes as a true friend to all who seek his company; offering meditation, loving counsel and guidance. Additional area programs with Sri Swamiji include a multiple-day Retreat in Flat Rock (registration required), a one-day Sacred Fire Ceremony, and additional Free Meditation programs. For details, visit

SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE NIGHT, 7-9 p.m., 1 Sandburg Hall, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The UUCA will screen a yet-to-be-announced film. After the screening, a discussion will be held. All are welcome and admission is free.

Sunday, June 23

MOUNTAIN JEWISH FESTIVAL, noon-4 p.m., Agudas Israel Congregation synagogue, 505 Glasgow Lane, Hendersonville. The synagogue will hold its third Mountain Jewish Festival, which is open to anyone interested in learning about and experiencing Jewish culture, as well as tasting some traditional foods. All foods were baked “in house” by Balabusta Bakers, a press release stated. Items available for sale will include mandelbread, hamantashen, rugalach, matzah ball chicken soup, kugel (noodle pudding), braided challah along with freshly made traditional egg cream soda and more. In addition, pastrami and corned beef sandwiches will be available. Food will be available for purchase and to consume under the tent while listening to traditional music by Penny White, singer-song leader; Joel Helfand, klezmer music, Daniel Sage and others. A sanctuary tour will be offered, including a look at the Torah and a question-and-answer session with Rabbi Rachel Jackson. Attendees also are invited to experience a Jewish wedding at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. All attendees will receive a free buidebook, which features the synagogues history, holiday expalnations and recipes. Admission is free.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2019 17:07


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