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Faith Notes

Saturday, Feb. 4

MOUNT SOMA/TEMPLE VISIT, 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m., Sri Somesvara Vedic Temple, Bald Creek Road, Clyde. A visit will be held to Mount Soma and Sri Somesvara Vedic Temple. Attendees will learn about the Hindu ashram and Vedic temple (Shiva). After a brief introduction, participants will enjoy lunch and learn about meditative practice. Lunch is $12, or attendees may bring their own. To attend, email Vicki Garlock at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sunday, Feb. 5

ANTI-HATE PROGRAM, 12:30-1:30 p.m., church’s sanctuary, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, 500 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. The Social Action Committee of the UUCSV is inviting the congregation and the community to an hour-long conversation and exploration of ‘How To Be An Effective Ally.” The UUCSV added, “With the recent spike of harassment and hate-activity experienced here and around the country, the need is great for folks to stand by those targeted so no one feels alone in the face of a bigoted remark, workplace discrimination, or outright violence. Our conversation will be led by Monroe Gilmour, who has worked with targets and victims of hate activity for nearly 30 years. Gilmour will draw on his own work experiences and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “10 Ways to Fight Hate.” The program is billed as an “important, action-oriented conversation.” Admission is free and open to all.

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM CLASS, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Unity of the Blue Ridge, 2014 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Emotional Freedom Technique — a two-part series led by Jack Eason Rowe, Ph.D., will be held. The two class options include 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sundays (Feb. 5 and 12) . or , 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays (Feb. 8 and 15). EFT belongs to a new class of psychological treatments called Energy Psychology. EFT is billed as a set of powerful self-help techniques that are also used by healthcare professionals to treat ADHD, addiction, allergies, anger, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, pain, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship problems, spirituality issues, sports performance, weight loss and many other problems. EFT combines ancient acupressure techniques with modern cognitive therapy and exposure therapy. It has been the subject of more than 100 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals. To register for the Sunday afternoon class,  visit To register for the Wednesday evening class, visit

INTERFAITH FELLOWSHIP POTLUCK, 5-7 p.m., First Baptist Chuch of Asheville, 5 Oak St., downtown Asheville. An interfaith fellowship potluck will be held. Respectful people from all faiths and families are welcome, the organizers noted. Attendees are invited to share a dish representing their culture and tradition.

Friday, Feb. 10

SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE NIGHT, 7 p.m., Sandford Hall Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The UUCA will screen its monthly Social Justice Movie Night offering, which is to be announced. After the sreening, a discussion will be held. Admission is free.

Saturday, Feb. 11

AUTHOR’S PRESENTATION, BOOK-SIGNING, 1-3 p.m., Barnes & Noble bookstore (Suburban Center), 8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tenn. The Blind Date with a Book and book-signing series will featured James Fox Hind of Townsend, Tenn., introducing his latest work, “Jesus Christ; his Management and Motivational Style: Leadership at its Best,” followed by a book-signing. The book is especially targeted at business. The book shares how Jesus recruited, trained, motivated and led “12 unlikely staff members to become extraordinary,” and went on to organize “the greatest religion of all time.” The book is intended to show how to take Christianity into the workplace in a positive, productive and acceptable way that motivates others.

Thursday, Feb. 16

CREATION CARE ALLIANCE GENERAL MEETING, 5:30-7 p.m., Room MB306, First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St., downtown Asheville. The Creation Care Alliance of WNC will hold a general meeting to inspire one another to do good work and discuss the group’s work empowering care for creation. Attendees will connect with one another and explore ways to care for creation. Everyone is welcome. 

DEATH CAFE SERIES, 5-6:30 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Death Café, a series of gatherings for discussion, storytelling and exploration of ideas and feelings about death will feature faciltators Karen Sanders, Greg Lathrop and Sa’id Osio of the group Third Messenger. Admission is free and open to the public.               

Sunday, Feb. 19

MORAL COMPASS PRESENTATION, 2-3:30 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, North Asheville. Bill Walz will address “Keeping a Moral Compass when Society seems to have Lost its Own” during the monthly meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville. Walz will discuss “his insights on how to hold a steady compass in these historic and frightening times,” the EHSA noted in a news release. “What is needed and what can we do? The topic and discussion will be welcome by those deeply concerned by the divisive rhetoric of the past election and those fearing erosion of many hard-fought rights (voting rights, civil rights, environmental responsibility, equality, reproductive rights, labor rights, health access and quality education for all).” An informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. Walz has evolved from a career as a clinical psychologist into teaching meditation and evolving consciousness as a path to personal healing and growth. All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, Feb. 25

MLK JR. PRAYER BREAKFAST, 9 a.m., Camp Dorothy Walls, 495 Fragment Road, Black Mountain.The 27th Annual Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Prayer Breakfast will be held. The breakfast will feature a speaker (to be announced) who will share the life and teachings of King “as we strive to bring knowledge and awareness of his work to our Swannanoa Valley community,” the event organizers noted. Tickets may be purchased online, or pay by check with a ticket order form at

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:53


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