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FAITH MATTERS: Herring to sing . . . Riverside open house . . . 'Love's Long Journey', etc.

Herring to sing Annie Herring, former lead singer with the legendary "Jesus music" group, "2nd Chapter of Acts," will perform in concert at 7 p.m. today in Valley Christian Center, 3920 Cherry St. Herring has roots in northeast North Dakota, and ...

Herring to sing

Annie Herring, former lead singer with the legendary "Jesus music" group, "2nd Chapter of Acts," will perform in concert at 7 p.m. today in Valley Christian Center, 3920 Cherry St.

Herring has roots in northeast North Dakota, and her career in music, which began in Southern California at the close of the 1960s, has won numerous awards, meant 23 albums, and a place in church history, especially as the composer of "Easter Song," a modern classic hymn.

With her brother and sister, Herring was a major influence in the "Jesus Movement," and the development of the contemporary Christian music scene and sound.

There is no admission cost.


Info: call (701) 746-7327; online at www.annieherring.com .

Riverside open house

Riverside Christian School, 610 Second Ave. N.E., East Grand Forks, will hold its annual May Open House and Student Program from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, with a preschool and kindergarten program at 3 p.m.

Info: (218) 773-1770.

'Love's Long Journey'

The movie, "Love's Long Journey," based on a Jeanette Oke book, will be shown at 6 p.m. Sunday in First Assembly of God Church, 605 Third Ave. N.E., Crookston. It's free.

Info: (218) 281-3333.

Wilderness and faith


Clayton Daughenbaugh will present "Wilderness and Christian Faith: Utah's Red Rock Canyon" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 319 S. Fifth St., downtown. He's a Methodist layman and leader in the Southern Utah wilderness Alliance and the Sierra Club.

It will include a slide-show narrated by Robert Redford. St. Paul's Environmental Stewardship Committee is hosting it. Lunch will be served. There's no cost, and everyone is invited.

Info: (701) 775-7955.

'Feeding the Hungry Heart'

In what's become a tradition, three Northwood, N.D., women -- Paulette Deutsch, Barb Maristuen and Judy Korsmo --will present a concert of "music, laughter and reflection," called "Feeding the Hungry Heart," at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 311 W. Front St., Larimore, N.D.

It's free to all women, who are asked to bring a friend and some recipes to share.

Info: Karen Landman, (701) 326-4523.

Gay clergy ban


United Methodist clergy cannot perform same-sex marriages or gay civil unions, even if their regional church district supports the idea, the denomination's high court ruled.

The Judicial Council said that a church district, or annual conference, cannot "negate, ignore or violate" churchwide discipline, even if they disagree with the policy.

Last year, the top church legislative body, or General Conference, voted to retain its ban on same-sex marriages and bar clergy from performing the ceremonies or consecrating same-gender unions in the church. Pastors who violate the discipline risk losing their clergy credentials.

The council decision came in the case of two regional Methodist groups that had issued resolutions supporting clergy who perform same-gender marriages.

The California-Nevada Annual Conference had backed retired pastors who perform the ceremonies. The California-Pacific Conference had recognized "the pastoral need and prophetic authority of our clergy and congregations to offer the ministry of marriage ceremonies for same-gender couples."

The state Supreme Court in California had approved gay marriage last year, but voters reinstated a ban on same-gender marriage last November through Proposition 8.

Abuse case appeal

The Franciscan Roman Catholic religious order appealed a recent court decision requiring them to release private personnel files in a clergy sex abuse settlement.


Lawyers for the Franciscan Friars of California Inc. filed an appeal April 23, the same day the documents were to be released. The appeal puts that on hold.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman ordered the files' release April 2, nearly three years after the Franciscans reached a $28 million settlement with 25 people who said they had been molested.

Earthquake relief

The Vatican Museums say they'll stay open an extra Sunday in May and give all the proceeds to rebuild the earthquake-ravaged Abruzzo region.

A Vatican statement says museum staff also will donate a day's pay to the cause.

If you have stories or announcements for Faith & Religion, contact Stephen J. Lee at (701) 780-1237; (800) 477-6572, ext. 237; or e-mail slee@gfherald.com ; fax, (701) 780-1123.

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