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FAITH MATTERS: 'The Shack' author to speak in the Fritz . . . Catholic youth set 'U R RCK' rally . . . Papuan to speak at GF Wycliffe banquet, etc.

'The Shack' author to speak in the Fritz GRAND FORKS -- William Paul Young, the author of the best-selling book, "The Shack," will speak at 7 p.m. April 17 in UND's Chester Fritz Auditorium. Young's book, which has sold more than 7 million copies...

'The Shack' author to speak in the Fritz

GRAND FORKS -- William Paul Young, the author of the best-selling book, "The Shack," will speak at 7 p.m. April 17 in UND's Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Young's book, which has sold more than 7 million copies and spent 70 weeks on the New York Times' best-seller list, is a personal and unusual parable about God that has raised controversy and fandom within and outside of Christendom.

Growing up as a child of missionaries in Papua New Guinea, Young was sexually abused and later had a crisis of faith that led him to write the book, partly for his wife, Kim, who grew up in Minot.

Several women in Polk County, who have met for years in a Bible study and fellowship group called Daughters of the King, organized Young's appearance in Grand Forks, Connie Moland said.

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Tickets available at the Fritz.

Young will have a book signing in B Dalton 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. April 17.

Info: Emily Kinkade at emily.kinkade@ambassadorspeakers.com ; see more about Young's book online at www.yourinfoplace . net.

Catholic youth set 'U R RCK' rally

LARIMORE, N.D. -- It's "U R RCK," as in Jesus' word to Peter, "You are the Rock," when the youth of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo will hold the annual Junior High Rally on April 10 in St. Stephen's parish, 311 Front St. Bill Lage, originally from Cavalier, N.D., who is a well-known DJ in the Twin Cities, will speak about his own faith and entertain during the afternoon and evening. A Eucharistic procession and Mass is set for 5 p.m. It's for students in grades six through eight.

Info: Kathy Loney at (701) 356-7902; e-mail kathy.loney@fargodiocese.org .

Papuan to speak at GF Wycliffe banquet

GRAND FORKS -- Raphael Totome, from Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea, will speak at a fundraising bandquet for Wycliffe Bible Translators at 6 p.m. Monday in the Ramada Inn. Totome maintains Wycliffe's equipment in Ukarumpa, the largest Bible translation center in Wycliffe's organization. Wycliffe started the Summer Institute of Linguistics at UND almost 60 years ago.

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Info: the Rev. Harold and Eunice Vold, (701) 746-8831.

UND pastors set 'Theology for Lunch'

GRAND FORKS -- The Campus Ministry Association at UND will present "Deliver Us from Evil" during a Theology for Lunch series this month, meeting at noon Wednesdays through April 28 in Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, 3120 Fifth Ave. N.

A free lunch of soup and bread will be provided, and four pastors will give brief presentations, followed by conversation moderated by psychology professor Tom Petros.

The Rev. Gretchen Graf of First Presbyterian Church will be the first presenter at noon Wednesday on ways to understand the relationship between good and evil.

The Rev. Jason Lefor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Center will speak on the mystery of sin April 14; the Rev. Chad Brucklacher and the Rev. Kathy Fick of Christus Rex Lutheran Center will speak April 21 on the myth of redemptive violence and whether humans are inherently evil and how love overcomes evil. The Rev. Mark Buchhop of Wittenberg will speak April 28 on Luther's writings on the prayer, "Deliver us from evil."

Info: Christus Rex (701) 775-5581; e-mail christusrex@und.nodak.edu .

Nun to speak at prayer breakfast

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CROOKSTON -- Sister Rachel of Mount St. Benedict will speak on pastoral care at the annual Crookston Community Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. April 10 in the Mount's Center. Local members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will take part in the program. A $5 meal donation is requested.

Info: Duane Trostad, (218) 281-4227; e-mail dbtrostad@gra . midcoe.net.

Lotus Center sets Insight retreat

GRAND FORKS -- An Insight Meditation retreat, "Joy of Mindfulness," led by Lynn Rossy, is set for 7 p.m. April 16 and all day April 17 and April 18 in the Lotus Center on University Avenue at UND. Rossy is founder of the Mindfulness Practice Center at the University of Missouri. The April 16 evening session is free and open to the public.

Info: Kristen Borysewicz at (701) 777-4647 or www.lotuscenter . und. edu.

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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