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Interfaith service set for Sunday night

 

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Congregations of all backgrounds and religions will join together in one interfaith worship service of song and prayer at 7 p.m. Sunday at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 137 NE 19th St. in Miami.

The worship service is called "Many Voices One Miami,” and is presented by the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews Clergy Dialogue.

The service will include an interfaith choir and speakers will present words of inspiration designed to embrace South Florida's diversity.

"Everyone is welcome to join MCCJ as we celebrate the diversity of our faiths and the richness of our multicultural community," said the Rev. Dr. Patrick O'Neill.

The service is a cooperative effort between the Archdiocese of Miami, the Council of South Florida Muslim Community(COSMOS), Faith in the City, the Rabbinical Association of Miami and P.A.C.T.

The MCCJ was founded in Miami in 1935 to create a safe haven for dialog, train inclusive leaders and to promote understanding for all faiths, races and cultures through education, advocacy and conflict resolution. The organization hosts the oldest interfaith clergy dialog in the United States. Its programs include presenting prejudice reducing programs in local high schools. It's free and open to everyone.

Join the conversation at Beth David

Are you 20- or 30-something? If you are, the Young Professionals of Beth David Congregation and the Young Investors Society of Israel Bonds wants you to attend an evening of networking and "great conversation" today at the synagogue, 2625 SW Third Ave.

If you go, you will also be able to hear the incredible story of Izzy Ezagui, an American-born, one-armed squad commander who serves in the Israel Defense Forces. Ezagui was injured in combat, losing his dominant arm. Still, he returned to the fight. And in May of 2011, Israeli President Shimon Peres awarded him the highest accolade a soldier outside of the battlefield can receive.

Cocktails and networking start at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7:30 with Ezagui's lecture. The event is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Honduran cardinal to speak in Miami

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, will be the keynote speaker at the Closing Assembly of the Archdiocesan Synod at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the Miami Hilton Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Cardinal Maradiaga is one of the eight cardinals on the advisory board that met for three days with Pope Francis to discuss different topics relating to the church.

The Closing Assembly actually begins with Mass at 9 a.m., followed by the presentation of the Synod results and the speech by Maradiaga.

According to a press release, this is only the second time in its history that the Archdiocese of Miami convened a Synod, which is a process of Catholics in South Florida to gather and be heard by Archbishop Thomas Wenski on their concerns, what the church does well and what their dreams are for the Catholic Church.

During the closing assembly, representatives of the 800-member focus teams will present the results of the 18-month Synod along with a strategic plan to Archbishop Wenski.

Flea market at South Miami Lutheran

The annual community flea market at South Miami Lutheran Church will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the church, 7190 Sunset Dr. in South Miami.

The event will feature 50 vendors with food, homemade baked goods and the bloodmobile, which will be on site from 9 a.m. til 2 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

‘Peru Shoe Drive’

In June, 2013, when some of the members of Grace Lutheran Church were visiting Lima and Cuzco, Peru, they saw firsthand many children wearing flip flops or folding the back of their shoes so they can still fit in them.

Back home, the members the church's "Mission Peru Team" started the Peru Shoe Drive for the children of Luz Divina, El Paraiso, Luz de Pachacutec and Talitha Kum in Lima and Cuzco, Peru. The shoe drive will end on Sunday (Oct. 27). The church is asking for children's new or slightly worn shoes. The shoes will be cleaned and prepared for delivery by Sara Kelly, who will travel to Peru before the end of the year.

You may drop off your shoe donations at the church, where there is a drop-off box placed in the church office hallway outside the office door.

Grace Lutheran Church is located at 254 Curtiss Pkwy. in Miami Springs.

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