Miami-Dade County

Neighbors in Religion: Unity service in English, Spanish Sunday at Bah’a`i Center

Bea Hines
Bea Hines

More than a century ago, according to information from the Baha’i Center, the faith’s founder Bahá’u’lláh wrote, “Unity is the well-being of mankind ... Peace and security are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.”

To reaffirm the teaching of the faith’s founder, a devotional service dedicated to the topic of unity will be presented by members of the Baha’i faith at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Baha’i Center, 9300 S. Dixie Hwy. It is open to the public.

Local Baha’i Virginia Mair said, “Through unity, not division, the difficulties we face as a nation or a family can be solved. Let us recognize that the people of the world are members of one race, living on one planet and protected by one loving Creator.”

The service will include prayers in Spanish and English, and there will be time for discussion. Light refreshments will be served after the service. For more information, call 786-472-2240.

Jewish Book Month

Jewish Book Month will be celebrated Sunday at Temple Beth Tov Ahavat Shalom. . The day will include a panel discussion of the latest edition of The Journal of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Crypto-Jews.

Making up the panel will be Journal staff members Mohammed Aburadi, Jonatas D. DaSilva, Mohammed K. Ghumrawi and Dr. Abraham D. Lavender, the journal’s editor-in-chief.

The event, which is open to the public, will begin at noon and include a kosher lunch. The synagogue’s men’s club is the sponsor. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted.

The synagogue is at 6438 SW Eighth St., West Miami. Call 305-205-3846 for more information.

World AIDS Day concert

If you plan to attend the annual World AIDS Day Gospel Concert, scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 6, get ready for a hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time.

The concert will be held at Bethel Apostolic Temple, 1855 NW 119th St., and feature international gospel recording artist Debra Snipes and The Angels; Lil’ Rev and Second Generation; and other local talent. The event will also feature free rapid HIV testing.

Sponsored by the Rev. Darryl K. Baxter and the Family Foundation of Greater Miami, the event also offers free vendor space for HIV providers.

“Even though impressive strides have been made in the treatment and prevention of this disease since we founded the Family Foundation in 1990, we still have quite a ways to go,” Baxter said.

He said Miami-Dade County ranks No. 1 in the nation, followed by Fort Lauderdale at No. 2, in having the most new AIDS cases per capita in the United States.

Baxter said Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of persons living with AIDS, and second in the nation in the number of pediatric AIDS cases.

Also, he said, one in four people living with HIV do not know they are infected. To date, more than 597,000 HIV/AIDS deaths have been reported. Currently, 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information about the concert or the Family Foundation, call 305-978-7100.

Trans Day of Remembrance

The Trans Day of Remembrance will be observed at 11 a.m. Sunday during the worship service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami. The day is set aside each year to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost to anti-transgender violence.

The event, free and open to the community, will include lunch after the worship service and a workshop at 1 p.m. on “Current Understanding of Human Sexuality.” Free childcare is offered for children up to age 12.

The workshop leader will be Dr. Marilyn Volker, who will speak on “the hows and whys of sexual orientation and gender identity.” Volker will also speak about the emotions that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning persons (GLBTQ) and their families experience.

It was during the 1970s that Volker saw a need to provide a safe, supportive and educational environment where GLBTQ teens could deal with the challenges of sexual identity. She has expanded the support to include families and allies of GLBTQ persons.

A Night for Bethlehem

Riviera Presbyterian Church, 5275 Sunset Dr., will host “A Night for Bethlehem” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

The guest speaker for the event will be Ata Manasra, known as the Ambassador of Hope, who lives in a village near Bethlehem.

Manasra will be speaking throughout the United States to raise awareness of the “urgent crisis caused by the expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank,” according to a church news release.

This event is free and open to the community.

St. Clement Church anniversary

It is always a glorious time when a church celebrates an anniversary. It means that the people of the community love and support the church, and that is a good thing for any neighborhood.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski will celebrate Mass marking the 60th anniversary of St. Clement Catholic Church in Wilton Manors.

Established in 1954, the church served Catholics in the Fort Lauderdale area as part of the St. Augustine diocese.

St. Clement, at 2975 N. Andrews Ave., invites the community to share in the celebration of its milestone. Joining the celebration will be the Rev. Robles Charles, St. Clement’s pastor.

Send items at least two weeks in advance to Religion Notes, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax them to 954-538-7018 or email Photos are accepted but cannot be returned.