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Orono mosque plans discussion on women, Islam

Posted May 19, 2011, at 11:52 p.m.

ORONO — A mini-open house will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Islamic Center of Maine, 149 Park St., to discuss women in Islam.

Jenan Jondy, outreach coordinator for the mosque, will lead the discussion.

For information, call 866-7932.

Bangor clergy to attend national conference on gay rights

BANGOR — Two members of the local clergy will attend the annual Clergy Call for Equality and Justice conference Sunday through Tuesday, May 22-24, in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Darah Lerner of Congregation Beth El and the Rev. Elaine Hewes of Redeemer Lutheran Church, both in Bangor, will attend the conference with the Rev. Ben Shambaugh of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Portland and Katy Jayne of the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination.

The conference is sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, based in Washington, D.C.

Clergy from around the country will discuss issues related to equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Conference attendees also will meet with U.S. senators and representatives from Maine.

PCHC recognizes St. John’s for work at Hope House

BANGOR — Penobscot Community Health Care recently recognized St. John’s Episcopal Church, 225 French St., for partnering with the Hope House, 179 Indiana Ave., to provide monthly meals at the shelter.

The Hope House, run by PCHC, serves meals each day to homeless people residing at the shelter with the help of area businesses, civic groups, churches, and or individuals, according to a press release issued by the Hope House.

“I have never observed this level of kindness and  compassion toward the homeless as shown by the Bangor Community,” Mike Andrick of Hope House said in the press release.

Organizations interested in providing a meal per month as St. John’s does should contact Andrick at 217-6713, ext. 467.

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