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South Whidbey churches announce Sunday events

‘Peace and Joy’ is at UUCWI service

Even with our distress about world events held compassionately in our hearts, we can find joy and peace in any circumstance. At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island service on Sunday, Rev. Amanda Aikman will share four simple spiritual and physical movements that take us into joy, wherever we are.

Rev. Aikman is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry and is currently minister at the Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She is a playwright and spiritual director, and teaches joyfulness classes throughout the region.

All are welcome. Values-based children’s religious exploration classes and childcare will be provided.

The service is at 10 a.m. at 20103 Highway 525, just north of Freeland. Check www.whidbey.com/uucwi for more information.

Whidbey Quakers to meet near Coupeville

The Whidbey Quakers will not be meeting at their usual place of worship, the Sears House in Bayview, on Sunday, June 27.

Instead, they will be meeting at 10 a.m. at the home of a member near Coupeville, followed by a work party, clam bake and potluck meal. Call Toni Grove at 221-6748 for more information.

Christian Science examines its history

During the year, Christian Science services explore 26 different topics twice.

On June 27, for the first time this year, the topic will be on Christian Science healing, history and purpose.

Readings from the Bible and “Science and Health” provide insight into the teachings of the Bible that inspired Mary Baker Eddy in 1866 to focus on the “divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love” that she would name Christian Science; in addition, the service explores how you can apply those healing laws to your life today. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16).

Everyone is welcome. The service is at 10:30 a.m. at 15910 Highway 525.

Forums continue at St. Augustine’s

Ted Brookes will present the next adult forum at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods as the Freeland church continues its graduate-level theology series on early Christianity.

The forum is “Anti-Jewish Use of the New Testament.”

Most early Christians, even those who rejected the way of Judaism, held onto the Jewish Scriptures as revelations from God. Disputes arose among Christians and Jews over who were the legitimate heirs to God’s covenant with the Jewish ancestors. In this lecture, forum attendees will consider two key figures in the early Christian-Jewish debates: Justin of Rome, who engaged in harsh arguments with the Jews over the interpretation of Scripture, and Barnabas of Alexandria, who insisted the Old Testament was a Christian, not a Jewish book.

The forum is at 9:15 a.m. Sunday.

‘The Pre-Eminent Christ’ is the topic

Is Jesus merely a prophet, like the proclaimed leaders of other world religions? Or is he really who he claimed to be: God incarnate? Pastor Darrell Wenzek speaks on “The Pre-Eminent Christ,” based on Colossians 1:13-20, on Sunday morning at South Whidbey Community Church.

Morning worship begins at 10 and is preceded by an adult learning forum at 9 a.m., with Stan Walker leading an inductive study into Paul’s Letter to the Church at Ephesus, and Art Angst leading a study into the Gospel of Luke.

SWCC is a local independent, non-denominational church that provides a smaller church experience in a historical setting, with traditional worship and hymns in a friendly, informal atmosphere. It is open to everyone and gathers for worship each Sunday at the Deer Lagoon Grange, 5142 Bayview Road.

For further information about the church and services, call 221-1220.

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