Religion briefs

The Rev. Forrester Church will present a sermon called "The Cathedral of the World" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Medford Unitarian Universalist gathering, Red Cross Auditorium, 60 Hawthorne St., Medford. Camille Korsmo of Medford will lead the service.

The sermon expresses the church's abiding belief in universalist theology which, he writes, "tempers the consequences of our inevitable ignorance while addressing the overarching crisis of our times: dogmatic division in an ever more interdependent world."

The text of the sermon is available on the website. The full text of church's book, also entitled "The Cathedral of the World," is available at

For additional details about the Sunday program or the Medford Unitarian Universalists, e-mail or call Camille Korsmo at 541-858-4100.

The Rev. Leslie Becknell Marx will explore the nature of feast and famine, literally and metaphorically, at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

Child care is available and children are welcome in this multi-generational service. For more information, visit or call 541-482-4755.

The "Attitude of Gratitude Concert," featuring ancient Hebrew songs by Shimshai, devotional Indian singing and music by Jaya Lakshmi and world music by Zonka and Friends, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Snacks, chai and tea will be available. Admission is $15 to $25 on a sliding scale. Proceeds benefit Peace Village 2011. Call 541-535-3140.

Construction of a giant menorah made of canned goods that will be donated to local families highlights this year's annual Hanukkah celebration at Chabad of Southern Oregon.

The program will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland.

The Can Food Menorah is being organized, built and donated by Chabad of Southern Oregon. Candles will be placed on top and the Can Menorah will be kindled. The 200-plus cans will be donated to the local food bank for families in need.

This year's program also will feature Hanukkah arts and crafts, holiday music and Hanukkah treats, including latkes and donuts.

The program is free and open to all. Food will be for sale. Community members are encouraged to help by bringing cans to the event or by making a donation toward the purchase of cans.

Donations can be sent to Chabad, 804 Hillview Drive, Ashland, OR 97520.

For more information, call the Chabad Center at 541-482-2778 or to sponsor cans visit

Compiled from staff reports

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