Religion briefs

James and Risi Rafferty will speak at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Central Point Seventh-day Adventist Church, 625 N. 10th St., Central Point. The talk will be followed by a fellowship luncheon. Attendees should bring a dish to share.

The Havurah Shir Hadash will host a free Jewish storytelling event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Seven storytellers from Portland will share their art. The evening is the culmination of a two-year certification class taught in Portland by Rabbi David Zaslow and Debra Zaslow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 541-488-7716.

The Rev. Joy-Anne Fournier of the Center For Spiritual Living will conclude the "freedom factor" theme for her July sermons Sunday, July 31, with "Affirmation: Freedom is my divine birthright." Services start at 10:30 a.m. at 1119 Ellen Ave., Medford. Singer and musician David Gabriel will present his original songs. Services are preceded by meditation at 10 a.m. Children's church is available. For more information, call 541-734-8581.

"Humanist perspectives in our contemporary religious culture" will be the topic of the Sunday service from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Sunday, July 31, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

Les Jensen, Roy Kindell and others will talk about popular perceptions and misconceptions of secular humanism in popular culture. The presentation will be followed by questions and answers from the audience. Devices are available for the hearing-impaired. A summer pre-school program is provided for children 5 and younger whose parents or guardians are attending the service.

Also, beginning Thursday, Aug. 11, a new Buddhist meditation group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the RVUUF library. An ongoing Buddhist meditation group meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in the library, followed by tea. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 541-482-4755 or see

Unity in Ashland will present Andrew Oser speaking on "Happiness Is An Inside Job" from 10:30 a.m. to noon , Sunday, July 31, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

Westminster Presbyterian Church will hold a vacation Bible school, open to children age 4 to fifth grade, from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 8-12, at the church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. For more information, call 541-773-8274 or register online at

Zion Lutheran, St. Mark's Episcopal, the United Church of Christ and First Presbyterian churches are getting together to offer vacation Bible school to children completing kindergarten through fifth grade from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 8-12, at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford.

The mission emphasis will focus on feeding the hungry in the community. Both First Presbyterian and St. Mark's have active food banks. Children will be encouraged to support them throughout the week. The cost is $15 for the week, plus a can of fruit juice. Scholarships are available. Contact any of the churches for registration forms. Transportation is available, but early registration is encouraged to be sure it can be arranged. Call 541-772-4874, ext. 1010, with questions.

Compiled from staff reports

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