Poetry, doctors on tap at Missoula churches: Religion briefs for Saturday, May 24

2014-05-24T06:00:00Z 2014-05-26T09:11:31Z Poetry, doctors on tap at Missoula churches: Religion briefs for Saturday, May 24Missoulian missoulian.com

Missoula

Doctors to speak about their overseas work

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 130 S. Sixth St. E., will host a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, featuring physicians Richard Grady and Laura Hart describing their pro bono work in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Grady teaches doctors how to perform specialized urological surgeries, and Dr. Hart repairs fistulas in poor women damaged by childbirth.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Missoula chapter of RESULTS, a national advocacy group dedicated to eradicating poverty through legislation.

People welcome to bring favorite poem to service

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Missoula, 102 McLeod, will hold a poetry service Sunday at 10 a.m.

The service is for both adults and children and the public is welcome to bring and share a poem that is personally meaningful.

Billings

Yellowstone Methodist conference begins June 5

First United Methodist Church announces that the Yellowstone annual conference will meet in Billings from June 5 to 7.

For more information visit www.yacumc.org.

Ohio

Atheists, agnostics share views on billboards

CLEVELAND (AP) – A billboard campaign that features atheists, agnostics and other non-theists sharing messages about their views started recently in northeastern Ohio.

Participants in the campaign sponsored by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Northern Ohio Freethought Society chapter say one goal is to let area non-theists know others share their views and make religious believers more comfortable with them.

A Richmond Heights couple and a University of Akron student are among Ohio residents appearing on some of the 11 billboards in areas including Cleveland and Akron.

“The main idea is to help other freethinkers not be afraid to come out of the closet and know that there are plenty of other people of similar worldview,” Mark Tiborsky of Richmond Heights, told The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Tiborsky and his wife Marni appear together on a billboard in Cleveland.

Craig Bauman, a University of Akron student appears on a billboard in Akron.

“I think people need to know that it’s OK to have questions and doubts and I believe they need to have a place to discuss those doubts without judgment,” he said.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is a church-state watchdog organization that claims more than 20,000 members, including about 550 in Ohio. The organization debuted its “Out of the Closet” campaign in Madison in 2010 and has taken the campaign to several other U.S. cities.

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