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Nichiren Buddhism: An informal introduction to and discussion of Nichiren Buddhism as practiced by Soka Gakkai International USA is set for 11 a.m. to noon today.

Further information, including the location, is available at 541-753-6170.

Meditation: A Daoist meditation group will meet at 9 a.m. Sunday at the First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op north store, 2855 NW Grant Ave. in Corvallis.

The event will feature Daoist Quiet Sitting meditation, also known as "Guarding the One." Basic instruction provided; no experience necessary.

Communion: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 2650 NW Highland Drive in Corvallis, will share God's Word and Holy Communion at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by fellowship, refreshments and Sunday School.

The Rev. Eugene Ludwig's sermon theme will be from the text of 1 Peter 2:2-10, asking the question "Where is He?"

The multigenerational Sunday School will continue its study of "Matthew: The Gospel of Identity," using a book of the same name by Michael Card as a study guide. Those attending are invited to join in discussing Chapter 20 to learn more about the connected narrative nature of the Gospels and how it allows believers to come to know Jesus, instead of just knowing about Him.

Information: 541-753-2816 or

Walls considered: At its 9:30 a.m. Sunday service, First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, will consider the walls that rise when privilege and arrogance hold sway in our lives.

Those attending will consider what can bring down those walls. Luke 18:10-14 will be discussed.

Bahá'í devotional gathering: “Handmaidens of the Lord” is set for 10 a.m. Sunday at 5006 SW Hollyhock Circle in Corvallis.

In the history of the Abrahamic religions, stories of notable women continue to inspire. These are the heroines from which generations of the faithful have sprung. Stories of figures from Judaism, Christianity and the Bahá'í faith will be shared. All are welcome to join the gathering.

Information: 541-745-7916.

Speaker: Darwin Whitman, founder and teacher of the Sanctuary Crusade Inc., will speak in Albany in the coming days.

Whitman has been studying, writing and lecturing on the sanctuary subject for the last 29 years. He will display a scale model of the Old Testament Sanctuary that God instructed Moses to construct in the wilderness. Whitman will explain that there is a direct connection between the sanctuary and the cross of Calvary, and its practical applications for modern-day Christians.

All talks will take place at the Albany Seventh-day-Adventist Church, 3085 Grand Prairie Road SE. The schedule follows: 

  • Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: “Salvation by the Numbers.”
  • Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: “The One Thing Satan Wants From You.”
  • Friday, 6:30 p.m.: “Name That Stone.”
  • May 19, 9:30 a.m.: “The Cross And Its Shadow.”
  • May 19, 11 a.m.: “Symbols and Colors of the Priesthood.” 
  • May 19, 2 p.m.: “The Journey of the Cross."

Lunch will be provided at noon May 19. Further information is available at 541-928-9555 or

Writers' conference: The spring conference of the Oregon Christian Writers is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 20 at Northwest Christian University, 828 E. 11th Ave. in Eugene.

The event is open to writers of all genres and levels. Married couple Dan Kline and Kay Marshall Strom will present the keynote speech, “Rekindling Your Passion: Encouragement for the Christian Writer.” Kline is author of "The Savvy Couple’s Guide to Marrying after 35." Strom is author of "Once Blind: The Life of John Newton."

Afternoon workshops will cover fiction, nonfiction, article writing, self-editing, an agent’s view of publishing, marketing with MailChimp, and the art of letter writing. To view the day’s schedule and register, visit

Concert: The Oregon Sacred Festival Chorale will present its ninth annual benefit concert, "We Shall Behold Him," at 6 p.m. May 21 at Willamette Community Church, 420 SE Third Ave. in Albany.

Proceeds will go to Adult and Teen Challenge, Mennonite Disaster Service and Willamette International. Admission is free; a freewill offering will be taken.

Information: 541-791-2268, or

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