The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 1, 2014

Religions take center stage

CLINTON — A Lenten discussion series will start March 11.

Peace Soup is set to open at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at St. Boniface Hall, 2520 Pershing Blvd.

For the eighth year, Prince of Peace Parish Pax Christi and the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking are co-sponsoring the free series which includes a supper of homemade soup and bread followed by a program and discussion.

This year, the programs center on five religions and what each teaches its followers about peace.

Eight speakers have been invited during the duration of the program. The speakers will discuss the various world religions and how each particular religion teaches, believes and lives in peace.

The series will begin on March 11 with Hinduism, followed by Buddhism on March 18, Judaism on March 25, Islam on April 1 and conclude with Christianity on April 8. The soup suppers followed by discussions are free and open to the public.

Participants are welcome to attend any one of the sessions or to attend all of the sessions.

The series will begin with the world’s oldest religion, Hinduism, the major religion of India. A member of the Quad City Hindu Temple, Jitendra Vaidya, will speak to the group with assistance from Hindu Priest Acharya Balaji, on what Hindus believe about peace and what they teach about peace.

On March 18, Peace Soup will showcase April Wise, a Buddhist practicing in the New Kadampa tradition at the Lamrim Buddhist Center in Davenport, to speak on Buddhism and beliefs about the importance of peaceful thoughts and deeds.

The Camanche native has written and presented mini seminars for audiences while remaining active in the center’s prayer sessions and in a study of Buddha’s Sutra teaching.

Rabbi Tamar Grimm, of the Tri-City Jewish Center in Rock Island, Ill., will impart the relevance of peace in the Jewish faith as well as what she has learned as a student and as a teacher on March 25.

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