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Oklahoma faith briefs for Nov. 16, 2019

Sikhs set open house

The Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma will host an Open House from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday at 4525 NW 16.

The Sikh faith community has invited many notable guests, including state legislators, representatives of the Oklahoma City and Edmond police departments, Langston University and the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma.

The event helps mark a significant milestone for the Sikh community as they join Sikhs worldwide in commemorating the 550th gurpurab (birth anniversary) of Guru Nanak, the founder of the religion.

Church plans activities

St. John Missionary Baptist Church continues its yearlong celebration of the church's 100th anniversary with a musical and Homecoming Services.

A 100th Anniversary Reunion Choir Musical is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 5700 N Kelley. The church's Centennial Homecoming Celebration will continue with two services set for 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 478-3344 or go to

Older adults group to meet

The Senior Players group for older adults will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mayflower Heights United Methodist Church, 3131 NW 50.

The event will include lunch and fellowship. Attendees are welcome to bring a favorite dish to share. People will gather for a friendly trivia competition with Frank Nelson, University of Central Oklahoma professor emeritus, serving as trivia host. The gathering will be in the brick building to the north of the church, by the west parking lot.

For more information, call 942-5929.

Monastery sets ceremony

A "Gratitude and Blessing Ceremony" will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Nov. 24 at Buddha Mind Monastery, 5800 S Anderson Road.

The community is invited to pray for the well-being, peace and wisdom of families and all other beings. A dharma talk, offering to the Buddhas, sutra chant and vegetarian lunch also will be featured.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, go to

Interfaith service planned

The 72nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, 600 NW 13

This is the oldest continuous interfaith service in Oklahoma City, begun in 1947. The service will feature a combined choir from the sponsoring congregations, and prayers of gratitude will be offered by representatives from a variety of different faith traditions. This year's keynote speaker is the Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, executive director at the Native American Comprehensive Plan of the United Methodist Church. The service will be followed by a reception in the First Unitarian's fellowship hall.

The service is co-sponsored by Temple B'nai Israel, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ and First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City. It is free and open to the public.

Let us know

How diverse is your house of worship in terms of race and ethnicity?

Does this matter to you? Why or why not? Did the racial/ethnic makeup of your house of worship play into your decision to worship there?

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›