Church to host organ show Sunday
Heidelberg University's school of music is to host an organ recital by Anthony Williams at 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Church of Christ.
Williams, associate professor of music and university organist at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., is organist and choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. He has performed at various churches, festivals and schools across the U.S., as well as in Europe and Central America.
Williams' local program is to include selections from composers including J.S. Bach, Joseph Jongen,
Louis Vierne, Mark Fax, Ralph Simpson and Florence Price.
The concert is free.
Mass scheduled on Heidelberg campus
A Catholic Mass is set for 7 p.m. Sunday in Herbster Chapel inside Pfleiderer Hall on the Heidelberg University campus.
The Rev. Frank Murd is to be the celebrant.
The Mass is sponsored by the Heidelberg Catholic Newman Club and Campus Ministry.
Beans, rice dinner slated for March 24
The 25th annual Beans and Rice Dinner is to be served at 5:30 p.m. March 24 at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave.
A short prayer service and dinner are to take place in the Canticle Cafe. At 6:30 p.m., guests are to head to the south room of the center for a talk by Mary Anne Perrone, an advocate for the poor and oppressed of Central America.
Perrone's program is called "Immigration Rights: Why They Come and Why They Can't Return."
An offering is to be accepted.
Contact Sister Andrea Inkrott to RSVP for the meal by email at ainkrotttiffinfranciscans.org or by calling (419) 447-0435, ext. 112.
Obama is urged to fill vacant diplomatic post
WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressman and a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom are urging President Barack Obama to quickly fulfill a pledge he made last week at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Obama said he looked forward to nominating the next U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, a post that has been vacant since Suzan Johnson Cook resigned last October. Prior to her confirmation, the diplomatic post was vacant for two years.
At a House hearing Tuesday, New Jersey Republican Chris Smith urged the president to quickly name a new ambassador.
Hobby Lobby files Supreme Court brief
WASHINGTON (AP) - An attorney for Hobby Lobby said the owners of the arts and crafts chain should be exempt from the health care law's birth control mandate because providing contraceptives that destroy life in the womb would violate their religious beliefs.
Kyle Duncan of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said Hobby Lobby's brief has been filed at the Supreme Court. The justices are to hear arguments March 25 involving challenges to the mandate by Hobby Lobby and Mennonite-owned Conestoga Wood Specialties.
The Obama administration has argued for-profit businesses don't have religious rights.
But Duncan said federal law protects the free exercise of religion "wherever it occurs - in the home, in a church, in a charity or in a family business."