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College choir performs here

The Lakeland College Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Peace@Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester.

The church is at 1503 Second Ave. N.E. A free-will offering will be taken to be given to Lakeland College, which is located in Sheboygan, Wis., and is a United Church of Christ-affiliated church.

‘Son of God Mass’ set

The Zumbro Lutheran Choir will present the "Son of God Mass" during the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services April 15 at Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 Third Ave. S.W., Rochester.


The "Son of God Mass" was composed by British composer James Whitbourn for a BBC documentary titled "Son of God," which screened during Easter of 2001. The music is scored for choir, organ and soprano saxophone.

Blackwood Brothers

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. April 15 at Calvary Baptist Church, 5905 Silas Dent Rd., Rochester

Free tickets may be obtained by calling the church office at 289-6750. A free-will donation will be taken.

Devoted Hearts conference

The Devoted Hearts conference, a Christian event for women, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 27 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Rd. S.W., Rochester.

Keynote speakers include Dove Award-winning singer Kathy Troccoli, who will also sing at the conference, and Ellie Lofaro, an author and speaker who has appeared on "Focus on the Family" and "The 700 Club." Also speaking are KTTC anchor Betsy Singer and Jill Krieger Swanson, a local speaker and image consultant.

The cost is $45; go to to register or for more information.


Spiritual activism author to speak

NORTHFIELD — Journalist, yoga instructor and former Peace Corps volunteer Michael McColly will present a multi-media performance entitled "Spiritual Activism and AIDS: An HIV+ Writer’s Journey" at 7 p.m. Monday in the Carleton College Gould Library Athenaeum. This event is free and open to the public.

McColly’s presentation is based on his book "The After-Death Room: Journey into Spiritual Activism." Part spiritual journey and part political transformation, the book includes first-hand activist accounts and photographs chronicling his experiences living inside the AIDS pandemic.

A question and answer session will follow.

For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 646-4260.

Retired bishops leave denomination

ALBANY, N.Y. — The retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany has left the denomination to join the Roman Catholic Church.

Daniel Herzog informed Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of his decision in a March 29 letter. He asked to be removed from the ordained ministry of the Episcopal Church.


Herzog, who had retired from the diocese in January, had disagreed with the liberal direction of The Episcopal Church, including the 2003 consecration of the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

Herzog was the second Albany bishop to recently switch affiliations.

The diocese announced March 5 that a retired assistant bishop, David Bena, was transferring to the theologically conservative Anglican Church of Nigeria.

— Compiled by Matt Russell

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