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Lama speaking Sunday at Harding Family Center

The North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church is hosting the Venerable Lama Panchen Otrul Rinpoche, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace. The service is titled “How can the development of spiritual values help our modern society?”

Born in Kham, Tibet, around 1939, he studied at the Drepung Gomang Monastery. He was ordained at the age of 13. He was put in a concentration camp for one year in 1959, after the Chinese Communists took over Tibet. He was able to escape to India, where in 1971 he received his Acharya, equal to a master’s degree in Buddhist philosophy, from Benares University. In 1980 he was awarded the highest degree, Geshe Lharampa, the equivalent of a Buddhist doctorate.

Rinpoche traveled to the United Kingdom on behalf of the Dalai Lama in 1988 to work on interfaith dialogue. Since that time, he has traveled extensively teaching in Europe, the United States, Canada and the Far East. In 1990 he became spiritual director of Jampa Ling Buddhist Centre in West Cavan, southern Ireland, and more recently, Jampa Ling in Belfast.

All are welcome. Child care will be provided during the service, and a coffee hour will follow.

LDS church donates to food bank

The Idaho Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, donated 14 pallets of goods including pinto beans and rice, spaghetti noodles, laundry detergent, bar soap, shampoo and nine palates of fresh Idaho potatoes to the Kootenai County Food Bank.

The idea came from food bank volunteers who are LDS members, including Sandy Estep and Gene Jensen.

The items were delivered to the food bank Thursday.

Summer worship schedule

Trinity Lutheran Church, 812 N. Fifth St., will start its summer worship schedule Sunday. There will be services at 8:15 and 10 a.m., with coffee hour at 9:15 a.m.

Coffee hour this Sunday will include birthday cake in honor of Hazel Bjerkestrand’s 103rd birthday. Everyone is invited.

For more information, call Trinity Lutheran at 664-5743.

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