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Confucius will be subject of talk at Unitarian Universalist

The North Idaho Unitarian Universalist Church will feature retired University of Idaho philosophy professor Nick Gier in a presentation titled “A Confucian Aesthetics of Virtue,” Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Harding Family Center, 15th and Wallace.

Confucius was an expert at playing the zither, and it is said that he set the entire “Book of Odes” to music. He claimed to be able to read the character of any composer by hearing his music. Confucius believed that a good person was also a beautiful person, and Gier will demonstrate how Confucius fused ethics and aesthetics.

Gier recently retired from the UI where he taught for 30 years. He has published four books and 35 articles and book chapters in the studies of philosophy and religion.

The service is open to the public and day care will be provided during the presentation. A coffee hour will follow the program.

New youth-family pastor at LCM

Pastor David Kappus has joined Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 Ramsey Road, to serve as pastor of youth and family ministries. Kappus previously served churches in North Dakota, Idaho and Washington.

His wife, Theresa, is a librarian and assistant professor at Gonzaga University. Their son, Jason, and his wife, Loni, live in Seattle, and son Adam, 16, lives at home and is a high school sophomore.

The Kappuses are involved in acting and theater and will bring some of their talents to expanding LCM’s drama ministry.

For more information on activities at LCM, call the church at 765-1002.

Scripture series offered

Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., will hold two in-depth orientation classes on Sunday. The “Disciples: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study” group will meet at 3:30 p.m. It is a 34-week study to develop strong Christian leaders through regular in-depth study of Scripture. At 6 p.m., “Christian Believer: Knowing God with Heart and Mind” will meet. This is a 32-week study that emphasizes the head as well as the heart while coming to faithful understanding of the teachings of Christianity. Both classes are open to the community.

Also beginning Sunday at 9:45 a.m. is a new one-hour class called “Five Love Languages of Children” by Dr. Gary Chapman. This class will lead students to discover a child’s primary language: quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, physical touch – and to learn how to improve relationships with children. For more information, call the church at 765-8800.

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