Religion Briefs

Catholic church to host programs

Pope John Paul II Catholic Church, 353 South Pagosa Blvd. in Pagosa Springs, will host “Overcoming Fear with FAITH,” an area-wide renewal week with Brendan Case, from Monday to Thursday.

The week will feature “School of the Spiritual Life” from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; “Discipleship Week,” for teens in sixth to 12th grades, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and evening adoration and message from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call 731-5744.

Buddhist teacher, author to lead retreat

Buddhist teacher and best-selling author Lama Surya Das will lead a retreat from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Durango Dharma Center, 2530 Colorado Ave.

The program will be based on themes from Lama Surya’s book Awakening the Buddha Within. The cost for the retreat is on a sliding scale from $40 to $70 per person. Students may register for $30. To register, visit, email Terry Leonard at or call 799-0084.

Surya Das also will speak from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The event will include book signing and sales, a silent auction and Lama Surya’s presentation on “Buddha Standard Time,” which is the title of his latest book. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $18 for students. They may be purchased at the Community Concert Hall box office located at Eighth Street and Main Avenue, by phone at 247-7657, or by visiting

Sacred Heart to host Bible school

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 254 East Fifth Ave., will host Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

All children ages 5 to 12 are welcome, and there is no charge.

For more information, call 247-3997.

Har Shalom to host programs

Congregation Har Shalom, 2537 County Road 203, will host these programs:

Shabbat morning service will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in synagogue. The service will be led by Eli Herb. Participants may bring lunch foods to share.

Avodat Lev, Service of the Heart, will be held from 6:15 to 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Kabbalat Shabbat and Oneg will take place from 7 to 7:20 p.m. Friday. The service will be led by Eli Herb.

“Come and Hear, Go and See” will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Participants will learn how storytelling and the oral tradition are a revered spiritual discipline amongst Jews in the modern era and how the European persecution of Jews of the 18th-20th centuries altered the nature of the oral tradition.

Herald Staff