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Those who have a passion for peace are invited to gather with like-minded other for the Shalom Academy.

Classes are designed around key principles of dialogue, learning through experiences and shared leadership.

The dates and locations for the academy are:

Thursday, June 12 and June 19 — Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive

Thursday, June 26 — Field trips with locations based on topic.

The sessions run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration and snacks starts at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20.

RSVP by June 9 at or call (225) 267-5600.

Participants are asked to choose one topic for all three weeks:

“Peace through Prayer” — Pray for peace using a variety of forms from diverse faith traditions. Facilitators are Jan Boydstun and Linda Reed. Guests include Thich Dao Quang (Thay) and Rev. Patti Snyder.

“Peace through Music” — Experience music to soothe the soul and inspire peace. Includes singing and listening to music. Facilitator is Dr. Rebecca Cureau. Guests include Rabbi Barry Weinstein and Everrett Parker.

“Peace through Food” — Explore how shared meals can tear down barriers. Includes eating and preparing food from diverse faith traditions. Facilitators are Eleanor Perret and Rev. Karl Clark. Guests include Yasemin Ceyham and Celia Strickler.

“Peace through Words” — Discover how words have power to heal and hurt. Includes personal reflection and writing. Facilitators are Susan Hymel and Celia Mellad. Guests include Rabbi Jordan Goldson and the Rev. Steve Crump.

“Peace through Partners” — Network with others in the community who wage peace. Facilitators are Charlie DeGravelles and Erin Gaines. Guests to be announced.

Empowerment theme of youth conference

“Breaking Every Chain” is the theme for the third annual Youth Empowerment Conference.

The purpose of the conference, says the Rev. Anthony Kelley, of Greater First Baptist Church in Baker, is to encourage and empower young people to use their God-given abilities “to apply God’s word in every action, thought and deed.”

The church is located at 4669 Groom Road, Baker, (225) 778-4788.

The dates and topics of the conference are:

6 p.m., Wednesday, June 4 — “Who told you that?” Overcoming stinking thinking! Raising up bowed down heads because of low self-esteem.

6 p.m., Friday, June 6 — Common Myths, only the Pastor and Missionaries do the work of Evangelism, “Being committed to loving others as Christ loves you.”

Saturday, June 7 — Church bowling outing.

11 a.m. Sunday, June 8 — Annual Youth Day, An Attitude of Gratitude, Keeping God’s commandments to break every chain that would binds us.

Education congress set for Scotlandville High

The Fourth District Baptist Association Congress of Christian Education will be held June 1-6 at Scotlandville High School, 9870 Scotland Ave.

The theme is “Solidarity With The Saviour Through His Works,” and the schedule includes:

5 p.m. Sunday, June 1 — Musical. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 2-6 — Children and Youth Divisions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

6:15 to 7:55 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 2-6 — Adult Classes, Workshops, Pastors Division and Ministers Division.

Evening assembly will immediately follow class period.

Enrichment program offers $100 incentive

Family Enrichment Evenings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on five Mondays, starting June 9 and ending July 7. The sessions are for young people in grades 9-12, accompanied by one parent or guardian, says Lloyd Benson II, director of the David Paul Learning Center, 928 Rodin Drive.

Slated at the center, the sessions on June 9, 16, 23 and 30 and July 7, will include dinner, guest speakers and moderators. Upon completion of the sessions, up to $100 will be applied to the bill of choice of the families represented.

Retired Army Col. James Bowie, who heads the ROTC at McKinley High School will launch the motivational and inspirational talks. Values, success in life, God, duty and country will be the focus.

Don Griffin, a local businessman and a Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer, is also among the speakers.

Sponsors are Broadmoor Baptist Church, Broadmoor Presbyterian Church and the Interfaith Federation.

Reservations are open to the public, with 10 spots to be filled. For information, call (225) 291-2400 or (225) 505-6309.

Abundant Life to hold Fellowship conference

The Abundant Life District Fellowship C.O.G.I.C. Conference will be held June 10-13.

The conference, which starts at 7 p.m. each night, will be held at Open Door Fellowship Church, 4439 Choctaw Drive. Host pastor is Apostle LeRoy Banks. Speakers scheduled for the week include Bishop Howard Quillen, missionary Felicia Fleming and Superintendent Melton Timmons, of Tyler, Texas.