Gayle Prather will introduce concepts from the controversial "The Course in Miracles" at Foothills United Methodist Church Sunday and April 21.


Luncheon supports college scholarship

The Tucson Arthritis Support League's College Scholarship Luncheon - featuring a spring fashion show, silent auction and raffle - will be held at 11 a.m. April 20 at Skyline Country Club, 5200 N. St. Andrew's Drive.

The event provides funds to enable students with arthritis to attend an accredited Arizona college. Since 1987 the league has awarded $140,000 in scholarships. It is currently supporting a student with rheumatoid arthritis who is attending the University of Arizona and majoring in optical sciences and engineering. Her tuition is paid through the annual luncheon and other small fundraisers held between September and May.

It's $45 to attend the luncheon. For reservations, call Norma Ancona at 742-5778 by Saturday.

Civil discourse is topic at St. Philip's

The Outreach Commission and Border and Immigration Ministries at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church will present "Practicing Civil Discourse in an Uncivil World" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the East Gallery at the church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.

Catherine Tornbom of the Center for Community Dialogue will offer tools and techniques to improve our ability to engage others. "The workshop will be experiential in nature, so come prepared to participate - civil discourse is not a spectator sport," according to a news release about the event.

Tornbom has more than 30 years' experience in organization development and alternative dispute resolution.

The workshop is free, but reservations are requested; call the church at 299-6421.

Prather will review 'Course in Miracles'

This Sunday and on April 21 Gayle Prather will present an introduction to "The Course in Miracles," a well-known and somewhat controversial book, at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church.

Prather will focus on the main teachings of the course, on strategies for spiritual transformation through forgiveness, according to a news release.

The key idea in the book is: "Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God," according to the news release.

Prather will emphasize the practical applications of the book's teachings without having to adhere to a strict course of study.

This course has evolved from a book by Helen Schucman and William Thetford in which Schucman recounts her experiences of an "inner voice of Jesus" that gave her the messages contained in the original book itself.

Many "New Age" adherents praise the book as a helpful guide to a deeper spiritual life, while critics claim that it distorts Christian teachings, according to the news release.

The presentations will be at 11 a.m. at the church Center, 4625 E. River Road, at North Swan Road. For more information, call 299-9063.

'Walk With a Doc' Saturday at Rillito

Learn more about leading a healthy lifestyle and enjoy the outdoors while taking a "Walk With a Doc" at 8 a.m. Saturday at Rillito River Park.

Tucson internist Alan Rogers will discuss motivations to exercise, then lead one- and two-mile walks along the Rillito River.

The program, sponsored by the Pima County Medical Society, is part of a national movement to help people become more active and take steps to improve their health.

Participants are asked to bring their own water and arrive before 8 a.m. to sign in. The walk begins on the east side of the Swan Bridge on the south bank of the Rillito River.

Pets on a leash are welcome. For more information call 795-7985.

To submit a brief go to online.