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St. Mark's Episcopal Church will present Brethren, a male Christian choral group from Washington, D.C., at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The concert is free, and donations will be accepted. A reception in the parish hall will follow.

Holy Eucharist services will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the church. The adult forum will be held at 9:10 a.m. with a topic of "Who is Jesus and Why is He Important?" The church's annual blessing of the animals event will take place during the 10 a.m. service. Following services will be a coffee hour with refreshments and treats for cats and dogs. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Worship service at First Presbyterian of Ashland

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland will celebrate World Communion at its services at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland. Call 541-482-3536.

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson on "Spiritual Realization" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford.

A sacred healing meditation event will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at the church. The event focuses on enhancing self-esteem and deepening spiritual connection.

A silent unity prayer service is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, and a metaphysical bible discussion will be held at 11:30 a.m. Call 541-772-6902 or see www.unitymedford.org.

Grand marshal of this year's Southern Oregon Pride Festival, the Rev. Leslie Becknell Marx will lead a worship service on pride at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at 87 Fourth St., Ashland. A religious exploration program is offered for children and youth. Call 541-482-4755.

The Rev. Norma Nakai Burton will give a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, for Unity in Ashland at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave. Call 541-488-9220.

Guest speaker Will Richardson will give a sermon titled, "We Are All One" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. A children's program will be provided during the service.

The ongoing spiritual study group will discuss "Conversations with God, Book Two" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the center. Books are provided and shared.

For information, directions or a confidential prayer request, call 541-734-8581.

Author Gary Brewer and pastors Kurt Katzmar and Barbara Haddon will lead "Celtic Spirituality: Dancing the Wisdom Tradition," a six-week study on Celtic mystical spirituality, beginning at 7 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 11, at Lidgate Hall of the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St. The class is free and no registration is required. Call 541-772-8860.

Unity in Ashland will host a screening of the award-winning film "Dalai Lama Awakening" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The director will answer questions following the film.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and are available at Hearts & Hands and the Music Coop. Call 541-488-9220.

Rabbi Joshua Boettiger will lead a class on the Mulsar Movement, a Jewish ethical and cultural movement that developed in 19th century Eastern Europe, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland.

Other classes in the Jewish Ethics Series will be "Medical Ethics" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, "Sexual and Family Ethics" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, and "End of Life Ethics" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. Cost is $10 per class. Call 541-488-2909 or see www.emekshalom.org.

Cornerstone Christian Church lecture series

Carl R. Trueman, departmental chairman of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, will speak on "The Enemy Within" from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Cornerstone Christian Church, 608 N. Bartlett St., Medford.

Registration is $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Pre-register at churchinfo@cccm.org or call 541-773-8163.

Matthew Smith at Bear Creek Church

Nashville singer-songwriter Matthew Smith will lead a worship concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at St. Mary's School, 816 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Tickets are $6 each, $9 at the door or $25 per family, and available online at www.bearcreekchurch.org/event/matthew-smith.