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A date for healing

Travis Park United Methodist Church, 230 E. Travis, will hold a healing service Sunday, March 5, at 7 p.m., “in an attempt to repair the harm the Christian church has caused gays and lesbians and their families,” according to a prepared statement from the church.

Travis Park noted that last July United Methodist minister Edward Johnson was required by the clergy of the UMC’s Virginia Annual Conference to take a yearlong leave of absence after denying a homosexual membership in his Virginia congregation. However, the UMC’s highest court, the Judicial Council, reversed the decision and reinstated Johnson, ruling that ministers can decide who can become a church member. The UMC’s Council of Bishops has since criticized the reversal.

A date with the school board

If you want to find real nitty-gritty, fur-flyin’, fisticuffin’ politics, look to the local school boards, whose decisions affect your kids’ education. A school-board candidate workshop is slated for Monday, February 27, at 7 p.m. at the Region 20 Education Service Center, 1314 Hines Avenue. Topics include constructive campaigning, board responsibilities, and candidate qualifications. Info: Tanya Barnett at the Texas Association of School Boards, (800) 580-8272, Ext. 6248, or

A date with Congress

U.S. Congressional candidates in Districts 20, 21, and 28 have been invited to address environmental issues at a public forum at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium, 715 Stadium Drive, Sunday, February 26, at 2 p.m. Questions about alternative energy, pollution, and water quality will come from environmental experts and the audience. Trinity professor Char Miller will moderate.

A date for teaching

On February 22, Texas Teaching Fellows is holding an information session for young and mid-career professionals who would like to start teaching. For location info and to sign up for a time, visit and click on “Apply Now.” Previous coursework education or teaching experience isn’t required, although by June applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Other eligibility requirements are detailed on the website.

- Corinne Welder

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