Faith briefs for the week of March 10

Celtic contemplative worship
Advent United Methodist Church, 3945 Lexington Ave. S., Eagan, will offer a Celtic Contemplative Worship service 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26.

The service will feature Northumbrian smallpiper Dick Hensold and will reflect on the spring equinox.

For more information, call 651-454-3944.

Celebrations at Milan Mandir
Minnesota Hindu Milan Mandir, 501 Walnut St., Farmington, will hold the following celebrations.

Holika Dahan, 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Features puja, folk songs and an outdoor bonfire.

Holi, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 12. Features puja, folk songs, games, chowtal and lunch.

Milan Mandir Grand Annual Holi Festival, 12-5 p.m. Sunday, March 19. An outdoor festival featuring games, colors, pichacari, gulaal, music and food.

For more information, visit or call 651-365-0331.

Religion and faith in Dakota County
Series is presented in partnership with the St. Paul Interfaith Network
People can explore religion and faith through a series of free events at Dakota County Library during the 23rd season of Minnesota Mosaic.

Participants can gain a new understanding of the similarities and unique qualities of American Indian spirituality, Islam and Buddhism by discussing history, rituals, holy writings and holidays with guest panelists.

Four programs are slated from March 9-30. The series is presented in partnership with the St. Paul Interfaith Network. The moderator for the series is Joan Haan, professional coach, SPIN team member, and a lead facilitator for the Minnesota Council of Churches Respectful Conversations Project.

American Indian Spirituality — Explore the history of American Indians and their diverse faiths and the effect of current events on their cultures and ways of life. Learn from speakers Jim Bear Jacobs, member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation and pastor at Church of all Nations in Columbia Heights, and Janice Bad Moccasin, assistant to the tribal administration for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Pleasant Hill Library, Thursday, March 9, 6-8 p.m.

Beliefs of Islam — Examine basic tenets of Islam with local practitioners and discuss Islamophobia, the role of women in Islamic culture, interpretations of the Qur’an and Sharia law, and differing views of Shia and Sunni Muslims. Join speakers Samir Saikali, acting Imam at Al-Salam Mosque in Maplewood; Rashed Ferdous, vice president and certified speaker of the Islamic Resource Group; and Joyce Slaughter, who converted to Islam in 2006 and is currently working on her master’s degree in theology at St. Catherine University. Wescott Library, Thursday, March 16, 6-8 p.m.

The Path of Buddhism ­— Learn basic tenets of Buddhism from local Buddhist teachers. Examine the Noble Eightfold Path, the famous text of the Heart Sutra, and the Dharma. Discuss how the study and practice of meditation has affected the panelists personally and in their interactions with the world. Join speakers Edwin Kelley, who currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tergar International and as a senior instructor for the Tergar Meditation Community; Myo-O Marilyn Habermas-Scher, ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition and currently working as an interfaith chaplain at the University of Minnesota Medical Center; and Flying Fish Barbara Murphy, youth practice leader at Clouds in Water Zen Center. Flying Fish also sits on the Spiritual Advisory Board at Allina Health System. Wentworth Library, Thursday, March 23, 6-8 p.m.

Interfaith Dialogue — Learn to sensitively interact with people of other faiths living in our communities. Gain knowledge of other traditions to understand difficult events in our modern world. Join our series panelists in discussing basic questions about how to live together peacefully and equitably in our diverse society. Burnhaven Library, Thursday, March 30, 6-8 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 651-450-2900.