Southall to lead discussion on ‘The Da Vinci Code’

The Rev. Susan Southall, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church, will lead discussion on “The Bible, the Church and ‘The Da Vinci Code’” at the May 14 session of Church University.

The event, at University Place Christian Church, 2107 E. Broadway, is open to the community.

Southall has completed graduate study in the development of early Christian traditions, including specific ones surrounding Mary Magdalene, the “Divine Feminine” and the role of women. She is among a minority of female clergy serving a local church congregation. With issues raised in the book “The Da Vinci Code,” by best-selling author Dan Brown, and the upcoming release of the motion picture by the same name, Church University has been studying issues including the selection process of the Christian canon, or the New Testament, the role of Gnostic gospels and the perspective of Gnosticism, early Church history, its councils and the issues it sought to resolve, other non-canonical books and literature, secret societies as Opus Dei and the Priory of Sion, the role of male church leaders in the formation of doctrine and now the role of women.

Church University will meet May 21 and 28, after the release of the movie Friday. Sessions are 3 to 6 p.m. and include refreshments. For information, contact the church office or Jerry Ray Galbreath at 234-5221.

First Love Church to host benefit garage sale Friday

The ladies of First Love Church, 622 W. Pine, will host a yard sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon May 20 at the church. Sarah Tarpley, pastor, is organizing the sale, which will feature a variety of items. Proceeds go to mission projects.

Forgiven concert is part of Walleye Rodeo events

CANTON — Southern gospel quartet Forgiven will participate in the Walleye Rodeo Gospel Concert at Canton Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Forgiven has performed across the Midwest with an emphasis on harmony exemplifying southern gospel music. Members have appeared in concert with many top names in gospel music including The Mark Trammell Trio, Legacy Five, The Cathedrals, JD Sumner and the Stamps, The Florida Boys, The Nelons, The Lesters, The Brashears, The Telestials, Albert E. Brumley Jr. and Sherman Andrus.

The concert is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Canton Chamber of Commerce. A freewill offering will be taken.

Sounds of Victory in concert tonight at Ringwood

Sounds of Victory from Russellville, Ark., will be in concert at 7 tonight at Ringwood Wesleyan Church. The concert is free and open to the public. A love offering will be taken.

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