Faith events: meals, meditations, and more

Saturday, Feb. 6

Ground Hog Dinner: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Meridian United Methodist Church. $7 general, $3 children younger than 12. 888-2245,

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 6-7

First Congregational United Church of Christ 125th Anniversary Celebration: Catered dinner Saturday evening at 2201 Woodlawn Ave., Boise. Includes a program about the history of the church and features remarks from special guests. Special worship service, 10 a.m. Sunday which will highlight the Bell Choir and the Chancel Choir. Several former seminary interns of First Congregational UCC will be participating in the events on both Saturday and Sunday. 344-5731.

Sunday, Feb. 7

Guided Meditations: 11 a.m. to noon Sundays at Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies, 660 N. 9th St. For those wishing to develop the skills and technique for various meditation styles, this ongoing program continues through the winter and spring. Dan Black will lead meditations on topics such as Shamatha (stability), Vipassana (wisdom) and Compassion. Includes two 24-minute practice sessions with stretching between sessions. No registration required. All are welcome.

Buddhist View 100: 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday for 12 weeks beginning Feb. 7 at Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies, 660 N. 9th St. Class is appropriate for anyone wanting a thorough understanding of Buddhist practice and theory. Taught by Dan Black. Free; donations welcome. Email to register.


Feb. 10

Grace Anglican Church will observe Ash Wednesday with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes: 6:30 p.m., Playhouse Events and Dinner Theater, 8001 W. Fairview Ave., Boise.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Zen meditation and chanting: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies, 660 N. 9th St. Empty Gate Zen Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting zen practice. Beginners are welcome to practice and instruction is available if desired. Email questions to

Friday, Feb. 12

St. Michael’s Cathedral Lenten lunches: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, through March 18, at 518 N. 8th St., Boise. Join us for soup, salad, bread, coffee or tea and homemade pie. 342-5601.

Dharma Talk: 7 p.m. at the Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies, 660 N. 9th St. An hour-long talk by Zen Master Bon Soeng open to anyone with interest in Zen Buddhism or meditation in general. RSVP: 661-6277.

Saturday, Feb. 13

1/2 Day Meditation Retreat: 8 a.m. to noon at the Boise Institute of Buddhist Studies, 660 N. 9th St. A half day Zen meditation retreat featuring chanting, sitting and walking meditation. Led by visiting Zen Master Bon Soeng of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, Calif. Open to all; beginners welcome. 661-6277.

Sunday, Feb. 28

Community Sunday Supper: 5 to 7 p.m. at Kuna United Methodist Church, 260 W. 4th St. All are welcome. Free.

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