Christian Schools and Tribal Traditions
Thursday, March 14 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Virginia Wesleyan College. The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom and Virginia Wesleyan's Education Department invite Brother Paul Ackerman to discuss education on the Blackfeet Reservation. Brother Paul Ackerman is the founding president of Browning, Montana's De La Salle Blackfeet School. This event is free; call 757-455-3129 for more information.
"The Simpsons and Other Jewish Families"
Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center. Award-winning writer and producer Mike Reiss will present humorous clips and stories from "The Simpsons," "The Critic," and "Queer Duck." Reiss will examine Jewish themes present in these animated programs and the roles of Jewish guest stars. To purchase tickets, visit the event website or call 757-321-2338 for more information.
Sunday, March 17th. Also called the Sunday of Forgiveness, Cheesefare Sunday is observed in the Orthodox Christian church as the final Sunday of preparation prior to the Great Lent. It is a time to focus on Adam and Eve's expulsion from Eden, as well as modern worshippers' need for forgiveness. Cheesefare Sunday is the final day that dairy products may be eaten, as the Great Lenten Fast begins the following day, on Clean Monday.
St. Patrick's Day
Sunday, March 17th. Originally observed as the feast day for St. Patrick, the saint credited with the spread of Christianity in Ireland, this holiday has become largely secularized. For more about the Christian saint, read, "St. Patrick's Day."