Evensong service: 4 p.m. today. 3115 Providence Road. 704-366-3554;
St. Peter Catholic
Lecture: Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, co-director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University, to discuss the future of the church in America. Tenth annual Kennedy Lecture. Free; advance registration required. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Biss Hall. Register at KennedyLecture@gmail.com.
Retreat: Church presents Second Journey, an Ignatian retreat for people 40 and older. The theme is "New Life." Open to public. 8:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 23, Biss Hall. 507 S. Tryon St. Register at 704-332-2901.
Doers of the Word Christian Fellowship
Workshops: Church has opened the Purpose Institute to help adults discover their God-given purposes. Future workshops include "Purpose 101 and 102," "Women of Purpose," "Purpose-Driven Life" and "Reposition to Fulfill Your Purposes." Workshops 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Free; advance registration required. 10660 S. Tryon St. 704-583-0380; www.doersofthewordcfc.org.
Temple Beth El
Comparative religion series: "Religious Notes: Music and Ethics of Our Faiths." 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Series continues Jan. 19 and 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Networking and social break with coffee and dessert offered with each program. Free. Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts at Shalom Park, 5101 Providence Road. 704-366-1948; www.beth-el.com.
St. Stephen United Methodist
Career workshop series: Enhance skills in networking, job seeking, interviewing, résumé writing, career planning. Free; open to the public. First meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 12.
Sunday school series: Parents of young children invited to "Sunday School 101," which offers the children's Sunday school curriculum from an adult perspective. Parents will learn the basics to talk with their children about what they are learning and build on their own Bible knowledge. 9:45 a.m. Sundays beginning today. 6800 Sardis Road. 704-364-1824.
Support groups: Open to the public. Groups offer prayer, Bible teaching and encouragement in a confidential setting. Groups include Boundaries, Cancer, Caregivers, DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids, GriefShare, more. Winter sessions begin Jan. 11. Early registration recommended. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com/supportgroups.
St. Paul United Methodist
Worship series: Pastor A. J. Thomas to lead series "Unchristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity ... and Why It Matters." 10:30 a.m. Sundays through Feb. 14. 2830 Dorchester Place. 704-523-0077.
Unity of Charlotte
Film: Martin Scorsese's "Kundun," based on the life and writings of the Dalai Lama. Suggested love offering $5. 1 p.m. today. 401 E. Arrowood Road. 704-523-0062; www.unityofcharlotte.org.
Shepherd's Center of Charlotte
Adventures in Learning: Registration is open for winter session of courses, including "Knitting/Crocheting," "Yoga for Every Body," "Poetry," "Charlotte-Mecklenburg History," "Beginning Bridge," "Short Stories," more. Mondays, Jan. 25-March 1, Pritchard Memorial Baptist, 1117 South Blvd. Register by Jan. 19. www.shepherdscharlotte.org; 704-365-1995.
Lectures: Dr. Craig Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, to discuss what archaeology teaches about Jesus in "Jesus and His World," 7 p.m. Jan. 14, and "Jesus, Messianism and the Dead Sea Scrolls," 7 p.m. Jan. 15. 14542 Choate Circle. 704-435-6408.
Shepherd's Center South
Classes: The interfaith organization for seniors presents Adventures in Learning. Future courses include "What to Do with Granny/Healthcare Reform," "Managing Digital Cameras," "Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities," "Hands-on Clay," "Spanish I," more. $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Lunch available for $6 in advance or $7 on day of class. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 24, St. Stephen United Methodist, 6800 Sardis Road. 704-541-0100; www.shepherdscentersouth.org.
Compiled by Erica Batten