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St. John Neumann Catholic

Education series: Sister Gertrude Gillette will present on St. Benedict at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18. The series continues with a presentation on St. Francis on Jan. 25. Classes are held in room 7 of the education wing. Attend one class or entire series. Free.

Service: East Charlotte Partnership Initiative invites the Charlotte area Christian community to join together for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service. Christina Lee, minister at New Beginnings Church in Matthews, will be the speaker. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. 7 p.m. Jan. 26. 8451 Idlewild Road.

Sardis Baptist

Beginners' yoga classes: Open to anyone. Improve flexibility and balance, increase strength, deepen breath and gain peace of mind. Space limited. 4:35 and 6 p.m. Mondays and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Space limited; please register prior to class. 5811 Sardis Road. 704-535-2831.

The Shepherd's Center of Charlotte

Lunch and learn: Jeff Lemelin of Walker Drug Store will present "Knowing Your Prescription Drugs." 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Carmel Place, 5512 Carmel Road.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

Speaker: Author Rabbi Brad Hirschfield will present "Celebrating Diversity and Creating Unity in the 21st Century" at the Jewish Federation's Main Event. $36. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road.

Myers Park United Methodist

Discussion series: "Tell Me the Stories" will explore Jesus and his importance in the life of faith today. Series concludes with Senior Pastor James Howell and the Revs. Shane Page, George Ragsdale and Kevin Wright discussing what it means to follow Jesus. 7 p.m. Jan. 23. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

Temple Beth El

Comparative religion series: "One God? Yours or Mine...A Provocative Look at the Concept of God." Community religious and education leaders will offer their perspectives and respond to questions. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 21. Imam John Ederer of the Muslim American Society of Charlotte will present the Islamic perspective on Jan. 24.

Classes: Temple Beth El University's minimester begins Feb. 1. Core course is "Jewish Thought Part II: Reconstructionist Judaism" with Rabbi Jonathan Freirich. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 1, 8 and 15. 5101 Providence Road. Register at 704-366-1948.

Temple Beth El and St. Peter's Catholic

Interfaith dialogue: Discussion of Catholic and Jewish views of the afterlife. Please bring your favorite beverage and a snack or dessert to share. All are welcome. 5-7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Temple Beth El education building, 5101 Providence Road. Reserve a; 704-365-3313.