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Program focuses on journey to the Holy Land

"My Amazing Journey to the Holy Land" will be presented by Arun Pillutla, professor of  management at St. Ambrose University, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport.

The event is free and open to the public.

Pillutla will talk about his trip to Israel during the winter of 2017 as part of the Faculty Fellowship Program with 24 other United States college professors.  

He will share his experiences on what is happening in Israel today, what Israel is like on a day-to-day basis, and how what is happening in Israel might affect the world.

The program is in conjunction with the St. Ambrose exhibit “Building Bridges of Faith:  Photographs of Papal Visits to the Holy Land, 1964-2014."

Day of Mindfulness set at Unitarian church

The annual Day of Mindfulness, cosponsored by the Prairie River Sangha and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad-Cities, will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Unitarian Universalist church 3707 Eastern Ave., Davenport. Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor, ordained in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, will lead.

The cost is $25 to be paid at registration. Scholarships are available for those who would like to participate but do not have the funds.

The day will include:

  • Instructions and commentary by Lawlor
  • Sitting and walking meditation
  • Mindful eating
  • Vegetarian lunch (vegetable soup or black bean soup, salad, bread, fruit)
  • mindful movement
  • questions and group discussion
  • desserts with social time.

Lawlor has been practicing in organized Buddhist meditation groups, known as sanghas, since the mid-1970s. In 1992, he was ordained as a Dharma Teacher by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh in a Transmission of the Lamp Ceremony conducted at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Practice Center. He has led more than 100 retreats and Days of Mindfulness across the United States and in Hue, Vietnam. In collaboration with Thich Nhat Hanh, Lawlor compiled the book "Friends on the Path" on the subject of spiritual community building.

Lawlor is a co-founder of the Lakeside Buddha Sangha in Evanston, Illinois, and is active in the Chicago Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship where he formerly served on their national board of directors.

Registration is required so event organizers can plan for food and accommodations. For more information, visit or the church at 563-359-0816 or 563-505-8798 (Leslie from Prairie River Sangha).