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"From Mauritius to Bhutan: Religious Practices Around the World" topic of slide/lecture presentation

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - The Moravian College Alumni Association will hold the first of the Roundtable lectures for 2003 with a special slide/lecture by Ruth and Mike Fidorack, "From Mauritius to Bhutan: Religious Practices Around the World," on Monday, February 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Moravian College.

Ruth and Michael Fidorack are retired school teachers from Liberty High School, where Ruth chaired the Math Department, and Mike taught World Cultures. Ruth earned her B.A. at Moravian College and her M.A. at Lehigh University. Michael is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, and received his M.A. from New York University. The Fidoracks are world travelers and have made 83 trips out of the United States, visiting more than 175 countries from the 1970's to 2001. They will share their stories of experiencing the diverse and fascinating cultures of other countries, and in meeting the many interesting people along the way.

The Fidoracks plan to share a travelogue of slides depicting unique and varied religious practices that they observed during their journeys. Each of the five major religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity will be represented. They will discuss the Hundu Cavadee festival in Mauritius; two different religious services performed at the same time in the same place in Guatemala; Indians bathing in the river Ganges; and the application of gold leaf on Buddha in Burma (now Myanamar). They will show images of the faithful praying at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and an outdoor Christmas service in the Artic Circle in Finland. The Fidoracks also will show some religious items from Bhutan selected from their diverse collection of artifacts.

The public is welcome and admission is free. For more information, call 610 625-7880.