The Baha'is of Astoria are sponsoring this free lecture series 'Evolution of Human Spirituality' in honor of World Religion Day, Sunday, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Saturday, and their 50th anniversary in the community. Dr. Ron Hershel is presenter.

What: Free lecture series, "Evolution of Human Spirituality."

When: Friday through Sunday.

Where: Comfort Suites, 3420 Leif Erickson Drive/U.S. Hwy. 30.

Information: Sali Diamond, (503) 325-7595.

To celebrate the unity of faith, the publis is invited to a free weekend lecture series on the "Evolution of Human Spirituality," which will explore the impact of world religions on the evolution of spirituality, philosophy, science and society.

Dr. Ron Hershel has presented the lecture series" coast to coast. Hershel has also presented talks on the harmony of science, religion and philosophy. He is known for his insightful and energetic presentations.

Hershel holds a doctorate in optical sciences and a masters degree in physics. He has served on the faculty of University of Southern California. Hershel began consulting for the semiconductor industry in 1977 and soon after co-invented the first automated camera used in manufacturing computer chips. In 1988, he received the industry's highest recognition, the Semmy award for achievement in his field.

"Evolution of Human Spirituality" offers a fresh perspective in

the study of religion. Underpinning the lecture series is that religion

is a divine, evolutionary process which guides humanity through stages of maturation from infancy to adulthood. These stages coincide with the revelations of divine messengers who reveal God's purpose for humankind in each age. The series begins with the ancient prophet Adam and concludes with the Revelations of the Bab and Baha'u'llah. Included are the western line of prophets from Abraham to Muhammad and the eastern line of prophets Krishna, Buddha and Zoroaster.

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