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Many local churches, synagogues, and religious fellowships offer other special-interest discussion groups. For a list of local congregations, see the Religion section of this guide.

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Ann Arbor Dianetics Group

416 W. William [map]
Laurie Gailunas, (734) 218-5383

Interdenominational weekly study group focuses on Dianetics and Scientology. Meets Tues. 7-9 p.m. gailunas@comcast.net


Ann Arbor Kirtan


(734) 973-3030

Volunteers sing Sanskrit mantras and play Indian and western instruments such as tabla, harmonium, cello, and violin, to facilitate the bhakti and nada yoga practice of call-and-response chanting. These free, donation-based, gatherings are open to all. kirtanannarbor.org V


Community Bible Study


Carol Morgan, (313) 475-1536

Interdenominational women's group open to all ages. Meets Sept.-May, Tues. 9:15-11:15 a.m. (adults meet for small-group discussion and teaching; concurrent children's class for nursery through high school), Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner. Email for registration information. info@communitybiblestudy.org, annarbor.cbsclass.org


Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing)


(419) 475-6535 or (734) 663-2037

Circle dances, songs, and chants from the world's spiritual traditions. Led by Judy Trautman and Drake Meadow. No partner needed. Meets 1st Fri. 7-9 p.m., Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 donation requested. jltrautman@sbcglobal.net, sites.google.com/view/a2-toledodup


Enlightened Soul Center

3820 Packard, #280 [map]
(734) 358-0218

Hosts groups, classes, workshops, and other programs of metaphysical (body-mind-spirit/holistic) content. Social/educational activities, including Reiki share/healing nights, yoga, meditation, tarot, astrology, and intuition practice. Sponsors biannual Enlightened Soul Expo with presentations, vendors, readers, and bodyworkers. amy@enlightenedsoulcenter.com, enlightenedsoulcenter.com


First Friends


Carole Pawloski, (734) 645-4960

Discussion on religious and current topics in an ecumenical environment. Monthly social events. Open to all. Meets Sept.-May, Sun. 9:30-10:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. cpawloski@emich.edu, firstpresbyterian.org


Hindu Students Council


Holds large celebrations for Hindu holidays such as Holi and Navratri. Meets Sept.-Apr., Sun. 4 p.m. hsc.info@umich.edu, facebook.com/HSC.Michigan


Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County

P.O. Box 3653, AA 48106
(734) 424-1535

Focuses on helping to eradicate misconceptions, misinformation, and prejudice across the religious landscape through educational events, conversation cafés, forums, public celebrations, youth functions, dinners and music events. irtwc.org


Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor

2939 Birch Hollow [map]
(734) 677-0100

Jewish educational, philanthropic, and social justice programs and engagement opportunities for young Jewish professionals. info@jewishannarbor.org, jewishannarbor.org V


Spiritual Naturists


(734) 649-8081

Combines spiritual pursuit with social nudity. mgkerwin@juno.com, groups.yahoo.com/spiritualnaturists


Temple Beth Emeth

2309 Packard [map]
(734) 665-4744

Groups and classes open to the public include men's and women's Torah study, weekly services, programs, and events. Seasonal courses with local university scholars, adult bar/bat mitzvah, Biblical and conversational Hebrew. Check website for more events. templebethemeth.org


U-M Hillel

1429 Hill [map]
(734) 769-0500

Offers opportunities to study Torah, Talmud, topics in Judaism, and holds services on the Jewish holidays. Some events and all religious services open to the public. Free for students; fees vary for community members. michiganhillel@umich.edu, michiganhillel.org


Women's Ministries

Salvation Army Citadel, 100 Arbana [map]
Major Mary Ann Wood, (734) 668-8353

For women age 16 and older. Meets Wed. 5-6 p.m. for crafts, Bible study, games, outings, outreach, field trips, or guest speakers. christine_cunningham@usc.salvationarmy.org, facebook.com/sawashtenaw




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