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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


Bible and a Brew


Nondenominational discussion group meets monthly at Wolverine State Brewing Co. 7 p.m. Topics include, "RomComs & Real Life," "Moses and the NRA," and "The Greatest Weapon of Mass Disruption." See Facebook for dates and topics.


Community Bible Study


Mary Pittman, (734) 913-5650

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, peacedance.multifaithjourneys.org/index.html


Enlightened Soul Center

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

Hosts groups, class series, workshops, and other programs of metaphysical (body-mind-spirit/holistic) content. Social/educational activities for adults and children, including Reiki share/healing nights, gentle yoga, meditation, 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. noon. 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. gbrides@umich.edu, 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) 475-3314

Combines spiritual pursuit with social nudity. mgkerwin@juno.com


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 Thurs. 4:30-5:30 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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