Galveston’s Kingdom Training School of Ministry will offer free ministry classes at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 716 25th St.

Bishop Marie Pines said the sessions are nondenominational and will cover a diverse set of topics.

“We want to help people who press forth and reveal the Kingdom of God on Earth,” she said. “Our lessons will include character, faith, servant-hood, passion and more. Lives will be changed, strengthened and empowered.”

For details, call 409-763-6093.

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The Diamond Way Buddhist Center will open its doors from 9 a.m. to noon today at 417 E. NASA Parkway.

“We will offer center tours, explanations of Buddhist teachings and the opportunity to participate in a guided meditation,” member Fredrik Rehnmark said. “What can we learn from ancient Tibetan meditation masters? Visitors will learn how meditation techniques developed more than 2,500 years ago can help us lead meaningful and satisfying lives in today’s busy, complicated world.”

Admission is free. For details, call 832-304-3922.

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La Marque’s Grace of God Ministries will offer a Bible Academy for all interested people at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1531 Bayou Road. The classes are led by the Rev. Wesley and Ofelia Fulton.

“You can learn how to practice the word of God for everyday life,” said Wesley Fulton. “It’s a setting of love and caring for Gods people.”

Call 409-766-0835, 713-427-3954.grace

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The Galveston Baptist Association is planning a 16-day trip to the Holy Land on March 25 through April 9, which also includes a Greek isle cruise and 10 days in Israel.

All denominations are welcome.

“I’m excited about our trip, which will feature five days in the city of Jerusalem, where Jesus’ ministry began more than 2,000 years ago,” said Lela Esmond, volunteer senior adult leader for the GBA. “Then, during our Greek isle cruise, we’ll visit places where the Apostles John and Paul visited and preached during the dawning of Christianity. What an opportunity to walk where they walked.”

For details, call 409-933-3353 or 713-249-2419.

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Update: You don’t have to be a birder to have noticed that seagulls don’t share and crows aren’t into charity.

Both species proved that to the world this week when Pope Francis and two children released a pair of peace doves into Vatican square.

The Vatican’s resident fowl, including a seagull and a crow, harassed the white doves, driving them out of the Holy See.

Photos suggest that one of the guilty parties may have been a herring gull, a species common on Galveston’s beaches.

Rick Cousins’ Faith Focus column appears each Saturday. Have a unique or unusual event? Email details to rick.cousins@galvnews.com at least two weeks in advance.

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