Chabad of Cobb hosts High Holiday services beginning with Rosh Hashanah at 9:30 am. Thursday, Sept. 9, followed by Shofar blowing at 11:30 a.m. Yom Kippur celebrations begin Friday, Sept. 17. For information go to

Revenge and forgiveness and America’s pursuit of happiness are among the topics of the “Pursuit of Happiness Lectures Series 2010,” hosted by Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion in September. The lectures are free.The first lecture is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, and features Michael McCullough ,director of the laboratory for social and clinical psychology and professor in the department of psychology at the University of Miami. McCullough will discuss the place of retribution, correction, and punishment in our own pursuit of happiness and as part of the cultivation of real community.

A harvest moon lantern show, a traditional dress contest, Vietnamese food and a raffle will be part of the festivities during the two-day fall festival at Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Mission Church in Norcross. Admission is free; times are Saturday, Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. midnight, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 4545 A Timmers Way, Norcross. For information call 770-921-0077.

Cedar Hill Enrichment Center in Gainesville is hosting the symposium, “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream,” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. The symposium will explore the themes of sustainability, spiritual fulfillment and social justice. Donations are appreciated. Seating is limited.

Agnes Scott College hosts Leaps and Bounds at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Earth Covenant Ministry sponsors this one-woman show choreographed and performed by Tevyn East, who explores the intersection of faith, ecology and the global economy. Tickets are $10 and $5 for students. Agnes Scott College is located at 141 East College Avenue , Decatur.

The book, “Never to Leave Us Alone: The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King Jr.” by Lewis Baldwin has recently been released through Fortress Press. Baldwin draws on the personal prayers that King recited as a seminarian and graduate student, preacher, pastor, and then civil rights leader. An associate professor in religious studies at Vanderbilt University, Baldwin is the author of several books on King and the black-church tradition.

Caring for You / Caring for Me, a free, nine-session education and support program for caregivers will be offered through St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, and the Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke’s. The sessions are from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the first session on Sept. 22. Registration will close Wednesday, Sept. 8. For information and a brochure, go to or

AIB-TV is hosting a panel of interfaith leaders to discuss relations between Muslims and other Americans for the September program of “In Focus.” The panel includes Bill Nigut, southeast regional director of the Anti-Defamation League; Rashid Naim, political science professor at Georgia State University; and the Rev. Ben Johnson, founder of the Spiritual Formation program at Columbia Seminary in Decatur. “In Focus” airs at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 6, with several encore times.

Former President Jimmy Carter will provide the capstone address for “Faith and Global Hunger,” the special radio Day1 series in support of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. Carter’s address, “A Joyful Resolve Transforming the Lives of the World’s Poorest,” will air at 7:05 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 12 on WSB-AM 750.