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David Smith to speak on ‘Relations with Pakistan’

On Sunday, Nov. 14, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service topic will be “Relations with Pakistan,” presented by David Smith.  

Smith points out that “At present fewer than ten percent of the people of Pakistan have a positive view of the United States, the lowest in over 50 years.  Pakistan harbors massive distrust of the United States, even though they have been one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign aid during this period!”  

He adds that “This program will focus on current relations between Pakistan and the United States, and what the Pagosa Springs community is doing to improve these relations and the prospect for world peace.”

David Smith has spent a great deal of time living and working in Pakistan, and has been involved in a true people-to-people approach to bring about cultural understanding and mutual trust between these two communities, located half a world apart.  Thanks to his efforts, the Pagosa Springs UU Fellowship has adopted the Gurais Valley of Pakistan as its Sister Community in Pakistan.

Last week, the children and young people learned about Buddhist beliefs.  This week they will be looking at the central Buddhist spiritual practice—meditation, and, if the weather permits, the group will go on a field trip to the Tara Mandala Temple for a guided tour.

The Children’s Religious Exploration program runs concurrent with the service and is for ages 3 and up. For questions regarding this program, contact De Anna Hoyle, 264-7224.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.