Cowboys for Christ to gather

The Dakota Cowboys for Christ Fellowship will hold its monthly gathering at 7 p.m. Sunday at Kist Livestock.

The event will feature Lowell Larsen, John Lardinois, Randy Carr and Colleen Reinhart, who will share music and testimonies.

Kist Livestock is at 1715 40th Ave. S.E. in Mandan. For more information, call 701-989-1245.

Faith Lutheran to hold bazaar

Faith Lutheran Church will hold a bazaar on Oct. 24.

The event will feature homemade items, including baked goods, lefse, knoephla, crafts and quilts, as well as used books, plants and white elephant items.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. Rolls, muffins, pie and coffee will be served throughout the day, and youth will serve soup and sandwiches for lunch.

The bazaar will take place at the church, 1402 E. Avenue C in Bismarck. For more information, call 701-223-2236.

Lutheran class to study Luke

First Lutheran Church will begin its annual fall bible study in November.

Marv Mutzenberger, an associate professor of religion at Bismarck State College, will lead a study of the Gospel of Luke at 2 p.m. for four Sundays, beginning Nov. 1. The same study will be repeated on Mondays at 7 p.m.

The event, which is free to the public, will take place at the church, 800 N. Seventh St. in Bismarck. For more information, call 701-223-4340.

Vietnam slams freedom report

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has slammed the U.S. State Department's annual religious freedom report, calling it "unobjective" and containing "erroneous information."

The section in the 2014 report on Vietnam said government authorities, particularly at the local level, continued to limit the activities of unregistered religious groups.

It also said members of these and other groups reported convictions, assaults, excessive use of force, detentions, monitoring, hindering of movement, denials of registrations and other permissions, and other harassment.

At a news briefing Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh defended Vietnam's religious freedom record. He said that while the U.S. report did acknowledge some improvements, its assessment was "unobjective" and cited "erroneous information."

Winfrey unveils documentary series

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is hoping people will find common ground, no matter what or who they believe in, with her new documentary series "Belief," about how religion is viewed across the globe.

"We live in a world where when your belief isn't the same, you literally can get your head chopped off," she said at the series' premiere Wednesday in New York.

"What I know in my maturity is that the real purpose of being human beings on the planet, we are all different in search of the same thing," Winfrey said. "We're all yearning for the same thing, but we have different ways and different approaches to doing that. That's what being a human being is."

"Belief" premieres Sunday at 7 p.m. on Winfrey's network OWN. It took three years to produce as filmmakers trekked to various countries to capture people with varying perspectives and experiences with religion and spirituality.

"It's like a big ole community gathering around the world in a way that people just don't do on television, so I'm pleased that I was able to get it done," Winfrey said.

The event was attended by many of Winfrey's supporters and collaborators such as director Ava DuVernay, actor and recording artist Common and "CBS This Morning" co-host and Winfrey's long-time friend, Gayle King.

"This is a landmark series. It did for me what happened for me the first time I watched 'Roots,'" said DuVernay. "It changed what I thought my position was in the world. ... It really got me thinking about things and trying to understand things that I hadn't really delved into myself."

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(Reach Amy R. Sisk at 701-250-8267 or amy.sisk@bismarcktribune.com.)