Knox Presbyterian Church hosts its 5th Annual ‘Hats Off to Friends’ Luncheon-Tea on May 3 at 11:30 a.m., at 5840 La Tijera Boulevard in Los Angeles, said Pastor Reginald Ragland. The guest speaker is Dr. Kikanza Nuri Robins, an organizational leadership and development consultant for The Robins Group. The Women’s Ministry, event sponsor, invites attendees to wear their favorite hat. For tickets or information, call (323) 384-5104.
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church sponsors a Sunday School Open House on May 4 at 8:30 a.m., at 2009 West Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard in Los Angeles, said Pastor Sylvester Washington. The theme is ‘Stay Connected.’ For details, call (323) 293-6448 or email
St. John’s Cathedral hosts the Rev. Timothy Murphy, executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, who will lead a discussion on the book, “The New Jim Crow,” on May 4 at 1 p.m., at 514 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles. The free event examines Michelle Alexander’s book about how racism continues in the U.S. criminal justice system and other areas of society. For information, call (213) 747-6285.
Bryant Temple A.M.E. Church hosts the Southern California Lay Organization’s 5th Annual Revival on May 8-9 at 7 p.m., at 2525 West Vernon Avenue in Los Angeles, said Pastor Clyde W. Oden, Jr. The revivalist is Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Sr., presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church. Guest soloists are Pastor Michael Eagle of Grant A.M.E.-Long Beach, Pastor Gregory McLeod of Brookins Community A.M.E. and Pastor Taurus Myhand of Ward A.M.E. Dr. Dorothy Vails-Weber is SCLO president and Exhorter Gwendolyn B. Williams is event chair.
KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science plans the ‘a “KRST on the Move – Building For the Future Telethon’ on May 15-16 at 2 p.m., and May 17 at 9 a.m., at 7825 South Western Avenue in Los Angeles. Operators will be available to receive monetary donations and pledges. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support KRST’s on-going Spiritual Study Groups, Cultural Presentations, and activities for adults and youth. Call (323) 759-7567 for information or visit krstunitycenter.org.
Brookins Community A.M.E. Church kicks-off Annual Women’s Weekend on May 17 at 11:30 a.m., at 4831 South Gramercy Place in Los Angeles, said Pastor Gregory K. McLeod. The theme is ‘She Speaks: Wisdom to the Modern Black Woman.’ The Rev. Naima Imani Lett will be the great dramatist. On May 18 at 9 a.m., Pastor Francine Brookins of Bethel A.M.E.-Fontana will preach. For information, call (323) 296-5610.
Urban Hope Ministries holds ‘De-Stress Day’ on May 24 at 9 .m., at the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road in Rancho Palos Verdes. Lay counselors will be on hand to help resolve personal issues. The $36 donation includes continental breakfast and lunch. Visit urbanhopeministriesla.org to register.