Bellville area briefs

Mike Welker to speak Sunday at All Souls

BELLVILLE — Mike Welker will deliver the message Sunday, Jan. 13, during the 10:30 a.m. service All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Church St., in Bellville. He will speak about “Reinventing yourself this year and in this moment.”

According to Welker, as we launch with enthusiasm into a New Year, this can be the only narrow window we allow ourselves to let go of the baggage of our past. But we have the ability to set ourselves free to meet every moment with an open heart, regardless of the conditions we find ourselves in.

Welker is the Acting Teacher of the Mansfield Area Zen Buddhist group, Living Lotus Sangha. He has practiced with Zen groups around the Midwest and will be receiving his Buddhist lay ordination (Jukai) this Summer. He is currently working on two books – a history of Ohio pro hockey and a guide to Zen practice for the rural practitioner. He has a Masters of Liberal Studies in History and Philosophy from University of Toledo and a Bachelors or Fine Arts from BGSU.

Veterans group to meet Jan. 22

MANSFIELD — The Richland County Joint Veterans group will meet Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Alfred I. Harrington Pos 3494, 853 Ashland Road, Mansfield. All veterans are welcome to attend.