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Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat will discuss Imperfect Justice: Slave Labor, Looted Assets, Dormant Bank Accounts and the Unfinished Business of World War II Thursday, April 28, 8 p.m., at the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, 1441 Wiehle Ave. in Reston.

More than 50 years after World War II, Eizenstat was appointed as President Clinton's personal representative to bring closure to remaining unresolved war issues. Included in the many issues Eizenstat confronted, were the refusal of Swiss banks to honor claims for payment due on pre-World War II bank deposits; the refusal of Germany to consider compensation to thousands of Poles, Slavs and Jews forced into slave labor; denial of payment of death benefits by Italian life insurance companies; and the refusal to return stolen art and confiscated property in Austria and France.

During the Clinton Administration, Eizenstat served in a number of positions, including U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of State and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

"Narnia" a musical written by Jules Tasca, Ted Drachman and Thomas Tierney, and based on the book "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis, will be presented by the youth and music ministries of Ox Hill Baptist Church, 4101 Elmwood St., Chantilly. Performances are Friday, April 29, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a Sunday matinee performance May 1, at 3:30 p.m.

Ashburn Presbyterian Church invites the community Sunday, May 1, 5 p.m., for its ChildrenÕs Choirs and Celebration Pre-School performance, ÒStomp and Praise,Ó which is music that uses ordinary items such as metal trash can lids, coffee cans, plastic buckets, wooden spoons and potato chip cans filled with beans to make a variety of rhythmic sounds. APC will also host dinner and fellowship after the concert. All are welcome. Located at 20962 Ashburn Road. Call 703-729-2012 or visit Web site at http://www.ashburnpresbyterian.org.

On Sunday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Roberta Finkelstein of the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling will present a service entitled the ÒTheology of the Beatles.Ó Finkelstein will interpret Beatles lyrics that address alienation and loneliness, despair over the state of the world, personal integrity, and of course LOVE! Instrumentals by the UUS Jazz Ensemble featuring vocals by the UUS choir, Shawn Thorpe, and Paul Roche. UUS meets every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Visit uusterling.org or call 703-406-3068.

On Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling will hold a vespers service. Join the Worship Associates for Evensong, an informal and participatory worship service guaranteed to bring mid-week serenity to stressed minds, bodies and hearts. UUS is located in the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 22135 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Visit uusterling.org or call 703-406-3068.

The National Day of Prayer, May 5, will be observed, at 7 p.m., at the Leesburg Baptist Community Church, 835 Davis Ave. Christians from all churches in Loudoun County are invited to join for prayer made to God for national, state and local concerns. Call 703-777-6502 or visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

Sunday, May 8, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, in conjunction with the Chaplaincy Department of Loudoun Hospital Center, provides a healing service on the second Sunday of each month from 2:30-3:30 p.m., in the Chapel of LHC, on Riverside Drive in Lansdowne. Patients, family, friends and staff as well as the wider community are welcome. The service is conducted with "stations" so that people can drop in any time during the hour to receive healing prayer, holy communion and request prayers for others. Contact the church office at 703-779-3616 or visit www.saintgabriels.net.

On Sunday, May 8, the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling will hold a pancake breakfast for Mothers Day, from 9-10 p.m. All nurturing women should come and be fed before the service. They should then stay to feed their souls at the 10:30 a.m. service entitled "The First Mother's Day - a Unitarian Holiday," to be conducted by intern minister Amy DeBeck. UUS is located in the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive off of Church Road near Route 28. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.

On Wednesdays, May 11 and 18, 7-7:50 p.m., a two-week discussion course on spiritual lessons from the cinema begins at St. DavidÕs Episcopal Church, Ashburn, led by Dwight Zscheile. Uncover spiritual lessons from two major movies that made a recent ÒTop 100 Spiritually Significant FilmsÓ list. Watch and discuss clips from Robert DuvallÕs 1997 film ÒThe ApostleÓ and Wim WendersÕ haunting 1987 film ÒWings of Desire.Ó There is no cost to attend. The address is 43600 Russell Branch Parkway and the class will be in the Education Room. Visit www.stdavidsashburn.org or call 703-729-0570.

The Word of Life Assembly of God Church, 21641 Beaumeade Circle, Ashburn, will host a whole-night youth worship session staring at 9 p.m., May 14, to 5 a.m., May 15. The session will feature live interviews, creative activities, video and fellowship for young adults and youth groups from all areas of Loudoun County. Call 703-777-6502.

The 10:30 a.m. Worship Service at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling Sunday, May 15, is entitled "Van Gogh and God" and will be conducted by intern minister Amy DeBeck. She will talk about Vincent Van Gogh's first calling, which was to the ministry. This will be a multi-media worship service celebrating the art of this great artist. UUS meets every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive off of Church Road near Route 28. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.

The Global Day of Prayer will be observed May 15, at 5 p.m., at the Leesburg Church of the Nazarene, 17667 Roxbury Hall Road. The Christian Fellowship Church of Ashburn will host the event for Loudoun County next year. Christians in Loudoun will join more than 130 countries for this 24-hour prayer effort. Call 703-777-6502 or visit www.globaldayofprayer.com.

Sunday, May 22, Darrell Scott, whose daughter Rachel was killed in the shooting at Columbine High School, will be speaking at Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, 43115 Waxpool Road, Ashburn, about the tragedy and how to prevent further violence in schools. Call 703-858-9254 or visit ww.oswlc.org.

James Stafford will be leading a Bible for Liberals at the Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, taking a literary and critical approach to the Bible. The ancient historical, cultural, literary and religious heritage both in and beyond the Bible will be explored. Open to those who have and those who have not read the Bible. Bible for Liberals meetings occur every second Sunday, through June, from 12:30 -2:30 p.m. These meeting are designed to be casual, drop in,

stand-alone sessions. The session will be held at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive near Route 28 and Church Road. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.

St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, in conjunction with the Chaplaincy Department of Loudoun Hospital Center, provides a healing service on the second Sunday of each month, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., in the chapel of Loudoun Hospital Center, located on Riverside Parkway in Lansdowne. Patients, family, friends and staff, as well as the wider community are welcome. The service is conducted with "stations" so that people can drop in any time during the hour to receive healing prayer, holy communion, and request prayers for others. Contact the church office at 703-779-3616 or visit www.saintgabriels.net.

The Loudoun Church Alliance is a formal association of churches of many denominations, founded two years ago. It works in the areas of youth development, international missions, evangelism outreach, and is now working to develop relationships with government and business. Contact founder and missionary Jack Stagman at jackstagman@adelphia.net.

The Unitarian Universalists of Sterling meet on Sunday mornings, at 10:30 a.m., at the Sterling Oaks Commerce Center at 21355 Davis Drive near Rt. 28 and Church Road. Call 703-406-3068 or visit uusterling.org.