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Faith Notes are for announcements and events in the faith community, including Vacation Bible School schedules. Send to reston/herndon@connectionnewspapers.com or 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102. Call 703-917-6449 with questions. Deadline is Friday.

Discovering Buddhism: What is "mind," and how does it affect the experiences of happiness and suffering? Explore the differentiation between mind and brain, and learn methods to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes and create a positive and joyous mind. Teaching and meditation. Saturdays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Unitarian/Universalist Church, 1625 Wiehle Ave., Reston, with the Guhyasamaja Buddhist Center. Questions: call Dina at 571-275-0109, to register, e-mail gcregistration@yahoo.com.

Saturday Sept. 8, 6-9 p.m., the All Dulles Area Muslim Society will hold the sixth annual Interfaith Peace Gathering at the ADAMS Center, 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, in remembrance of the victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. Interfaith groups will be represented and speaking at this event. ADAMS will also be honoring local police and fire departments for their continuous community service. Local government officials will also be speaking at this event. Visit www.adamscenter.org.

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society community is co-sponsoring and participating in the Interfaith Unity Walk in Washington D.C., 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. Visit www.911unitywalk.org.

Church of the Epiphany, 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive, Herndon, will be hosting a community-wide praise and worship event on Sunday, Sept. 9. A free concert featuring singer and songwriter Dennis Jernigan will begin at 6 p.m. Prior to the concert, members of the community are welcome to enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones, as well as inflatable games for children starting at 4 p.m. on the church lawn. Contact the church at 703-481-8601.

Northern Virginia Ethical Society's leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, begins the society's program year Sunday, Sept. 9, with a look at the role of compassion and emotion in ethical thinking. The Ethical Movement has been described as being about the "head, heart, and hands" — what is the "heart" of ethics? 11 a.m. at 225 Nutley St., NW, Vienna. Visit www.noves.org, or call 703 437 3161.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon, hosts bluegrass concerts. Shows are at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Call 703-435-8377 for information and reservations. Admission is $12 at the door. Upcoming performances include: High Ground on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Blue Moon Cowgirls, Saturday, Sept. 29.

Vajrayogini Buddhist Center offers ongoing classes on meditation and Buddhist philosophy Mondays 7-8:30 p.m. at Brown’s Chapel, 11450 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston. $10 per class, beginners welcome. Call 202-331-2122 or visit www.meditation-dc.org.