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"At this point, it's strictly consciousness raising," said Ira Kaufman, ADL assistant director. "We want to support local black churches in their own healing under this most unfortunate set of circumstances."

For more information about RASCA or the rally, call St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, (510) 276-7853.

Daniel Matt to read from his new book

Author Daniel C. Matt will read from his book "God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony Between Science and Spirituality" at the following times and places:

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 at Gaia, 1400 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at Printers Inc., 310 California Ave., Palo Alto; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at Black Oak, 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at Crown Books, 3923 Piedmont Ave., Oakland; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Borders, 5800 Shellmound St., Emeryville; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Barnes & Noble, 1144 S. Main, Walnut Creek.