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Prayer With a Punch

"Many religions today have kind of lost their passion," says Denise Barnes, the one-woman band behind monthly Kick-Ass Peace Prayer Gatherings at the Mercury Cafe. "Part of the idea is just to wake things up a little bit; God must be really bored, too. One of the rules is 'Do not bore God.' So we're just doing our best to upgrade the spiritual software that probably expired about 500 years ago."

Barnes is using the royal "we," naturally; her Altar Egos Tina Tomasichio, Lucy Diamond, Dr. Hannah Chotka and others ensure that no two meetings are exactly alike, since you never know who is going to show up next. But every meeting is the same, too: "They all involve body, mind, spirit and belly laughter," says Barnes.

Kick some ass today — and the first Sunday of every month — at the Merc, 2199 California Street, beginning at 2 p.m. There's no fee for the meeting, but donations are appreciated. Call 303-294-9281 or visit for information.
First Sunday of every month, 2 p.m., 2006


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