By Taylor Short

The Cove Herald

The Temple of Ancient Wisdom, at 317 S. First St. in Copperas Cove, welcomes the community to a meeting this evening to learn about the non-denominational organization.

Rafaela Jorge-Smith began the temple out of her home and hopes to convey the message of her organization where members can learn from the values and traditions of many religions, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Kabbalah and paganism, Greco-Roman, Native American, African and Egyptian beliefs.

"We want to express the understanding of how we are open to religion and that we are spiritual and a transformational house as opposed to a place of worship," she said.

Jorge-Smith said her temple tries to help end drug abuse, spousal abuse and other things that can negatively affect society. She also hopes people can understand that the organization is not involved in anything demonic or satanic.

"We welcome everyone to listen to the lecture, participate and ask questions. We don't debate religion, we love everyone's religion and we just want to express our view on spirituality, religion and transformation," she said.

The meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Copperas Cove library at 501 S. Main St. An open house at the Temple of Ancient Wisdom will be Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

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