Methodists to march in protest of budget cuts, effect on poor
Local United Methodist officials are calling on church members to march to the State House this weekend to protest state budget cuts and their impact on the poor.
Methodists are being asked to meet Saturday at 4 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd. in Annapolis, and then march to the steps of the State House.
The officials are urging participants to bring banners, posters, musical instruments, candles and other objects that show the church's concern for the needy.
The Rev. Raymond E. Brown, a renowned Roman Catholic theologian, will present a six-part lecture series titled "The Passion Narratives," at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Roland Avenue and East Northern Parkway.
A former St. Mary's student and professor who has received 22 honorary doctorates from schools throughout the United States and Europe, Brown will open the lecture series Tuesday and then continue it Nov. 7, 12, 14, 19 and 21. The lectures, which start at 7:45 p.m., will be based on Brown's recent research for a major work on the Gospel accounts of Jesus' death.
A recent issue of the Christian Century magazine reports this item from the Upper Marlboro Enquirer-Gazette:
"Pastor Nicholas is leading a summer Bible Study in Paul's letter to the Philippines."
No doubt the letter was sent in a Manila envelope. In any case, it's a safe bet that the Bible study actually was about Paul's letter to the Philippians.
Ron Nachman, the mayor of a Jewish settlement town in Israel, will speak Monday at 8 p.m. at Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave.
The Zionist Organization of America-Baltimore District, the Oheb Shalom Israel Committee and the Oheb Shalom Brotherhood are sponsoring the event and billing it as "a public forum to hear and discuss Israel's settlement policy."
The forum is made more timely by the Middle East peace talks that opened today in Madrid.
Nachman helped found the West Bank town of Ariel in 1973. Once an enclave of 40 families on a barren hilltop, Ariel now has 10,000 residents.
The next meeting of the steering committee of the AIDS Interfaith Network of Central Maryland will take place Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St.
The AIN was founded in 1985 by local clergy and lay people who sought a way to address the AIDS crisis from a religious perspective.
The steering committee's meetings are held the first Thursday of each month and are open to all interested parties. Call 728-5545 for more information.
Some Baltimore restaurants probably wish their fare was as good as the food found at ethnic church suppers. One of the best in the area is the Ravioli and Spaghetti Dinner and Bazaar at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church in Little Italy.
The event takes place this Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. in the parish's school hall at 908 Stiles St.
The parishioners prepare the pasta dishes, the meatballs, the sauces, the salads, the cannoli and more. Wine and other beverages will be available.
Adults will be charged $7, children $3.50. Carryouts can be had for an extra 50 cents.
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