UCC is to examine violence
The United Church of Christ will present a workshop this weekend for adults and children 10 and older, titled "Walking with the Prince of Peace: New Models for Living in a Violent World."
Participants will examine the cultural and social roots of violence, and attempt to find ways of resolving anger and conflict.
Sponsored by the Integrity of Creation, Justice and Peace Task Force of the UCC's Central Atlantic Conference, the workshop will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1905 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.
Drinks and snacks will be provided, but participants might want to brown-bag it.
Three in one:
The Rev. Lawrence Frye, pastor of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Reisterstown, hit a baptismal trifecta when he christened members of three generations of a family at a recent service, according to a recent newsletter of the denomination's Baltimore Annual Conference.
The minister baptized Hollis Schultz, her daughter Linda Duvall and Linda's daughter Christi. Frye said it was a first for him after 28 years as a pastor.
The Jewish Vegetarian Society of North America will hold its annual convention Friday through Sunday at the Bethesda Holiday Inn.
The activities will include panel discussions and workshops on vegetarian religious celebrations, animal rights, nutritional information presented in cookbooks, environmental ethics, nutritious diets for young children and other topics.
All meals served at the convention will follow vegan guidelines (no animal or animal-derived products) and be under rabbinical supervision.
Which brings us to a new batch of statistics from the Baltimore-based Vegetarian Resource Group.
In the latest edition of its bi-monthly magazine, Vegetarian Journal, the VRG included the results of a survey that had asked, among other things, about the religious affiliation of 566 respondents from across the country.
The totals were 17 percent for Protestant (no breakdown of denominations was offered); 11 percent, Catholic; 10 percent, Jewish; 5 percent, Unitarian; and 1 percent each for Seventh-Day Adventists, followers of Eastern religions, and Theosophists (adherents of an occult, mystical belief system that incorporates parts of Buddhism and Brahmanism).
However, all these groups were vastly outnumbered by religiously unaffiliated vegetarians, at 43 percent.
The Maryland Committee for the United Nations Children's Fund has relocated to Roland Park Presbyterian Church, 4801 Roland Ave. The office previously was at 24 W. 25th St.
UNICEF sells holiday items for children and adults, including books, mugs, games, plates, ornaments and more. Proceeds help pay for medicine, food, clean water and various services for millions of children, mothers and refugees in more than 120 nations.
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