About 500 local black Roman Catholics and their spiritual leaders are expected to discuss the problems currently facing black families, in the second annual "Day of Reflection."
The event, sponsored by Baltimore's Catholic Archdiocese, will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Seton Keough High School, 1201 Caton Ave.
Participants also will elect Maryland delegates to the seventh National Black Catholic Congress, which will take place next July in New Orleans. A key goal of that convention will be a national plan of action to help individual parishes address the needs of black families.
Grace at 40:
Grace United Methodist Church this Sunday will celebrate 40 years at its 5407 N. Charles St. location with a 10 a.m. service of reconsecration.
During the service, 40-year members will be recognized and the Chancel Choir, joined by former choir members, will perform music from the 1951 service of dedication.
Before building the stately Charles Street structure with the circular driveway, the congregation worshiped in a church at Roland Avenue and Oakdale Road in Roland Park. It was known then as North Baltimore Methodist Protestant Church; the word "Grace" was placed at the front of the name in the 1940s. When the Charles Street church opened, the name was trimmed to its present form.
The congregation's roots trace to three local Methodist churches that were founded in 1868, 1893 and 1896, respectively, and merged at the Roland Park location in the early 1900s.
Clergy United for the Renewal of East Baltimore (CURE) will hold a service of thanksgiving from 7 to 10 p.m. this Monday in the Dunbar High School auditorium, 1400 Orleans St.
CURE includes clergy from more than 100 local congregations. Its members often organize and participate in public demonstrations calling attention to the city's high rates of crime and substance abuse.
The Morgan State University Choir and a large group formed from several area church choirs will perform in the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council's seventh annual choral concert, at 8 p.m. Friday at St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue.
"Musical Traditions That Make Us One" is the theme of this year's concert. Tickets are $10. Proceeds are to go to the CMEC, the Morgan scholarship program for needy students and the AIDS Interfaith Residential Services project.
The combined choir includes singers from Timothy Baptist, New Shiloh Baptist, Ascension Lutheran and St. Matthew's (both its gospel and traditional groups).
Call it a combination of the suggestion box and the drive-through window. It's the outdoor "prayer box" at the Wailing Walls Church of the Deliverance, a storefront place of worship at Greenmount Avenue and 24th Street.
Attached to the front wall of the church, the gold-painted box has a sign above it that reads "PLEASE LEAVE A CARD FOR YOUR PRAYER REQUEST" in large red letters.
Talk about a '90s concept. It's nice to know that when you're too busy to attend a religious service or even pray on your own, you can drive up to the Wailing Walls church, write your particular spiritual need on a card, drop it into the box and drive away. No muss, no fuss, and leave your praying to us.
Speaking of driving, a red Wagoneer was seen speeding south on Guilford Avenue the other day with license plates reading "SATORI," a Japanese term for Buddhist spiritual enlightenment.
The thing is, one is said to attain satori partly by shedding personal desires. Wouldn't that include the desire for spiffy red Wagoneers that can go from zero to 60 in 10 seconds?
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