Archdiocese to observe King birthday with workshops, mass
Baltimore's Roman Catholic archdiocese will observe the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with two workshops and a mass tonight at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.
The workshops -- "I'm So Glad That Trouble Don't Last Always," an examination of biblical tales of struggle and triumph, and "Let Us Work While It Is Still Day," an action plan for black families facing adversity -- will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the cathedral's undercroft.
The mass will take place at 7:30 p.m. Archbishop William Keeler will be the main celebrant. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Francis of Newark, N.J., will deliver the homily.
Of the 440,000 Catholics in the archdiocese, about 25,000 are black. Most of the black Catholics attend 13 churches in the city.
Study of the Nazis:
Two events examining Nazi persecution of European Jewry are to be presented by the Baltimore Jewish Council during the next two weeks.
A film titled "The Wannsee Conference" is to be screened Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Herman and Rosa Cohen Auditorium of the Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave.
The council and the university are co-sponsoring the showing as a 50th anniversary observance of the 1942 meeting of the Nazi leadership at a villa on Lake Wannsee, near Berlin. It was there that Adolf Hitler and his aides formulated their plan for the systematic destruction of Europe's Jews.
The screening is free, but reservations are required. Call 578-6900 for more information.
On Jan. 29 the council is sponsoring a lecture by Neal Sher, director of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations and an expert on the prosecution of Nazi war criminals.
Sher is to speak at 7:30 p.m. in the board room of the Park Heights Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. The event is free.
During his tenure with the Justice Department, Sher has been involved in hundreds of investigations, including the one that uncovered former United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim's ties to the Nazis during World War II.
Lutherans and media:
Just as professional sports teams have been hiring consultants to improve athletes' relations with the media, three Lutheran bodies want to set up workshops to help pastors deal more smoothly with reporters.
The Aid Association for Lutherans has provided a $125,000 grant to the communications departments of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, which will jointly develop the workshops.
The Evangelical Lutheran news office in Chicago reports that several hundred workshops will be set up throughout the United States during the next few years. Each workshop will be led by two trained communications experts, with additional instruction through video and written materials.