Md. said to trail U.S. average in number of church members
Maryland lags behind the nation in the number of citizens who identify themselves as members of a Judeo-Christian church, according to a new study by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
zTC Forty-eight percent of Maryland citizens identify themselves as a member of a specific religious denomination, compared to 55.1 percent nationwide, according to the study of U.S. church membership released this week.
The study said a fourth to a half of the church members in central Maryland are Catholic, while Methodists make up similar numbers in several Eastern Shore and Western Maryland counties.
The report's authors include Martin Bradley, who is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention; Norman M. Green Jr. with American Baptist Churches U.S.A.; Dale Jones of the Church of the Nazarene; Lou McNeil of the (Catholic) Glenmary Research Center, and Mac Lynn with the Churches of Christ.
Lamaze classes for couples seeking childbirth preparation within a Jewishframework will begin Aug. 18 at Owings Mills Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.
The workshop, which includes Lamaze training and sessions with rabbis, is for couples due in the fall. Fees are $60 a couple.
The program is sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education, Jewish Family Services, the Jewish Community Center and Sinai Hospital.
For information, call 578-6947.
The Jewish Community Center is sponsoring an information meeting next week about a Biblical playground to be built at its Owings Mills center. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed for the project.
The meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. July 15 at the center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.
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