Worshipers to parade to new churchHaving overcome what the...

Religion Notes

September 17, 1992

Worshipers to parade to new church

Having overcome what the pastor describes as "community objections, bureaucratic roadblocks and cash-flow problems," North Baltimore's Oak Street African Methodist Episcopal Church will dedicate its new sanctuary in a former public school with a parade and a series of three worship services on Sunday.

The pastor, the Rev. Paul R. Ball Jr., will preach at the 10 a.m. dedication, which will begin with a march of the congregation from its old location at 2311 N. Howard St. to the renovated School No. 308, less than a block away at 123 W. 24th St.

Late last year, church members began selling bonds for $250, $500 and $1,000 to finance the acquisition, architectural and construction costs of the expanded facilities. "They said we were crazy to launch a bond sale around Christmas, but when the Lord say 'Move,' you move," Pastor Ball comments.

One of his predecessors as Oak Street minister, the Rev. Vashti McKenzie, will be the speaker for Sunday's 6 p.m. worship service. At 7:30 p.m. services during "Dedication Week" -- Sept. 21-25 -- there will be a different visiting preacher each evening.

Morgan center:

Retired United Methodist Bishop Edward G. Carroll has been named director of the Morgan State University Christian Center for the 1992-1993 academic year.

A 1930 graduate of what was then Morgan College, Bishop Carroll has received honorary degrees from his alma mater and from Rhode Island University.

He will teach a course in Morgan's Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies as well as serve as university chaplain.

Theologian honored:

The Rev. Charles E. Curran, one of the best-known and most controversial Roman Catholic theologians in the United States, received the first "Bridge Building Award" from New Ways Ministry in Mount Rainier last Sunday.

New Ways is a privately funded organization founded in 1977 to promote "dialogue, education and reconciliation involving gay and lesbian Catholics and the larger church community."

Father Curran was removed from the faculty of Catholic University in Washington after some of his views on sexual ethics were denounced by the Vatican in 1986. Subsequently, more than 750 American Catholic theologians signed a statement supporting Father Curran.

Since then, he has taught at Cornell University, the University of Southern California, Auburn University and Southern Methodist University, where he is currently professor of human values.

Jubilee:

"King's Apostle, This Is Your Life" is the title of a skit that will be part of the Sept. 27 celebration of the 82nd anniversary of the founding of King's Apostle Holiness Church of God in West Baltimore.

The program at Martin's West, 6821 Dogwood Road, begins at 6 p.m.

The dinner speaker for the black-tie jubilee is the Rev. Violet Fisher.

Elder V.H.G. Mason is pastor of the church at 1000 W. Franklin St.

For more information, call 383-8406.

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