New Quaker history details 200 years in Baltimore...


October 22, 1992

New Quaker history details 200 years in Baltimore City

Local Quakers, who are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the establishment of a Friends Meeting within Baltimore City, have published a history.

"Minute by Minute" was compiled by Barbara Mallonee and Nicholas B. Fessenden, members of the Stony Run Meeting, and Jana Karkalitz Bonny, a member of the Homewood Meeting.

Although Quakers began migrating to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in the 17th century and established the Gunpowder Monthly Meeting in Baltimore County in 1739, they did not found an independent city meeting -- in a 1781 structure at what is now Fayette and Aisquith streets -- until 1792.

Homewood, at 3107 N. Charles St., and Stony Run, at 5116 N. Charles, grew out of the meeting on Fayette Street, whose simple brick building is the oldest house of worship standing in the city.

As part of the anniversary celebration, author Elizabeth Watson will lecture on "The Future of Quakerism" at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of Friends School, 5114 N. Charles St. The free public lecture will culminate a gathering of Friends from 38 meetings in the Baltimore Yearly Meeting area, which includes the District of Columbia, most of Virginia, a small part of central Pennsylvania and all of Maryland except the Eastern Shore.

Sephardic history: As part of the 1992 Adult Institute of Jewish Studies, the Jewish Community Center will offer a course entitled "Sephardic Culture -- A Remarkable Legacy." Exploring art, literature, music and other traditions of the Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal 500 years ago, the course begins Tuesday evening at Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave., and continues Tuesdays through Dec. 1.

Other Tuesday evening courses of the Adult Institute are sponsored by 13 local synagogues, Baltimore Hebrew University and Jewish Family Services. For more information, call Claudine Davison at 542-4900.

Two choirs: The choir of West Baltimore's All Saints Roman Catholic Church, directed by Bill Cummings, will present its fourth annual concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. For ticket information, call 466-3714 or 542-0445.

Following a tour of Albania, Bulgaria, Siberia and Moscow, and concluding appearances this month in eight cities of the United States and Canada, a Massachusetts-based choir -- Gloriae Dei Cantores -- will appear at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption, Cathedral and Mulberry streets. Tickets, at $12.50, may be purchased at the door.

Hunger walk: Registration for Baltimore's fifth Walk Against Hunger in Africa, expected to draw participants from about 100 religious organizations and sponsored by Clergy and Laity Concerned, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St. For further information, call John C. Springer, 962-8333.

Mark's Gospel: Actor Max McLean, who has been touring colleges and churches across the nation, will perform "Mark's Gospel: The Story of Jesus" at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Arellano Theater of Levering Hall on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University. Admission is free.

Blacks and Jews: Murray Friedman, director of the Center for American Jewish History at Temple University, will give a lecture, "Rewriting the History of Blacks and Jews," at 4 p.m. Monday in the A. O. Kuhn Library of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 5401 Wilkens Ave. A reception follows at 5:15 p.m.

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