Anglicans are consecrating their 3rd female bishop...


November 19, 1992

Anglicans are consecrating their 3rd female bishop tonight

The rector of an Episcopal church in Laurel will become the third female bishop of the worldwide Anglican Communion -- and the second in the United States -- in a ceremony this evening at Washington's National Cathedral.

The Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon, 54, will be consecrated suffragan -- an assistant bishop -- of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington at a 7:30 p.m. service. Organists and choirs will present a musical program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

When Ms. Dixon was named rector of St. Philip's Church in Laurel six years ago, she became only the second woman ever to head an Episcopal parish in the Washington diocese. Ordained to the priesthood in 1982, she is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Virginia Theological Seminary.

The other two Anglican female bishops, Barbara Harris of Massachusetts and Penelope Jamieson of New Zealand, are scheduled to take part in the consecration service.

On the environment:

Rabbi David Sapperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, will give the Elsie Kairys Memorial Lecture this evening at Har Sinai Congregation, 6300 Park Heights Ave. His subject is "Making the Environment a Jewish Issue."

One of a series of programs on environmental themes sponsored by Jewish Family Services and the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the free lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 466-9200, Ext. 276.

Church school:

Money management, basic computer training and understanding the Bible are among the subjects being offered to the public in Saturday classes at New Shiloh Baptist Church, Monroe Street and Clifton Avenue. Information: 669-9409 or 523-5306.

Family, friends:

An all-day celebration Sunday beginning with an 11 a.m. worship service is planned as part of Family and Friends Month at Evergreen African Methodist Episcopal Church, 3342 Old Frederick Road.

The public is invited.


Local churches planning special worship for Thanksgiving Eve next Wednesday include Rodgers Forge United Methodist Church, 56 Stevenson Lane, where dramatic readings and a multi-media presentation based on the Old Testament will replace the usual sermon. The pastor, the Rev. Vivian McCarthy, will be joined in the 7:30 p.m. service by the Rev. Eleanor Kendall-Dasch of Idlewylde United Methodist Church.

Next Thursday, the Christian Science churches in the Baltimore area will welcome the public to their special Thanksgiving Day services, at which no collections will be taken. Child care will be provided. For details, call Roberto Cuniberti at 267-0699.

At 6 p.m. tomorrow, an interfaith Thanksgiving service and dinner for the congregations of Beth Am Synagogue and Good Shepherd Baptist Church will be held in the Kaplan Social Hall of the synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place.


"Discipline That Helps" will be the subject of a class for parents of preteens at 10 a.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 5802 Roland Ave.

For more information, call the Rev. David Caldwell at 435-1506.

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