Hillside Chapel marking 200th anniversary

RELIGION NOTES

November 26, 1992

Friends and members of Hillside Chapel, the Swedenborgian church at 901 Dartmouth Road, are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of this Christian denomination in Baltimore by followers of the Swedish scientist, philosopher and theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772).

Swedenborg's writings and teachings, emphasizing belief in the Trinity, sought to reveal deep spiritual meaning in the Scriptures.

The nation's first New Church Society, whose members were Swedenborg adherents, was organized in Baltimore in 1792.

In 1800, the society dedicated its first church building at Baltimore and Exeter streets. After moving to buildings on Orchard St. in 1860 and on Calvert St. in 1874, the congregation arrived at its present location in 1959.

New Churchmen, as the members are called, have long been active in the community. One of the group's first ministers, the Rev. John Hargrove, was registrar of the city of Baltimore from 1801 to 1821. He addressed the president and Congress in 1802 and again in 1804.

The public is invited to attend the chapel's services each Sunday at 11 a.m. Information: 435-5418.

Commemoration:Commemoration: Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop P. Francis Murphy of Baltimore will preside at an annual Mass at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Corpus Christi Church, Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues, honoring four church women who were murdered 12 years ago while working among the poor in El Salvador.

PD Maryknoll Sister Judith Noone will speak. Information: 385-0893.

Bishop backed:Bishop backed: The Vestry of St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City has adopted a resolution supporting Bishop A. Theodore Eastman's decision not to authorize same-sex covenants "until the national church and the Diocese of Maryland have come to a common mind." The parish governing body also applauded Bishop Eastman for "encouraging all Episcopalians, no matter their convictions, to further dialogue, education and prayer in all aspects of human sexuality."

A service in a local Episcopal church in June, at which the union of two women was blessed, has stirred up controversy in the diocese.

Pastor honored:Pastor honored: The Rev. Samuel Ray, pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ at 1063 W. Fayette St., will be honored at a dinner Dec. 4 at Blue Crest North, Pikesville. Information: 727-5515.

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