Service of Lights to share themes from various faiths

December 06, 1992

"An Interfaith Service of Lights," featuring songs, stories and other themes from several spiritual traditions, will be held at Western Maryland College at 7 p.m. Friday.

The event is free and will take place in Baker Memorial Chapel.

The service will begin with a half-hour of informal carol singing, in which the audience may participate. Then students, faculty and community members will provide readings, music and a candle-lighting ceremony, all taken from Jewish, Christian, Bahai and native American traditions.

Western Maryland College's choir will perform several selections, including "Light the Legend" from the Jewish tradition, and "I Know a Rose-Tree Blooming" and "Ave Maria" from the Christian tradition.

The audience also will be invited to participate in the lighting of candles at the end of the one-hour event.

The Rev. Mark Lancaster, the college's religious life coordinator, said the service is "an attempt to bring together the community ** by offering themes common to many different faiths: light, hope, and love."

During the ceremony, an offering will be taken for Shepherd's Staff, a local ecumenical human services agency.

A reception will be held afterward in Ensor Lounge in the nearby Decker College Center.

This event will be sign-interpreted.

Information: the Rev. Mark Lancaster, 857-2560, or the Western Maryland public information office, 857-2290.

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