Ecumenical council urges legislature to curb gamblingThe...


January 14, 1993

Ecumenical council urges legislature to curb gambling

The Rev. Barbara Sands, president of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, has issued a statement on behalf of the interdenominational organization which calls Maryland's keno lottery game "an example of questionable public policy in raising revenue."

The statement urges the General Assembly to take steps to curb "the state's growing gambling industry" during the 1993 legislative session.

"We've just concluded a Christmas season wherein hundreds of our affiliated churches responded to the needs of the less fortunate more generously than ever before," she said. "These are the people affected by the state budget cuts which made an existing bad situation worse. It is incredible to believe the state would allow an almost around-the-clock gambling game that will prey on the desperate lives of these poor people."

Noting that the association of 14 Christian groups rarely takes a stand on public policy, she added, "We are keenly aware how socially destructive gambling addiction can be to the individual, and feel a responsibility to suggest that the legislature needs to examine Maryland's growing addiction to gambling revenue as a source of balancing a budget."

Mezuza project:

The Beth Jacob Congregation has begun a project to place new mezuzas -- small cylindrical cases containing rolled parchment inscribed with 22 lines from Deuteronomy -- on all the doorposts of its synagogue at 5713 Park Heights Ave.

Many doors of the building lack the mezuzas required by rabbinical law and others need replacement, the Orthodox Jewish congregation was told. The plan is to install about 50 mezuzas. Members of Beth Jacob have been asked to consider a $200 donation for each installation to honor people, living or dead, who will be recognized on a plaque. The mezuza inscription is known as the Shema, a declaration of the fundamental Jewish belief in one God.

Eastern Orthodoxy:

An Eastern Orthodox leader, an English bishop and teacher who is the author of popular as well as authoritative books about his faith, will lecture and officiate at services in Baltimore Jan. 30 and 31.

He is Bishop Kallistos Ware, the Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University. Since 1970, he has been a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. His appearances in Baltimore will be an extension of his visit to Washington, where he will give the introductory lecture in a Smithsonian Institution series on "Orthodox Christianity: Living Legacy of Byzantium."

At 6 p.m. Jan. 30, Bishop Kallistos will officiate at a vespers service in Baltimore's Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Preston Street and Maryland Avenue. The next morning he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the cathedral. This will be followed at 12:30 p.m. by his luncheon address, entitled "Orthodox Witness Today: Hopes, Fears and Opportunities."

For tickets and further information about this address at Baltimore's Annunciation Orthodox Center on Preston Street, call Corinna Courpas at 583-1660 or George Mesologites at 296-5565.

The bishop, an Orthodox convert, is known especially for two of his books, "The Orthodox Church" and "The Orthodox Way," written under his secular name, Timothy Ware.

Born in 1934 in Bath, England, he was educated at Westminster School in London and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied classical languages, philosophy and theology. Received in the Orthodox Church in 1958, he was ordained a priest in 1966, and in the same year took monastic vows at the Monastery of St. John the Theologian on the Aegean island of Patmos.

Since 1973, he has been a delegate to the Anglican-Orthodox Joint Doctrinal Discussions. He was consecrated a bishop in 1982.

Educator to speak:

Redmond Finney, former headmaster of Gilman School, will address a combined audience of the Brotherhood, Sisterhood and Parents' Association of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation at 10 a.m. Sunday at the temple, 7401 Park Heights Ave. For more information about the breakfast and talk, call Marvin Mirvis, 484-7988.

Mr. Finney joined Gilman's faculty in 1954 and taught history, mathematics and religion. In 1967, he helped found the school's Upward Bound program for disadvantaged youths and the following year was named headmaster, retiring last year.

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