West Baltimore church's project on national TVAn archives...


January 28, 1993

West Baltimore church's project on national TV

An archives project of West Baltimore's Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church will be featured on a television program to be aired nationally during the week of Feb. 7 as part of a celebration of Black History Month.

This segment of the 30-minute United Methodist Communications magazine program called "Catch the Spirit" -- carried by VISN (the Vision Interfaith Satellite Network) -- reports on the efforts of predominantly black congregations to research and record their history. In addition to Sharp Street, the Mother Bethel church in Philadelphia and the Johns Island church in South Carolina are cited.

Sharp Street Memorial, at 1206 Etting St., has served generations of Baltimore's African-Americans not only as a religious institution but as an educational, social and political center as well. The church is preserving significant documents and artifacts, including the cornerstone of the congregation's 1802 building.

"Catch the Spirit" is regularly seen on VISN Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For specific times: Nancye Willis, (615) 742-5473.

Interfaith challenges:

Interfaith challenges: "The Challenge of Peace and the Role of Religion in a Time of Change" is the subject of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation's 33rd annual Interfaith Institute on Monday at the temple, 7401 Park Heights Ave.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m. The 10 a.m. keynote address is by Rabbi Eugene Lipman of Temple Sinai, Washington. Panelists are House of Delegates member and Coppin State College professor Dolores Kelly; Sister Rosemarie Nassif, president of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland; and Rabbi Joel Zaiman of Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Pikesville.

The institute includes small-group discussions and a question-and-answer session with the panel. A fee of $5.50 per person covers lunch. Information: 764-1587.

On preaching:

On preaching: The Rev. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, a native of South Africa and an associate minister of Bethel A.M.E. Church in West Baltimore, has published "The Preaching of Bishop John Bryant," her study of sermons by the former pastor of that congregation.

She calls Bishop Bryant "pious as well as relevant politically" and says of his preaching that "if the Holy Spirit makes him dance, he dances."

The book can be purchased for $12 from the church at 1300 Druid Hill Ave. Information: 523-4273.

Jewish dreams:

Jewish dreams: Lynne Lamberg, co-author of "Crisis Dreaming: Using Your Dreams to Solve Your Problems," will speak on "Jewish Dreams and Nightmares" at 4 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave. Admission is $2. Information: 578-6900

Religious cults:

Religious cults: The Cult Awareness Network and the Ministry of Cult Awareness of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore will present a series of four Thursday evening programs on such subjects as "The New Age Movement" and "Satanism and the Occult" next month at the Towson Catholic High School Auditorium, Baltimore and Ware avenues in Towson.

The series will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 when David Clark, who has counseled former cult members, leads the discussion. His subject: "Mind Control and Hypnosis as Used by Destructive Cults."

Other speakers in the series will include the Rev. Lawrence J. Gesy, a Catholic consultant on cults, and Donald Thompson, a retired Baltimore County police officer.

No organ music:

No organ music: Epworth United Methodist Church, at 600 Warren Road in Cockeysville, will provide "contemporary and informal" worship services at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday, beginning on Feb. 7.

Members of the church's Youth Group will participate, and the music -- all composed since the 1960s -- will be played on a synthesizer instead of the organ. For more information, call Assistant Pastor Linda Lewis, 667-6054.

Drug abuse:

Drug abuse: The Maryland Interfaith Legislative Committee will have a meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at 101 W. Mount Royal Ave. at which representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths will discuss "the relationship between substance abuse and spirituality."

The Rev. Ed Heim, chairman of the committee, said the meeting will focus on the role and responsibilities of religious leaders in curbing the use of illegal drugs. For more information, call Mr. Heim at 727-1479.

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