Unitarian to speak on challenge facing black ministers

RELIGION NOTES

May 13, 1993|By Frank P. L. Somerville

How to serve the black community as an African-American minister in a predominantly white denomination -- that is the challenge a speaker from Canada will address at 11 a.m. Sunday at downtown Baltimore's historic First Unitarian Church.

The Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed, minister of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, will preach at the 174th Union Service of the Baltimore church at Charles and Franklin streets. His subject will be "The Life and Times of Egbert Ethelred Brown."

One of the religious leaders discussed in Dr. Morrison-Reed's book, "Black Pioneers in a White Denomination," Mr. Brown was the founder of the First Unitarian Church in Harlem, New York City.

The annual Union Service commemorates William Ellery Channing's famous "Baltimore sermon" in 1819, which was instrumental in the establishment of Unitarianism as a separate denomination.

Also participating Sunday will be Unitarian Universalist congregations from Annapolis, Bel Air, Columbia, Towson and Reisterstown. A massed choir from those churches will perform music by Unitarian Universalist composer Tom Benjamin.

Dr. Morrison-Reed's message is described by the organizers of his visit as "a powerful call to integrate America where it counts -- in the pews." Information: 685-2330.

Faith and science

A free, public symposium titled "Cosmos and Creation" will explore ways to integrate science, theology and beauty. The series of lectures and discussions by an international group of scholars will be held at the McManus Theater on the North Baltimore campus of Loyola College.

The symposium will begin at 7:30 p.m. May 28 with a lecture on the transcendental role of wisdom in science and theology by the Very Rev. Thomas F. Torrance, professor of Christian theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Father Torrance has published 30 books and hundreds of articles on the interrelation of science and religion. His opening lecture is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation in conjunction with the American Scientific Affiliation.

At 10:30 a.m. on May 29, Father Torrance will speak on "The Transfinite Significance of Beauty in Science and Theology."

Also on May 29, Edward O. Dodson, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Ottawa, will deliver a lecture at 1:15 p.m. titled, "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: Truth, Beauty, Goodness, Freedom and Harmony, Unity and Universality as Exemplified in Biology."

Dr. Dodson is the author of three books on the Jesuit philosopher and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who died in 1955.

Father Teilhard is known for his theory that mankind is evolving mentally and socially toward spiritual unity.

Reservations are required for a symposium luncheon at 12:15 p.m. May 29 in the Andrew White Student Center on the Loyola campus. Information: Dean Frank McGuire, 617-2262.

Christian Science

A planned appearance in Baltimore in March by Jill Gooding, a Christian Science lecturer from London -- which was canceled because of the blizzard -- has been rescheduled at 3 p.m. June 6 at the Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave.

The lecturer is a past president of the Mother Church of Christian Science in Boston.

Sponsored by Baltimore's First Church of Christ, Scientist, Mrs. Gooding's discussion of healing through prayer is free and open to the public. Child care will be provided. Information: 366-2851.

Fighting drugs

Three years of "fighting against drugs through prayer in our Sanctuary Without Walls Ministry" will be celebrated in a public program at 11 a.m. Wednesday at East Baltimore's Israel Baptist Church, Preston and Chester streets.

Religious and community leaders, health professionals and elected government officials have been invited to take part in the ceremonies, which will include a groundbreaking for a new church facility.

Full Gospel

The Baltimore Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will meet for dinner and a religious program at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Homestyle Family Buffet restaurant in the Westview Mall, U.S. 40 West at Ingleside Avenue. The public is invited. Information: 466-4237 or 788-6559.

Scholar honored

Joseph Baumgarten, a professor at Baltimore Hebrew University and an authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls, will be among recipients of honorary degrees at the 8 p.m. commencement exercises next Thursday at the university, 5800 Park Heights Ave. He is retiring after 29 years on the faculty.

The commencement speaker will be novelist Chaim Potok. Reservations: 578-6900.

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