Congregation in Pen Lucy plans to open school

RELIGION NOTES

August 05, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

A racially and economically diverse Presbyterian congregation on 42nd Street near York Road, in the neighborhood known as Pen Lucy, has completed plans to open a Christian elementary school, starting with a kindergarten class in September.

The new Faith Christian School is the latest in a series of outreach projects undertaken by Faith Christian Fellowship since located at 505 E. 42nd St. in 1983. The congregation is affiliated with the theologically conservative, Bible-centered Presbyterian Church in America.

Faith's members have operated tutoring and other after-school programs, a summer camp and a food pantry for the poor and have helped families buy and renovate homes in the Pen Lucy community, north of Waverly, through the church's housing ministry.

Faith's pastor, the Rev. Craig Garriott, was cited recently by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke and the Maryland House of Delegates for the congregation's efforts on behalf of Pen Lucy residents.

The new school, which has openings in September's kindergarten class and financial aid available, plans to add a grade each year until it reaches its goal of providing instruction through the fifth grade. The first year's kindergarten will be taught by Cindy Beck, who has a master's degree in education with a specialization in reading and 10 years of teaching experience.

The Faith Christian School board is headed by Dr. Douglas MacIver, a scientist with the Center for Research on Effective Schooling for Disadvantaged Students at the Johns Hopkins University. Other board members include teachers, business men and women, a laborer and a physician.

Information: 435-8222.

Commemoration, protest

The Homewood Friends Meeting and the American Friends Service Committee are among the sponsors of a program tomorrow evening marking the 48th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

Authors Dennis and Denise Nelson will discuss their opposition to nuclear testing. The program begins at 7:45 p.m. at the Homewood meeting house, 3107 N. Charles St.

A group of Quakers and other peace activists, organized as the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, has arranged a program on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing since 1985.

The group does not agree with the assessment by historians who say President Harry S. Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb hastened the end of World War II and saved many lives. In their announcement of tomorrow's commemoration, the committee said the bomb was dropped on "an already defeated Japan" and was the start of "the largest, deadliest and most expensive arms race in history."

& Information: 323-7200.

One church, two views

The local Concerned Episcopalians group has asked the Standing Committees of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and every other diocese of the denomination in the United States to oppose the installation of the Rev. James L. Jelinek as bishop of Minnesota.

The reason, said Benjamin F. Lucas II, chairman of the Foundation of Concerned Episcopalians, is that "Father Jelinek XTC has declared his intent to ordain practicing homosexuals and to permit the blessing of same-sex unions."

To members of the Standing Committee -- the highest advisory and policy-making board of the Maryland diocese -- Mr. Lucas wrote, "On Oct. 27, 1992, our own Bishop [A. Theodore] Eastman issued a clearly stated prohibition on the blessing of same-gender covenants. We pray that you . . . will follow his inspiration and guidance."

Father Jelinek's election as bishop of Minnesota requires the consent of a majority of the Episcopal Church's diocesan standing committees.

Among the supporters of Father Jelinek is Integrity Inc., the lesbian and gay justice ministry of the Episcopal Church, and its 50-member local affiliate, Integrity Baltimore, which meets at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cathedral and Read streets.

Integrity Baltimore, referring to "negative pressure" against homosexual Episcopalians, said three members were afraid to write openly for its newsletter because "one is not 'out' to her parents; one is a straight high official in the church and felt it impolitic to be quoted here; another would lose his job if it were known he is gay."

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