Multiethnic service set as response to racial tension

RELIGION NOTES

October 21, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

A colorful variety of nationalities and cultures will be represented in the music, prayers and dress of a multiethnic religious service Sunday evening at South Broadway Baptist Church. The public is invited.

The service is the first event planned by a group of clergy, neighborhood leaders and residents brought together by the South East Community Organization (SECO) "to develop positive responses to ethnic and racial tensions in Southeast Baltimore."

The new group, calling itself Rejoicing in Community Harmony (RICH), said in its announcement of the 6 p.m. service, "Our intent is to bring out the positive aspects of these cultures, bring people together and break down barriers."

Light refreshments will follow the service. The church is at 211 S. Broadway. Information: 327-1626.

For American Indians:

The first of what are to be annual fund-raising dinners in Maryland for Navajo Missions, a nondenominational organization in Farmington, N.M., will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in Timonium. For details and to register, call Diana Bobbie at 529-0278.

Against hunger:

About 100 churches and religious organizations are expected to participate Saturday in the annual Walk Against Hunger in Africa sponsored by Baltimore Clergy and Laity Concerned.

Contributions are being solicited by the walkers to send grain to relief centers in Mozambique and other countries, where people are severely affected by a famine caused by the worst drought in a century in parts of Southern Africa.

Money raised will also provide hand pumps to supply water, high-energy food supplements for more than 1 million children threatened with starvation, and hoes and shovels for small-plot gardening in 17 African nations, the sponsors announced.

The aid will be distributed through Africare, Catholic Relief Services, Church World Service and UNICEF, said John C. Springer, director of Baltimore CALC.

Volunteers are needed to assist with registration and other clerical duties, security and phone banks in connection with the walk, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St. Information: 962-8333.

Donations may be mailed to Baltimore CALC, 10 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore 21202.

Jewish art:

Tom Freudenheim, assistant secretary for the arts and humanities at Washington's Smithsonian Institution and former director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, has been elected president of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture in New York.

Founded in 1960, the organization supports and promotes Jewish artists, scholars and cultural institutions.

"Jews who support their local cultural amenities should also be supporting Jewish cultural institutions," Mr. Freudenheim said. "I hope that my working comfortably in both arenas -- for the Smithsonian professionally and for the foundation as a volunteer -- serves to articulate the compatibility between general and Jewish culture."

Baptist homecoming:

Fountain Baptist Church at 1215 E. Monument St. is where a number of other Baltimore congregations were started, including Concord Baptist, Southern Baptist and Ray of Hope.

On Sunday, the originating church will hold its annual homecoming, beginning with a 10 a.m. worship service, continuing with a fellowship meal and concluding with a concert at 3 p.m., featuring combined church choirs under the direction of Fernando Allen. "Anchored in the Lord" is the theme for the day. The public is welcome. Information: 675-1372.

Rededication:

The Rev. DePriest W. Whye Sr., pastor of West Baltimore's John Wesley United Methodist Church at 3202 W. North Ave., will preach at the first of two services of rededication and renewal Sunday at 11 a.m., celebrating the 180th anniversary of the church's founding.

Speaking at a second service at 3:30 p.m. will be the Rev. Sylvester Gaines of Randall Memorial United Methodist Church in New Carrollton. Information: 383-1525.

Wycliffe dinner:

Wycliffe Associates, a group that supports the missionary nTC activities of Wycliffe Bible Translators around the world, will hold a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Towson Quality Inn. Information: 321-0501.

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