Seminar to focus on preservation of landmarks


January 27, 1994|By Reported by Frank P. L. Somerville

When populations shift and old neighborhoods change, historic or architecturally important churches and synagogues are often threatened by declines in membership and lagging financial support.

Such landmarks have lots of admirers. The challenge is to find ways to make them viable houses of worship or otherwise raise sufficient money to protect and maintain their marble floors, stained glass, statuary, lofty arches and vaulted ceilings. Sometimes, nonreligious uses are the solution.

The fourth and final seminar in a series organized by two local nonprofit preservation groups -- Baltimore Heritage and the Baltimore County Historical Trust -- will bring together experts Feb. 5 to discuss financial, aesthetic and structural aspects of the problem.

Open to anyone interested, the seminar is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to noon at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 200 Ingleside Ave. in Catonsville.

Among the speakers and discussion leaders will be Roger Katzenberg of the Baltimore architectural firm Kann & Associates; Bob Jaeger, founder and co-director of Partners for Sacred Places; Michael F. Trostel, an award-winning architect whose many restoration projects range from Easton's Third Haven Friends Meeting House to Old St. Paul's Rectory in downtown Baltimore; and Doug Himes of the Philip B. Secor & Associates firm in Allentown, Pa.

Dr. Himes, whose expertise is in church management and fund raising, is involved in a major restoration project at Baltimore's Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul St.

For further information and to register for the seminar, call Tim Bishop at 343-2358.

Unitarian history

A six-week series of Tuesday evening classes on the history of the Unitarian religious movement began this week and will continue through March 8 at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road in Lutherville.

The Rev. Matthew McDonald McNaught, the church's minister, is conducting the classes, which begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m. A brief history of Universalism is part of the course.

A $5 fee will cover the cost of materials for the classes. The public is invited. Information and registration: 825-6045.

Dead Sea Scrolls:

Rabbi Richard Margolis will give a public lecture, "A New Look At The Dead Sea Scrolls: What Is All The Controversy About?" at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Beth Israel Congregation Hebrew School, 9411 Liberty Road in Randallstown.

The program is one of a series co-sponsored by Baltimore Hebrew University and CHAI-Randallstown.

Another of the Beth Israel lectures will be given by Arthur Lesley Feb. 7 on "Chassidic Tales."

Admission to each lecture is $2. Information: 521-1811.

Lutheran values

Responding to what the sponsors see as a public yearning for clear moral direction and a return to traditional religious norms, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 929 Ingleside Ave. in Catonsville, has scheduled a series of sermons on the Ten Commandments beginning at the 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Sunday.

To be preached by the Rev. Robert Mordhorst, pastor of the church, and the Rev. Thomas Krepps, assistant pastor, the sermons are "There Is No God But One," "His Name Is Life," "How Good, Lord, To Be Here," "God-given Authority," "The Value Of A Life" and "Love and Sex."

These subjects will be addressed on successive Sundays and at the noon and 7:30 p.m. services on Feb. 16, Ash Wednesday.

The public is invited. Information: 744-0016.

Interfaith couples:

A Jewish social worker and a rabbi will provide interfaith couples with answers to questions about religious practices, symbols, holidays and the religious instruction of children in a series of six evening workshops planned by Jewish Family Services, the Baltimore Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Howard County.

Advance registration is required for the series, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

For information about fees and the locations of the 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. programs, call Beth Land Hecht, the project coordinator, at 466-9200, Ext. 381.

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