Meeting focuses on black churches' role in inner cities

RELIGION NOTES

April 21, 1994|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

Fifteen Marylanders, including representatives of four Baltimore churches, are participating this week in a Harvard Divinity School conference on the role of black congregations in the economic improvement of the nation's inner cities.

Among speakers at the conference, which began last night in Cambridge, Mass., and will conclude Saturday, is Stanley W. Tucker, director of the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority.

As part of a discussion today on ways that black church corporations can gain access to investment capital, Mr. Tucker will describe the Maryland agency's efforts to develop a $40 million pool to aid minority and disadvantaged businesses.

"For every dollar we put in, we can attract three to four dollars from the government," Mr. Tucker told the Maryland General Assembly recently.

The Harvard project, "The Black Church's Economic Responsibility for a New Urban Agenda," is intended to inform the clergy on issues of economic and community development, and assist them in their inner-city ministries.

Churches represented at the conference include New Christian Memorial, 3525 Caton Ave. in West Baltimore; Old Landmark Baptist, 814 N. Broadway, and Harambee/Knox Presbyterian, 1300 N. Eden St., both in East Baltimore; and Good Shepherd Baptist, 3459 Park Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

Henry G. Cisneros, secretary of housing and urban development, will speak this afternoon. The conference is sponsored by the Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of Values in Public Life and the Progressive National Baptist Convention in collaboration with the National Council of Churches.

Women's faith

"Women, Why Do We Weep?" is the title of a multimedia presentation by Sister Francis Bernard O'Connor scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Mercy High School, 1300 E. Northern Parkway.

Sister Francis, a feminist author and guest scholar of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss global implications of the women's movement in the Roman Catholic Church.

The free, public program is sponsored by the Mount St. Agnes Theological Center for Women. Information: 466-6039 or 433-8880.

Baptist preaching

Among visiting preachers and congregations for the 7:30 p.m. services this week at Koinonia Baptist Church, 2522 Greenmount Ave., are the Rev. Donald Bates and Mount Hope Baptist Church this evening, and the Rev. Aggie Brown and Dalton Baptist Church tomorrow.

The programs are part of a celebration of the pastorate of the Rev. Douglas I. Miles Sr. at Koinonia, which calls itself "A Church Moving Beyond the Walls." Information: 235-4697.

Spiritual renewal

The Rev. Timothy B. Brown, S.J., co-director of the Center for Values and Service and assistant professor of law and social responsibility at Loyola College, will speak there Sunday during an annual program for alumni on the theme "The Active Life: Spirituality in Action."

Father Brown's address will follow a 9:30 a.m. Mass in the college chapel and a 10:30 a.m. breakfast. Information and registration: 617-2475.

Prayer and Violence

Earline Shoemake of La Mesa, Calif., who has been lecturing across the United States and Canada on "Disarming Violence through Prayer," will speak at 11 a.m. April 30 at Baltimore's Rotunda movie theater, 711 W. 40th St. The free, public program is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist.

Child care will be provided. Information: 366-2851.

Swedish theologian

The Rev. Krister Stendahl, the Andrew W. Mellon professor emeritus of divinity at Harvard University and bishop emeritus of the Church of Sweden in Stockholm, will speak on "In the Eyes of God, We are All Minorities" at noon Wednesday in the Garrett Room of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the North Baltimore campus of the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St.

Bishop Stendahl's free, public address, which will draw on his extensive writings on the biblical roles of Jews and women, is sponsored by the Hopkins Office of Special Events. Information: 516-7157.

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