Baltimore plays host to Baptist conventions

RELIGION NOTES

May 19, 1994|By Reported by Frank P. L. Somerville

As one convention of Maryland Baptists concludes this week in Baltimore, another -- representing a different association of Baptist congregations -- prepares to begin.

The 68th annual session of the United Baptist Missionary Convention and Auxiliaries, which elected the Rev. John L. Wright its president Tuesday night, will hold its closing religious service tomorrow evening at Concord Baptist Church, 5204 Liberty Heights Ave.

The Rev. Nathaniel Higgs, pastor of East Baltimore's Southern Baptist Church, who is ending his term as head of the organization, will preside.

Mr. Wright is stepping down soon as state president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a post he has held for seven years. He is pastor of First Baptist Church of Guilford in Howard County.

The United Baptist group, which opened its annual convention at the Concord church Tuesday morning, will gather tonight at Martin's West in Woodlawn for the President's Appreciation Banquet. Information: 367-1117.

Meanwhile, officials of another association of congregations and their ministers, the Maryland Baptist Convention, are preparing for its 66th annual session, to begin at 7 p.m. Monday at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 922 E. Preston St.

The Rev. William Brown is the host pastor.

The opening event of this five-day meeting is a concert by the Convention Choir under the direction of Bernice Waker.

Scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday is the Introductory Sermon by the Rev. H. Walden Wilson II, pastor of Israel Baptist Church.

Other preachers Tuesday will include the Rev. Lester James, director of the Traditional Values Coalition, who will discuss religion's role in government, and the Rev. Andrew Ferges, pastor of Shepherd Community Baptist Church.

Wednesday evening, the Rev. Melvin B. Tuggle, president of the Maryland Baptist Convention, will be the main speaker.

Other convention preachers will include the Rev. James Garrett, associate pastor of Bibleway Baptist Church; the Rev. Nathaniel Womack, Bibleway's pastor; the Rev. A. B. Waters, pastor of New Zion Baptist Church, and the Rev. James "Tex" Thomas, pastor of Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn.

May 26 is set aside for activities of the convention's Women's Auxiliary.

A youth program at 7 p.m. May 27, which will include an address by the Rev. James Butler of New Revelation, is the concluding event of the convention. Information: 243-3204.

Jewish history:

Rabbi Joshua Eli Plaut, a photo-ethnographer who has studied and documented Jewish communities in locations as diverse as Greece, China, New Zealand and the American South, will speak at the 34th annual meeting of the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland at 1 p.m. Sunday.

His subject is "The Jews of Central Asia Today: Jewish Renewal and Exodus."

The meeting will be held at the Lloyd Street Synagogue, 11 Lloyd St. The society's officers and directors for the 1994-1995 term will be elected.

Rabbi Plaut's lecture was planned in conjunction with the current exhibit at the Lloyd Street Synagogue Gallery, titled "Farewell Samarkand: The Exodus of Jews from Central Asia."

Information: 732-6400.

Women in ministry:

"The Stained Glass Ceiling," a conference for women in church work, will be held Tuesday through next Thursday at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville.

Among the speakers will be the Rev. William Mockus of the Bon Secours staff, and Kathleen Tallent, who recently completed a study of the use of women pastoral associates in the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Baltimore.

& Information: 442-1320.

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