Church program to discuss black men and police


June 02, 1994|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

"Up Against the Wall!" is the title of a church-sponsored program set for Saturday morning at the Cross Keys Inn, 5100 Falls Road in Baltimore, and intended to "explore the tense relationship between black men and the police."

Advance registration is required for the 9:30 a.m. breakfast and panel discussion, said the Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, pastor of the sponsoring church, Waters African Methodist Episcopal, at 417 Aisquith St. in East Baltimore.

He said panelists will include Charles J. Ware, a Columbia lawyer who has represented several people who have charged that they were victims of police brutality.

Mr. Braxton said the Baltimore Police Department will be represented on the panel.

7+ Information and registration: 675-2640.

Resident life director:

Robert C. Bingham, who has a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Cromwell Theological Seminary near Boston and a doctorate in divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, has been appointed director of resident life at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville.

Ecumenical goal:

Two Baltimoreans, U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and Alexander Rondos, director of an international Eastern Orthodox humanitarian agency based in Baltimore, are on the 54-member committee attempting to raise $10 million for the Iakovos Endowment for Faith and Order.

Income from the endowment will be used in equal proportions to support ecumenical activities of the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

The chairman of the endowment committee, named to honor Archbishop Iakovos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, is United Methodist Bishop James K. Mathews of Washington, formerly head of the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Church.

Three former U.S. presidents, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, are honorary co-chairs of the endowment committee.

Funds for care:

A luau featuring Hawaiian music and food will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ, 1063 W. Fayette St., to raise funds for the Community Care Center which the West Baltimore church plans to build nearby.

Admission will be by a $30 donation to the project. Information: 727-5515.

Generations together:

Members who are 50 or older and teen-age members of Chizuk Amuno Congregation are conducting a food drive at the synagogue, 8100 Stevenson Road in Pikesville, for the Maryland Food Bank.

Friends and neighbors of Chizuk Amuno are asked to bring nonperishable foods there between 9 a.m. and noon on June 12. The contributions will be turned over to the food bank June 13.

& Information: 486-6400.

Overseas relief:

The Rev. Thomas Crotty, a priest of the Servite religious order representing the Food for the Poor humanitarian agency, will speak at all Masses and services Saturday and Sunday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 10003 Bird River Road, Middle River.

& Information: 686-3085.

Free celebration:

The public is invited to a free party from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring live music and a light buffet, to celebrate the recent elections in South Africa.

The celebration will be held at the Cafe Metropol, 1713 N. Charles St. Information: 323-7200.

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