Activist to speak at fund-raiser for ministry


June 09, 1994|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

In Thursday's Religion Notes, the Rev. Joel Nafuma was incorrectly identified. He is vicar of the Church of the Holy Covenant.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Tony Campolo, Philadelphia sociologist, author and urban activist, will be the featured speaker at a religious celebration Tuesday evening at the Timonium Fairgrounds, sponsored by The Door, a Christian ministry in East Baltimore.

The Door, at 219 N. Chester St., was founded by the Rev. Joseph C. Ehrmann Jr., a former NFL Baltimore Colts defensive linebacker.


Mr. Ehrmann said Tuesday's program, called Partnerships for the Kingdom, is The Door's annual fund-raising event. It will begin with a bull roast at 6:30 p.m. and will include entertainment by Crowns of Glory, a Gospel music group, and saxophonist Ernest Randolph. The Door's teen dance groups also will perform.

Dr. Campolo, the author of 23 books, is founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, a volunteer organization attempting to address social, economic and spiritual needs of people in urban America and Third World countries.

Formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Campolo is a professor of sociology and urban studies at Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa.

Mr. Ehrmann said Dr. Campolo's "direct experience with Philadelphia's poorest people" qualifies him to comment on The Door's efforts to draw on "the great potential which exists when faith-based people come together to provide effective solutions for Baltimore's urban poor."

"There is great hope when people lay aside their own agendas and work for our common good," Mr. Ehrmann said.

Admission to Tuesday's celebration is free, but advance registration is required. Information: 675-3288.

Franciscan anniversary:

The Franciscan Center in the 2200 block of Maryland Ave., which has ministered to the needy for 25 years, will mark its anniversary Sunday.

The celebration will begin with an ecumenical prayer service at 2:20 p.m. at SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, Charles and 29th streets. A reception will follow at Francis House, 2226 Maryland Ave. Information: 467-5340.


The Rev. Sidney Daniels, retiring after 35 years as pastor of Baltimore's Emmanuel Christian Community Church, 1210 W. Lanvale St., will be honored at a testimonial dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday at Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Ave.

Mr. Daniels has served as president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and of the United Council of Community Churches of Maryland.

He was one of the founders of BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development) and was the first black chaplain of the Baltimore Fire Department.

Information and reservations: 669-9375.


The Rev. Geoffrey Moselane, the rector of a church in South Africa who was placed in solitary confinement in 1977 and in 1984 for his opposition to apartheid, will preach at a Eucharistic celebration at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway.

The "service in solidarity with the people of South Africa," commemorating the Soweto uprising, is sponsored by the Justice and Peace Committee, Racism and Racial Justice Task Force and Youth and Young Adult Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

The Rev. Joel Nafuma, vicar of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Baltimore, will be the celebrant of the Eucharist. Music will be provided by the Dobson Family Singers under the direction of William Sydnor Sr., minister of music at Shiloh Christian Community Church.

Information: 467-1399.

Adoption questions:

"Searching for Answers," a workshop for adult adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and birth siblings, will be conducted from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 16 by Jewish Family Services at 5750 Park Heights Ave.

The program will be led by Barbara Freedlander, an adoption specialist, and Myra Hettleman, director of Adoption Alliances, a nonsectarian program of Jewish Family Services. Information: 466-9200, Ext. 276.

Gospel music outdoors:

Gospel singer Bill Itzel will provide free entertainment at 6:30 p.m. June 25 on the lawn of Northside Baptist Church, 1100 E. Northern Parkway.

The public is invited to bring chairs and lawn games and to picnic. Information: 433-8854.

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