Eight Protestant churches and a Roman Catholic monastery have agreed to be scattered "campuses" for classes and retreats administered by a new ecumenical educational agency in the Baltimore area, the McKendree School of Religion.
Its offices are at Arlington United Methodist Church, 5268 Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore.
Other United Methodist churches where a trimester of classes will be taught in September, October and November are Union Memorial and Lovely Lane. Two Episcopal congregations are participating -- Trinity in Towson and the Cathedral of the Incarnation.
Additional locations of classes that will include biblical studies, church history, religious art and theology are Dundalk Church of the Brethren, Dickeyville Presbyterian Church and First Christian Church.
The Carmelite Monastery near Towson will be the site of two one-day retreats titled "Spiritual Reflection."
Ministers of various denominations and religious traditions who serve on McKendree's faculty include the Rev. N. Ellsworth Bunce, the Rev. David Cammack, the Rev. Kingsley Smith, the Rev. Henry Ernst, the Rev. Robert Fringo, the Rev. Edwin Schell, the Rev. John Mote, the Rev. Lovell Parham, the Rev. Howard Norton and the Rev. John Preston Carter.
Mr. Bunce, vice president of the school, described its purpose as "making the Christian Gospel relevant and effective," and doing so with a curriculum that is affordable for people with limited means.
He said the school is certified by the state to award a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies, but also conducts noncredit classes, lectures and seminars.
For further information about course subjects, times, locations and fees: 235-9804 or 542-5546.
Congregations of House of Prayer Church of God and Apostolic Faith Church of God will celebrate 52 years of annual baptismal services at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trueman's Point Landing on the banks of the Patuxent River in Prince George's County. The public is invited to what the sponsors say will be a Baptismal Crusade.
The location is reached by driving south on U.S. 301 to Route 381, left to Eagle Harbor Road, left to Trueman Point Road and left again to the Patuxent River.
For further information: Bishop Leon L. Harper, (301) 627-3349, or Bishop Francis S. Myles, (301) 627-2294.
Lutheran Braille Workers, which produces Braille and large-print books and pamphlets for the blind and vision-impaired, attempts to answer the question, "Is there a heaven?" in its newest publication.
For a free copy of the large-print pamphlet titled "Heaven," send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope to Information Center No. 61, 5 St. James Court, Easton, Md. 21601-6261.
The nonprofit Lutheran organization is seeking volunteer proofreaders and computer operators. Information: (410) 820-5631.
The Morgan State University Choir, directed by Nathan Carter, will present a concert of traditional and contemporary hymns, spirituals and gospel music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Murphy Fine Arts Center on the Morgan campus in Northeast Baltimore.
The guest conductor for this concert in the "Summer Glory" series is gospel composer Margaret Douroux. A featured soloist will be Mike Cook, former lead singer of the gospel group, "Mighty Clouds of Joy."
Gospel singers are invited to participate in a workshop led by Ms. Douroux from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Murphy center, and to perform under her direction during the second half of the evening concert.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Upward Way bookstores.
Information: Jo Carol Sachs at 319-3286.
The Rev. George A. Loose, who was pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in 1957 when its building was dedicated at 929 Ingleside Ave. in Catonsville, will be the guest preacher there at the 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Aug. 21.
Mr. Loose, a Florida resident who will visit the church during his vacation, was also Emmanuel's pastor when the congregation began broadcasting its 11 a.m. Sunday services live on WBAL-AM radio. The program is in its 30th year.