Ministers, surgeon general to discuss violence


October 14, 1994|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

"Violence -- what are we going to do about it?" That is the subject of a national, broadly sponsored "electronic town meeting" set for Wednesday evening.

Among the participants are the Rev. Bernard Keels, a United Methodist Church official and radio personality in Baltimore, who will explore problems and solutions through television hookups with Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, the U.S. surgeon general; the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, and Elizabeth Thoman, director of the Center for Media Literacy.

In addition to the center and the national council, sponsors include the United Methodist Church, National Association of Secondary Principals, International Association of Women Police, National Association for Family and Community Education and National Alliance for Non-Violent Programming.

To be discussed during the two-hour program is "the impact of the media" -- defined as TV, radio, news reporting, movies, video music and games, advertising and even T-shirts -- in creating a violent American society.

Mr. Keels, a district superintendent of the Baltimore and Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, has been a commentator on WIYY-FM's "Taking It To The Streets" and WBAL-AM's "Black Journey."

The public may participate at the Methodist conference offices, 5124 Greenwich Ave., Catonsville, between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 233-7300.

History at Emmanuel:

Baltimore's Emmanuel Episcopal Church, at Cathedral and Read streets, will celebrate its 140th anniversary at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with a festival service and a musical program that includes a tribute to the late Rev. Hugh Birckhead.

The Rev. R. Douglas Pitt will preach.

Dr. Birckhead, one of the 10 predecessors of the present rector, the Rev. Thomas L. Culbertson, served Emmanuel from 1912 to 1929.

The music on Sunday will recall the longtime service of the late Frederick Erickson, distinguished organist and choirmaster. The Right Rev. Noble C. Powell, late Emmanuel rector and bishop of Maryland, once said of Mr. Erickson that he "opened the door of our hearts and brought into them a new sense of the beauty and glory of life."

& Information: 685-1120.

Author speaks:

Thomas Keneally, author of "Schindler's List," the book on which the Oscar-winning film was based, will talk about his writing at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, 4300 Bedford Road.

The program is co-sponsored by the Office of Adult Education of the Baltimore County public schools and the Baltimore Jewish Council.

7+ Information and registration: 887-4064.

Preaching mission:

The Rev. Namon Perkins, a minister from South Carolina, will be the guest preacher for a series of 7 p.m. services Sunday through Wednesday at Bishop Cummins Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church, 2001 Frederick Road in Catonsville.

& Information: 744-3383.


The Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach will speak at 11 a.m. and the Rev. James Parsons will speak at 3 p.m. during the annual Homecoming Services Sunday at Elderslie-St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Pimlico and Ken Oak roads. Music for the 3 p.m. service will be provided by the University of Maryland Gospel Ensemble.

& Information: 664-3392.

Worldwide prayer:

Ernestine Petty will discuss her volunteer ministry to women in prison during the "World Community Day" observance by the Baltimore area chapter of Church Women United tomorrow, beginning at 1 p.m., at Heritage United Church of Christ, 3106 Liberty Heights Ave.

The ecumenical organization unites Protestant, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic women in a variety of local charitable programs.

For more information and to register, call the group's president, Kay Turner, at 825-9384.

In cathedral garden:

The Fall Flower Festival of the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Charles Street and University Parkway. Information: 467-1399.

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