Trends and issues in Jewish life are seminar topics

RELIGION NOTES

October 21, 1994|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

Should women be accorded the same equality in the synagogue that they demand in other areas of American society?

What is the homosexual's place in Judaism?

Will the four branches of Jewish religious practice -- Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist -- ever agree on a common procedure for conversion?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave.

The occasion is a seminar on "Current Trends and Issues in American Jewish Religious Life," part of the university's continuing celebration of its 75th anniversary year.

Information: 578-6900.

Book of Greetings:

Baltimore Archbishop William H. Keeler met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican yesterday and presented him with the three-volume Book of Greetings with statements by Marylanders.

The greetings had been written in anticipation of what was to have been this weekend's papal visit.

The statements are not only from Roman Catholics but from followers of other faiths, including some who disagree with the pope on fundamental religious questions.

The Book of Greetings was to have been presented Sunday during the pope's scheduled visit here. His trip was canceled because of his health, but current plans are for a rescheduling of the same itinerary in New York, Newark, N.J., and Baltimore in November 1995.

Homecoming:

"God -- Our Refuge and Strength" is the theme for the sermons, music and worship of Homecoming Day beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday at Fountain Baptist Church, 1215 E. Monument St.

At 3:30 p.m., a choir of former and present members of the congregation will perform. Baltimore churches with their roots at Fountain include Concord Baptist, Southern Baptist and Ray of Hope.

The preacher for the 10 a.m. service will be the Rev. Herman A. Ford Sr.

& Information: 675-1372.

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