Clergy, physicians to discuss ethics, care


January 06, 1995|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

"Medical Ethics and Pastoral Care" will be discussed by a broad sample of Baltimore-area clergy, physicians and other health-care professionals in a public program beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Union Memorial Hospital.

The seminar, scheduled to conclude at 3:30 p.m. at the hospital, University Parkway and Calvert Street, is co-sponsored by the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council and the McKendree School, an interfaith college of religion in Baltimore.

The Rev. Clyde Shallenberger, who was chaplain of Johns Hopkins Hospital for many years before his recent retirement, will preside at the opening session on "The Patient's Best Interest."

"The Physician's Dilemma: Determining the Ethical Decision" will be the subject of a panel discussion set for 10 a.m.

On the panel are Dr. Peter Terry, chairman of the Hopkins committee on medical ethics; the Rev. Carl H. Greenawald, chaplain at the University of Maryland Medical Center; and Cindy Rushton, a clinical nurse on the ethics committee at Hopkins Hospital.

Another of the sessions before lunch will be on legal issues and pastoral liability, conducted by Melanie K. Smith, legal counselor of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The subject of a discussion set for 1 p.m. is "Terminal Issues: A Physician and a Chaplain Respond to Assisted Suicide." Dr. Alex Haller, a Hopkins surgeon, and the Rev. Harry Shelley, an Episcopal priest and chaplain, will respond to questions raised by the controversial stands of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

At 2:15 p.m., Dr. William H. M. Finney, a retired Baltimore surgeon, will lead a session entitled "Applying Limited Medical Resources: the Problem of Costs and Priorities."

Interested clergy and laity are invited to attend the seminar. Registration costs $20. Free parking will be provided at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, and at nearby University Baptist and Wilson Memorial United Methodist churches on North Charles Street.

Information: 467-6194.

New chaplain

The Rev. Gregory Harrigle, recently on the staff of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Washington, has been appointed chaplain at Baltimore's Union Memorial Hospital.

The Charles Village resident will officiate at Masses and healing services at the hospital and be part of its medical, psychological and social intervention teams, Edward J. Kelly III, Union Memorial's president, announced.

Father Harrigle received a master's degree in divinity from Nashotah House in Nashotah, Wis.

Information: 554-2000.

Words and music

Noam Zion, biblical scholar and teacher from the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and Tom Hall, director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, will lead a "musical conversation" about the Hebrews' King David and the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place.

The presentation is called "Scripture and Song: David & Mozart, Saul and Salieri."

David and Mozart are described in the program as "two intriguing, influential and musically gifted men who astounded their contemporaries, respectively transforming Israel and revolutionizing music."

The full chorus of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society will perform excerpts from Mozart's works, including parts of the "Requiem" and "The Marriage of Figaro," and music by the composer Antonio Salieri.

Admission is $7. Information: 523-2691.

Christian unity

In observance of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which begins Jan. 18, churches in the Jacksonville area of Baltimore County are planning to celebrate a Communion service together.

The worship is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3911 Sweet Air Road.

Christians of all denominations are invited to participate. Information: 592-9300.


People whose ancestors lived in Ichenhausen or surrounding villages of Bavaria are invited to take part Sunday in the opening of an exhibition at the Jewish Historical Society about 400 years of Judaism in those Bavarian communities.

For details, call Emmy Mogilensky at 732-6400.

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