Interfaith congregations plan to sing a song of unity Nov. 12


November 03, 1995|By Frank P. L. Somerville

/TC Black and white Christian and Jewish congregations, their choirs and soloists will celebrate the Psalms of the Hebrew Bible in an unusual concert Nov. 12.

The program -- "The Songs That Unite Us" -- is scheduled at 4 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.

The Interfaith Action for Racial Justice organization, formerly known as Baltimore Clergy and Laity Concerned, is the sponsor of the event in which 24 churches and synagogues are taking part.

John C. Springer, spokesman for the group, said Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and three religious leaders -- Cardinal William H. Keeler of the Roman Catholic archdiocese, the Rev. Harold A. Carter of New Shiloh Baptist Church and Rabbi Joel Zaiman, president of the Baltimore Jewish Council -- are honorary chairmen.

First National Bank of Maryland has underwritten all expenses, Mr. Springer said.

Choir members from the Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Pikesville, New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia and St. Edward's Catholic Church in West Baltimore will be directed by Lorenzo Handy, guest conductor.

Other congregations that have choirs participating include Grace Presbyterian, Rising Sun First Baptist, St. James Episcopal, St. Michael's Lutheran and St. Peter Claver Catholic.

"This unusual concert of choirs," Mr. Springer said, "exemplifies the purpose of Congregations Pairing and Caring, to bring together people of diverse backgrounds in projects to benefit the entire community."

The pairing program, chief interfaith effort of the organization, coordinates the involvement of 23 Jewish, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Quaker and Church of the Brethren congregations in the Baltimore area.

A featured performer Nov. 12 will be Cantor Faith Gurney of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Musical traditions from the Baroque to contemporary will be represented by the vocalists and their selections.

Ticket information: 889-8333.

Visit by Korean bishop:

The public is invited to meet the Korean pastor of the largest Methodist congregation in the world at a 6 p.m. program tomorrow at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

Tomorrow's appearance by Bishop Sundo Kim, senior pastor of the 85,000-member Kwang Lim Methodist Church in Seoul, begins a two-day celebration of Bethel's 210th anniversary. The Rev. Frank M. Reid III, Bethel's pastor, said Sunday's services are at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., when Baltimore's Korean community will take part in an ecumenical observance.

Both Bishop Kim and Bishop Frederick C. James of the AME denomination will join Dr. Reid in the celebrations Sunday.

Information: 523-4273.

Celebrating 145 years:

West Baltimore's Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church at Druid Hill Avenue and Mosher Street is marking its 145th anniversary with a week of events beginning with a concert by four Gospel choirs at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bentalou Elementary School, 220 N. Bentalou St.

Revival services at the church at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, during which Catholic and Baptist clergy will preach, will include Gospel music.

Information: 523-0809.

Federal Hill tour:

A leisurely, two-hour walking tour of historic Federal Hill, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday in front of Light Street Presbyterian Church, 809 Light St., will benefit the church, which has been in the neighborhood 140 years.

John Ginovsky, a 12-year resident of Federal Hill, will lead the walk. The cost is $10.

Information: 539-0125.


"Jewish Symbols in the Synagogue, Christian Symbols in the Church" is the subject of a free program at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave.

The speakers are the Rev. Robert E. Albright, director of the Division of Ministry to Higher Education of the Catholic archdiocese, and Steven Fine, assistant professor of Rabbinic literature at the Hebrew university.

Information: 466-9200, Ext. 381.

Dreyfuss speaking:

More than 700 donors of $1,000 or more to the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore are expected at a reception Monday evening at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville, where actor Richard Dreyfuss is the featured speaker. The goal of the Associated's 1996 campaign is $24 million.

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