Effort launched to link city, surrounding...

Religion Notes

March 07, 1997

Effort launched to link city, surrounding counties

Interfaith Action for Racial Justice, founded in 1979 as Baltimore Clergy and Laity Concerned, is organizing an effort to build community between Baltimore and its surrounding counties. The group is calling for cooperation across class and racial lines in dealing with economic and social problems.

A kick-off to "Call to Community" has been planned for 7: 30 p.m. March 18 at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, in LeClerc Auditorium, 4701 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Kweisi Mfume, head of the NAACP, has been invited as the main speaker. The group hopes to set up small dialogue groups to discuss how city residents and those in surrounding counties can see themselves as belonging to one metropolitan community. Such study groups are operating effectively in communities around the country where residents are trying to bridge racial divisions, according to John Springer, executive director of the religious group.

Sponsors of "Call to Community" include Anne Arundel Peace Action, Anne Arundel Community College, Glen Burnie United Methodist Church and Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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