Interfaith panel to address problems in city

March 12, 2001|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will join an interfaith panel of religious leaders as they address "Faith in the Future: The Religious Community's Role in Reshaping Baltimore," at the 41st annual Interfaith Institute of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

The institute, which is sponsored by the congregation's Sisterhood, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at the synagogue, 7401 Park Heights Ave., Upper Park Heights.

O'Malley is including religious leaders as partners in his effort to reduce city violence. Last month, he announced an effort called Baltimore Rising that will earmark $1 million annually in nonprofit and public funds to churches that initially will work with 300 youths most likely to kill or be killed.

O'Malley will speak about the religious community's role in addressing the city's problems. A panel of four will respond to his remarks: Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, director of education for the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills; Sister Charmaine Krohe of St. Ambrose Family Center; the Rev. Kevin Rogers of the New Christian Fellowship; and the Rev. John R. "Jack" Sharp, pastor of Govans Presbyterian Church and president of the Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. The panel will be moderated by Rabbi Rex D. Perlmeter of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

During lunch, participants will gather in groups to talk about social concerns in the city and the response of the religious community. The registration fee is $6.. Information: 410-764-1587, Ext. 270.

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