College to present film, discussion about Hindu, Muslim...

Carroll Digest

April 07, 2002

College to present film, discussion about Hindu, Muslim conflict

A film/discussion session highlighting the continuing clash between Hindus and Muslims in India will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Decker Auditorium in Lewis Hall of Science at Western Maryland College.

The program features In the Name of God, a documentary by outspoken social critic and filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, followed by a presentation by Nachiketa Tiwari of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America.

After the film and the rebuttal by VHP, Greg Alles, an associate professor of religious studies who has done extensive research on the religions of India, will lead a general discussion.

The film, Alles said, focuses on the campaign allegedly being waged by the VHP that led to the destruction of a Muslim mosque in northern India in 1992. According to Hindus, the mosque had occupied the site of the birth of Rama, an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.

More than 1,400 Indians, mostly Muslims, were killed. In January last year, the VHP called upon the government to allow a temple to be built at that site of Rama's birth. Construction was set to begin last month, but violence broke out again over the same ground and more than 500 people, again mostly Muslims, were slain.

Information: 410-857-2460.

Vigil, ceremony highlight Rape Awareness Month

In recognition of April as Rape Awareness Month, the Western Maryland College Social Work Club will sponsor "Coming Together: Taking a Stand" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Baker Memorial Chapel.

The program includes a candlelight vigil and a "stone throwing" healing ceremony or liberation ritual. Those who attend may select a rock to throw into a large metal can, said senior Hannah Sayre of Westminster, one of the student coordinators.

"It's an extremely moving program," Sayre said. "The rock ceremony is especially touching. Some place their rock in the barrel, while others really use that rock to show their hurt and anger."

The ceremony, she noted, joins everyone in the audience, showing that everyone is affected in some way by sexual abuse. Speakers include three survivors of sexual abuse and a staff member of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

The program also will include a performance by the WMC Gospel Choir and a solo by senior Stephanie Knight of Glen Burnie.

The program is part of the students' annual sponsorship of Rape Awareness Month activities in Carroll County. WMC social work students began sponsoring the activities six years ago when it was learned Carroll County did not have an official program.

The free program is co-sponsored by the Social Work Department and the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Future of region is topic at Vision 2030 meetings

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board will hold two public meetings in Carroll County to discuss Vision 2030, a blueprint for the future of the region.

Vision 2030 was commissioned by the mayors of Annapolis and Baltimore, and elected officials from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

The final report, gathered from discussions with and ideas from citizens, will spell out what needs to happen in future years and how government, businesses and citizens can work together.

The Carroll Vision 2030 meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road; and May 1 at Sykesville Middle School, 7301 Springfield Ave. Registration will start at 6:30 p.m.

Participants will be asked to state their preferences for future development approaches through the use of 3-D imagery and models, and will break into small groups for brainstorming exercises to discuss topics that affect the lives of residents and employees.

Information: 410-386-2973.

Bon Secours Spiritual Center to offer three retreats

Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville will offer three retreats this month:

"Characters of God" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and costs $45. Reservations are required by Friday. The spiritual themes of such people as Mother Teresa, Henri Nouwen, Abraham Heschel, Thomas Merton and Anthony deMello will be discussed.

"Women of the Passion and Resurrection" will be held from 5 p.m. April 19 to 1 p.m. April 21. The cost is $150 for commuters and $175 for those staying over, and must be paid by April 18. This retreat looks at the lives of the women in Jesus' life.

"Sacred Windings: Using the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 20. The cost is $45 and must be paid by April 19. The retreat will show participants how to use the labyrinth with prayer and reflection.

The center is at 1525 Marriottsville Road.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Free housing conference to be held April 19

The fourth annual Housing Conference in Carroll County will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 at Best Western Conference Center in Westminster.

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