Religion Notes


October 04, 2002

Groundbreaking to be held tomorrow at interfaith center

The Rev. Margaret Odell will celebrate her 90th birthday by participating in groundbreaking ceremonies at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow for a $1.4 million renovation and addition to Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia.

As the first part-time minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC), Odell was an advocate for the building's construction 20 years ago. (The building was first occupied in October 1984.) She is an active member of the congregation as its minister emerita.

The interfaith center, jointly built and owned by UUCC and Christ United Methodist Church, also houses seven other congregations.

The $1.4 million project, scheduled to be completed in the spring, will include a renovated lobby, additional restrooms and offices, new classrooms, an elevator for the disabled and a new entrance with a tinted-glass wall facing the recently renovated Owen Brown Village Center.

Jewish congregation's art auction is tomorrow

Columbia Jewish Congregation is sponsoring an art auction at 7:45 p.m. tomorrow at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Marlin Galleries will provide art in a variety of media and price ranges. A donation of $10 includes opportunities to win door prizes, raffle prizes, as well as wine and cheese, cookies and coffee. Proceeds will help support the congregation's youth programs.

A preview will be held at 7 p.m.

Columbia Jewish Congregation is affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Columbia Lutheran church installs a new pastor

The Rev. Andrea Wiegand was formally installed Sunday as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Living Word in Columbia. The church meets in Oakland Mills Interfaith Center.

Wiegand spent three years as associate pastor for youth and family ministry at First Lutheran Church in Ellicott City. She began her service at First Lutheran after graduating from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C.

Wiegand is the fifth pastor in the congregation's 30-year history.

Organ dedication concert Sunday at St. James church

St. James United Methodist Church, 12470 Route 99, West Friendship, will present an organ dedication concert with Richard van Auken of Philadelphia at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The church, which is wheelchair-accessible, is seeking vendors by Oct. 31 for its Country Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9.

Information: 410-442-2020.

Beth Shalom sponsoring discussion on faith, science

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will sponsor a discussion - "Darwin and Genesis: Are Faith and Science Incompatible?" - as part of the Shabbat service that begins at 8 p.m. today.

Dr. Eric Seifter, vice president of the Maryland Geologic Society, will discuss evolutionary theory and the story of creation in Genesis, and will engage in a dialogue with Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom about the boundaries of science and faith.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Information: 410-531-5115.

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