Religion Notes


January 24, 2003

St. Anne's to present lectures by bishop and college professor

St. Anne's Episcopal Church will offer a lecture and discussion on the growth of Christianity worldwide, featuring author and professor Philip Jenkins and Maryland Bishop Robert W. Ihloff.

The Winfee Smith Memorial Lecture will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the auditorium of the parish house, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis.

Jenkins is a professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of many books, including Hidden Gospels, Pedophiles and Priests and Mystics and Messiahs, and has made numerous appearances on radio and television.

Jenkins' lecture will focus on the topic of his most recent book, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, in which Jenkins describes the rapid growth of Christianity in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Ihloff, the 13th bishop of Maryland, will describe his experience of trends and implications for the Episcopal Church of the globalization of Christianity.

Reservations are required. The cost is $15. Information: 410-267-9333 or

Linthicum church to hold winter Bible conference

Linthicum Baptist Church will sponsor a winter Bible conference, "Following the Master of the Millennium," on Feb. 6 and 7 at the church.

The Rev. Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans and the Rev. Dorothy Patterson of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., will speak.

The conference will begin at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 6 with Luter preaching. On Feb. 7, conferences will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with Patterson and Luter.

The community is invited to attend the conference. The church is at 611 S. Camp Meade Road in Linthicum. Information: 410-766-0204.

Bible professor to teach New Testament course

Bob Radford, professor of Bible at Maranatha-East, part of Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Wisconsin, will teach a two-credit college course, "New Testament Survey," from Monday to Feb. 1. Classes will meet from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The course will offer a survey of the books of the New Testament, with emphasis on the doctrinal and historical framework of each book, demonstrating its purpose and the unity and cohesiveness of the entire Testament.

"Acts/Missions," will be offered March 3-8.

The class may be audited for $100 or taken for credit for $380 for each two-credit class.

Most classes offer a syllabus, the cost of which varies from $10 to $15. A textbook may be required.

Information: 410-647-9614.

Hunger-themed artwork on display at gallery

The Gallery at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church is displaying photographs, paintings and collages on the theme of hunger. The exhibit highlights one of the congregation's mission outreach projects.

Included are collages by Woods artists Dorothy England, Vivian McNeill, Nancy Saarlas, Peg Swartout and Marlene Swenger, and a watercolor by Carolyn Councell. Their art is supplemented by work from Bread for the World, a national Christian hunger advocacy organization whose offices are in Washington. The exhibit will be on display until the end of the month.

Information: 410-647-0135.

Christian Science Society to hold meeting on health

The Christian Science Society will offer a prayer meeting, "Health - A Spiritual Prospective," at noon and 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at 101 First Ave. SE in Glen Burnie.

All are welcome. Information: 410-242-5014 or 410-766-9390.


Evangelist to speak:

Evangelist Rick J. Lairsey will speak at the 8:15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. services at Chesapeake Christian Center on Sunday. The Rev. Glen H. Morris is pastor of the church, which is at 7975 Tick Neck Road in Pasadena. Information: 410-255-3168.

Christian women to meet:

The Christian German American Women's Group will meet at noon Monday in the social hall of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Odenton. 301-621-7862 or 301-855-6877.

Romance discussion:

Spend Valentine's Day evening exploring how to keep romance alive in marriage, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at St. Bernadette Parish, 801 Stevenson Road in Severn. Susan and Phil Robison will discuss ways to bring more love and romance into a relationship. The program is free. Registration is required. 410-969-6701.

Chamber concert:

The Army Field Band will present its Chamber Music Concert at 3 p.m. Feb. 2, and the Susquehanna College Choir will perform at 7 p.m. March 2. Both concerts will be held at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1120 Spa Road in Annapolis. A donation of $5 a concert is suggested. 410-263- 4723.

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