Religion Notes


October 17, 2003

Church forum to hear 3 Mideastern women address the conflict

Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., Columbia, will be the Baltimore-Washington stop for a national speaking tour by three women seeking a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision" will include a presentation by each of the women -- a Jewish Israeli, a Muslim Palestinian and a Christian Palestinian -- and a time for questions.

The program -- sponsored by Partners for Peace, a nonprofit that seeks to educate the American public about key issues in the quest for peace in the Middle East -- is scheduled at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at the church.

Information: 410-997-8011.

One World Coffeehouse plans concert Oct. 25

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will sponsor a performance by Big Blow and the Bushwackers at the next One World Coffeehouse, scheduled at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

The concert will feature an Australian instrument, the didjiridu, supported by mandolin, percussion, brass and voice.

Tickets are $12; $6 for children to age 13. Included is a $1 discount on snacks and drinks.

"The Unity of Opposites: Buddha as Therapist" is the topic of the congregation's Oct. 26 service, presented by Clarksville residents Nancy and Lary Lewman, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the interfaith center. The Lewmans, who are members of the congregation, demonstrate how Buddhist principles have helped them reconcile differences in their 44 years of marriage.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Pumpkin Patch fund-raiser is on at First Presbyterian

The Youth Ministry, leaders and church membership of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County have launched the church's first Pumpkin Patch community event. More than 2,000 pumpkins grown by a Navajo Indian tribe in New Mexico are on display and for sale at the church.

Proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch will be used for service ministry in Howard County, Baltimore, other cities and abroad.

Information: 410-730-3545, Ext. 10.

Parish's Health Ministry slates retreat tomorrow

The Health Ministry of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church will hold a retreat, "To Love and to Heal," led by the Rev. Robert DeGrandis, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

DeGrandis, a retreat leader and writer, offers practical teachings on forgiveness, healing, the sacraments and prayer.

Admission is free. Participants should take a lunch. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Information: 410-964-1438, or

Journey's Community theme: `Holy Moments'

Journeys Community is holding services in its new permanent home, the renovated auditorium on the second floor of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road, in Columbia's Town Center.

The theme for this week's 10 a.m. Sunday service is "Holy Moments: Those special moments that give a richness to our lives."

Information: Harry Brunett, 410-730-6079, or

Stephen Ministry session set tomorrow in Ellicott City

Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 8543 Glen Mar Road, Ellicott City, will hold a Stephen Series Caring Ministry workshop tomorrow. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers trained as Stephen ministers provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated and others facing a crisis or life challenge.

Members and leaders of churches who are not familiar with the Stephen Series Caring Ministry are encouraged to attend to see how the training works and experience the difference it can make in a congregation.

The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Glen Mar United Methodist Church. The cost is $15; $50 for a group of four or more members of a congregation.

Information: 410-465-4995.

Buddhist nun offers class on meditation

Kelsang Osel, a Buddhist nun, will present the last session in a series on Buddhist perspectives on the mind and practicing meditation, "The Foundations of Peace," from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

The cost is $8. Registration is not necessary.

Information: 410-243-3837.

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