Religion Digest

RELIGION DIGEST

November 27, 2003

St. Ann's speaker to address issue of gay bishop

The Rev. Donald Armentrout will speak at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Ann's Church Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis.

Armentrout's topic will be "What is Happening in the Episcopal Church Today - Context and Content." The talk ties in with the recent election of Bishop V. Gene Robinson as bishop coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. Robinson is the first openly gay man to be elected as a bishop in the Episcopal Church. The free lecture, which is part of the 2003 J. Winfree Smith lecture series, will be followed by a question-and-answer period and fellowship.

Armentrout will also preach at all three services Dec. 7 at St. Ann's Church on Church Circle in Annapolis. Services will held at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. He will also be host of the adult forum and will present the theme "Historical Perspectives for Today's Church" in the Parish House after the 9 a.m. service.

Armentrout is professor of church history at the Episcopal Seminary and the school of theology at the University of the South, and is the Charles T. Quintard Professor for Dogmatic Theology. He has taught church history for more than 20 years. Information: 410-267-9333.

Forum Sunday to focus on Afghan women

Eastport Methodist Church will host an evening forum for Women of Afghanistan at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, across from the Eastport Shopping Center.

Fahima Vorgetts, an Annapolis businesswoman and director of the Afghan Women's Fund will speak about her latest trip to Afghanistan. Esther Hyneman of New York, who attended the third annual conference of Woman for Afghan Women in September with Vorgetts will speak about their experiences.

Vorgetts will also talk about and show videos of her projects helping schools and orphanages in Kabul with money she raises. Hyneman will talk about and show videos of the dilapidated hospitals there and her experience teaching English in Afghan schools.

Artwork, handcrafted jewelry, oriental rugs and other items will be available for purchase after the event. Profit from sales are donated to the Afghan Women's Fund. Information: 410-849-8680 or 410-267-9009.

Housing to be topic at meeting Tuesday

Churches Without Boundaries will sponsor a meeting at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church, Duke of Gloucester and Conduit streets in Annapolis.

Barbara D. Samorajczyk of the Anne Arundel County Council will address work force housing. The proposal for affordable housing in Annapolis will also be outlined.

Churches Without Boundaries subcommittees will present recommendations to promote equitable opportunities for affordable housing, health care, substance abuse prevention, transportation, education, child care and recreation. Information: 410-267-8705 or 443-623-1355.

Chorale, orchestra offer performances of Handel's `Messiah'

The Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will perform Handel's Messiah by candlelight at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 and the Messiah and carols for families at 3 p.m. Dec. 21.

A tea reception will be held after some performances at Reynolds Tavern on Church Circle, across from St. Anne's Episcopal Church.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Chorale performances are $27 for adults and $13 for students. Information: 410-263- 1906.

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