Religion Digest

April 08, 2005

Interfaith center congregations sponsoring concert

Choirs, instrumental ensembles, folk groups and soloists from six congregations at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center will perform in a benefit concert Sunday to celebrate the facility's 30th anniversary.

The concert, "Celebrating Community," will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Room 200 of the center. Light refreshments will be served at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door, and can be ordered by calling Beryl Little, 410-992-0254. The suggested donation is $8 for adults; $5 for children; and $25 a family.

Proceeds will go to the Vivian L. Reid Community Fund, which helps Howard County seniors with emergencies.

Participating in the concert will be Bet Aviv congregation, Columbia Baptist Fellowship, Columbia Jewish Congregation, Columbia United Christian Church, Lutheran Church of the Living Word and St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

@SUBHEDUnitarian Universalists to open preschool center

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will open a preschool program, the Cradlerock Children's Center, in September at Owen Brown Interfaith Center.

Full- and part-time child care for infants to school-aged children and classes for preschoolers, ages 2 to 5, are planned.

The program's philosophy is based on Unitarian principles: respect for all people; peace, justice and compassion in human relations; and care for the environment.

Scholarships for 25 percent of the children and a partnership with the nearby Judy Center, which promotes school-readiness skills for children and their families, are planned.

The children's center will hold an open house for prospective families from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 17 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Information: 410-381-0906.

@SUBHEDMemorial Mass today for Pope John Paul II

The public is invited to a Memorial Mass for Pope John Paul II at 7:30 p.m. today at the shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City.

The Franciscan Friars will toll the shrine bell 26 times before the Mass, in honor of the 26 years of John Paul's papacy.

The late pope's white skullcap will be carried in procession into the shrine chapel. The Rev. James McCurry will discuss his visits and conversations with the late pontiff.

A day of prayer and teaching, "Resurrection: A Mystery to be Reckoned With," is planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. The cost is $35, and includes lunch and materials.

Information: 410-531-2800.

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