Religion Digest

September 23, 2005

Event explores faith, environment crisis

St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and P. Francis Murphy Justice and Peace Initiative of Towson will co-sponsor "It's a Moral Thing: A Catholic Response to the Environmental Crisis" from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia.

Frank O. Heintz, former president and chief executive of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., will report on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a study of the global environment commissioned by the United Nations.

Roxanna Barillas, administrator for the Environmental Justice Program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will discuss the Catholic response to the state of the environment.

Information: 410-964-1425.

Jews for Judaism's director to speak

The Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will present a talk by Scott Hillman, executive director of Jews for Judaism, at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Hillman will talk about responding effectively to missionary campaigns targeting Jews, such as the campaign by Jews for Jesus. Admission is free.

Information: 410-531-5115.

Church plans day to aid storm victims

Bethany Lane Baptist Church, 3030 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, will sponsor a community Katrina Benefit Day at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Activities will include a one-mile Kids' Fun Run at 4 p.m., a spaghetti dinner at 4:30 p.m. and a concert, with music by the bands Humbled and Greenwood, at 5:30 p.m.

Donations will be accepted; proceeds will go to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Information: 410-465-0150, or

Slichos services set at 1 a.m. on Sunday

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education will hold Slichos services at 1 a.m. Sunday at the center's sanctuary, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia.

`Slichos' are the preliminary prayers requesting forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays - Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

"It's the first opportunity to ask for forgiveness in anticipation of the new year," said Rabbi Hillel Baron of the Lubavitch Center.

A session of pre-Slichos learning, to prepare for the prayers, is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-740-2424.

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