Religion Notes

March 23, 2007

Dialogue on Darfur scheduled for Sunday

The Interfaith Coalition for Compassion will sponsor a panel discussion on the role of racism in foreign policy and the impact of such unconscious assumptions on the ability of the United States to ally itself with the people of Darfur.

The interactive program, "Engaging in Dialogue on the Crisis in Darfur: Can We Do More Than Stand By?" will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Crispian Kirk, director of International Affairs for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will discuss the humanitarian crisis and how racism has influenced the American and international response.

Cherie Brown, founder and executive director of the National Coalition Building Institute will talk about racism and other "isms" and their impact on foreign policy and on daily experience.

A donation will be taken to purchase solar cookers for the refugee camps in Darfur. The cookers reduce smoke and lung disease, pasteurize drinking water and spare women and children the hazards of collecting firewood.

Information: Rabbi Sonya Starr, 410-730-6044.

The Interfaith Coalition for Compassion, a group of faith communities, seeks to honor the sacred in the lives of community members by working together for justice and charity.

Soup-sandwich lunch set at Jennings Chapel

The Jennings Chapel Cemetery Association will hold a soup and sandwich lunch in the church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Crab cake with a beverage costs $7; barbecue, $3. A hot dog is $2; with chili, $2.50. Chicken salad is $3 and chicken corn soup is $2. Other dishes and a bake table will be available.

Jennings Chapel is at 2601 Jennings Chapel Road, Woodbine.

Information or to volunteer: Anna Mae Harrison, 410-489-4774.

Passover program slated for children

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will offer a program of Passover songs and stories for preschool children and their parents at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Long Gate Shopping Center, Ellicott City.

Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation and Cantor Jan Morrison of Columbia Jewish Congregation will lead the program. Door prizes and snacks are planned.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-531-5115.

`Understanding' is Sunday theme

Journeys Community, a nontraditional spiritual-seekers group, meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the second-floor auditorium of Vantage House Life-Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Town Center, Columbia.

This week's theme is "Understanding" in daily life, and with people we love or know.

The group will hold a half-day spiritual retreat from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia.

Journeys Community has published a book, Seeking the Spirit: How to Create a Community of Seekers.

The book describes the history of the Columbia group and its nontraditional liturgy, which draws on many cultures and faith traditions.

Included are readings, music and film clips from sources such as Mother Teresa, Thich Nhat Hanh and Stevie Wonder.

Information: 410-730-6079.

Vespers to be sung Sunday at shrine

Vespers will be sung at 5 p.m. Sundays during Lent at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg. Evening prayer will be at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A "Seder Meal" is planned at 6 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $40 a person. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-531-2800, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Folksinger to perform tomorrow evening

Folksinger Rod MacDonald, whose career as songwriter and performer spans almost three decades, will perform at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia's One World Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Tickets are $12; $6 for students.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Fall, winter clothing available at shop

Trinity Episcopal Church's Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road at Old Montgomery Road in Elkridge, has fall and winter clothing available. A bag sale (each bag of clothing costs $3) is being held this month.

The shop is at Pfeiffer's Corner, behind St. John's Lutheran Church. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Information: 410-799-9175.

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