Religion Notes

November 02, 2007

Faith, mental illness to be forum topics

The Howard County chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and the Pastoral Counseling Program of Loyola College will present a forum, "Faith Communities: Supporting Families Affected by Mental Illness," from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 210 on the college's Columbia campus, 8890 McGaw Road.

The program for ordained and lay religious leaders will include a presentation on the experience of mental illness, dialogue on supporting families affected by overwhelming challenges and information on local mental health resources.

The cost is $15; $30 for those seeking a continuing education certificate. The college's pastoral counseling department will offer three continuing education credits for attendance at the seminar.

Information: 410-772-9300.

Vendors needed for holiday event

Vendors are needed for the Youth Group Holiday Marketplace Craft and Vendor Show, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Vendors selling holiday decor, handmade jewelry, adult and children's furniture, hand-knit items, handmade wood and floral designs, wrought iron, bath and spa products, candles and pottery are invited to participate.

The cost is $60 a space; $70 with a table. Proceeds will support a pilgrimage for ninth- and 10th-graders to southern England as part of the church's Journey to Adulthood program.

Information: Amy Tich, 410-203-0415.

Trinity Lutheran concert is Sunday

The music ministry of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 7607 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, will present a concert of sacred and secular music at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Its theme is "How Can I Keep From Singing?"

A reception is planned after the concert. Admission is free and open to everyone. A collection will be taken for disaster relief.

Information: 301-725-1666.

Ensemble to perform at interfaith center

The Prometheus Chamber Ensemble will perform at Owen Brown Interfaith Center at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $20; $10 for youths to age 18.

Proceeds will benefit the mission and outreach programs of Christ United Methodist Church, an interfaith-center congregation.

Registration is continuing for Christ United Methodist Church's LOGOS Ministry, being held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, next week, and Nov. 15 and 29; Dec. 6 and 13; Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31; Feb. 14, 21 and 28; and March 6 and 13 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia.

The program for children ages 4 through high school and their families includes Bible study, family time, recreational activities and worship skills. There is a fee.

Information: 410-381-6329, or columbia/index.html, and look under "Kids' Programs."

The Owen Brown Interfaith Center is at 7246 Cradlerock Way.

Clarksville church supper is tomorrow

Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church in Clarksville will hold its oyster and ham supper from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane.

Fried oysters, baked ham and homemade side dishes are planned. The church typically serves between 600 and 900 dinners each year.

Tickets are $16; $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Information: 410-531-5653.

Rabbi to present sacred chant in music

Rabbi Shefa Gold, a singer and author, will present an evening of sacred chant in music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Gold, a leader in Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, received ordination from the reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of B'nai Or (Children of Light).

Gold is director of C-DEEP: The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, N.M. She teaches workshops that draw on her grounding in Judaism, and her background in Buddhist, Christian, Islamic and Native American spiritual traditions.

Admission to the concert is free, but reservations are required.

The event is sponsored by the Columbia Jewish Congregation.

Information: 410-730-6044, Ext. 310.

Peace in Israel series to continue

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will present the third in its series of talks, "Israel: Can There Ever Be Peace?"

Zvi Geva, a former commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, will discuss "Can Militarism and Peace Coexist in the Israeli Heart?" at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"Life in Israel from a Minority Point of View" is the topic at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 13.

The series ends with a scholar-in-residence weekend Nov. 16-17 with Rabbi Arik Ascherman, co-founder and director of Rabbis for Human Rights. Information: 410-531-5115, or www.Beth

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