Southern Baptists are to hold a one-day...


Southern Baptists are to hold a one-day annual convocation

"Choosing the Light -- Living the Day" is the theme of the annual convocation of the northeast chapter of the Southern Baptist Alliance.

The event, which will include worship, prayer and discussion of Alliance programs, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The fee is $10 a person, $15 a couple, and includes the cost of a continental breakfast and a lunch.

Torah study:

The Baltimore Hebrew Brotherhood will present a Torah study conducted by Rabbi Daniel Weiner on six consecutive Saturdays starting Feb. 1. The series concludes March 7.

The study's theme will be "Jewish Bioethics," and will focus on the moral dilemmas posed by modern bioethical issues and how the Torah can be used to guide Jews through these dilemmas.

Each study session begins at 3 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave. After each session, a Havdolah service and a kiddush will be held. Admission is free.

Love and marriage:

More than 1,000 married couples are expected to attend a local World Marriage Day service at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

Archbishop William Keeler will say a Mass that will pay homage to all married couples, with a special nod to couples married 25 and 50 years and longer. Each couple will be invited to renew wedding vows at the service.

World Marriage Day, which honors the couple as the head of the family and the basic unit of society, has its roots in Baton Rouge, La., in 1981, when a group of couples persuaded the mayor, the governor and the local Catholic bishop to proclaim St. Valentine's Day "We Believe in Marriage Day."

The current name was adopted two years later, and World Marriage Day is celebrated in numerous countries among people of various faiths.

Cardin fete:

The Jewish Council of Howard County will host an evening Feb. 2 to honor Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin for his work on behalf of Soviet Jewry.

The program will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Oakland Mills Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Mr. Cardin, D-3rd, will speak on "Politics and the American Jewish Community."

Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public.

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