Jews, Roman Catholics offer 'New Look at...


Jews, Roman Catholics offer 'New Look at the Inquisition'

"A New Look at the Inquisition" is the subject of one of a series of discussions by Jewish and Roman Catholic scholars scheduled tomorrow at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation to mark the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain.

More than 60 Catholic priests of the Baltimore archdiocese have been invited to participate in the seminar on the Inquisition, to be led by Martin A. Cohen, professor of Jewish history at Hebrew Union College in New York, and Eugene J. Fisher, principal adviser to the nation's Catholic bishops on Jewish-Christian relations.

Their midday discussions will be followed at 8:15 p.m. by a free, public lecture at the synagogue in which Dr. Cohen will elaborate on his position that the Catholic Church is not responsible for the expulsion of the Spanish Jews. The speaker, a widely known expert on Sephardic culture, will be joined in the evening program by Auxiliary Bishop P. Francis Murphy of the local Catholic archdiocese.

A free concert of Sephardic music at 3 p.m. Sunday and an exhibit of more than 200 illustrations of Sephardic life in Latin America will also be part of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation's commemoration of the Sephardim -- the Jews of Spain and Portugal before the infamous Inquisition and their expulsion in the 15th century.

The public events at the synagogue, 7401 Park Heights Ave., were arranged by the Rabbi Morris Lieberman Memorial Committee.

Descendant's visit:

As part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of South Baltimore's Martini Lutheran Church, at Henrietta and Hanover streets, the Rev. R. J. Keyl of Basking Ridge, N.J., will preach there at 11 a.m. Sunday.

He is a great-great-grandson of the Rev. G. W. Keyl, who was pastor of Martini Church's founding group.

Taking its present name -- meaning "Of Martin" -- in 1867, the church traced its origins to the establishment of Baltimore's Second Lutheran congregation in 1835.

United Church of Christ:

About 300 ministers and lay people from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico are expected to attend a five-day meeting of the mission arm of the United Church of Christ, beginning this morning in Towson.

Social issues to be discussed by leaders of the liberal Protestant denomination include the AIDS epidemic, health care, the recession, hate campaigns against homosexuals, the invoking of religion by politicians and teaching about religion in the public schools.

This meeting of the church's Board for Homeland Ministries -- which conducts programs in health, welfare, education and social justice with an annual budget of more than $13 million -- is being held at the Sheraton Towson Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road.


Enon Baptist Church, at Edmondson Avenue and Schroeder Street, will hold revival services beginning at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Preachers will include the Rev. Jimmy C. Baldwin of Shiloh Christian Community Church.

Free program: The public is invited to a lecture by Frank Schaeffer, author and filmmaker, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the auditorium of Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road in Columbia. The event is sponsored by the Orthodox Church of St. Matthew.

The speaker is the son of the noted theologian and writer, Francis A. Schaeffer. For more information, call 992-0608.

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