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New bishop to be consecrated for Easton Episcopal diocese


The Rev. Martin G. Townsend, who was chosen this summer to be the ninth bishop of the 124-year-old Episcopal Diocese of Easton, will be consecrated Nov. 21 in a noon ceremony at Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury.

Father Townsend, the 48-year-old rector of Christ Church in Blacksburg, Va., will take over leadership of the Episcopal parishes in the nine counties of the Eastern Shore at the retirement of the Right Rev. Elliott L. Sorge, 63. Clergy and laity from 41 Shore parishes participated in the July election at Trinity Cathedral in Easton.

Father Townsend's selection has been approved, as required, by a majority of bishops and standing committees in 120 Episcopal dioceses in the United States and Latin America. Bishop Sorge is expected to retire in February or March.

"Music will be an important part of the [Nov. 21] service," Father ++ Townsend said. "Bishop Sorge and I are inviting all the parishes of the diocese to send choristers to participate in a massed choir which is being organized by Dr. Gary Clarke of Emmanuel Church, Chestertown."

Eastern Europe:

The American Friends Service Committee has invited the public to hear Michael Simmons discuss the war in the Balkans and "suggest what a non-violent response could be" at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 18 at 4806 York Road.

Mr. Simmons is director of the organization's East-West Program, with headquarters in Philadelphia.

The program, including refreshments, is free. For more information, call 323-7200.

Cantor's anniversary:

Temple Oheb Shalom, at 7310 Park Heights Ave., will celebrate Cantor Melvin Luterman's 25th year on the temple's staff with a program to include Broadway, operatic and liturgical music at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Cantor Luterman, soprano Gay Willis and baritone Nathan Lam will take part, along with a 45-piece orchestra. For more information: 358-0105.

Acolyte festival:

An outdoor procession will be part of the annual festival of the Acolyte Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway. The procession and Eucharist service will begin at 11 a.m.

2& Contact: Peggy Holmes at 467-1399.

Justice and peace:

Sister Joan Chittester, O.S.B., former prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pa., and a widely known author and activist, will discuss the role of women in building a better world community at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at LeClerc Hall on the campus of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St.

The lecture by Sister Joan, who has traveled extensively, ico-sponsored by the Women's Institute of the college and the Justice and Peace Commission of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. Ticket information: 547-5363.

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