Panel to discuss needs of music, space in worship
The Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture is planning a one-day conference in Baltimore at which a panel of clergy, architects, musicians and acoustical engineers will discuss "the diverse needs of music and space in the service of worship."
The July 9 program at St. Mary's Seminary and University, 5400 Roland Ave., will begin with registration at 9:15 a.m., include lunch and coffee breaks, and conclude at 4:15 p.m. after a musical performance in the seminary chapel to demonstrate "how the space shapes the song," said Ana Maria Castro, an organizer of the event.
The afternoon will be devoted to small-group discussions of opinions expressed in the morning session.
"The purpose of the conference, in addition to providing a forum for area congregations, local architects, artists and musicians to meet and exchange ideas," Ms. Castro said, "is to explore both the historical background and current expressions of the relationships between music and space."
"Catholics, Humanism and the Future of Religion" is the subject of the Baltimore Ethical Society's program at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Richard Kiniry, leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, will be the guest speaker.
The nondenominational group meets each Sunday morning at the Bolton Street Synagogue, 1311 Bolton St. in Bolton Hill. Other subjects this month have been "Global Nonviolence and Nonviolent Parenting," "Reflections on Family" and "Lying."
Mr. Kiniry's talk will be based in part on sociological studies of American religion.
Albert H. Williams, president of Williams/NBSS, a computer-servicing company, and Charles Pefinis, its vice president, are helping St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, a new middle school for disadvantaged Baltimore youths at 740 N. Calvert St., to acquire reconditioned computers.
The congregation of Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1905 Edmondson Ave. in Catonsville, is providing a variety of help to Dr. Donara Gasanova, a recent refugee from the former Soviet republic of Armenia.
A physician in the former Soviet Union, Dr. Gasanova hopes eventually to resume her medical career. In the meantime, she is being assisted by Immanuel's members with housing, English classes, medical examinations and employment as she begins her new life in the United States under the guidance of the Rev. John Oliver, pastor of the church, and the Refugee Resettlement Program of Church World Service, the international relief agency.
Dr. Gasanova has been the guest of church members living in Ellicott City and Woodlawn.
Theology for women:
A series of suppers and discussion programs of the Mount St. Agnes Theological Center for Women will continue June 2, when the sacraments of baptism and confirmation will be discussed, and on June 16, when the subject will be the sacrament of reconciliation.
The suppers begin at 6:15 p.m., and the hourlong talks begin at 7:30 at the center managed by the Sisters of Mercy on the former campus of Mount St. Agnes College, 5707 Smith Ave., Mount Washington.
As Congregation Chofetz Chaim Adas B'nei Israel celebrates its 75th anniversary in Baltimore, it is planning a move soon to a new location at Menlo Drive and Park Heights Avenue. The congregation held an anniversary dinner May 11 as guests of the Suburban Orthodox Congregation, 7504 Seven Mile Lane.