'In Your Face' lectures to probe varied...


'In Your Face' lectures to probe varied issues

With a title designed to be provocative -- "In Your Face '93" -- a series of four Sunday afternoon lectures at downtown Baltimore's Emmanuel Episcopal Church, beginning Oct. 17, will explore and challenge a variety of contemporary views of religion.

The first speaker will be Rabbi Mark Loeb of Pikesville's Beth El Congregation, whose subject is "Prayer: Its Power, Its Limits." He will answer the question, "To whom, to what, do modern people pray?"

The speaker for Oct. 24 is Rosanne Catalano, who teaches at the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Seminary and University, and at Notre Dame College. She will discuss the relevancy of the Book of Psalms to modern concerns.

Barbara Harris, author of "Full Circle: The Near-Death Experience and Beyond," will talk Oct. 31 about her own brush with death after surgery at age 32 and how it changed her view of religion. She has appeared frequently on television.

The final lecture on Nov. 7 will be by James A. Brashler, dean of the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's, whose subject is "Does Main Line Protestantism Have a Future?"

The series is a project of the Emmanuel Center for Spiritual Search. All programs will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. The cost of each is $10, or $35 for the four. Emmanuel Church is at 811 Cathedral St. Information: 685-1130.

For 220 years:

Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church, at Joppa and Old Court roads in Riderwood, will welcome former members and other friends at Anniversary Homecoming celebrations on Sunday.

Expected are descendants of a nephew of Phineas Hunt, who founded the congregation in 1773. The nephew, Jesse Hunt, who died in 1872, was mayor of Baltimore from 1832 to 1835.

For the times and other information about the services: 339-7770.

Music in worship:

Ronald O. Franklin will conduct a four-day workshop on religious music beginning at 4 p.m. today at Sharon Baptist Church, Stricker and Presstman streets in West Baltimore.

Victor Myrick, minister of music at Baltimore's New Shiloh Baptist Church, will assist with the programs. They are designed for children and for musicians and other interested adults.

Achieving "a balanced musical program as a form of sacred worship" is the goal of the workshop, said the Rev. Alfred C. D. Vaughn, Sharon Baptist's pastor.

Participants 18 or older will be charged $15. Information: 669-6667.


The Rev. Bill Golden, associate minister of Baltimore's New Shiloh Baptist Church, will be installed at 11 a.m. Sunday as pastor of the First Church of the Brethren, 4500 Liberty Heights Ave.

Danish bravery:

Herbert Pundik, a veteran editor and correspondent for a Danish newspaper who escaped from the Nazis in Denmark in 1943 and later served in the Israeli army, will give a free public lecture about the survival of Danish Jews in World War II at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Johns Hopkins University.

The program, part of a nationwide series of talks commemorating the 50th anniversary of the rescue of Jews in Nazi-occupied Denmark, will be held in the Garrett Room of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St.

Mr. Pundik's address is titled "The Danish Exception: Why Did We Survive?" It is sponsored by Thanks To Scandinavia, an organization co-founded by musician and comedian Victor Borge in 1963.

Information: 516-7160.

All are welcome:

Rodgers Forge United Methodist Church, 56 Stevenson Lane near Towson, is inviting strangers -- whether they have ever worshiped in a Christian church or not -- to the 11 a.m. service Sunday, when Don Pfouts, a singer of contemporary religious songs, will lead a music service designed to make newcomers feel welcome.

The service will be followed by a reception at the church. Information: 377-5137.

Singers from Coppin:

The Coppin State College Choir, directed by William W. Cummings, will perform at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Waters African Methodist Episcopal Church, 417 Aisquith St. in East Baltimore, to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the Pastor's Aid group at the church. For ticket information: 675-2640.

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