A Redemptorist priest, using the pseudonym Xavier Rynne, gave readers of the New Yorker magazine lively and sometimes controversial behind-the-scenes reports from Rome during the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. Next Thursday in Annapolis, he will explain and critique Pope John Paul II's theological writings. The free public lecture by the Rev. Francis X. Murphy is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Room A2 of St. Mary's High School, 111 Duke of Gloucester St. The focus of the discussion will be on the pope's latest teaching document -- the encyclical "Veritatis Splendor" or "The Splendor of Truth" -- issued last month. Father Murphy, 78, is a resident of Annapolis, attached to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Parish there. He is known as a witty speaker as well as writer. Information: (410) 268-5834. Heaven and hell: Members of the Church of God Worship Center at 2130 Smith Ave. in Lansdowne will present three free performances of "Heaven's Gates, Hell's Flames," a dramatic series of vignettes about life after death, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16. The script includes the screams of anguished souls being pulled by demons into hell. The production, which features sound and lighting effects, has been credited with many conversions at other churches in the area. Free nursery care will be provided. Information: 247-0418. Methodist homecoming: The Rev. Kenneth Ray Rose, who was the pastor of Baltimore's Lovely Lane United Methodist Church from 1953 to 1965, will preach at the 11 a.m. service there Sunday, celebrating 106 years since the dedication of the Stanford White-designed landmark at St. Paul and 22nd streets. The Methodist denomination in America was organized in 1784 at the earlier Lovely Lane Meeting House of the congregation, which was formed in 1772. The present church was erected under the leadership of the Rev. John Franklin Goucher, for whom Goucher College is named. He was criticized in 1887 for "building a cathedral in a cornfield." Dr. Rose, the pastor emeritus who is now a resident of Merritt Island, Fla., will be honored at a reception after the service. The public is invited. Information: 889-1512. Will to speak: Syndicated columnist and television commentator George F. Will will address the opening event of the 1993-1994 fund-raising campaign of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville. Admission to both Mr. Will's speech and a reception for him is restricted to donors of $1,000 or more. Information: 727-4828. Elvis' brother: Christian evangelist Rick Stanley, half-brother of Elvis Presley ZTC and his aide for several years, will talk about the late rock star in three programs this month at Baltimore County's Perry Hall Baptist Church, 3919 Schroeder Ave. Mr. Stanley will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Information: 256-8880. Women's views: Carol Rittner, author of "Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust," and Blu Greenberg, who wrote "On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition," will discuss "women, suffering and the problem of evil" at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday at St. Mary's Seminary, 5400 Roland Ave., Baltimore. The public program, entitled "Post-Holocaust Reflections," is sponsored by the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies. Information: 523-7227. Sixty workshops: John DeBrine, director of radio's Songtime Ministries, will address a Christian rally at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow at Arlington Baptist Church, 3030 N. Rolling Road, Hebbville. Dr. DeBrine's presentation will open the 31st Greater Baltimore Area Sunday School Convention, which continues all day Saturday and includes 50 educational exhibits as well as 60 workshops on subjects as varied as story-telling, skits, games, music and teen-age sex. Nursery care will be provided for children ages 4 and younger on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Information and registration: 882-4890, 281-2153 or 665-8827.