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Women's views on spiritual topics to be explored


Women's spirituality will be the subject of a series of five consecutive Monday evening programs at North Baltimore's College of Notre Dame of Maryland, beginning Jan. 10.

Sponsored by the Women's Institute of the college and led by feminist scholar Lindsay Thompson, the sessions will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude at 9:30 p.m. in Gibbons Hall on the campus at 4701 N. Charles St.

Among the scheduled speakers are Elizabeth Schussler-Fiorenza, Sandra Schneiders, Mary Daly, Charlene Spretnak, Suzanne Heine and Elisabeth Johnson.

Organizers said the purpose of the programs is to bring women's perspectives to these questions: What is spirituality? Who is God? What is a religious person? What is the church? What is a Christian world view?

Also being planned by the Women's Institute are two Sunday afternoon programs Jan. 9 and Feb. 6 on the campus. The programs offer women "a chance to take some quiet time for themselves as well as explore and cultivate their inner lives in the company of other women," according to the college.

For more information about the programs, including fees, and to register, call 532-6090.

Mezuza workshop:

The Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills is planning a program for families Jan. 9 in which Shirley Kollin will talk about the history of mezuzas and give instructions on how to make these religious artifacts that Jews attach to the doorposts of their homes and institutions.

Mezuzas are small pieces of rolled parchment inscribed with biblical verses and placed in cases.

The classes will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. The fee is $5 for each family. The Owings Mills center is at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.

Information: 356-5200, Ext. 356.

Historic agreement:

Roman Catholic Archbishop William H. Keeler of Baltimore, the president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, will

be joined in Washington at 2 p.m. today by Israeli and Vatican representatives in a public ceremony marking the establishment full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Holy See.

The agreement between the Catholic Church and Israel will be signed in Jerusalem earlier today. As a result, the Catholic and Jewish states will exchange ambassadors.

Expected to join Archbishop Keeler at the Washington office of the bishops' conference to make public statements welcoming the agreement are Itamar Rabinovich, Israeli ambassador to the United States, and Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, Pope John Paul II's representative in Washington.

New church, old liturgy:

St. Stephen's Traditional Episcopal Church recently broke ground at May's Chapel and Jenifer roads in Timonium for a permanent building in which to worship, conduct Bible classes and hold meetings.

Founded in 1981 to provide services for Episcopalians who prefer to use the old, replaced 1928 Book of Common Prayer, the congregation has met and worshiped in a succession of rented or borrowed facilities, including hotel rooms, public halls, Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church at Woodbrook and -- most recently -- in the historic Old Mays Chapel in Timonium.

Completion of construction of the new church is expected before next summer.

The rector of St. Stephen's is the Rev. Guy Hawtin, an Englishman. Information: 647-2630.

Mayor at service:

The office of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke announced that he will participate tomorrow in the New Year's Eve service at 10:15 p.m. at downtown Baltimore's New Psalmist Baptist Church, Franklin and Cathedral streets.

Information: 837-4641

Altar boys' reunion:

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on Cub Hill Road in Carney, which is preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its founding during the New Year, will hold a reunion of altar boys on Jan. 9.

The 50 families who organized the suburban parish worshiped for the first seven years at Parkville Senior High School.

The growing congregation moved to its present 30-acre site on Cub Hill Road in 1976 and completed construction of its main Byzantine-style church building in 1984.

About 500 families now worship under its dome.

Information: 661-1090.

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