Prayer invoked to help reduce acts of violence


A group of Protestant churches in East Baltimore and a national organization of Roman Catholic priests and brothers have a shared purpose: to reduce the level of violence in American society.

Locally, three consecutive days of religious services aimed at ending violent behavior will start at 6 a.m. today at Zion Baptist Church, 1700 N. Caroline St.

Beginning this evening, churches in other Baltimore neighborhoods will join Zion in a three-night "Evangelistic Revival for Healing" as part of the "Second Annual City-wide Days of Prayer for Non-violence" sponsored by Clergy United for the Renewal of East Baltimore.

The goal is to have members of all churches in the city praying "against violence" through the weekend, said the Rev. Jacqueline Tuggle-Taylor, one of the organizers of the effort. During the 36 hours of a similar program of concentrated prayer last year, she said, the Baltimore Police Department received no reports of serious violent crime.

Among other clergy taking part in the three days of prayer are the Rev. Arnold Henry, the Rev. Douglas Wilson, the Rev. Marshall Prentice and the Rev. Melvin Tuggle.

Information: 366-7696.

Nationally, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, an organization representing about 24,000 members of men's Catholic religious orders, announced "a conference-wide effort to help stem the tide of violence in U.S. society."

The group, with headquarters in Silver Spring, plans to coordinate separate anti-violence activities now occurring "at the community level -- in parishes, schools and other institutions."

Announcing the priority, the Rev. Gerald L. Brown, a Sulpician priest who is president of the conference, said, "In the midst of this century of violence, our times cry out for peace. As religious leaders, we have heard the call to be peacemakers, to bring God's peace to our world.

"We know we can make a difference, but only if we work together with the grace of God."

As a first step in its campaign against violence, Father Brown said, "the conference will build and share a data base of the activities and programs of religious brothers and priests that are already in place, responding concretely to violence."

, Information: (301) 588-4030.

Family revival:

Jeff and Debbie McElroy, who have written and recorded music and drama about families, will lead a seminar Sunday through Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Dundalk, Dundalk and St. Helena avenues.

The free programs will begin Sunday with a revival service at 7 p.m.

& Information: 282-4256.

Dr. Elders to speak:

"Public Health's Role . . . Where Do You Fit In?" will be the subject of the Rabbi Morris Liebermann Memorial Lecture by U.S. Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders at 8:15 p.m. today at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.

Jazz in church:

The public is invited to a musical program, "Jazz in the Afternoon," beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday at Wildwood Parkway United Methodist Church, 700 Wildwood Parkway in West Baltimore.

The Rev. Daniel C. McLellan Jr., the pastor, said the concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

& Information: 624-5330.

Minister honored:

The Rev. Donald MacLeod, minister-in-residence at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, has been honored by an endowed lectureship at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was a professor for 36 years.

Since moving to Charlestown three years ago, Dr. MacLeod, a native of Canada, has delivered weekly closed-circuit television sermons for the 2,400 residents of the life care community.

The lectureship in preaching at Princeton was established in his honor by Short Hills Congregational Church of New Jersey.

For information about his weekly sermons at Charlestown: 247-3400.

Ceremonial move:

Three days of religious and social events today through Sunday will mark the move of Beth Israel Congregation from its Liberty Road property in Randallstown -- bought by Colonial Baptist Church -- to a new synagogue at Owings Mills Boulevard and Crondall Lane in Owings Mills.

& Information: 922-6565.

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