Course on Islam to begin next week at Columbia church
Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., Columbia, will hold "A Short Course on Understanding Islam" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning next week.
The objective will be to gain a better understanding of Islam, from a Christian perspective, as a major monotheistic faith that is influencing the course of events in our time.
Admission is free. Textbooks may be purchased for $15.
Beth Shalom sponsoring discussion on faith, science
Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will sponsor a discussion - "Darwin and Genesis: Are Faith and Science Incompatible?" - as part of the Friday Shabbat service that begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 4.
Dr. Eric Seifter, vice president of the Maryland Geologic Society, will discuss evolutionary theory and the story of creation in Genesis, and will engage in a dialogue with Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom about the boundaries of science and faith.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served after the service.
Georgetown theologian's topic: 'Why Be Catholic?'
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish will sponsor a talk by Diana Hayes, a theologian on the faculty of Georgetown University, on "Why Be Catholic?" The talk will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.
Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.
Clarksville parish to hold Blessing of Animals
St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, will commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with its annual Blessing of Animals at 3:15 p.m. Sunday.
Everyone is invited to bring pets to the plaza in front of the church for a brief prayer service and blessing to celebrate the joy of creation.
Washington Kantorei to perform Sunday
First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, will sponsor a performance by the Washington Kantorei of the cantata Jesus sey mein erstes Wort by George Phillip Telemann at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for children to age 16.
Information or tickets: 410-465-2977.
Church seeking vendors for its Christmas bazaar
St. James United Methodist Church in West Friendship seeks vendors by Oct. 31 for its Country Christmas Bazaar.
The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9.
Bon Secours offers retreat for seriously ill people
Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, will offer a retreat, "Trust God: A Retreat for Persons Living With Serious Illness," from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The retreat will include guidance, facilitated sharing, individual and group prayer and quiet personal reflection. Eucharistic liturgy with the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of the Sick will be part of this day. The cost is $40. Registration is required.