Religion Notes

Interfaith service for tsunami victims is scheduled Monday

In the wake of the tsunami in South Asia, an interfaith service, "Prayers for Comfort, Prayers for Hope (An Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Inspiration)" will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.


The prayer service for those in need is sponsored by Bet Aviv Congregation, Bet Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten, Columbia Baptist Fellowship, Columbia Jewish Congregation, Columbia United Christian Church, Lutheran Church of the Living Word and St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

Clergy and members of the community will share prayers of faith, music, healing, comfort and hope for the future. Everyone is welcome. There will be an opportunity to make financial contributions to the relief effort.


Information: The Rev. Andrea Wiegand, 410-730-1970.

Series on the Jewish view of abortion is due to begin

Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia will present a four-part lecture series on the Jewish view of abortion, homosexuality, premarital sex, domestic violence and related topics at 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, starting next week.

Rabbi Grossman is chairwoman of the subcommittee on family, human sexuality and gender for the Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, as well as spiritual leader of Beth Shalom Congregation.

As a member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, she was author of one of the official Conservative movement's positions on abortion and when life begins.

Information or registration: 410-531-5115.

Journeys Community to hear ceramics artist

The theme for Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "Spiritual Expressions: The Energy of Intention."


Tatiana, a ceramics artist who has worked and lived for two decades in a 19th-century former church building in western Howard County, will discuss the spiritual aspect of her art and life.

Journeys Community services are held in the auditorium on the second floor of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Town Center, Columbia.

Information: The Rev. Harry Brunett, Journeyscommunity@, 410-730-6079 or 410-484-7544.

Pop artist Rachel Cross to perform tomorrow

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will present a concert by folk and pop artist Rachel Cross at 7 p.m. tomorrow at its One World Coffeehouse at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

She will perform songs from her newest album, Angels, Aliens, Monsters and Freaks.


Tickets are $12.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Celebration-planning ideas to be offered Sunday

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will hold its first Celebrations of Life Showcase, with area vendors offering planning ideas and a variety of services for bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and other life-cycle celebrations, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Resources will be offered for music, caterers, invitations, memorable activities, locations, receptions and community service projects.

Admission is $3; $10 a family.


The congregation will hold a meditative and musical Shabbat service at 8 p.m. today. The service will include instrumental and vocal music, silence, prayer and charity.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Oldies band to give concert in Blob's Park on Sunday

Our Savior Lutheran Church of Laurel will present a concert by the Fabulous Hubcaps, an oldies show band, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Blob's Park in Jessup.

Doors are to open at 2:30 p.m. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $20; $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Proceeds will go to the church's child development center.


Information: 202-438-1494.

3-part spirituality course is set to start Sunday

Channing Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist and the Rev. Susan LaMar will offer a three-part course to explore the meaning of spirituality, religion, theology, faith and tolerance at 4 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 6 and 13 at the church office, 3230 Bethany Lane, Suite 4, Ellicott City.

Information or registration: 410-203-0474.