Saturday, May 17, 2003

Faith Matters: Panel will discuss race

By Karen Vance
Enquirer contributor

Sister Alice Gerdeman works with social injustice as the coordinator of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center.

Tuesday, she'll discuss how her faith led her to do God's work in a panel discussion on race relations and those in the ministry working to improve them.

"My faith affirms that all people should be treated with respect, and racism is wrong. God created all of us in his image," said Gerdeman, a Sister of Divine Providence.

The panel, "God Made Me Do it - Spiritual Inspiration for Better Race Relations," will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St. in Avondale.

"My hope is that people will come away thinking about their faith and what their faith calls them to do," said Rev. Sharon Dittmar, pastor of the church and moderator of the event.

Rabbi George Barnard of the Northern Hills Synagogue, Rev. James Diamond of Christ Church Cathedral, Rev. Damon Lynch Jr. of New Jerusalem Baptist Church and Catherine Roma of St. John's Unitarian Church also will participate.

Shabbat services

Adath Israel Congregation, 3201 E. Galbraith Road, Amberley Village, will host an outdoor Shabbat service at 6 p.m. Friday. The services, also being held June 13 and 20, are followed by an oneg, or celebration, including snacks and juice.

"The Sabbath celebrates creation, so to be out in nature during the service ... it just all fits together, religiously, spiritually and devotionally," said Rabbi Irvin Wise.

Catholic walk Sunday

Hundreds of Catholics from several parishes in Butler and Preble counties are expected to walk this weekend through the streets of Hamilton for the second Catholic March in Faith.

Parishioners, who will pray the rosary during the walk, will assemble at 2 p.m. in the parking lot at the northeast corner of High Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. The procession, including banners from each parish, will continue to St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 224 Dayton St., where there will be a brief benediction ceremony.

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