A forum that will explore capital punishment is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Johnson Center for Worship and Fine Arts on the Malone University campus, 2600 Cleveland Ave., N.W., Canton.
The session, called “Capital Punishment: How Should a Christian Respond,” is part of the university’s Worldview Forum Series. It will be moderated by Malcolm Gold, a professor of sociology at Malone. It will feature Richard Land, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Stephen Dear, executive director of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty.
Dear has led the North Carolina-based organization for more than 15 years. During that time, he led efforts to generate more than 1,500 church, corporate and government resolutions for stopping executions and raised more than $4 million for community organizing to abolish the death penalty. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Richmond and his graduate degree in international studies at Claremont University. He studied theology at the Maryknoll School of Theology.
Land has headed the Southern Baptist Convention’s commission for more than 20 years. The commission is assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns with a particular interest in how those things impact families and their faith. He earned his doctorate of philosophy at Oxford University in England, his master of theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and his undergraduate degree at Princeton University. He was named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America in 2005.
Organizers of the forum suggest early arrival. The forum will also be live streamed on the university’s website [www.malone.edu]. Malone is a Christian university affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church. For more information, go to the website or call 800-521-1146.
In other religion news:
Apostolic Church of Barberton — 1717 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Coventry Township. 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Guest speaker at both services is the Rev. David Johnson from Memphis, Tenn. 330-745-5550.
Hills Temple First Born Church of the Living God — 799 S. Arlington St., Akron. 11 a.m. Sunday. Annual Friends and Family Day. Guest speaker for morning service will be the Rev. Ronald I. Hubbard, of 4Real Empowerment Center in Cleveland. 330-864-1508.
Lakemore United Methodist Church — 1536 Flickinger Road, Lakemore. 4 to 6:30 p.m. today. Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, apple sauce, bread, dessert and beverage. Adults $7, ages 3-12 $3.50, age 3 and under free. Carry out available. 330-733-6531.
Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 5 to 7 p.m. today. Monthly Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, apple sauce, rolls, beverage and dessert. Adults $7, ages 5-12 $4, ages 4 and under free. Carryout available. 330-628-3344.
Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church — 401 Robert St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. The choir will be celebrating its 53rd anniversary. The Rev. Richard Cash and Mount Haven Missionary Baptist Church will be special guests.
New Hope Baptist Church — 1706 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 10:45 a.m. March 24. Celebrating the 60th church anniversary. Guest speaker will be the Rev. T. DeWitt Smith Jr. 330-865-9472.
Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church — 844 Garth Ave., Akron. 9 a.m. March 23. Celebrating the 56th annual Men’s Day. The Brotherhood, under the direction of Deacon Archie Scales, will kick off the celebration with a prayer breakfast in Fellowship Hall. At 10:45 a.m. March 24, the message will be delivered by the Rev. Robert L. Golson. Afternoon worship begins at 3:30 p.m. with songs of praise by Greater Bethel Baptist choir. The word will be delivered by the Rev. Melford Elliott. 330-762-4997.
St. Sebastian Church — 476 Mull Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. The fourth annual Rose Mass will be celebrated in honor of the health care industry and its practitioners. The Most Rev. George V. Murry, Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, will be celebrant. The Dr. Carl E. Krill Award will be presented to Dr. Joseph Congeni, head of the sports medicine department at Akron Children’s Hospital. 330-836-2233.
World Harvest Christian Church — 989 N. Portage Path, Akron. 7 p.m. March 29. The Feast of Passover will be celebrated. The black-tie affair will attempt to re-create the sights, sounds, emotions and tastes of the original Passover night including chazeret, the shankbone, karpas or parsley, haroset, maror or bitter herbs and a roasted egg. Cost is $35 per person. For reservations, call 330-835-1982. At noon March 30, the Rev. Charles Queen of Straitway Christian Church in Inglewood, Calif., will speak on Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is open to the public.
Canton Palace Theatre — 605 Market Ave. N., Canton. 7 p.m. March 23. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will perform in concert as part of their Glorious Day tour. Tickets available at www.iTickets.com or 800-965-9324.
Cottage Grove Evangelical Congregational Church — 3133 Cottage Grove Road, Coventry Township. 6 p.m. today. The Fisherman Quartet will perform. Nonperishable food items will be collected for the food pantry to help the community. Free-will offering. 330-644-5616.
Fairlawn Lutheran Church — 3415 W. Market St., Fairlawn. 4 p.m. Sunday. Parish Arts Series Festival of Hymns, co-sponsored by the Akron chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Featuring organists Robert Butler from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Daniel Fortune from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Gary Pinter from Fairlawn Lutheran. They will be assisted by the Falls River Brass. Free concert, refreshments and parking at the church and Summit Mall. 330-836-7286.
Malone University — Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 7 p.m. March 28. Listening In: Historical Women 1821-2010 will be presented by Coming Together Stark County. The play was written by Lois DeGiacomo from Rainbow Repertory Co. The historical characters include Eleanor Roosevelt (portrayed by Kathie Dice), Lena Horne (Wilhilmenia Glenn), Clara Barton (Jane Davis), Betty Friedan (Denise Robb), Shirley Chisholm (Kathy Mitchell) and Dorothy Height (Wanda Lenzy). Adults $8, seniors/students $7, group rates for churches and organizations. For reservations, call 330-454-5880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Olive Baptist Church — 1180 Slosson St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Pre-women’s day concert. Area choirs and soloists will perform. The public is invited. 330-836-5561.
St. Vincent de Paul Church — 164 W. Market St., Akron. 3 p.m. Sunday. Organ dedication and concert. Features organists Robert Balli and Nancy Daley and three choirs performing classical music. 330-535-3135.
Springfield Baptist Church — 1920 Krumroy Road, Springfield Township. 7 p.m. Sunday. Christian concert featuring The Kappels. Free-will offering.
Renew — at Tangier, 532 W Market St., Akron. 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Mark Ford, executive director of Love Akron, will speak on the topic Leading While Bleeding — When Life Cuts You Deep at the monthly meeting of Renew, a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect with business professionals striving to serve God and others in the marketplace. To RSVP, email email@example.com. Cost is $15, payable at the door, and includes lunch.
Zion Apostolic Faith Church — 10 W. Tallmadge Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. March 26. The Women’s Ministry will host a presentation featuring Dr. G. Dante Roulette, a women’s health specialist at Summa City Hospital. Dr. Roulette completed a residency at Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The topic will be Women’s Health Screenings. For more information, call 330-253-3650.
The Chapel — 135 Fir Hill, Akron. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Gary Brugger from New Destiny Treatment Center will speak at the Parents of Prodigals meeting in the Great Commission Room. His topic will concern how treatment centers can aid recovery. For more information, contact Ed Davidian at 330-620-5668.
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