A Sampler of Noteworthy Local Events

Sunday, March 5, 2006

Interfaith Human Rights Talk

A program Sunday night in Reston will examine and compare what Judaism, Catholicism and Islam teach about human rights. The guest speakers are Rabbi David Forman, an author, lecturer and human rights activist who lives in Jerusalem; the Rev. Gerard Creedon, a native of Ireland and pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Arlington; and Imam Daoud Nassimi, a senior systems engineer at Boeing Co. and a native of Afghanistan.

The interfaith "trialogue" will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Thomas à Becket Catholic Church, 1421 Wiehle Ave. The other sponsors are Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation and All Dulles Area Muslim Society. For more information, contact the church at 703-437-7113.

Writers to Speak at Cathedral

Two scholars and best-selling authors will speak at Washington National Cathedral this month on aspects of Jesus's legacy.

On March 14, Marcus Borg will discuss the challenge that Jesus posed to the Roman Empire and the reasons he was put to death. Borg, a professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University, is co-author of "The Last Week" and author of "Meeting Jesus for the First Time," "The God We Never Knew" and "The Heart of Christianity."

On March 29, historian Garry Wills will discuss his latest book, "What Jesus Meant," in which he examines what Jesus actually said about how people should live their lives. Wills is a professor at Northwestern University whose books on religion and history include "Papal Sin," "Why I Am a Catholic" and "Lincoln at Gettysburg."

Both programs begin at 7:30 p.m., with a regular admission charge of $15. For more information, call 1-800-937-8728 or visit http://www.nationalcathedral.org .

Women in Ancient Religion

An exhibit that opened Friday at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and runs through May 28 explores women's spiritual roles in cultures in ancient Mexico and Peru. "Divine and Human: Women in Ancient Mexico and Peru" features more than 400 archaeological objects, including sculptures, textiles, pottery and jewelry.

The exhibit looks at the roles women played as healers, midwives, scribes, artists, priestesses, warriors and governors. The museum is at 1250 New York Ave. NW. For more information, visit http://www.nmwa.org .

Purim Carnival and Concert

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd. in Rockville, will hold a Purim carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. March 12, featuring carnival games, prizes, a costume parade and other entertainment. The Yad Charif Band, a group of teenage musicians from Israel, will give a free concert at 3 p.m.

Admission is free, and game tickets will be sold at the door for 25 cents apiece. For more information, call 301-348-3760.

Music, Discussed and Performed

The music of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla will be featured in a concert March 14 by the Post-Classical Ensemble of Washington and the Choir of Men and Boys of St. Paul's Episcopal Church on K Street in Washington.

The 6:30 to 9 p.m. event at Virginia Theological Seminary, at 3737 Seminary Rd. in Alexandria, will include a preconcert lecture by Peter Casarella of Catholic University's School of Theology and Religious Studies, who will discuss why music is central to understanding "an eternal creator's relationship to the temporal order." Casarella also will participate in a post-concert discussion.

Although the event is free, space is limited. For reservations, call 703-461-1752.

Religious Leaders to Gather

More than 500 leaders from the realms of religion, academia and public service will attend the International Conference on Faith and Service on March 22 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. The conference will promote collaboration among Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faiths, emphasizing the role that religious dialogue and youth service can play in reducing conflict throughout the world.

To register or receive more information about the conference, visit http://www.faithandserviceconference.org .

-- Compiled from staff reports

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