A campaign has begin in the Washington Jewish community, and in communities throughout the world, to collect "Pages of Testimony" about those killed in World War II. A group in Yad Vashem, Israel, will assemble the "pages" and keep records in the hope that all the names of those who were killed be recorded and remembered. The project director for this area is Marlene Gorin at the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, 347-4628.
A Northern Virginia family has left more than $1 million to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the New York-based relief agency of the United Methodist Church. The first $576,000 was accepted by Dr. J. Harry Haines., associate general secretary of the agency, who called the amount "the largest single gift UMCOR has received."
The money was left anonymously by "a life-time Methodist layman and his wife involved in the real estate business in northern Virginia," Haines said. The exact amount of the bequest will not be known until the estate is completely settled, he added.
The 1978 Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion has been awarded to Fr. Thomas F. Torrance, former moderator of the Church of Scotland. As the basis for the $97,500 award, the foundation cited his books linking theology and science. The prize, established in 1972 by financier John M. Templeton, past board chairman of Princeton Theological Seminary, is intended to parallel the Nobel prizes in science and literature in giving recognition for advancing the knowledge and love of God.
U.S. Catholic, a monthly publication, has established an annual award for outstanding contribution to the "cause of women in the church." The Rev. Mark J. Brummel, editor, said the award is "particularly appropriate for our times. Perhaps if we had established this award 25 years ago, there would be no need for it today." The winner will be announced in May.
Against a background of dissension, New Zealand's Anglican Church has ordained its four women priests at a ceremony in Wellington.
Rebel French Catholic Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who is building a training center for priests in this country, had indicated he would not ordain a bishop as part of his movement of Catholic "traditionalist." The group is strongly opposed to the reforms of the Vatican II council.
Asked in Paris why he had not ordained a bishop, Lefebvre replied: "I do not want to do something which would appear as a rupture with the Catholic Church. I put my fate in providence. I hope that continuity will be assured by other means. Pope Paul, like myself, is not eternal. Things could change."
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations has opened a national office here at the Watergate Office Building, 600 New Hampshire Ave. NW.Attorney David Martin will represent the union here, relaying its positions on social issues to the federal government . . . The Rev. C. Parke Street III, formerly assistant rector at St. Margaret's Epsicopal Church in Northwest Washington is new rector of St. Augustine's Espiscopal Church, 600 M St. SW . . . The Rev. Paul Bauer has been called to Northwood Presbyterian Church, 1200 University Blvd. West, Wheaton . . . The Rev. Dr. M. James Gardiner, adjunct professor at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago is new pastor at Southminster United Presbyterian Church, 7801 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill.