Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, archbishop of Chicago, on "The Fact of Poverty Today: A Challenge for the Church," 8 p.m. on Thursday, Hartke Theatre, Catholic University.

The Rev. Dr. Ralph Elliott, pastor of North Shore Baptist Church in Chicago, on "Psalms-A Window to Revelation," 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, McLean Baptist Church, 1326 Calder Rd., McLean.

Paul Ward, PhD, of the Episcopal Peace Commission, and Marshall Mays, a lawyer, on "Why Are We Here? Peace Reports of the Diocese and National Church," 11:15 a.m. tomorrow, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St., Alexandria.

James Logan, professor of systematic theology at Wesleyan Theological Seminary, on "Study of Ephesians," 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow, 5 p.m. on Jan. 20, and 7 p.m. on Jan. 27, Ravensworth Baptist Church, 5100 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale.

The Rev. David Prior, contemporary theological author, on "The Holy Spirit and Worship," 7:45 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 20, The Falls Church, South Washington and East Fairfax streets, Falls Church.

Laurence Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard University Law School, on "Church and State Issues," at a breakfast gathering of the American Jewish Congress, 8 a.m. on Tuesday, J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Donation $50; reservations requested. Call 879-4500 for reservation information. MUSIC AND DRAMA

Organist Wesley Parrott, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Rock Spring Congregational Church, 5010 Little Falls Rd., Arlington.

"Alice in Blunderland," a play, performed by members of Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3 p.m. tomorrow, Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda. A discussion and reception will follow.

Cellist Douglas Wolter and pianist Haskell Small, works of Frescobaldi, Beethoven and Alkan, 3 p.m. tomorrow, Westmoreland Congregational Church, One Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda.

Organist Jonathan Dimmock, works of Bach, Buxtehude and Sweelinck, 4 p.m. tomorrow, Pohick Church, 9301 Richmond Hwy., Lorton.

Organist Mickey Thomas Terry, 5 p.m. tomorrow, Washington Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW.

Dulcimer recital by Nancy Smith, Irish and American music, 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, St. John's Episcopal Church, 6701 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. SPECIAL EVENTS

Service to honor civil servants of the District of Columbia, 11 a.m. tomorrow, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW.

Service of inspirational readings and music commemorating World Religion Day, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Tpke., Fairfax. Sponsored by the Woodson Area Interfaith Council.

Singles sabbath service, 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Beth Torah Congregation, 6700 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Refreshments will be served following the service. COURSES

"Community and the Risen Christ," a five-week scripture course, beginning 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Hwy., Alexandria.