Interfaith Marriage Chat

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has added chat rooms to its Web site on interfaith marriage so members can discuss issues and raise questions. The archdiocese estimates that 67 percent of marriages in its churches now involve non-Christians or Christians who belong to non-Orthodox churches.

The chat rooms are directed by the Rev. Charles Joanides, who for two years has directed research and education on interfaith marriages for the archdiocese.

The chat rooms are in addition to research and information available at

-- Associated Press

Local Notes

* Washington Hebrew Congregation on Macomb Street NW has elected M. Bruce Lustig, 41, to succeed Joseph P. Weinberg as senior rabbi. Lustig has been a rabbi at the Reform temple since 1986 and becomes the congregation's sixth senior rabbi since it was formed in 1852. Weinberg, who served Washington Hebrew for more than 30 years, died in October of cancer. He was 62.

* Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, one of the students killed in the Columbine High School shootings, will speak tomorrow at the 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at Mount Ararat Baptist Church, 65 Toluca Rd., Stafford, Va. Scott will share entries from Rachel's diary that "seem to anticipate the tragedy," said the Rev. Dee Whitten, the church's pastor.

* Riggs Bank and the Collective Banking Group, which represents more than 150 African American churches throughout the area, will launch a program teaching children how to save and other money management skills at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ, 6200 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale.