ARCHITECTURE LECTURE

A free lecture on historical and contemporary Orthodox Church architecture by architect Alexander Badialov will begin at 11 a.m. today at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, 3500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-333-5060.

INTERNATIONAL CONCERT

"Music From Around the World," a concert featuring guest musicians, choirs and soloists, will begin at 4 p.m. today at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. 202-582-7740.

HOWARD GOSPEL CONCERT

A Christmas concert featuring the Howard University Gospel Choir will begin at 5 p.m. today at St. Mary's Baptist Church, 8008 Eastern Ave. NW. An offering will be accepted. 202-726-2424.

INTERFAITH BANQUET

"Rediscovering the Abrahamic Message," the fifth annual interfaith banquet sponsored by Common Grounds USA featuring American University's Akbar Ahmed, is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. today at the Southern Maryland Islamic Center, 1046 Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown. 301-752-4115.

CONCERT OF THE BELLS

A concert featuring the Raleigh Ringers will begin at 7 p.m. today at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Rd., Ellicott City. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children 16 and under. 301-465-2977.

DICKENSIAN MUSICAL

A performance of "King Scrooge," a musical based on Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," will begin at 7:30 p.m. today at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Rd., Bethesda. An offering will be accepted. 301-986-1137.

STOP SMOKING, EN ESPANOL

A free smoking cessation presentation for Spanish-speaking residents sponsored by Anne Arundel County's Office of Minority Health will begin at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, 8402 Brock Bridge Rd., Laurel. 410-222-4479.

CANDLELIGHT CAROLS

The 46th annual Christmas Candlelight Carols concert will begin at 4 p.m. tomorrow at First Baptist Church, 1328 16th St. NW. An offering will be accepted. 202-387-2206.

BELL CONCERT

"The Bells of Christmas," a free hand bell and hand chime concert, will begin at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202.

CANDLELIGHT CONCERT

The combined choirs and orchestra of St. Luke Lutheran Church will perform a Christmas candlelight concert at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 9100 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. An offering will be accepted. 301-588-4363.

ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS

The combined choirs and hand bell ringers of St. Columba's Episcopal Church will perform at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. An offering will be accepted. 202-363-4119.

CELTIC CONCERT

A performance by musical group Iona Celtic will begin at 5 p.m. tomorrow at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 6800 Columbia Pike, Annandale. An offering will be accepted. 703-256-2966.

ATHEISM VS. CHRISTIANITY

"The Great Debate: Atheism vs. Christianity," a free live debate via satellite featuring Michael Newdow and Cliffe Knechtle, will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Chesapeake Church, 6201 Solomon's Island Rd., Huntingtown. 410-257-0700.

FACING RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

"Answers and Challenges of Religious Diversity," a free lecture by the Rev. Henry Brinton, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. 703-892-2565.

INTERFAITH VIEWS

"Our Emerging World: A Judeo Christian Response," a free interfaith symposium featuring Rabbi Arnold Fink and the Rev. Brian McLaren, will begin at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Greenspring Village, 7400 Spring Village Dr., Springfield. 703-923-4690.

CARING FOR PARENTS

"Caring for Our Aging Parents: The Practical and Emotional Aspects," a free lecture sponsored by Oseh Shalom Congregation, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the synagogue, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel. 301-498-5151.

-- Timothy Wilson

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