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Religion events from around the Washington area

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church’s annual Fall Festival features collectibles, food, a raffle, pumpkins and games for children. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 818 University Blvd. West, Silver Spring. E-mail Patty Mitchell at or call 301-593-3282.

Saturday, noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: The Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Festival will be held at the temporary church location, on the site of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 15100 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. You will find Greek food, authentic Greek coffees, beers, wines and live Greek music. A Greek marketplace will offer books, jewelry, trinkets and religious items. Free. 240-389-1366.

Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.: Weekly carillon recital performed by Edward M. Nassor. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden area, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or

Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.: Historic Christ Church will host its Fall Faire dinner, with ham and oysters, parsley potatoes, cole slaw, apple sauce and bread. A la carte items include oyster scald, oyster po’ boys, fried oyster basket, hot dogs, chips and more. Vendors and a baked goods table will be there. Rain or shine. Historic Christ Church Parish Hall, 37497 Zach Fowler Rd., Chaptico. Ham and oyster dinner, $20; fried oyster dinner, $16; ham dinner, $11. Pre-payment available through Paypal. 301-884-3451 or e-mail Crystal Spranger at

Saturday, 1 p.m.: Join Marian Shrines from around the world in praying the Rosary live via satellite. The afternoon begins with a welcome message from Pope Francis. The arrival of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome will be shown. Other participating shrines include Our Lady of Lourdes in France, Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland, Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil, Our Lady of Good Health in India and Annunciation in Israel. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-8300.

Oct. 12, 1:30 to 5 pm: Davies community fish fry and mike returns. An all-you-can-eat meal of fried fish will be served from 1:30 to 3 p.m. An open mike for the performance of poetry, prose, music and more will be available from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, fish fry, $10; open mike, free. 301-449-4308.

Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m.: Crab feast, with shrimp, chicken and kid-friendly food also on the menu. St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. $45; in advance, $40; age 12 and younger, $20. 301-627-8469.

Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m.: Upper Room International Church will give away books and clothing for infants, children, men and women. Free hot dogs and soda while supplies last. Upper Room International Church, 78 Ritchie Rd., Capital Heights. Free. Barbara McEachern, 240-274-2279.

Saturday, 7 p.m.: Jason Wright, author of “Christmas Jars,” “The Seventeen Second Miracle” and other books discusses his favorite word: “Seek.” Wright will talk about about the divine power that comes from initiative. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Visitors’ Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. Free. 301-587-0144.

Sunday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Thomas Tarrants, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan and now vice president of C.S. Lewis Institute, will discuss his transformation from Klansman to minister of racial reconciliation during the monthly breakfast and preach-about-it at the 10 a.m. service. Concord-St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd., Bethesda. Breakfast: $6; age 10 and younger, free. Breakfast registration: 301-229-3383.

Sunday, 12:30 p.m.: Nobel laureate, astrophysicist and cosmologist John C. Mather will speak about “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Understanding in the Age of Science.” He will talk about the history and expansion of the universe and more. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. Free. 703-281-4230., or e-mail Gerald Poje at

Sunday, 7 p.m.: “God Loves Uganda,” a Sundance-selected film about the fundamentalist evangelical campaign to change African culture and spread the values of America’s Christian Right will be screened. Refreshments will be available. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. Free. 703-281-4230., or e-mail Susan Bennett at scbennett@

Most Weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for ages 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from above. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m.: A docent leads a “spirituality reflections” tour that depicts stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in the building’s glass and stone. The tours offer story, silence, poetry, prayer and reflective invitations, including one to attend Eucharist at noon. Participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. The tours do not take place on holidays or during special events. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or

Tuesday, 12:10 p.m.: Carmina Chamber Choir performs diverse musical styles of the Middle Ages through the Baroque period. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, ext. 20.

Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.: A docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993,

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Grief Care Ministry offers support after the loss of a loved one. Sessions continue through Oct. 29. Church of the Redeemer, 19425 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-926-0967.

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.: Come and play bridge. Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-1450.

Wednesdays, noon: Bible study. Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE. 202-396-0375.

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Sign Language Class. A two-for-one tuition special: $175, text books included. Six two-hour lessons, through Nov. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Rd., Camp Springs. 301-782-9922.

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Certified instructor Susan Goekler leads T’ai Chi classes to strengthen mind and body. Intermediate students at 7 p.m.; beginners at 7:30 p.m. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Rd., Camp Springs. Suggested donation, $5 per class. or 301-449-4308.

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.: Bible study at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 3601 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-582-7740.

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study at Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144 or

Thursday, 2 to 6:30 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: The “Conference for Catholic Activism in the Americas, 1891–1962: New Comparative and Transnational Approaches,” starts Thursday. Five panels will discuss the historical evidence for Catholicism’s integral role in promoting a robust public sphere throughout the Americas, even before the general liberalization of the Catholic Church during the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965). A conference schedule can be found at The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. Register: Additional information, Julia Young, assistant professor of history, 202-319-5484.

Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Auditions are set for late winter performances of “The Wizard of Oz.” Get an information package by sending your name and contact information to Barbara Gordon at Children must be in third grade or above to participate. A small, calm dog to play “Toto” is also sought, but must be good with children and able to respond to simple commands. Send a photo and other details about the dog to Information about the performances is available from Pat Vaughn, director of music ministry, or 703-256-8330. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale.

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.: Bible study in the library of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Arts@Midday is all about modern percussion from ancient traditions with percussionist and composer Tom Teasley demonstrating a world of percussion styles from Africa, India, the Middle East and beyond and techniques derived from his extensive travel as a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. State Department. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286 or

Friday, 12:15 to 1 p.m.: Classical pipe organist Christopher Reynolds performs works by John Cook, Dietrich Buxtehude, Cesar Franck, George Thalben-Ball and Louis Vierne. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Friday, 5 to 7:30 p.m.: Volunteers are needed to cook donated food, serve or clean up after meals for residents of Carpenter’s Shelter on the first and third Fridays of each month. Sponsored by Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Carpenter’s Shelter, 930 North Henry St., Alexandria. Michele Smith, 703-778-4937 or e-mail

Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 9 p.m. through Oct. 26: A community Halloween Party for all ages promises food, fun and visits to a ghostly village and a haunted trail. Come in costume and enjoy hot dos and s’mores. The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 7606 Quarterfield Rd., Glen Burnie. Free, donations will benefit the church’s funds. 410-766-8778 or

Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Bible study. Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-526-1244.

Next Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:45 a.m.-noon: In a conference hosted by the National Presbyterian Church, “The Changing Terrain of the American Religious Landscape,” Pew Research Center’s Gregory Smith, director of U.S. religion surveys, and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson examine recent trends showing fewer American adults claiming to have a religious affiliation. They will offer their insight into what this means in today’s society. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $20; $15 with advance registration; students, $5; free with advance registration. Register: 202-537-7527 or

Next Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-noon: Take your cancelled checks, statements, credit card receipts, insurance documents, legal documents, medical records, pay stubs, tax documents and more to be professionally shredded. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3022 Woodlawn Ave., Falls Church. Free, donations to the church’s fund are welcome. or 703-532-6617.

Next Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Author Brian McLaren will discuss his book “Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?, Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.” Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1125 Savile Lane, McLean. Registration materials:

Next Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon: United Methodist Women are hosting a fall gathering with guest speaker Gordon Greathouse, General Board of Global Ministries Missionary from Brazil. A light brunch will be served. Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. Free. 703-256-8330.

Next Saturday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m.: Former Washington National Cathedral organist Scott Dettra performs a dedication recital on a new Walker organ. A reception follows. Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Rd., Vienna. Free-will offering. 703-938-6521 or

Next Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.: Costumed actors will talk about hymns written from the 5th to 20th centuries and have participation by two choirs, organ, piano, brass, bells and tympani. The congregation is invited to participate. A reception follows. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 25100 Ridge Rd., Damascus. Free-will offering. 301-253-2130 or

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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