TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I 

ACTIVITIES DURING THE PARISH’S FIRST 50 YEARS

FOUNDATION OF ST. JOHN’S CHURCH

 

A Brief History of the Parish:How it developed and why it worships in Interfaith Centers

Creating the Parish

 Father John J Walsh   Early Columbia Interfaith  and First Pastor of St. John the Evangelist

Fr. Walsh 

Saint John priests, deacons and staff over the years

St John Clergy and Staff

Fr. Zorn and the Beginning of Interfaith Life in Columbia. A Jesuit sentto help get interfaith off the ground in the late 60’s was assigned to our parish.

Fr. Zorn 

Mass Locations Over the YearsMovable Mass locations as the parish grew

 Where did we go for Sunday Mass over the years

Early Creative Financing: The Bond Program  Innovative solution to a financial problem

 Bond program

 

LITURGICAL INNOVATIONS

 

Kahler Hall Ecumenical ServicesJoint services with Christ Episcopal Church

Historical Kahler Hall Interfaith

The Red Balloons.   An innovative Pentecost service

Red Balloons

Ash Wednesday Fire and Smoke  Unexpectedconsequences at a solemn service

Ash Wednesday fire and smoke

Liturgical Clowns   Clowns at work for the Lord

Liturgical Clowns

 Liturgical Dancers   Dancers addingmovement and grace to solemn services

 LITURGICAL DANCE

EDUCATION AND YOUTH

 

Faith in the Home. Elementary religious education taught by laypeople in private homes

 Faith in the home

PARISH SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Mother’s Day Plant Sale    Blooms and tomatoes at Wilde Lake

MothersDayPlantSale 

PARISH ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH ACTIVITIES

Interfaith Vacation Bible School  A very innovative joint vacation bible study venture of Christian and Jewish congregations in Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

Interfaith Religious Education Updated

PART II

 BEYOND THE FIRST 50 YEARS— EARLY ACTIVITIES THAT ARE STILL ON-GOING

TO THIS DAY

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Hosting Teens for Peace   Summer visits from students from Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and Israel/Palestine

Hosting teens for peace

Give It a Second Chance   Annual collection of bikes, sewing machines, musical instruments and more to benefit the needy at home and around the world

Give It a Second Life

Prison Ministry    Over twenty-four years of parishioners visiting inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institute

Prison Ministry 

NOTE 1:  All footnotes found in these articles which cite “Creative Tension” refer to CREATIVE TENSION: MEMORIES OF EARLY INTERFAITH EXPERIENCES IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND. Edited by Carolyn Arena and Elizabeth Martin. Etchings Publishing, Baltimore, Md., 2017.  The book is available for $15, and all proceeds go to the Coalition for Compassion.  Copies can be purchased from the Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills offices (a check made out to OMI is preferred) or contact Carolyn Arena at larcar4@comcast.net.   The book can also be bought at, or borrowed from, the Wilde Lake Interfaith Library which is open on Sunday mornings.

 

NOTE 2:  We encourage anyone who would like to add to this published list of interesting activities started during the parish’s first 50 years to send your reminisces to Paul Gifford at paul.gifford@sjerc.org. 

 

NOTE 3:  You will notice that somearticles have no names mentioned, incomplete lists of people who participated in an activity, or no acknowledgement of a photographer.  We would love to add names to complete the stories for posterity. If you can fill in any blanks, please e-mail larcar4@comcast.netwith the information and we will post the corrections.

 

We have numerous pictures and we can’t identify the people in them.  We will post a picture and if you know who the people are in the picture send an e-mail to Deacon Paul Gifford at paul.gifford@sjerc.org

Here is our first picture:

 

 


Menu

Quick Links

Stay Informed


Giving

Event Registration

Connect

Contact Us

Locations

Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

5885 Robert
Oliver Place
Columbia, MD
21045

Wilde Lake Interfaith Center

10431 Twin Rivers
Road
Columbia, MD
21044