TABLE OF CONTENTS
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
Father John J Walsh Early Columbia Interfaith and First Pastor of St. John the Evangelist
Saint John priests, deacons and staff over the years
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.
Mass Locations Over the YearsMovable Mass locations as the parish grew
Early Creative Financing: The Bond Program Innovative solution to a financial problem
Kahler Hall Ecumenical Services. Joint services with Christ Episcopal Church
The Red Balloons. An innovative Pentecost service
Ash Wednesday Fire and Smoke Unexpectedconsequences at a solemn service
Liturgical Clowns Clowns at work for the Lord
Liturgical Dancers Dancers addingmovement and grace to solemn services
EDUCATION AND YOUTH
Faith in the Home. Elementary religious education taught by laypeople in private homes
PARISH SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Mother’s Day Plant Sale Blooms and tomatoes at Wilde Lake
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
BEYOND THE FIRST 50 YEARS— EARLY ACTIVITIES THAT ARE STILL ON-GOING
TO THIS DAY
Hosting Teens for Peace Summer visits from students from Northern Ireland, Cyprus, and Israel/Palestine
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
Prison Ministry Over twenty-four years of parishioners visiting inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institute
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is our first picture: