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Religion briefs

From the Journal Sentinel
Last Updated: April 6, 2001

City of God opposing Unification Church

Pastor George Nathaniel III, coordinator of the City of God Church Network, is continuing his group's opposition to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's recent visit to Milwaukee by distributing literature that attacks Moon's theology and Unification Church.

The network, a group of about 15 churches, organized a demonstration by 40 pastors and lay people Wednesday at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center before Moon's appearance there.

Nathaniel considers as heresy Moon's claims of being a messiah and of getting personal revelations from Jesus.

The eight-page handout Nathaniel's group is using was prepared by Frederick Miller, a Missouri Synod Lutheran layman who runs the private, non-profit True Light Ministries in Shirley, N.Y.

"It's absolutely a cult," Miller said in an interview, a claim Moon's followers dispute. "They're not teaching orthodox religion. They are basing it on the leadership and power of one individual. He sets the rules. You will follow him blindly, so to speak."

Rabbi to address medical ethics

Rabbi Edward Reichman, a doctor and expert on Jewish medical ethics, talks on "Decision Making During Life's Final Passage" at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Rubenstein Pavilion at the Jewish Home and Care Center, 1414 N. Prospect Ave.

Call (414) 277-8811.

Alleluia Ringers concert Sunday at Concordia

The Alleluia Ringers from Concordia University will present their 15th annual Spring Handbell Concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the chapel, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon.

The cost is $7 for people older than 18, free for others.

Farming is topic at Unitarian Society

Sierra Club legislative coordinator Caryl Terrell and farmer Gerald Jaeger will talk on "Family Farms vs. Corporate Welfare for Agribusiness" at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor St.

TV program Sunday focuses on Holocaust

The Wisconsin Educators' Holocaust Education Training Program will be discussed by Mary Talsky of Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, Debbie Wellnitz of Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Port Washington and Paula Simon, executive director of the Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations, at 6 a.m. Sundayon "Look In" on WISN-TV (Channel 12).

Child evangelism to be issue on 'Face to Face'

Tim Hatch and Trevor Brown of Child Evangelism Fellowship, which holds Bible-based sessions for "unchurched" children at private sites and public schools, will talk at 5:30 a.m. Sunday on "Face to Face" on WTMJ-TV (Channel 4).

Organ to re-create Good Friday earthquake

People who attend the ancient Good Friday Tenebrae services - with narration, music and darkness - at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church won't simply be told about the earthquake that shook Jerusalem after Jesus' death.

The congregation's electronically enhanced pipe organ will physically shake them with "wind," "thunder" and other sound effects that last year prompted people to hold their ears and cling to the pews, said Gordon Maleu, director of music.

The services, open to the public, are at 1 and 7 p.m. Friday at the church, 3205 N. 85th St.

Maleu knows of no other churches in the area that have the kind of space-age, digital-pipe technology needed to produce a comparable five-minute earthquake rendition.

Good Friday service at Italian center

An annual citywide Good Friday service sponsored by the Christian Courier newspaper will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. Friday at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St. Open to the public, the interdenominational event features preaching by Pastor Julius Malone of New Testament Church of Milwaukee and music by Larry Winters of the Obadiah singing group and David Kaap, a pianist.

Musical event at Mormon church

Composer Kenneth Cope's "Greater Than Us All," which takes the audience "from Jesus' pre-mortal majesty to his millennial reign" and ends with a glorious "Alleluia" melody, will be at 8 p.m. on Good Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9600 W. Grange Ave., Hales Corners. The event includes readers, soloists and a choir.


Appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on April 7, 2001.


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