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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 21, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 23
Open Hands Open Hearts: Event Explores Diverse Faith Traditions

Open Hands Open Hearts is a celebration of religion and spirituality that takes place each year on the Homewood campus. The program — a collaborative effort of the Interfaith Council, Campus Ministries and student representatives from a variety of Hopkins faith organizations — allows for open discussion to raise awareness of matters concerning faith, in both the local and global arenas, and pursues a broad range of issues facing faith communities in the modern era.

The following events are open to students, faculty and staff and will take place at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center unless otherwise noted. For more information, call Campus Ministries at 410-261-1880 or go to


Sunday, Feb. 27

6-7 p.m. Open Your Eyes Dinner. A free dinner and a presentation by the Baha'i students at Johns Hopkins called "B'Huh? Understanding the Baha'i Tradition." Hosted by the JHU Muslim Association, the Baha'i Club and the JHU Interfaith Council.


Monday, Feb. 28

6:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist weekly discussion.


Tuesday, March 1

5-7 p.m. Our Big Fat Everything Wedding. An exploration of matrimonial traditions from across world religions. Wedding cake will be served at 6 p.m. Dietary restrictions observed. Hosted by Campus Ministries and the Interfaith Council.


Wednesday, March 2

5 p.m. African Methodist Episcopal student group Lenten Bible study.

7:30 p.m. Buddhist Student Association weekly evening meditation.

7:30 p.m. "Religion and the Media." Award-winning Washington Post columnist Alan Cooperman speaks on the topic. Cooperman has covered religion for the Washington Post for three years and has been a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and U.S. News & World Report.


Thursday, March 3

9 p.m.-midnight. Coffee House. All are welcome for board games, karaoke, listening to good music and just relaxing. Free coffee, Krispy Kremes and snacks. To book an act, e-mail


Friday, March 4

1:15 p.m. Muslim Juma'h Prayer Service. This weekly 45-minute service, which consists of an insightful lecture followed by a short prayer, offers a reminder to the ultimate goal in life: worshiping and obeying God.

6:30 p.m. Chinese Shabbat Dinner. All faiths are encouraged to join in this unique experience of Shabbat dining.


Saturday, March 5

7 p.m. Praise Concert. Kross Campus Ministry, in conjunction with Peabody and MICA, is offering a Christian Praise Concert followed by a reception. All faiths are welcome.


Sunday, March 6

11 a.m. Hindu Aarthi. The Hindu Student Council invites all to its weekly prayer called Aarthi, an illustration of the Hindu faith. The 20-minute service includes fire, which represents purity, and the singing of a traditional hymn. A discussion of Hindu philosophy follows.

11 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass, celebrated by Father Thomas Ryan. Members of the Hopkins Catholic Community will be ready to explain the symbolism and ritual of this 2,000-year-old religion.

Noon. Sikh Prayers. The JHU Sikh Student group invites everyone to its weekly prayers.

5 p.m. First Sundays at Five. Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway. Episcopal Campus Ministries invites the JHU community to its monthly evening worship and Holy Eucharist followed by a simple supper.

5:30 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass, celebrated by Father Thomas Ryan. Members of the Hopkins Catholic Community will be ready to explain the symbolism and ritual of this 2,000-year-old religion.

7:30 p.m. The Gathering. University Baptist Church, 3501 N. Charles St. A weekly contemporary worship service led by college students specifically for college students.


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