The Rev. Estela Hernandez Marquez, who has served for 30 years as co-pastor of William Cary Baptist Church in Vedado, Cuba, will be guest speaker at three Buffalo events next weekend.
Ms. Marquez, who also serves as the secretary of the Fraternity of Baptist Churches of Cuba, will be guest preacher at 11 a.m. April 2 in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St. The Fraternity of Baptist Churches is a member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, headed by the Rev. Dr. Bennett W. Smith, pastor of St. John Baptist Church.
Ms. Marquez also will address a luncheon for ministers and lay people at noon March 31 in the Council of Churches Building, 1272 Delaware Ave., and will speak at 2 p.m. April 1 at Hispanics United, 251 Virginia St.
Episcopal bishop will speak
Bishop Frank S. Cerveny, who served for 18 years as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, will preach at 11 a.m. Sunday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave. Considered one of the most gifted preachers in the Episcopal Church, Bishop Cerveny currently serves as executive vice president of the Episcopal Church Pension Fund.
Historian to speak at college
Local historian Edward J. Patton will be guest speaker for the annual Hibernian Memorial Mass and Communion Breakfast Sunday at Canisius College.
The breakfast in the college's faculty cafeteria will follow a 9 a.m. Mass in the college chapel. The event is open to the public, but reservations should be made by calling 759-6800.
Patton, director of the Western New York Heritage Institute at the college, will discuss the development of Buffalo's waterfront area in the 19th century as Irish immigrants settled there in the aftermath of the Great Famine.
Installation ceremony April 2
Ronald E. Wolfe, a retired industrial engineer, will be commissioned and installed as an associate-in-ministry at 7 p.m. Sunday in Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St.
The commissioning will be conducted by Bishop Lee M. Miller of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American. The Rev. Paul Mertzlufft, dean of the denomination's Niagara Frontier Conference, will be installing officer, and the Rev. Dr. John Scarafia, pastor of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church on Grand Island, will preach.
Mr. Wolfe, who is retired from the Chevrolet Engine Plant, is a graduate of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. He attended Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Ontario.
Expert to discuss Anglicanism
R. William Franklin, an authority on the history of Anglicanism, will speak today and Sunday in St. Paul's Cathedral, Main and Church Streets.
Franklin will deliver two major addresses on the past, present and future of Anglicanism in Western New York during a Lenten Education Day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today. On Sunday, he will speak during the 9 and 11 a.m. services and lead a discussion at 10 a.m.
Franklin is a professor of history and modern Anglican studies at General Theological Seminary in New York City.
Federal reforms are topic
Ed Bloch, director of New York State Interfaith IMPACT, will discuss the effect of proposed federal legislation on states at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Nativity, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.
The meeting, which will touch on issues such as welfare reform and school prayer, will be cosponsored by the Food for All Public Policy Committee, the Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries, the Buffalo Area Council of Churches and the Western New York Peace Center.
In addition to federal proposals, Bloch will present an analysis of the welfare-reform principles developed by the religious community.
Rev. Sharpton to preach here
The Rev. Al Sharpton, a Baptist minister and civil rights activist, will be guest preacher at the annual Men's Day celebration at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1525 Michigan Ave.
A former pastor of Bethel, the Rev. Eugene McAshan, now pastor of Jones Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, will be guest preacher at the 4 p.m. service. The Rev. Dr. Simon P. Bouie, pastor of Bethel, said the theme for the special services will be "Surviving -- Black Men Uniting in America -- Into and Beyond the 21st Century."
'Pilgrimage With Jesus' is set
"Pilgrimage With Jesus," a dramatic portrayal of seven scenes from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, will be staged Thursday through next Saturday at Clarence United Methodist Church, 10205 Greiner Road.
Performances, presented during a one-hour walking tour, will take place between 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tours begin every 15 minutes. Admission is free. Groups of 20 or more people should make reservations by calling the church.
2 talks set on Jewish issues
Ellen Umansky, an expert on women in Judaism and on Jewish healing, will give two talks next weekend under the sponsorship of the Institute of Liberal Jewish Studies.
"In Her Own Voice: Our Spiritual Legacy" will be her topic at 8 p.m. April 1 at Congregation Havurah, 6320 Main St., Williamsville. At 10 a.m. April 2, she will discuss "Spiritual Healing and American Jews" at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.
Ms. Umansky, an author, is a professor of Judaic Studies at Fairfield (Conn.) University. She is coeditor of "Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality."