Religion and politics make an appropriate mix...

Religion and politics make an appropriate mix at times.

Item 1. The Williamsburg Charter, a major reaffirmation of religious freedom and limits in American democracy signed June 25, will be discussed by Os Guinness, executive director of the sponsoring foundation, and others participating next Saturday at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

The sessions, starting at 1 p.m. and also involving U.S. District Court Judge Manuel Real, are the second in a three-part series. The final program Oct. 28 will feature Sen. Dale Bumpers (D-Ark.) describing how religion motivates constituents in politics and how faith influences his own choices. Los Angeles attorney Barry A. Fisher, a specialist in church-state relations, will moderate the discussion.

Reservations (213) 736-1096 for the limited seating are on a first-come basis.


Item 2. U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Leo T. McCarthy, the California lieutenant governor, will speak three nights apart next week at a Westside Los Angeles synagogue.

Israel and the Middle East, U.S.-Soviet relationships, the economy, environment and church-state issues are expected to be discussed by Wilson on Monday night and McCarthy on Thursday night. Both talks begin at 8 p.m. in the main sanctuary of Temple Beth Am.

The appearances by the U.S. Senate candidates are also sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation Council and the Young Business and Professional Network of the United Jewish Fund.

Temple Beth Am is holding the talks to bolster a voter registration campaign within its membership. “Though Jews continue, as a group, to take their responsibilities for voting seriously, in recent elections the percentage of Jews who have voted has declined,” said Senior Rabbi Joel Rembaum.



The joining of religion and politics can produce turmoil. “The New Religious Revolutions” in Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Iran and the Punjab region of India will be compared by author Mark Juergensmeyer in a lecture at 3:10 p.m. Monday at the International Lounge Commons at UC Riverside.

The Christian Research Institute, once based in El Toro, will formally dedicate a new headquarters building in Irvine at a service 1 p.m. Sunday. From a conservative evangelical perspective, the group founded and directed by Walter Martin has sought to debunk both new cults and older sectarian bodies as well as engage in Christian apologetics.

Affirmation/Gay & Lesbian Mormons, an independent group of homosexual men and women who have been raised in the Mormon Church, will conclude a three-day national convention Sunday at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Lutherans Concerned, an organization of “gay and lesbian Lutherans,” is holding a “coming out day celebration” 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood.


Harold W. Ezell, the San Pedro-based western regional commissioner for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and his wife, Lee, whose speaking and writing ministry has drawn attention in evangelical circles, are among Southern Californians receiving community awards Monday during the Religious Heritage of America banquet at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove. Mrs. Ezell, author of “The Cinderella Syndrome,” is among five featured speakers during Biola University’s 55th annual Bible Conference Wednesday through Friday on the La Mirada campus.


A United Church of Christ minister has written a book that attempts to strike a middle ground for men who have been alternately urged to appreciate their “feminine” side or to reassert a “Rambo” nature. “Healing the Masculine Soul” (Word Books) is by the Rev. Gordon Dalbey of Torrance, who says it is a call for males to discover strength and courage. He says it is also pertinent for pastors who find increasingly smaller ratios of men in the pews.