UMES to hold President's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

  • Thursday, January 27, 2011

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (Jan. 27, 2011) - The President's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast scheduled for Friday, Feb. 25, signals the start of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 2011 homecoming celebration. 

    Justine Willis Toms, a radio talk-show hostess and author of "Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World" will serve as keynote speaker. Also appearing will be the Rev. Mishael Miller of Baltimore, an inspirational music-ministry vocalist.

    The breakfast begins at 8 a.m. in the UMES Student Services Center ballroom. Tickets are $40 each, or $350 for a table of 10.

    For UMES President Thelma B. Thompson, watching an idea she had when she took office in 2002 develop into a popular, annual event - especially in the local, faith-based community - is among her most satisfying professional accomplishments.

    "The aim of the prayer breakfast is to bring us together," Dr. Thompson said. "It's done a wonderful job of sensitizing those of us who take away so much from this fellowship event with the faith needs of the community."

    Thompson enjoys listening to Toms' radio program and extended her a personal invitation to speak at this year's breakfast.

    Toms and her husband, Michael, can be heard Sundays at 2 p.m. on WESM-FM (91.3) as co-hosts of an hour-long show, "New Dimensions."

    Toms is co-founder and managing producer of New Dimensions Media/World Broadcasting Network and New Dimensions Radio, a nonprofit, educational organization that produces and distributes motivational radio programming heard around the world. She describes its mission as "a vortex for launching new trends, revealing timeless wisdom, and pushing the boundaries of form, language and spirit."

    Over the past four decades, the couple is credited with creating "a powerful and transformative archive with leading-edge The Rev. Mishael Millerthinkers, spiritual leaders, change agents, indigenous voices, artists, scientists, healers, ecologists and social architects."

    Toms was among 30 people invited to participate in the Synthesis Dialogues with the Dalai Lama in June 2004.

    Following the Feb. 25 prayer breakfast at UMES, Toms will be available to sign her latest book, "Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World."

    The Rev. Miller has been a music instructor in several central Maryland public school systems and sings the national anthem at sporting events. Currently, he serves as assistant pastor of Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church in Baltimore.

    Call 410-651-8045 to purchase tickets for the UMES President's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.  A portion of proceeds is tax deductible and supports UMES' Campaign for Academic Excellence.

     

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    Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, wrobinson3@umes.edu.