Belief Briefs

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 08:01 AM

Duke Chapel Blessing of the Animals Sunday

DURHAM -- Duke Chapel ministers will bless a variety of pets at the chapel’s annual Blessing of the Animals service 3 p.m. Sunday. The 30-minute service on the chapel lawn will feature performances by the Durham Children’s Choir, Scripture readings and a reflection by Rev. McKennon Shea, director of admissions at the Divinity School. Individual animal blessings will take place immediately after the service.

Meghan Feldmeyer, director of worship at the chapel, said it is a service of comfort that “acknowledges the sacred role that pets have in our lives.” Limited parking is available in front of the chapel for those with large animals and trailers are permitted in convenient spaces. Other parking is available at the Bryan Center. Duke will provide water for the animals, which should be under their owners’ control at all times. Duke Chapel has held the annual service since 1989, blessing animals from hedgehogs to sheep. Animals of all kinds are welcome. The service is held each October on the Sunday closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis, the13th-century Italian Catholic friar known for his love of animals. The rain date is 3 p.m. Oct. 13.

New vicar at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church

DURHAM -- St. Titus’ Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St., Durham, will hold a special service to celebrate its life and mission and welcome the Very Rev. Michael Battle as vicar at 10 a.m. Sunday. Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina appointed Battle to serve as vicar for St. Titus’. The Rev. Canon Beth Ely, canon for regional ministry (South) will participate and represent the diocese. A special choir will provide music, and a reception will follow on the church grounds.  

Battle is also a theologian, author, speaker and retreat leader whose ministry focuses on nonviolence, human spirituality and African Church studies. He is the author of nine books and has served as vice chairman of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, assistant professor of moral and ascetical theology at the University of the South, assistant professor of spirituality and black church studies at Duke University and rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh. He was assistant priest at Christ the Mediator in Cape Town, South Africa, where he was ordained in 1993 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He received his doctorate in theology and ethics from Duke University and now lives in Raleigh.

Food Pantry Network food drive Oct. 7-12

DURHAM -- The Durham Food Pantry Network, a nonprofit organization started by Aldersgate United Methodist Church and other local churches, is holding a food drive from Oct. 7 through 12 to help stock the pantries of Urban Ministries, West Durham Baptist and Mt. Calvary Church of Christ. Drop off nonperishable food items at the following fire stations: Parkwood, Umstead Road, Ninth Street, Cole Mill Road, Cornwallis Road and Milton Road.  Also, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12, food may be donated at Food Lions on Hillsborough Road, Guess Road, Roxboro Road, Fayetteville Road and at Woodcroft. The most-needed items are boxed cereals, canned fruits, canned and dry beans, boxes of macaroni and cheese, rice, grits, peanut butter, canned stews and soups, dried milk, oatmeal, canned vegetables, pasta, sauce and canned meats. No glass containers accepted.

Usher anniversary at Mt. Zion AME

HILLSBOROUGH -- Mt. Zion AME Church, 5124 Highway 86 North, Hillsborough, will observe its Usher Anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be Rev. William Richardson of First Community Baptist Church of Hillsborough, accompanied by his choir and congregation. 

Bishop Elroy Lewis anniversary at Fisher Memorial UHC

DURHAM -- Fisher Memorial United Holy Church will celebrate the 33rd pastoral anniversary of Bishop Elroy Lewis at 11 a.m. Sunday. Rev. Percy Chase, pastor of Community Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.  Music will be by the church choir and United Voices of Praise. All are welcome. Fisher Memorial UH Church is at 420 E. Piedmont Ave., Durham. For information, call 919-682-7416.

Usher anniversary at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist

DURHAM -- Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church’s Usher Anniversary will be held during the 7:55 a.m. worship service Oct. 13. Rev. Miriam Phillips of Mount Level will be the speaker. Breakfast will be served after the service. The church is at 316 Hebron Road in Durham. Rev. William C. Turner Jr. is pastor. For information, call the church at 919-477-3893.

‘A Place at the Table’ screening at Duke Divinity

DURHAM – The Durham chapter of Bread for the World, in association with Participant Media and Active Voice, will host a community screening of “A Place at the Table” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in 0016 Westbrook at Duke Divinity School. The documentary was directed by Kristi Jacobson, a Duke University graduate, and Lori Silverbush. It examines the crisis of food security, hunger, obesity and food access.

U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) will introduce the film and the screening will be followed by a panel discussion including Barbie Izquierdo, a Philadelphia mother featured in the film, and Jill Staton Bullard, executive director of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Parking is available at the Bryan Center garage at Duke. Screening sponsors include the Duke Catholic Center, Durham CROP Hunger Walk, Durham Congregations in Action, Durham Knights of Columbus, Holy Infant, Holy Cross and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches, Watts Street Baptist Church and Pilgrim United Church of Christ.

Won Buddhist Temple bazaar Oct. 12

CHAPEL HILL -- The Won Buddhist Meditation Temple of Chapel Hill will hold its annual Temple Bazaar from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at 8021 Old NC 86 in Chapel Hill.  Korean food, meditation clothing, crafts, books and tea sets will be for sale. There will also be music, tours of the temple and short talks on Buddhism and meditation. For information, contact John Delconte at or 919-630-4478.

Stasio to discuss investing at ERUUF

DURHAM -- Frank Stasio, host of WUNC-FM’s “The State of Things,” will discuss the “Slow Money” movement for local investing at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road in Durham.  The talk is free and open to all. The event is sponsored by ERUUF’s Earth Justice Action Group. For information, visit

‘Mugs and Muffins’ women’s event at Rose of Sharon Baptist

DURHAM -- Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 4109 Guess Road, Durham, will hold a Women’s Conference called “Mugs and Muffins” from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19.   Women should bring their Bible and favorite mug for coffee or tea and a continental breakfast. The guest speaker will be Phyllis Elvington, who will talk about “Walking With the Master.” Tickets are $7 through the church office. For information, email

Yiddish songfest benefit for UMD Sunday

DURHAM -- A Yiddish songfest to benefit Urban Ministries of Durham will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St., Durham. The concert “What’s Not to Like?” features local singers and musicians performing traditional ballads and lullabies as well as Yiddish theatre songs and post-war and contemporary works. Light refreshments will follow. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; children under 13 admitted free. Transportation is available. Contact 919-682-7468 or 

All-choir celebration at Mt. Gilead Baptist

DURHAM -- Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Music & Arts Ministry will host its annual All-Choir Celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 404 Dowd St., Durham. Guest clinician will be Min. Patrick Lundy, En Sound Music Artist of the Year award winner and director of Christian Fine Arts at the Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Md. For information, call 919-688-6052.

Homecoming at Edgewood Baptist

DURHAM -- Edgewood Baptist Church, 1807 Infinity Road, Durham, will celebrate homecoming Sunday with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., worship service at 11 a.m.  and covered dish lunch to follow. Guest speaker will be Rev. Terry Harper. For information, call 919-471-2664.

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