Belief Briefs

Jul. 03, 2013 @ 09:33 PM

Baha’is to observe Martyrdom of the Bab

DURHAM -- The Bahá’ís in Durham will join Bahá’ís worldwide in observance of the Martyrdom of the Báb at noon Tuesday at the Intercommunity Bahá’í Center, 5103 Revere Road, Durham. The observance, open to the public, will include prayers, readings and music, followed by fellowship. The Báb was the herald of Bahá’u’lláh, prophet and founder of the Bahá’í faith. On July 9, 1850, the Báb was executed by firing squad in a public square in Tabríz, Persia (Iran). A fundamental teaching of the Bahá’í faith is that there is one God who created all humanity as members of one human race. Other Bahá’í tenets include the equality of men and women, eradication of all forms of prejudice, harmony of science and religion and accessibility of education for all. For information, visit Durham Baha’i contact is Kathy Lee at 919-251-8085.

Gospel sing July 20 at Lakewood Baptist

DURHAM -- A gospel sing will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. July 20 at Lakewood Baptist Church, 2100 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. Performers are New Directions, a bluegrass gospel group from Siler City; Shepherd’s Voice, a southern gospel group from Greensboro; and the New Twilight, an upbeat inspirational gospel group that draws members from the region. Free admission.

Noah’s Faith, blood drive at Rose of Sharon Baptist

DURHAM -- Rose of Sharon Baptist Church will hold a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 20 in the church Fellowship Center at 4109 Guess Road in Durham. To donate blood, visit, click on “make a blood donation appointment” and enter “Rose of Sharon” under the Sponsor Code. 

Also, Rose of Sharon Baptist will host a combined worship service featuring Southern gospel group Noah’s Faith at 10:30 a.m. July 28. Noah’s Faith is from Mt. Airy. Songs include “The Journey Begins Here,” “Narrow Road Ahead” and “Pianopella.” For information, visit Before the worship service, Rose of Sharon will hold Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m. For information, call 919-477-3993.

Contemplative prayer retreat Aug. 2-4

CHAPEL HILL -- The 2013 silent retreat offered by the Contemplative Prayer Groups of Church of the Advocate and Church of the Holy Family will be Aug. 2-4 at Avila Retreat Center in Durham. The retreat is open to host congregations and neighboring congregations. The goal of the retreat is “to learn what silence can teach us, how God can reach us, and to pray both in community and in solitude.” The cost for room and board for two nights is $150. Registration deadline is July 26. Contact Char Sullivan at  or 919-542-2521. Copies of the book “The Cloud of Unknowing” are available for $10. For information about contemplative prayer, visit

Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship donates to YO:Durham

DURHAM – Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will donate $2,033 to YO: Durham, a mentoring program for youth. The donation is part of the congregation’s social justice mission. The donation came from its Generosity Sunday collection for June. YO:Durham is a Durham Congregations in Action initiative.

Gospel appreciation program at Emmanuel Tabernacle Holiness

DURHAM – A gospel appreciation program for Evangelist Loretta Little will be at 3 p.m. July 21 at Emmanuel Tabernacle Holiness Church, 2525 Atlantic St., Durham. The program will feature William Rigsbee (the Singing Angel), The Hassell Singers and B.T. Green & The Christian Harmonettes. Barbara Hines is emcee. Free admission, donations accepted. For information, call Rev. James Little at 919-477-4901.

Icon writing workshop at St. Paul’s Lutheran

DURHAM – St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will host an Icon Writing Workshop Aug. 5-10 at the church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. Sessions are from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily. The workshop will be led by teachers from the Prosopon School of Iconology in Whitney Point, N.Y. Attendees will learn about iconography, the ancient Christian art of icon-writing in the Byzantine/Russian tradition. They will create their own hand-painted icon of St. Michael the Archangel. Supplies provided. The cost is $500. Call 919-489-3214 or email

Day camp this month at Christus Victor

DURHAM -- Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E. Hwy 54, Durham, is hosting a summer day camp from 12:30-3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through July with stories, music, games and crafts. The camp is free. For information, call 919-544-7195 for directions or visit

Appreciation celebration July 21 at Shepherd’s House

DURHAM – An appreciation celebration for Mario Elam will be at 3 p.m. July 21 at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St., Durham. Groups performing include Men of Grace, Original Stars of Faith, New Gospel Winds, TMV, Walter Gilchrist and New Calvary Male Chorus. Hosted by Evangelist Julia Ross Harrelson. For information, call 919-949-2944.

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