Belief briefs

Jan. 02, 2013 @ 10:44 AM


Epiphany Ring Handbell Festival on Sunday

DURHAM – Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road, Durham, will have an Epiphany Ring Handbell Festival at 7 p.m. Sunday. The third annual Epiphany festival features eight to 10 handbell ensembles from the Triangle.

Duke Chapel dean to speak at DCIA banquet

DURHAM -- Durham Congregations in Action will hold its annual dinner and meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1902 Perry St., Durham. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke Chapel. There will also be special music, community service organizations will receive funding awards for hunger and human service programs and DCIA officers and board members for 2013 will be installed. The dinner is $14 a person. Reservation deadline is Jan. 15 at 919-688-2036 or Payment will be accepted at the door.

Prayer Walk on Tobacco Trail on MLK Day

DURHAM -- In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to address repeated assaults on the American Tobacco Trail, BlessDurham and PrayDurham will co-host a Prayer Walk on Martin Luther King Jr. Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21 on the American Tobacco Trail. Multiple stations will be set up to facilitate prayer for various concerns such as gun violence, schools, law enforcement, government officials, children and families. The community is invited to come anytime during the walk, which begins at the trail entrance across from Morehead Avenue, the northern trail head. Parking is available along Morehead Avenue, under the Durham Freeway or in the American Tobacco Campus parking deck. 

Prison chaplain to speak MLK Sunday at Watts Street Baptist

DURHAM – The Rev. Prinn Deavens, senior chaplain at the Raleigh Correctional Institution for Women, will preach during the 11 a.m. worship service Jan. 20 at Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St., Durham for Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday.

Deavens is a Mississippi native who graduated from Tougaloo College and Duke Divinity School. She will share some of King’s writings related to “the unknown kingdoms that exist behind prison walls.” The service will be followed by a luncheon discussion exploring ways to carry on King's legacy of peace and reconciliation. Both are open to the public. 

University Presbyterian sponsors mental health education class

CHAPEL HILL -- University Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, will sponsor an adult education class, “Mental Health, Movies and Our Faithful Response.” The community is invited to the class, which will be Sundays at 9:45 a.m. Sunday through Feb. 10 in Vance Barron Hall at UPC. Each class will focus on a different mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, developmental and learning problems, substance abuse, psychosis and dementia. Each health issue will be illustrated with a scene from a popular movie followed by a discussion led by someone who has personal experience with the issue. The group discussion will focus on how people of faith are called to respond to those affected by mental illness.

For information, contact class facilitator Jay Williams, at 919-942-8716 (days) or 919-929-0065 (evenings), or at

Israel film series, discussion at Kehillah Synagogue

CHAPEL HILL -- Duke Professor Shai Ginsburg and Rabbi Jennifer Feldman will discuss a documentary film series, “Israel from the Inside Out: A Human Perspective,” for six weeks at the Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Rd. Chapel Hill. According to Ginsburg, “In this series we aim to diversify the vision of Israel. We are screening some of the most successful, critically and commercially acclaimed, Israeli documentary films in recent years. The films explore a wide range of issues and themes: immigration and emigration, aging, gender, ethnicity, Israeli urban centers and the kibbutz, past dreams and present reality and, yes, also the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the Jewish Holocaust.” The schedule: 7-9 p.m. Jan. 12, “Life in Stills;” 7-9 p.m. Jan. 26, “Fragments;” 7-9 p.m. Feb. 2, “Children of the Sun;” 7-9 p.m. Feb. 16, “The Queen Has No Crown;” 7-9 p.m. March 2, “To See If I Am Smiling” and 8-10 p.m. March 16, “The Hangman.” To register, call 919-942-8914. Suggested donation is $18/person for the series or $5 per film.

‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ at Duke Memorial UMC

DURHAM -- American one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian-Carlo Menotti will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. Grey Lehman of the Durham Children’s Choir sings the role of Amahl, with other choir members as villagers along with members of the Duke Memorial Sanctuary Choir. Other cast include Elizabeth Linnartz, mother; Blayne Ziegenfuss, Markos Simopoulos and Lewis Moore, kings; and Stephen Pysnik, page. Music director is Cyril Murphy of Duke Memorial and stage director is Jane Williams, theatre director at Orange High School in Hillsborough.  The producer is Scott Hill, founder and director of the Durham Children's Choir. Tickets for are $10/adults; $5/children and seniors. For information, contact Scott Hill at 919-489-1451 or or Cyril Murphy at 919-683-3467 ext. 112 or

Henderson Grove MBC hosting recital

MORRISVILLE – Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2806 Page Road, Morrisville, will have a musical workshop recital at 3 p.m. Jan. 12. Students from age five to 50 will demonstrate what they’ve learned since August. Rev. Johnnie Bethea is pastor. For information, call the church at 919-596-6750.

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