Alisa Edwards Smith of Chapel Hill has two personal stories just published in two different books about faith. Both stories are from her childhood and involve telephone calls and her grandmother.
The popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series has a new edition called “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen: 101 Inspirational Stories about Hope, Answered Prayers, and Divine Intervention.” Guideposts, the inspirational publisher, has a new book out called “The Best Angel Stories 2013.” Smith’s writing is featured in both.
For the fourth year, the Faith Connections on Mental Illness conference will bring clergy, laity and health professionals together to share ideas and expertise about the intersection of religion and mental health issues. The conference will be held March 28 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill.
Adam Baker is a third year Duke Divinity School student preparing to graduate in May with a master of divinity. He is also a former child and adolescent therapist, and saw an area of pastoral care not addressed during his classes. So Baker organized a conference, “Sanctuary for the Sexually Abused: An Introduction to Pastoral Care,” which will be held this weekend at Duke Divinity.
When planning began, he was hoping that 35 to 50 people would register.
Thousands of people went to see the hit Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” when the tour came this month to the Durham Performing Arts Center. The comedy from the creators of “South Park” makes jokes at the expense of missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons.
Rather than take offense, six local Mormons who have been real missionaries said they’re more concerned about clearing up misunderstandings. None of them has seen the musical, but they do know what it’s like to be a missionary.
Triangle Friends of Farmworkers is urging clergy to find ways of engaging their congregations with information and support of farm workers during March. Jennifer McGovern of TFF spoke at the monthly meeting of Durham Congregations In Action this week at Durham Mennonite Church.
Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, 5218 Efland-Cedar Grove Road in Cedar Grove, will host Financial Peace University beginning March 2. Financial Peace University is a nine-week program on personal finance for people to manage their money better, eliminate debt and build wealth.
Last year two state legislators from Rowan County submitted a resolution calling for a state religion, which contradicts the U.S. Bill of Rights. The resolution was dismissed, but it was enough for a retired clergyman to take action.
The Rev. Rollin Russell, a retired United Church of Christ minister, has started up an Orange-Durham Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
A Duke University senior from Asheville has been chosen for Student Preacher Sunday at Duke Chapel. Hannah Ward, a religion major who is pre-med, will preach from the chapel pulpit at the 11 a.m. worship service on Feb. 23. It will be her first time preaching not just at Duke Chapel, but preaching at all.
It’s exciting, said Ward, whose sermon, “Everybody’s Perfect,” is the first sermon she has written. It is based on Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18, which includes the Ten Commandments, and Matthew 5: 38-48. She will preach about what perfect looks like through God’s eyes.
Is there humor in a spelling bee? There may be when improv artists, standup comedians and sketch comics moderate the competition.
The largest collaborative faith organization in Durham held its annual banquet meeting this week, with a speaker calling for justice. Durham Congregations In Action installed new officers, presented donations to hunger relief groups and listened to a keynote speech by Eboni Marshall Turman. DCIA has 60 member congregations and spiritual communities.