Events kick into high gear Palm Sunday through Easter.
As the “Black Lives Matter” protest movement begun in Ferguson, Missouri, expanded across the nation in late 2014, Duke Divinity School hosted a service and discussion that drew a few hundred students. Led by the Office of Black Church Studies, the conversations would continue into 2015, said Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, and they have.
Durham Congregations In Action continued its months-long discussion this week on how its member congregations can work together on housing, work and poverty issues.
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church has joined the GreenFaith Certification Program, an interfaith environmental certification program for houses of worship.
The Duke University and Durham community that usually worships at Duke Chapel on Christmas Eve will instead gather in another popular site on campus — Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Diane Jones, who leads the Durham Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, remembers when the annual Vigil Against Violence was held on the steps of the old courthouse in the 1990s. Now in its 23rd year, it is held at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church in North-East Central Durham. The service was held Thursday night to honor those people who died by violence in 2014.
You have to study every Biblical book by itself, Rev. James “Mickey” Efird, said during the first in a Lenten series he’s leading about the passion narratives of the New Testament Gospels. “People try to put them together and make one story out of them when they are different stories,” Efird said. Some say all the Gospels are passion narratives with extended introductions, he said.
A look at upcoming events are area churches beginning Thursday, March 12.
Chabad of Durham/Chapel Hill will host a celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim Thursday, March 5 at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.
Rev. Katie G. Cannon, the first African-American woman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church, which later merged into the PCUSA, gave a guest lecture this week at Duke Divinity School.
What's happening in the area over the next week.
The Bahá’ís of Durham invite the public to an uplifting interfaith gathering of prayers and devotional music shared by members of various faith communities to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Intercommunity Bahá’í Center, 5103 Revere Road.
The African Children’s Choir will perform a concert next week at King’s Park International Church in Durham. An offering will be taken to support the work of the choir program of international organization Music for Life.
Antioch Baptist Church will host its Annual African American History Celebration Program at 4 p.m. Sunday at 1415 Holloway St. Special guests include Ebenezer Baptist Church Hymn Choir of Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill Gospel Choir.
Installation services for new Episcopalian rectors often happen soon after he or she starts the new job, but scheduling conflicts postponed Rev. Helen Svoboda-Barber’s ceremony about six months. She has been rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham since August, with the service officially installing her held last week. The delay meant she had time to get to know the people at St. Luke’s already, Svoboda-Barber said, and it was fun.