Lifestyles: Faith

Feb. 18, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Belief Briefs: Black History Month events scheduled

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.


Feb. 11, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

New rector installed at St. Luke’s Episcopal

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.


Feb. 11, 2015 @ 03:36 PM

Belief Briefs: Nation of Islam to observe Saviours' Day

Muhammad Mosque No. 34 in Durham will observe the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day with several events Feb. 20-22.


Feb. 04, 2015 @ 04:55 PM

Belief briefs: Churches celebrate anniversaries, Black History Month

St. Mark AME Zion Church will celebrate its 125th Anniversary and Founders Day at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 531 S. Roxboro St. in Durham.


Feb. 04, 2015 @ 04:23 PM

DCIA ‘Sacred Visitations’ to encompass varied faiths

Durham Congregations in Action, an interfaith collaborative organization of about 60 congregations in Durham, will make special visits to various places of worship through Sunday.


Jan. 28, 2015 @ 09:17 PM

‘Because Black Lives Matter’ discussed at church

Hundreds of people packed the sanctuary at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church Wednesday night for “Sacred Conversations: Because Black Lives Matter.”


Jan. 28, 2015 @ 02:53 PM

DCIA supports living wage, school programs; officers reinstalled

Durham Congregations in Action reinstalled officers for another term during its annual banquet Tuesday night at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Hundreds of people attended the annual banquet for the collaborative organization of about 60 congregations, and learned about DCIA’s support of new initiatives.


Jan. 28, 2015 @ 02:50 PM

'TO DO GOOD:' Duke Divinity professor gives keynote at DCIA

J. Kameron Carter, an associate professor of systematic theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, said he would try preaching rather than give an academic lecture to Durham Congregations in Action at its annual banquet meeting Tuesday night at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church downtown.


Jan. 28, 2015 @ 02:57 PM

Belief Briefs: Churches to join wellness challenge

Seven Durham churches are participating in the 2015 Congregational Wellness Challenge for their spirit, soul and body, organized by DurhamCares, the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School and Bull City Forward.


Jan. 22, 2015 @ 05:06 PM

Groups partner to reduce poverty in East Durham

A new program aimed at reducing poverty in East Durham has just finished its first training session and matched 14 families in poverty with allies to support their goals to succeed.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 06:17 PM

Religion Briefs: Walk for the Homeless set for Saturday

The 5th Annual Open Table Ministry Winter Walk For The Homeless will be held Saturday, Jan. 24 at the American Tobacco Trail, starting at Solite Park on Fayetteville Road in Durham.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 05:25 PM

Duke students support Muslim ‘call to prayer’

Hundreds gather on quad, call made through small speaker on Chapel steps

Duke Chapel’s rescinded decision to have Muslim students issue a call to prayer from the Chapel bell tower led to an outpouring of support for Duke’s Muslim students from hundreds of other Blue Devils Friday afternoon.


Jan. 15, 2015 @ 05:50 PM

Muslim call to prayer from Duke Chapel bell tower canceled; safety cited

Duke University, which announced earlier this week that its Muslim Students Association would chant a weekly call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower, decided Thursday that it would not do it after all.

Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, said Thursday that the decision came after considerable discussion and deliberation within the university, especially among religious life leadership.

“What was conceived as effort to unify did not have the intended effect,” Schoenfeld said, adding that officials became aware of safety and security concerns. He would not elaborate.

News about the call-to-prayer action spread mid-week and resulted in a firestorm of criticism.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 06:21 PM

Mt. Vernon Baptist to host film series, ‘Motown’ star

A visit from a cast member in the Broadway tour of “Motown: The Musical” and a film series are among the events at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church for its third annual Black History Month program in February.


Jan. 14, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

Belief Briefs: Duke Chapel to feature Muslim call to prayers

Duke Chapel to feature weekly call to prayer by school's Muslim Students Association from the bell tower on Fridays.