About noon Wednesdays, a deacon at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church unlocks the side door on the brick church and prepares for noon day prayer. Hymnals are placed at seats around a long table in the fellowship hall. Those who arrive bring their own Bibles and greet each other warmly. They take turns sharing concerns over who isn’t there because of illness. They share the joy of the Lord waking them up that day and bringing them to church. They sing. They study the Bible.
J. Dana Trent and Fred Eaker spent their honeymoon in India, but the sights they saw were unique to the interfaith couple. Trent, an ordained Baptist minister, and Eaker, a Hindu who spent five years as a monk, honeymooned at an ashram outside New Delhi. An ashram, Trent explains in her memoir, is a Hindu temple, monastery and residential community that usually accommodates pilgrims, including them. Their India honeymoon is described in detail in the first chapter of “Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk,” including the lack of, shall we say, expected romance.
Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown’s recent recording “Josh Billings Voyage” contains original songs and traditional music inspired by the character Billings, who travels by ship to India and other countries as part of the 19th-century cotton trade. Along the way, he hears the music of those cultures, and brings it back to the New England village of Pumpkintown.
On World Communion Sunday, two Triangle Presbyterian churches will be in communion for communion.
For the 17th year, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham and the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill will gather for a joint worship service on World Communion Sunday, this Sunday. This year the service will be at Covenant Presbyterian on Weaver Street, led by Rev. Jimmie Hawkins.
If you like church fall festivals and harvest bazaars, then this Saturday is your day. Four Durham churches are hosting events that will provide a cornucopia of options featuring music, baked goods, handmade crafts, Brunswick stew and ways of benefiting the community.
Duke Chapel ministers will bless a variety of pets at the chapel’s annual Blessing of the Animals service 3 p.m. Sunday. The 30-minute service on the chapel lawn will feature performances by the Durham Children’s Choir, Scripture readings and a reflection by Rev. McKennon Shea, director of admissions at the Divinity School. Individual animal blessings will take place immediately after the service.
This summer, when the DukeEngage Durham Sister Cities program visited Durham, England, banners all over reminded them that the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibit was on display at Durham University. The Lindisfarne Gospels is a Medieval handwritten and illustrated book of the four Gospels of the New Testament.
World Overcomers Christian Church in Durham has been ranked 16th fastest growing church in the U.S. by Outreach magazine. The magazine’s annual list of top 100 churches, released Sunday, was determined after 27,000 evangelical Protestant churches were contacted by LifeWay Research to self-report data. Outreach is based in Carlsbad, Calif., and is aimed at “outreach-oriented, Bible-based churches.”
On Friday morning, Ivan K. Harrell attended a committee meeting for the 3rd Annual Transplant Awareness Day at his church, Union Baptist, which began holding the event in Harrell’s honor because he was on a waiting list for a heart transplant. His friend Kelvin Allen was at the meeting, too, and said his friend was in a chipper mood.
Dr. Sid Levinson’s shofar stays on a shelf in his living room until a few days before the annual Jewish High Holidays. It is then that Levinson warms up to sound the shofar during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at Beth El Synagogue in Durham, where he has sounded it annually for more than 30 years.