In the last Holy Week before Duke Chapel undergoes a year-long renovation to replace the roof of the university cathedral, its Good Friday tradition continued. Amid tour groups and blossoming trees, hundreds gathered on the chapel quad for the annual Stations of the Cross and service on Friday.
Passover, the eight-day Jewish holiday celebrating their liberation from slavery in Egypt, begins at sundown Friday, April 3.
Easter, Holy Week, Passover services, events are on tap this week at area congregations.
The Furniture Project, with a name that describes just what it is, is growing and needs volunteers. A ministry started by Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the project collects furniture donations and distributes the furniture to those who need it most — once-homeless people getting set up in a new home.
When someone is dying, knowing what to say is less important than offering your presence and listening, said panelists at a Duke Chapel discussion Tuesday.
The Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill gathers interfaith clergy for an annual conference with a speaker bringing a new perspective of religious knowledge. Ancient texts shared by a University of Minnesota professor were new stories to learn for some longtime clergy at the event held recently at Beth El Synagogue.
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.