Lifestyles: Faith

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Duke Chapel’s rescinded decision to have Muslim students issue a call to prayer from the Chapel bell tower led to an outpouring of support for Duke’s Muslim students from hundreds of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

Jan. 11, 2015 @ 06:45 PM

KING REMEMBERED: Area MLK observances at glance

The Durham community will observe the holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on its national observance day, Monday, Jan. 19, but also during the days surrounding it with a march, music, religious services, events for children and more. A roundup of area events.

Jan. 10, 2015 @ 06:10 PM

Neighbors come together to feed the needy

Hillsborough-based Neighbor House sponsors '"Food for All," a program to bring food to those who need it.

Jan. 08, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

Hillsborough to explore history of black churches

On Saturday, a collaborative arts group in Hillsborough will host an event on Saturday, Jan. 10, exploring the history of black churches in Hillsborough and their involvement in the civil rights movement.

Jan. 07, 2015 @ 06:25 PM

Antioch Baptist to host prisoner re-entry conference

Antioch Builds Community, the nonprofit arm of Antioch Baptist Church, will host its annual Faith Re-Entry Conference on Saturday at the church on Holloway Street in East Durham.

Jan. 07, 2015 @ 06:18 PM

Belief Briefs: New pastor at New Mt. Zion Baptist

Rev. Latonya McIver is the new pastor of the New Mount Zion Baptist Church, 305 Walker St., Roxboro.

Jan. 07, 2015 @ 06:09 PM

A ‘nuanced conflict’: Play looks at complexity of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Try finding a way to explain the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and you will run across discussions of the one-state or two-state solution, settlements, the intifada, and more than 100 years of history.

Jan. 01, 2015 @ 04:33 PM

Pastor issues call for a ‘new emancipation’ at New Year service

 On the 152nd anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the audience at Peace Missionary Baptist Church listened Thursday as a local pastor and religion scholar called for a “new emancipation” for this time.