Two local congregations will host visitors coming to the Triangle for the N.C. NAACP’s Moral March on Raleigh/HKonJ People’s Assembly to be held on Feb. 8 in downtown Raleigh. United Church of Chapel Hill and Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship have also scheduled visitors to speak at local services during the weekend.
At United Church of Chapel Hill, the Rev. Nick Carter, president of Andover Newton Theological School, will preach at the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Feb. 9 at the church, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Andover Newton is in Massachusetts and affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Church.
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Durham Friends Meeting are hosting a performance about a national protestor that will benefit protests close to home – the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina.
Barbara Bates Smith will perform her show, “Go, Granny D,” about the late Doris ‘Granny D’ Haddock, on Monday at ERUUF in Durham. Smith is known for her 20 years of performances of Hillsborough author Lee Smith’s works, including the show “Ivy Rowe” from “Fair and Tender Ladies.”
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church will expand its annual Black History Month film series with more events and discussions honoring its past, recognizing educators and featuring former Negro League baseball players.
Beverly Washington Jones, a deaconess at the church and chairwoman for the month-long observance, said the church wanted to do something a little different this year. In addition to nationally known history makers, Mt. Vernon will also honor its own local history makers, she said.
The Barbee Bible is going back to the Barbee family.
The Bible, which belonged to Robert Morris Barbee, was left behind in a house on Crest Street during the historic African-American neighborhood’s relocation in the early 1980s during the Durham Freeway construction. The N.C. Department of Transportation auditor for the project, Bruce Dillard, kept the Bible after another staffer found it long after the homes had been abandoned for destruction or relocation, Dillard said.
Antioch Builds Community will host its 2014 Faith Re-Entry Conference: Creating Partnerships with Local Congregations on Saturday at N.C. Central University.
Antioch Builds Community is a nonprofit led by the Rev. Michael D. Page, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church.
Bibles come in all sizes and formats today, including the quick accessibility of a smartphone app. But the Bible at the heart of this story is a big, heavy, black, printed Bible with Rembrandt illustrations. It’s at least 44 years old, and it was left behind 30 years ago during a big move in Durham.
This past year was a noteworthy one in the faith community of Durham and beyond, with some leaders moving on and others stepping up. The local faith community was also involved in state events, like the Moral Monday protests, and responded to a worldwide event, the election of Pope Francis. Here’s a roundup of major faith news here in 2013:
Christmas church services include an element used the rest of the year on the altar but rarely in the pews: candlelight. At many a Christmas Eve service Tuesday night, the traditional sharing of the flame will be passed among parishioners from candle to candle, hands careful to tip the unlit wick lest the wax drip.
There’s something very elemental about fire, bringing heat and illuminating the darkness, said the Rev. Carl King, lead pastor of University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill.
This Sunday is a big day for church Christmas music, as several churches will present cantatas and other musical performances for their congregations and the community: