The merger of YO:Durham, which was started by Durham Congregations In Action, and Partners for Youth, another local nonprofit, is almost complete. YO:Durham leaders were recognized at DCIA’s monthly meeting this week, during which resolutions were also passed transferring money from YO:Durham, which received funding from DCIA, to the new venture called Partners for Youth Opportunity. The merger was first announced this past winter and will be official June 30. Both small nonprofits worked with at-risk youth – YO:Durham through internships and job training, and PFY primarily with teenagers in Southwest Durham. Partners for Youth Opportunity will incorporate the missions of both.
The Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, revealed revised plans for a new diocese cathedral in Raleigh this week. The new design is the result of a campaign soliciting feedback and pledges from parishioners at 400 churches in the diocese that stretches from Burlington to the Outer Banks.
The Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, to be built in Raleigh near the N.C. State University Centennial Campus, will be the mother church for the diocese and the bishop’s home parish. Burbidge told media Tuesday that his hope, dream and prayer has been to build a mother church to gather all of the diocese to worship as one. There are 231,000 registered Catholics in the diocese as well as an estimated 200,000 Hispanic parishioners.
Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church was founded during one war and moved to Durham during another. Current church members aren’t sure exactly who founded Mount Level Missionary Baptist, but what they do know is it was started in 1864 – the year between the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War. And they know it was built on the level part of a hill in Butner long before it was Camp Butner.
The historically African-American church stayed in Butner until the U.S. Army used the land for the training camp during World War II. It held its last service in the white wooden church in 1943, which was then was dismantled plank by plank and rebuilt on Hebron Road in Durham in 1944, on the north side of the city. Later, the building was bricked in, and later still the building was turned into a fellowship hall when a new sanctuary was built in 1995.
Circles of Support and Accountability, the circle networks that work with sex offenders returning to the Durham community, needs volunteers. The circles were created with the purpose of “no more victims.”
Drew Doll, COSA coordinator, said he needs at least 10 people to come to an introductory training session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 17 at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church. Doll told a gathering of Durham Congregations In Action, which helped start the local COSA, that only three people have signed up so far.
Durham Congregations In Action members learned about changes to North Carolina voting laws and how it could impact their congregations during its monthly meeting this week. DCIA is a collaboration of about 60 congregations.
Adam Sotak, organizing director of Democracy North Carolina, was the guest speaker at the event held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Randy Thompson, minister of music at Braggtown Baptist Church, says the choir’s Easter musical won’t be a performance.
“We are servants. … It’s a celebration of worship, not just a show,” said Thompson, 65, who retired a few years ago after serving churches with choirs large and small. He came back into ministry part time at Braggtown Baptist.
Holy Week begins in a few days, and local churches will host events commemorating Palm Sunday through Good Friday and then the celebration of Easter on April 20.
Temple Baptist Church will hold its first Stations of the Cross in its fellowship hall April 18, which is Good Friday. Christians observe Good Friday as the day that Jesus Christ was crucified. Stations of the Cross mark Jesus’ journey to the cross.