Lifestyles: Faith

May. 21, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Women’s Day Sunday at Fisher Memorial UHC
  • Habitat, Housing for New Hope benefit concert 
  • London choir, former Duke Chapel dean visit to support RCND
  • Saturday night ‘Praise and Pizza’ at Advent Lutheran
  • Women’s Day, revival at Mt. Calvary Missionary
  • Parent sessions for Mt. Vernon summer camp

May. 21, 2014 @ 09:14 AM

DCIA recognizes work of YO:Durham

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.


May. 14, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Belief Briefs

  • UCCH choir to hold concert, go on tour
  • Homecoming at Palmer’s Grove UMC
  • Women’s conference, celebration this weekend
  • N.C. Boys Choir, Chamber Choir concert
  • Women’s Day service at Mt. Vernon Baptist
  • Poverty discussion Sunday at First Presbyterian
  • June events at North East Baptist
  • Potluck supper Saturday at Ellis Chapel UMC
  • Women’s Day Sunday at West Durham Baptist
  • Women’s Day at Community Baptist on May 25
  • Homecoming at Holland Chapel AMEZ

May. 07, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Sensational Nightingales to perform
  • Prayer vigil for Carolyn Hemingway May 14
  • The Engraved concert at Berea Baptist
  • Women’s celebration at Russell Memorial C.M.E.
  • Crime prevention discussion at Mt. Gilead 
  • ‘Entertainment on the Lawn’ at old Russell School
  • Women’s/Mother’s Day service at Mt. Zoar
  • Spirituality, environment speaker Sunday at ERUUF

May. 07, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

Bishop reveals new plans for Catholic cathedral

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.


Apr. 30, 2014 @ 11:31 PM

Belief Briefs

  • National Day of Prayer event at NCCU
  • Homecoming Sunday at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist
  • Combined choirs concert on Saturday
  • ‘Liturgical Mysteries’ author at St. Paul’s Lutheran Sunday
  • Women honored May 11 at Terrells Creek Baptist
  • Triangle Orthodox Chorale concert May 10 at St. Barbara
  • Magnolia Klezmer Band, Triangle Jewish Chorale to perform
  • Women’s Day event at New Hope Missionary Baptist
  • Activism art exhibit at St. Philip’s Episcopal
  • Children lead service Sunday at UUMC

Apr. 30, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

Mt. Level Missionary Baptist turns 150

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.


Apr. 28, 2014 @ 10:43 AM

Campus briefs

  • Duke professors earn endowed chairs
  • NCCU professors win NEH endowment
  • Morehead-Cain Foundation announces new scholars
  • Chancellor honors UNC students for academic, leadership
  • UNC professor wins Guggenheim fellowship

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

COSA needs volunteers

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.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

Democracy NC outlines new voting laws to DCIA

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.


Apr. 23, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Clergy breakfast to support workers organizing
  • Community festival Saturday at Ebenezer Missionary
  • Durham CAN assembly Sunday
  • Black figures in Islamic history presentation Sunday
  • Baptist Men to build ramps Saturday across N.C.
  • Groups celebrate anniversary at Mt. Calvary UCC
  • And more ...

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 12:58 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Holocaust memorial event April 27 at Chapel Hill Kehillah
  • 'Seven Last Words of Christ,' egg hunt slated
  • Easter services at United Church
  • Egg hunt Saturday at Fletcher’s Chapel UMC
  • Easter services at St. Philip’s Episcopal 
  • Stations of the Cross, cantata at University UMC
  • And more ...

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

An Easter musical about the message, not a show

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.


Apr. 10, 2014 @ 12:47 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Slavery’s influence on Passover seders and Southern food
  • U.S. Rep. Clyburn to speak at St. Paul AME
  • Watts Street Baptist names new pastor
  • Labyrinth walk this weekend at Aldersgate
  • ‘Glorious Day’ cantata on Palm Sunday
  • Family and Friends Day at West Durham Baptist
  • Homecoming Sunday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
  • Pastoral anniversary, Easter services at Cain’s Chapel 
  • Camp registration at St. Paul’s Lutheran

Apr. 09, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

Local churches plan Holy Week services, events

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.