Rev. Latonya McIver is the new pastor of the New Mount Zion Baptist Church, 305 Walker St., Roxboro.
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.
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.
The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity will host its Annual Emancipation Service at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 Apex Highway.
Some 2,000 people attended the morning Christmas Eve service of The Summit Church, the first of three services held Wednesday at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Several hundred volunteers worked to help direct parking, bag wet umbrellas on the rainy day, and usher people to their seats. The service included spoken word, testimony, music ranging from electric guitars to rap, and a sermon by senior pastor, Rev. J.D. Greear.
Variety of performances, services planned at area churches this weekend and beyond in conjunction with Christmas.
Candles, carols, communion to be featured at many area Christmas Eve services.
Belief Briefs: Worship, fellowship and music offerings for Yule season around the area.
The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham finished out its monthly roundtable discussions for the year by looking for new opportunities to connect faith organizations and the community’s anti-violence efforts.
Hanukkah, the commemoration of the miracle of oil lasting eight days for the rededication of the Temple, will be celebrated with a festival Sunday at the Charlotte and Dick Levin Jewish Community Center.
December 2014 is an “Annie” Christmas, with “Annie” the new movie coming out later this month and “Annie” the musical on stage through Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
RALEIGH – The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh will break ground on the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral on Jan. 3 on Nazareth Street in Raleigh. There will be a Rite of Blessing and Groundbreaking with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge presiding. Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown Raleigh, which seats 323, will still be used, but the new large cathedral will be the location for major diocesan celebrations as it will be the mother church. The Raleigh Diocese, which includes Orange and Durham counties, includes 500,000 Catholics. For images of the to-be-built cathedral, visit www.holynamecathedralnc.org.
BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
CHAPEL HILL – A teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill has spent the past eight years organizing a Christmas outreach project for children in West Virginia’s impoverished coal mining country.
DURHAM -- Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, 6702 Leesville Road, Durham,
Will host a Blue Christmas Healing Service at 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Anyone going through a rough time during the holiday season is invited to come and receive a message of comfort and prayer, said Rev. Sung Moy, pastor of the church. Also, Andrews Chapel UMC will present a Christmas cantata at 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Its Christmas Eve candlelight service with Holy Communion will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 24. For information, call Moy at the church office, 919-596-8249, or visit www.andrewschapel.org.
BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
DURHAM – Rev. Joe Hensley Jr., assistant to the rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, is leaving Durham to become rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Hensley was recognized this week by Durham Congregations In Action, the collaborative Durham faith group where he has served as an officer and active member. Hensley is also a familiar face at Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham gatherings, and has led vigils that remember the lives of homicide victims.