Lifestyles: Faith

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Living Nativity at Rose of Sharon Baptist
  • ‘Journey Back to Bethlehem’ at Durham Memorial Baptist
  • Moravian Love Feast Sunday at University UMC
  • Christmas services at North East Baptist
  • Braggtown Baptist collecting toys for Rescue Mission

Dec. 04, 2013 @ 10:36 AM

Church Christmas music: Rehearsals start early for Advent events

Before the leaves change color and even before hints of red and green are in stores, someone is thinking about Advent. Music ministers plan Christmas cantatas and concerts months before churchgoers add them to their calendars.
At Hope Valley Baptist Church in Durham, the choir received the music in August for this year’s Christmas cantata, “Appalachian Winter” by North Carolina-raised composer Joseph M. Martin.

Dec. 04, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Toy donations needed for Christmas Market
  • Mary through poetry at Church of Reconciliation
  • Breakfast with St. Nick at Bethel Presbyterian
  • Breakfast with Santa at Durham Memorial Baptist
  • ‘Quilts Through the Ages’ at Hillsborough Presbyterian
  • Antioch Baptist’s 20th anniversary


Nov. 27, 2013 @ 10:47 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Ice menorah/turkey and fire show for Hanukkah
  • Remembrance service Sunday at Union Baptist
  • Santa at Temple Baptist on Sunday
  • Advent services at Parkwood UMC
  • Christmas pageant at New Hope Presbyterian

Nov. 27, 2013 @ 09:48 AM

St. Stephen’s annual food drive benefits Durham Rescue Mission

As a parishioner at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church for 24 years, with 13 of those as parish secretary, Jean Losee has been involved with the Hope Valley church’s annual Thanksgiving Ingathering. Each November the church and its preschool gather food donations to deliver to the Durham Rescue Mission for its food pantry and Thanksgiving dinner served to those in need.

Nov. 20, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

‘Just your heart, song and silence’

Without realizing it, Diana Haynes’ faith had developed cobwebs of intellectual smugness and grown stagnant, she said. She had been comfortable with her Christian faith, but then she experienced a different kind of church service – Taize.

Nov. 20, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Walltown annual service, food drive Sunday
  • Jon Acuff at The Gathering Sunday
  • Comedy hour at New Hope Church of the Nazarene
  • Pastry sale at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox
  • BeadforLife at Temple Baptist Sunday
  • Hanging of the Greens at Russell Memorial CME

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Vision of hope: UNC choir, instrumentalists to premiere ‘Isaiah’

UNC music professor, composer and pianist Stephen Anderson grew up in Dallas, Texas, where he said he was exposed to equal parts religious fervor and religious bigotry. “That fueled in me a desire to study religious history,” and to understand his own Mormon faith, as well as other faiths, he said.

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 09:18 AM

Belief Briefs

  • World Overcomers to feed 1,400
  • Sanctuary ground-breaking at Aldersgate in Chapel Hill
  • Church World Service president to preach Sunday
  • Harvard to preach Covenant Presbyterian’s homecoming
  • Homecoming at Fisher Memorial UHC


Nov. 06, 2013 @ 09:03 PM

Belief Briefs

  • Spiritual exercises workshop at Holy Cross Catholic
  • Harvest festival in Cedar Grove
  • Veterans Day celebration at Union Baptist
  • Sing cantata with choir at Christ Church
  • Mt Zion A.M.E. celebrates anniversary

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 09:02 AM

40 Christian women, 40 points of view

In “Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith,” 40 essay writers under age 40 have given voice to things they don’t usually talk about publicly. Editors Erin S. Lane and Enuma C. Okoro told each of the writers to talk about what’s taboo and let them loose with the topic.

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 07:38 PM

Belief Briefs

  • New pastor of First Baptist in Chapel Hill
  • Christian women book “Talking Taboo” launches Saturday
  • Holy Ghost Weenie Roast at Christian Assembly
  • Barbecue fundraiser at Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church
  • St. Titus’ to package Stop Hunger Now meals

Oct. 30, 2013 @ 11:51 AM

Ordination at 52: Entering second career as Unitarian Universalist minister

Jim Magaw grew up as a preacher’s kid and was a leader in his church youth group. He considered the ministry, but when he went to college, he stopped going to church altogether. Twenty years passed. In his 30s, he felt the need for a religious community again, and Unitarian Universalism was the best fit.

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 08:47 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Tenth Avenue North to perform at the Summit
  • Halloween Hoot Saturday at Parkwood UMC
  • Temple Baptist giving out Halloween bags, glow sticks
  • Fall Festival on Saturday at Fletcher’s Chapel UMC
  • Fall Festival Oct. 31 at Aldersgate UMC

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 01:09 PM

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church looks to spread its wings

About noon Wednesdays, a deacon at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church unlocks the side door on the brick church and prepares for noon day prayer. Hymnals are placed at seats around a long table in the fellowship hall. Those who arrive bring their own Bibles and greet each other warmly. They take turns sharing concerns over who isn’t there because of illness. They share the joy of the Lord waking them up that day and bringing them to church. They sing. They study the Bible.