Lifestyles: Faith

Jan. 22, 2014 @ 09:52 AM

In the spirit of protest

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.”

Jan. 16, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Prayer vigil for Huerta on Sunday
  • Efird leading Romans study
  • First female AME bishop to preach at Duke Chapel
  • Black Church Studies director to speak at banquet
  • Craft and hobby show Jan. 26 at Efland Presbyterian
  • Mount Calvary UCC remembers late pastor
  • And more...

Jan. 15, 2014 @ 05:15 PM

Mt. Vernon Baptist plans Black History Month events

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.

Jan. 15, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Crest Street Bible is going home

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.

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 11:12 PM

Belief Briefs

  • New gathering at Braggtown Baptist
  • Yiddish concert, Lithuanian talk at Beth El 
  • Late-night service for campus ministry
  • DCIA annual meeting Jan. 28
  • Judea Reform to host Israel synagogue excavation talk  

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Faith re-entry conference to be held Saturday at NCCU

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.

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

Left behind on Crest Street, Bible ready to go home

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.

Jan. 01, 2014 @ 04:30 PM

Belief Briefs

  • Covenant Presbyterian launches yearlong study
  • Church bowling league starts Jan. 5
  • Exhibit, talk of Israel synagogue excavation Jan. 11
  • Wilson-Hartgrove to preach MLK sermon at Watts
  • DivorceCare support group at Aldersgate UMC
  • Citywide Revival to be held next week
  • Peace Missionary to host prayer for nation
  • Late-night services to support Christian Campus Ministry

Dec. 25, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

Faith in Durham 2013: Activism, retirements, new leadership

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:


Dec. 25, 2013 @ 08:27 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Watch Night at Victorious Life Fellowship
  • End of year gospel concert Sunday
  • Watch Night service at North East Baptist
  • Emancipation Day service Jan. 1 at Peace
  • Bradshaw Quartet performs New Year’s Eve concert
  • DivorceCare support group at Aldersgate UMC
  • AME missionary society donates purses, toiletries
  • Mount Zoar, New Calvary to have Watch Night service

Dec. 18, 2013 @ 10:57 AM

Christmas services by candlelight

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. 

Dec. 18, 2013 @ 09:35 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Four Christmas Eve services at Duke Chapel
  • Christmas Eve at St. Joseph’s Episcopal
  • Three Christmas Eve services at St. Paul’s Lutheran
  • Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve services at Parkwood UMC
  • Music and poetry, Christmas Eve services at First Presbyterian
  • Christmas services at Christus Victor Lutheran
  • And more ...

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

A very choral Christmas: Music events at local churches Sunday

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:

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.