Last year two state legislators from Rowan County submitted a resolution calling for a state religion, which contradicts the U.S. Bill of Rights. The resolution was dismissed, but it was enough for a retired clergyman to take action.
The Rev. Rollin Russell, a retired United Church of Christ minister, has started up an Orange-Durham Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
A Duke University senior from Asheville has been chosen for Student Preacher Sunday at Duke Chapel. Hannah Ward, a religion major who is pre-med, will preach from the chapel pulpit at the 11 a.m. worship service on Feb. 23. It will be her first time preaching not just at Duke Chapel, but preaching at all.
It’s exciting, said Ward, whose sermon, “Everybody’s Perfect,” is the first sermon she has written. It is based on Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18, which includes the Ten Commandments, and Matthew 5: 38-48. She will preach about what perfect looks like through God’s eyes.
Is there humor in a spelling bee? There may be when improv artists, standup comedians and sketch comics moderate the competition.
The largest collaborative faith organization in Durham held its annual banquet meeting this week, with a speaker calling for justice. Durham Congregations In Action installed new officers, presented donations to hunger relief groups and listened to a keynote speech by Eboni Marshall Turman. DCIA has 60 member congregations and spiritual communities.
Two local congregations will host visitors coming to the Triangle for the N.C. NAACP’s Moral March on Raleigh/HKonJ People’s Assembly to be held on Feb. 8 in downtown Raleigh. United Church of Chapel Hill and Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship have also scheduled visitors to speak at local services during the weekend.
At United Church of Chapel Hill, the Rev. Nick Carter, president of Andover Newton Theological School, will preach at the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. services Feb. 9 at the church, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Andover Newton is in Massachusetts and affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Church.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.