Lifestyles: Faith

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 05:28 PM

Group aims to educate about keeping church, state separate

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.


Feb. 12, 2014 @ 10:25 AM

Duke student to preach from the chapel pulpit

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.


Feb. 05, 2014 @ 01:17 PM

Spelling bee, pun competition part of annual comedy festival

Is there humor in a spelling bee? There may be when improv artists, standup comedians and sketch comics moderate the competition.


Feb. 05, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Free health fair at St. Mark AME Zion on Saturday
  • Appreciation service for True Way Holy Church pastor
  • Deacon ordination Sunday in Roxboro
  • 105th anniversary of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist
  • Author to speak at Hillsborough Presbyterian book club
  • ‘42’ screening, discussion Wednesday
  • And more ...

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

DCIA calls for justice, helping the poor

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.


Jan. 29, 2014 @ 11:45 AM

Belief Briefs

  • Voter education event Saturday at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist
  • DCIA banquet rescheduled for Monday
  • Antioch’s annual Red and White luncheon Feb. 6
  • ‘The Butler’ screening, discussion at Mt. Vernon Baptist
  • Pastor installation weekend at First Baptist in Chapel Hill
  • Extra RCND lunch, Circles of Hope and Healing both meet Feb. 6
  • Apex School of Theology preaching event in Durham
  • El Futuro leader to discuss Hispanic services
  • Aging plans, issues discussed in Temple Baptist workshop
  • ‘Solutions to Violence’ talk in Chapel Hill Feb. 14

Jan. 29, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

Congregations host speakers in town for Moral March on Raleigh

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.


Jan. 22, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

Belief Briefs

  • Winter Walk for The Homeless is Saturday
  • Anniversary at Paynes Chapel A.M.E.
  • Church preschool open house
  • Love and relationships program at White Rock 
  • Deacons, deaconess and trustee day at Cain’s Chapel
  • School of the Arts students in concert at UCCH Sunday

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.