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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.