Hundreds gather on quad, call made through small speaker on Chapel steps
Duke Chapel’s rescinded decision to have Muslim students issue a call to prayer from the Chapel bell tower led to an outpouring of support for Duke’s Muslim students from hundreds of other Blue Devils Friday afternoon.
Duke University, which announced earlier this week that its Muslim Students Association would chant a weekly call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower, decided Thursday that it would not do it after all.
Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, said Thursday that the decision came after considerable discussion and deliberation within the university, especially among religious life leadership.
“What was conceived as effort to unify did not have the intended effect,” Schoenfeld said, adding that officials became aware of safety and security concerns. He would not elaborate.
News about the call-to-prayer action spread mid-week and resulted in a firestorm of criticism.
A visit from a cast member in the Broadway tour of “Motown: The Musical” and a film series are among the events at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church for its third annual Black History Month program in February.
Duke Chapel to feature weekly call to prayer by school's Muslim Students Association from the bell tower on Fridays.
The Durham community will observe the holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on its national observance day, Monday, Jan. 19, but also during the days surrounding it with a march, music, religious services, events for children and more. A roundup of area events.
Hillsborough-based Neighbor House sponsors '"Food for All," a program to bring food to those who need it.
On Saturday, a collaborative arts group in Hillsborough will host an event on Saturday, Jan. 10, exploring the history of black churches in Hillsborough and their involvement in the civil rights movement.
Antioch Builds Community, the nonprofit arm of Antioch Baptist Church, will host its annual Faith Re-Entry Conference on Saturday at the church on Holloway Street in East Durham.
Rev. Latonya McIver is the new pastor of the New Mount Zion Baptist Church, 305 Walker St., Roxboro.
Try finding a way to explain the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and you will run across discussions of the one-state or two-state solution, settlements, the intifada, and more than 100 years of history.
On the 152nd anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the audience at Peace Missionary Baptist Church listened Thursday as a local pastor and religion scholar called for a “new emancipation” for this time.
The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity will host its Annual Emancipation Service at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 at Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 2608 Apex Highway.
Some 2,000 people attended the morning Christmas Eve service of The Summit Church, the first of three services held Wednesday at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Several hundred volunteers worked to help direct parking, bag wet umbrellas on the rainy day, and usher people to their seats. The service included spoken word, testimony, music ranging from electric guitars to rap, and a sermon by senior pastor, Rev. J.D. Greear.
Variety of performances, services planned at area churches this weekend and beyond in conjunction with Christmas.
Candles, carols, communion to be featured at many area Christmas Eve services.