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The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, a century-old Catholic women’s organization of 75,000 members, recently re-elected its national director, and she lives in Durham. Sheila Storey begins her second two-year term for the charitable group that has chapters – called courts – across the country. Storey is part of the Durham Court, which is based at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, which includes the Eastern half of the state, is collecting socks and underwear to send to the U.S./Mexico border.
A new ministerial position at Duke University Chapel honors a late professor and is designed to reach more students.
The C. Eric Lincoln Minister at Duke Chapel is named for man who taught religion and culture at Duke University from 1976 to 1993. He was also a scholar, pastor, social activist, novelist and hymn-writer. Lincoln died in 2000.
Joshua Lazard was chosen as the Lincoln minister and started his new job last week. Lazard, who is seeking ordination through the United Church of Christ, previously worked at Dillard University in New Orleans.
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On Labor Day weekend, Amy Laura Hall wants the words “labor union” to be shared during religious services during a sermon, song or prayer by a clergyperson or layperson.
On Wednesday evenings this summer, the skies have threatened above, but on the ground, prayer services continue at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Lenora Zenzalai Helm will initiate Jazz Vespers at White Rock Baptist Church at 4 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary, 3400 Fayetteville St. in Durham.
This year’s regional Jehovah’s Witnesses conventions across the country are being consolidated, said Mike Marvin, spokesperson for the regional convention held this month in Raleigh. “Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom” was held last weekend and will be held again this weekend at the PNC Arena for more regional Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Raleigh convention draws Witnesses not just from the Triangle but also Virginia. Congregations, which meet in local Kingdom Halls, are assigned to a convention weekend. Major talks at regional conventions are being broadcast to other convention sites, which also have local speakers.
The Rev. Pauli Murray, the Durham-raised woman who went on to become the first African-American female Episcopal priest and was made a saint by The Episcopal Church in 2012, was celebrated July 1 at an annual service held at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church in Durham.
Murray spent her life speaking out against injustice. She was also a lawyer, women’s rights and civil rights activist and author. Her memoir of growing up in Durham’s West End is called “Proud Shoes.” She died in 1985. Two years ago, her denomination named her and two other North Carolinians – Manteo and Virginia Dare – to the book “Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints.”
It’s been five years since the start of the Pauli Murray Project, which is part of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute. The name Pauli Murray is becoming more and more familiar to people, beyond just those who grew up with her in Durham’s West End or knew her work nationally for women’s rights and civil rights, as an attorney and author. She was also the first African-American female Episcopal priest.
Locally, she has been the subject of a historical marker, several talks, a play, poetry and public murals. Two years ago, she was named a saint by The Episcopal Church, which included her in the book “Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints.” She is celebrated on the church calendar every July 1, the date of her death in 1985. This year’s celebration service was again held at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church in Durham.