Belief Briefs

Jun. 26, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

Pauli Murray celebration Monday 

DURHAM – The annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Anna Pauline Murray will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St.

Known as Pauli Murray, she grew up in Durham and was a civil rights and women’s rights activist, lawyer, writer and the first African-American female Episcopal priest.

The Episcopal Church deemed her a saint last year, adding her to the book of “Holy Women, Holy Men.” The Rev. Stephanie Yancy, interim rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, will offer the sermon and will be the celebrant. A choir with members of multiple congregations in Durham will provide special music. There will also be drummers from St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Oxford.

Everyone is invited to the service and the reception that follows on the church grounds.

New pastor at St. Joseph A.M.E. Church

DURHAM – The Rev. Ronald Owens preached his inaugural sermon as the new senior pastor of St. Joseph A.M.E. Church on June 16. Owens received his license to preach in 1980 at Willow Tree A.M.E. Church in Morganton. He received his master’s degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center and his doctorate of ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary.

“My desire is for the church to join God in the reconciling power of renewing relationships with one another and the community. We will reach out as Jesus said, ‘to the least of those who have been overlooked or ignored,’” Owens said in a release.

Owens is also a licensed clinical pastoral counselor and retired U.S. Army chaplain. He previously served as senior pastor of New Bethel A.M.E. in Lithonia, Ga. Owens and his wife, Gwendolyn, have three children and four grandchildren. Owens replaces the Rev. Philip Cousin, who was assigned to a church in California.

Icon writing workshop at St. Paul’s Lutheran

DURHAM – St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will host an Icon Writing Workshop Aug. 5-10 at the church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road. Sessions are held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

The workshop will be led by teachers from the Prosopon School of Iconology in Whitney Point, N.Y. Attendees will learn about iconography, the ancient Christian art of icon-writing in the Byzantine/Russian tradition. They will create their own hand-painted icon of St. Michael the Archangel.

Supplies will be provided. The cost is $500. Call 919-489-3214 or email

Singing celebration Saturday

DURHAM -- The 20th annual singing celebration of Pastor Hallie Evans will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at My Savior’s Way AFJC Church, 1850 Hillandale Road.

Among the guests at the celebration will be Pastor Elder Donnell Comfort, the choir and congregation of Branch Fork Baptist Church from Spotsylvania, Va., and the Fifth Generation, from Mocksville.

Free day camp at Christus Victor Lutheran

DURHAM -- Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 1615 E. Hwy 54, will host a summer day camp from 12:30-3 p.m. July 8-31. There will be stories, music, games and crafts. The camp is free. For information, call 919-544-7195 for directions or visit

Filipino-American Friendship Day at Rose of Sharon Baptist

DURHAM -- Rose of Sharon Baptist Church will celebrate Independence Day and

Filipino-American Friendship Day on July 7 at the church, 4109 Guess Road.

The day’s events include Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., a combined worship service at 10:30 a.m., and covered dish luncheon at noon.

The Rev. Noel De Asis of LifeZone Fellowship in Durham will be the guest speaker. LifeZone partners with Rose of Sharon in reaching Filipinos in the area. The luncheon will include American and Filipino dishes. Filipino-American Friendship Day commemorates the liberation of the Philippine Islands from Japanese occupation by joint Filipino and American forces at the end of World War II. For information, call 919-477-3993.

Young, Christian women dialogue-based writing group

DURHAM – The Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South will host “Courageous Conversations” from 7-9 p.m. Mondays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the RCWMS fffice, 1202 Watts St. It is a dialogue-based creative writing group for young Christian women to unearth taboos in the church and world today.

The women will discuss gender bias and “reconstruct our faith through creative writing.” Participants will be invited to submit a final essay for publication by the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South. There is no fee for the series and it is open to anyone identifying as a young Christian woman.

Sign up with Lizzie McManus at

Duke Divinity student leads book discussion Sunday

DURHAM -- The Summer Book Reading Series at First Presbyterian Church continues at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in Watts-Hill Hall, 305 E. Main St., Durham. Duke Divinity student Jon Nelson will lead a discussion of “The Difference Heaven Makes: Rehearing the Gospel as News,” by Christopher Morse.

For information, call the church office at 919-682-5511. The public is invited to attend.

Jubilee Christian Church to dedicate sanctuary Saturday

DURHAM -- Jubilee Christian Church International (Chapel of Victory) invites the community to celebrate God’s faithfulness at the grand opening and dedication of its new sanctuary at 2 p.m. Saturday at 4809 Prospectus Drive in Durham. The dedication will include music, food, performances and inspirational speakers.

Jubilee Christian Church is led by Pastors Bisi and Toyin Tofade. For information, contact Jackie Brown at 919-400-8762 or visit

Covenant Presbyterian picnic and fair Saturday

DURHAM – The Covenant Presbyterian Church Picnic and Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to dusk June 29 at 2620 Weaver St. There will be children and adult games, bounce house, face painting, crafts, auctions, blood pressure screenings and food.

It is a fundraising event that also has several free activities.

Summer community cookout at Duke Memorial

DURHAM – Duke Memorial United Methodist Church will host a summer community cookout after worship this Sunday, from 12:15-2:30 p.m. There will be food, a bounce house, snow cones and games.

For information, contact Reynolds Chapman at

Shelly Moore concert at Bahama Baptist

BAHAMA -- Recording artist Shelly Moore and the Shelly Moore Band will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Bahama Baptist Church, 7917 Willard Station Road. Moore’s three albums are “Unraveling,” “A Hymn Project” and “Hope and Decay.” Tickets are not required, but a love offering will be taken.

There will be an ice cream social following the concert. The Rev. Wes McMurray is pastor.

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