Belief Briefs

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

New Muslim chaplain at Duke
DURHAM – Duke University has named Imam Adeel Zeb as the new Muslim chaplain and director for the Center for Muslim Life.
Zeb said he is committed to building interfaith, intrafaith and inter-university bridges to create opportunities for productive dialogues, according to the university’s announcement. He hopes to lead interfaith immersion trips and spiritual retreats at Duke.
He previously worked at Trinity College and Wesleyan University, both in Connecticut, and American University. He is a graduate of the master’s in Islamic Chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies from Arees University.
He also has certifications in interfaith conflict management, conflict analysis and negotiation from the United States Institute of Peace. Zeb begins work Sept. 20 and succeeds Imam Abdullah Antepli, who will take on a new, yet to be announced role at Duke.

Labor Sabbath this weekend
DURHAM – Local congregations are being encouraged to join the Labor Sabbath by saying the words “labor union” in a prayer, sermon or song during faith events this weekend. Labor Day is Monday. The Labor Sabbath effort is led by Amy Laura Hall, an ordained United Methodist Church elder and associate professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School.
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Stars of Faith celebration Sunday
DURHAM -- The original Stars of Faith of Durham will celebrate their 50th singing anniversary at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St. They will also give away $50 cash prizes and 1994 Oldsmobile at the event.
Advance tickets $12/$15 at the door. For information, call Annie Poole at 919-210-5415.

Sanctuary Outreach Ministry topic of RCND roundtable
DURHAM -- The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham will hold its monthly community luncheon roundtable at noon Thursday in the Shepherds House UMC Fellowship Hall, 107 N. Driver St.
The entrance is in back. The luncheon will feature the Sanctuary Outreach Ministry with women who have survived sexual abuse to achieve healing with spiritual guidance. The Rev. Tammy Rodman, ministry director, is the guest speaker. Lunch will be provided. All are welcome. Contact Marcia Owen for information at or 919-358-1113.

Pastor’s anniversary at North East Baptist
DURHAM -- North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. Highway 55, will celebrate its pastor’s 23rd anniversary in September and also honor First Lady Sylvia Elam. The Rev. Wesley Elam is pastor.
The celebration begins with a talent show at 7 p.m. Sept. 11. The celebration continues on Sept. 14 when the Rev. David L. Jones, pastor of Shiloh MBC, Morrisville, will preach at 7:45 a.m.; followed by the Rev. Mark Royster, faculty member of Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, at 10:45 a.m.  Call 919-544-2142 for information.

New music series at Chapel in the Pines
CHAPEL HILL -- The Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church has announced its first Strobilus Music Series to be held September through December.
The schedule features free performances in a range of acoustic formats including bluegrass, vocal recital, jazz, choral works and handbells. Series coordinator Nathan Kotecki said the aesthetics and acoustics of the Chapel in the Pines with its rough-hewn beams, views of the surrounding pine forests, hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings make the sanctuary a unique and ideal location.
On Sept. 13, Jason and the G-Runs will kick off the series with a program of bluegrass and newgrass played on guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo and bass. On Oct. 18, tenor Mitchener Howell and bass Jay Pierson will present a joint recital titled The Highs and the Lows, with selections including art songs, spirituals, arias, and duets.
All performances are open to the public and free with a suggested donation. For information and a full schedule, visit Chapel in the Pines is at 314 Great Ridge Parkway in Chapel Hill.

Russell School Day, yard sale at Cain’s Chapel MBC
HILLSBOROUGH – Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 2001 Saint Mary’s Road, will hold its annual Russell School Day during its 11 a.m. worship service Sept. 14.
The Friends of Russell Rosenwald School will also hold a community yard sale from 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 13 (rain date Sept. 20). The historic school for African-Americans is next door to the church.
Proceeds will go toward the restoration of the school. For information, visit or email

Red Cross shelter course offered at White Rock Baptist
DURHAM – White Rock Baptist Church will host an American Red Cross shelter fundamental course from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 13 at the church, 3400 Fayetteville St.
Red Cross instructors will teach how  to open, operate and close a shelter. The class is free and open to the public. The registration deadline is Sept. 10. Call the church office at 919-688-8136 to register or email Helen

Yard sale, picnic Sept. 13 at Covenant Presbyterian
DURHAM -- Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2620 E Weaver St., will hold its annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and picnic fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 13.
Tickets for fair games are $1 each. There will be a bounce house and silent auction. Picnic includes fish, fries, barbeque and hot dogs. For information, call 919-477-3315 or 919 450-0977.

Kehillah hosts series on “Varying Perspectives on Israel”
CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Kehillah, 1200 Mason Farm Road, will host a series on “Varying Perspectives on Israel” this fall. The first event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10. John Judis, an editor at The New Republic, will discuss his book about the origins of the Arab/Israeli conflict. Kehillah’s series is co-sponsored by Beth El Synagogue and Judea Reform Congregation.
Additional speakers and dates: Jeff Spinner-Halev, the Kenan Eminent Professor of Political Ethics at UNC at Chapel Hill, will speak on “Conversations with Israelis during the War in Gaza: Reflections on Hamas, Settlements and Anti-Semitism amidst a changing Middle East” Nov. 13; Josh Block, former spokesman for AIPAC and now president/CEO of The Israel Project, will speak on “Israel in the Mind of America” on Dec. 11.
For information, call Sherri Morris at 919-942-5817 or email

Emmanuel AME society holds yard sale
DURHAM -- The Rosa Horry Women's Missionary Society of Emmanuel AME Church will sponsor a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at 2504 Ross Road. 

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