Belief Briefs

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 09:03 PM

Spiritual exercises workshop Sunday at Holy Cross Catholic
DURHAM -- Friar Brian McDermott, a theologian from Georgetown University, will present a workshop, “Meeting God in Running Shoes: The Dynamics of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises” from 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2438 S. Alston Ave.
The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius to help people deepen their relationship with God. Lunch will be served during the workshop. All are welcome to attend. For information, call the parish office at 919-957-2900.

Harvest festival in Cedar Grove
CEDAR GROVE – Cedar Grove United Methodist Church will hold its annual Harvest Festival from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Cedar Grove Ruritan Building, 6118 Efland Cedar Grove Road. Turkey and trimmings. Auction at 7 p.m. For information, call 919-732-8405.

Veterans Day celebration at Union Baptist
DURHAM – Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., will host its sixth annual Veterans Day Celebration at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The keynote speaker is Command Sgt. Maj. Yolanda Tate from Fort Bragg. All veterans will be honored, with special focus on Korean War veterans on its 60th year anniversary. The celebration is open to veterans and their families, community and guests throughout Durham and Durham County.

Sing cantata with choir at Christ Church
CHAPEL HILL -- Cantata choir singers from any church are welcome to come to the sanctuary of Christ Church, 800 Market St., at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 11 (except Nov. 27) to rehearse seasonal music with instruments for a cantata to be sung at the 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Dec. 15, at Christ Church. Music will be provided. For information, contact director of music Daniel Steinert at 919-969-1686 or

Mt Zion A.M.E. celebrates anniversary
HILLSBOROUGH -- Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, 5124 Highway 86 North, will celebrate its 144th church anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday. The speaker will be the Rev. James Swain.

TROSA leader to speak at Levin JCC
DURHAM – Kevin McDonald, president and CEO of Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc. (TROSA), will share his story of overcoming drug addiction, homelessness and prison to lead TROSA during a breakfast presentation Tuesday at the Levin JCC, 1937 West Cornwallis Road.
Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. followed by McDonald’s talk at 8 a.m. Tickets are $18 and available at The talk is part of “Ignite: Local Leaders as Social Innovators,” a speaking series by The Jewish Federation of Durham Chapel Hill. The federation hopes to provide a unique venue to promote corporate social responsibility, community building and continuing education.

Homecoming Sunday at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist
BAHAMA – Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 8021 Stagville Road, will celebrate its 120th Homecoming at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. James W. Smith, pastor of Mt. Calvary, will deliver the message. All are invited to worship.
Dinner will be served after the service. For information, call 919-471-4034 or visit

DPD community worship service Nov. 24
DURHAM -- Durham residents are invited to attend a Community Worship Service hosted by the Durham Police Department at 3 p.m. Nov. 24. The service will be held at Angier Avenue Baptist Church, 2101 Angier Ave., and will close the DPD’s 2013 FaithActs campaign, a partnership with 35 Durham congregations.
For information, call Jennifer Snyder at 919-560-4438 ext. 29230.

111th anniversary at Russell Memorial CME
DURHAM -- Russell Memorial CME Church, 703 S. Alston Ave., will celebrate its 111th anniversary Nov. 16-17. There will be a celebration with the Rev. Peris J. Lester and congregation of St. John C.M.E. Church, Winston-Salem, at 3 p.m. Nov. 16.
Retired Bishop Marshall Gilmore of Concord will be the guest speaker at the 10 a.m. worship service Nov. 17.  The public is invited. The Rev. Wayne A. Williams is pastor.

Bahá’ís to commemorate Birth of the Prophet
DURHAM -- The Bahá’ís in Durham invite the public to an observance of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh at 7 p.m. Monday at the Intercommunity Baha'i Center, 5103 Revere Road. Bahá’u’lláh, who was born in 1817 in Tehran, Persia (Iran), is the prophet and founder of the Baha'i faith. Bahá’ís worldwide will be observing the anniversary.
The devotional program will focus on the early years of Bahá’u’lláh’s life. Fellowship and refreshments will follow. For information, call Marian Dessent at 919-489-6690.

Voting rights discussion at JCC tonight
DURHAM -- Carolina Jews for Justice, the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill and the Durham-Chapel Hill JCRC will give an encore presentation of “What’s Jewish About Voting Rights?” from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Levin JCC, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.
There will be a panel discussion followed by coffee discussion hour. Speakers include civil rights attorney and Southern Coalition for Social Justice founder Anita Earls; Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy NC; and Adam Stein of Ferguson, Stein, Chambers, Gresham & Sumter. RSVP to

Fall bazaar Saturday at Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Annual Fall Bazaar sponsored By Cain’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Pastor’s Aide Ministry will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at 2001 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough. There will be handmade items, yard sale items and homemade food. Breakfast and lunch will be available. For information, call 919-471-4564.

Careers in science discussion Saturday
DURHAM -- Christian Assembly Church’s Worldview U. series continues with a presentation from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on science and belief, followed by questions and answers.
Frank Dalton, general manager of Pine Research Instrumentation in Durham, will talk about issues confronting Christians pursuing careers in science. Pine Research Instrumentation manufactures electrochemical research instrumentation. Dalton has a doctorate in analytical chemistry from UNC.
Christian Assembly is at 5516 N. Roxboro Road in Durham. Registration is not necessary. Bring a bag lunch. For information, visit or call 919-471-0220. 

Minister of All Souls in NYC to visit ERUUF
DURHAM – The Rev. Galen Guengerich, senior minister at All Souls Church in New York City, will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road.
In “God Revised,” Guengerich recounts his own path from leaving an extended family of Mennonite preachers to seeking a modern God that does not require a suspended reality in order to believe. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and received his doctorate in theology at the University of Chicago.

Retreat for parents at UCCH
CHAPEL HILL – “Hopes and Fears: A Retreat for Parents & Caregivers” will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the assembly hall at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The Rev. Lee Hull Moses, senior minister of First Christian Church, Greensboro, will lead.
Parents and caregivers of young children (infant through fifth grade) are invited to explore how faith can quell fears and deepen hopes.
Moses received her M. Div. from the University of Chicago. She is the co-author of “Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired Anxious People.” Child care will be provided. There is no fee for this retreat, though $5 toward lunch is recommended. Register with Rev. Susan Steinberg at or 919-942-3540 or the church office at or 919-942-3540.
Also this weekend at UCCH, former N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird will be the guest at the 10 a.m. adult forum on Sunday. She will speak about faith and politics.

Durham choir to sing at Lee Williams concert
HENDERSON -- The Inspirational Voices of St. Mark AME Zion Church in Durham will be among the groups featured in a concert headlined by Lee Williams & the Spiritual QC’s at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at Vance Granville Community College, 200 Community College Road in Henderson. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event is free for children under 6. For information, call Thelma Bass at 919-308-2149.

Veterans to be honored at Community Baptist
DURHAM -- Community Baptist Church, 4821 Barbee Road, will honor veterans at its 8 a.m. worship service on Sunday.  The community is invited. For information, call the church at 919-544-1319. Rev. Percy R. Chase is pastor.

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