Several anti-violence events in next few weeks
An interfaith service, a vigil and a new ministry support group for women were among the upcoming anti-violence events shared at the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s monthly roundtable Thursday at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church in Northeast Central Durham.
Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations & Neighborhoods) will hold an “Interfaith Service of Lament, Hope and Commitment” at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Monument of Faith Church, 909 Simmons St., Durham. The goal of the service is for people of faith to stand together against violence and its impact on the community.
The Rev. Clarence Laney of Monument of Faith Church, and a Durham CAN member, said “it’s about coming together and simply praying.” They will pray, lament and offer hope as well as a chance to make a commitment for action, Laney said.
“CAN organizes around issues that are important and then brings people to the table,” Laney said. CAN will also hold an assembly meeting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Judea Reform Congregation, and has invited all candidates in the upcoming municipal elections.
During the “Interfaith Service of Lament, Hope and Commitment” Nov. 3, the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham and other organizations will be there so congregations and ministers can make a commitment to become more involved, Laney said.
Effie Steele of Religious Coalition said that if a Religious Coalition vigil for someone killed in Durham is not attended by a lot of people, young people notice and think no one cares.
“Young people need to see us love and care about one another,” Steele said. Vigils are “a visible witness that we care and that person’s life meant something.”
Steele also urged those at the roundtable to attend an upcoming vigil sponsored by a different organization, the Durham Crisis Response Center. The DCRC annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Victims of Domestic Violence will be held from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the bull statue at CCB Plaza downtown at the corner of Parrish and Corcoran streets. DCRC will provide dinner and training before the vigil, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St. The dinner and training session are free. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-667-5258.
Next week is also the launch of a new ministry for women who are victims of abuse, in particular sexual abuse. The Sanctuary Outreach Ministries will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 with a forum, “Coffee, Tea and Me,” at Shepherd’s House UMC, 107 N. Driver St. It will be a time for women to come together and share on the subject “I Got Issues.” The Rev. Tammy White Rodman, who leads the ministry, said all women who have been abused or know someone who has should come “just to circle them and feel the warmth of God’s love.” The Sanctuary Outreach Ministries is also starting an eight-week Bible study called “Walking Wounded Willing Witness” at 7 p.m. Nov. 4, also at Shepherd’s House UMC. A prayer Bible study on the book of Acts starts at noon Nov. 7. For about Sanctuary, visit www.wwwwministry.com or call 919-638-5163.
Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham roundtables are open to everyone. Lunch is provided. The next roundtable will be held at noon Dec. 5 at Shepherd’s House UMC, 107 N. Driver St., Durham. For information, visit www.nonviolentdurham.org.