Close friends and families of homicide victims are invited to attend the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s
Circles of Hope and Healing on Thursday, August 3, 6–8pm, at the Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church (107 N Driver St, corner of Driver and Main, back entrance). These calm healing sessions are led by a professionally trained “circle keeper.” Dinner follows each session; this is a free event. Contact Ben Haas at 919-358-1113 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (Another Circles of Hope and Healing session will be held on September 7.)
Guess Road Baptist Church will host HopeFest on Saturday, August 5, 10am–3pm, on the church grounds (3102 Guess Rd). They’ll have games, fun activities for all ages, and information on local resources. Free admission; call 919-477-4893 for more info.
The Memorial Service for beloved activist Umar Salute Muhammad will be held on Saturday, August 5, 3–6pm, at the Hayti Heritage Center (Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts). It’s cohosted by All of Us or None of Us NC, Forward Justice, and SpiritHouse Inc. The Kurve Assassinz Motorcycle Club is organizing a Charity Ride, starting in the Harbor Freight parking lot (2000 Avondale Dr). Set-up/line-up will start at 1:30pm (and $10 donations will be collected); then the procession will begin at 2pm, ending at the Hayti Heritage Center. You can join the procession on your motorcycle or in your vehicle. Later that night will be a Celebration of Life at Emerald City Ultra Bar & Lounge (2000 Chapel Hill Rd) from 10pm to 2am. Click here to contribute to the Umar Muhammad Memorial Fund.
The Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South holds a monthly meeting, The Art of Conscious Aging, for “women of a certain age.” The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 11:30am–2pm, at the Colony Hills Clubhouse (3060 Colony Rd). This is an open group and there are no membership fees. Bring a bag lunch and be prepared to enjoy yourself and join in the conversation. Call 919-683-1236 or write to email@example.com for more information.
Jewish seniors are invited to participate in the Levin Jewish Community Center’s Chaverim/Friends event on Wednesday, August 9, 11am–1pm. Anne Shelton, MD, will give a talk on Ageless Grace. Join in this seated exercise that uses music and movement to stimulate the five functions of the brain. Seven dollars covers the cost for lunch. Call Jordana Brown at 919-354-4924 by Monday, August 7 to reserve your spot; transportation is available on request. Click here to see more JCC events for seniors.
Durham Congregations in Action’s next Assembly Meeting/ Supper will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 5:45–7pm, at Epworth United Methodist Church (3002 Hope Valley Rd). The special guest will be Durham Police Chief CJ Davis. Seven dollars will cover the cost for dinner; reserve your space by calling 919-688-2036 or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 11 (you can also pay online at dcia.org or at the door).
The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s next Community Luncheon Roundtable will be held in Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall (107 N Driver St); enter through the back entrance) on Thursday, August 24, noon–1pm. Discuss community issues and forge partnerships with others who want to work toward change. Lunch is free, thanks to CORE Catering. Call Ben Haas at 919-358-1113 or click here for more info.
All leaders of houses of worship, including churches, masjids, temples, and spiritual communities, are invited to attend the annual Durham Ministers Luncheon on Thursday, September 2, noon, at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church (504 W Chapel Hill St). Hosted by Durham Congregations in Action, this luncheon is a good way to fellowship and learn about DCiA’s work in countering poverty, racism, and violence, and in building bridges among diverse interreligious and interracial congregations. Reserve your spot by calling 919-688-2036 or by writing to email@example.com..
Leaders and representatives of houses of worship and spiritual communities are encouraged to participate in the 2017 Labor Sabbath, which is a call for an increase in the minimum wage over the September 1–3 weekend. This weekend, which is scheduled to occur right before Labor Day, is a good time to focus on appreciating the work that people perform to feed their families and support their communities.
Christian leaders can click here to view and/or download “A Fair Balance—The Bible, Workers, and Economic Justice in the 21st Century,” which can serve as the basis for a study group or sermon. Leaders from masjids, synagogues, and spiritual communities can click here to view and/or download these resources from Interfaith Worker Justice.
Leaders are also encouraged to talk about the honor of work, and to highlight the challenging issues that affect workers, and how raising the minimum can greatly help sustain their families. Raising Wages NC can connect you with speakers who can make short presentations in front of your congregations, study group, or special talk that can be held before or after your service. Visit raisingwagesnc.org.
Durham Congregations in Action’s annual Durham Ministers Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 7, noon, in Duke Memorial United Methodist Church’s Whitford Hall (504 W Chapel Hill St). Be sure to park in the rear parking lot and enter through the back door under the long, brown canopy. This luncheon is designed to help clergy new (or new-ish) to the area to meet and fellowship with established clergy. It’s free; save your spot by calling 919-688-2036 or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Durham Congregations in Action’s next Assembly Meeting/ Lunch will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 11:45am–1pm, at the Shambhala Meditation Center (733 Rutherford St). The topic will be the Durham Housing Authority and Next Steps for Affordable Housing. Seven dollars will cover the cost for dinner; reserve your space by calling 919-688-2036 or by writing to email@example.com by Friday, September 15 (you can also pay online at dcia.org or at the door).
Various houses of worship provide groceries at no charge for people in need, and Durham Congregations in Action has a calendar showing where you can go to get help. Just click on the buttons below:
Here’s where you can go if you and your family are in need of clothing:
And here’s where you can go for a free, hot meal: