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, June 1, 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 July 6.)
Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman Qur’an students will present Art of the Qur’an on Saturday, June 2, 2pm, at the Parkwood masjid (5122 Revere Rd). A short talk and dua will be given by the Imam, Sheikh Mowlid Ali, followed by recitations by Abdurahman Burhan Ali and presentations by Maryam Siddiqui, Duha Iqbai, and Yusrah Oyewola. The main topic will focus on Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts and the Smithsonian Institution. It’s free; call 919-237-2968 or click here for more info.
North Durham Masjid (1609 W Carver St) will hold its annual Ramadan Qur’an Competition on Saturday, June 3, starting at 4pm. Contestants can participate at these levels: Level 1 (all ages), Level 2 (age 15 and under), Level 3 (age 13 and under), Level 4 (age 8 and under). Winners will be awarded gift cards. Call 919-908-8804 or click here for more info.
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, June 13, 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, June 14, 11am–1pm, at 1937 W Cornwallis Rd. Hollis Gauss will discuss Accountability, Agency & Redemption: Seeds of Hope during the Summer Fast Observance. Seven dollars covers the cost for lunch. Call Jordana Brown at 919-354-4924 by Monday, June 12 to reserve your spot; transportation is available on request. Click here to see more JCC events for seniors.
The next One Church One Child meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15, 10am, at the Durham County Department of Social Services office (414 E Main St, 2nd floor conference room). There are hundreds of children in Durham County who are in need of temporary placement as their family members get themselves together and work toward being reunited. Resources are available to help foster parents care for the children they take in, and those who are interested can get their questions answered and learn more about the program. The goal is to have each house of worship able to say that someone in their congregation has reached out to help one or more of these young people. Save your space by contacting DSS parent recruiter Deborah Cousin at 919-560-8411 or DCousin@dconc.gov by Thursday, June 8.
Durham Congregations in Action’s next Assembly Meeting/ Dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 5:45–7pm, at Durham Friends (404 Alexander Ave). The special guest will be Durham Public Schools’ Superintendent Bert L’Homme. Seven dollars will cover the cost for lunch; reserve your space by calling 919-688-2036 or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 16 (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, June 22, noon–1pm. Lunch is free, thanks to CORE Catering. Call Ben Haas at 919-358-1113 or click here for more info.
As part of their service to the homeless population, Open Table Ministry has houses of worship to cook, serve, and clean up after weekly Wednesday lunches. They set up a tent along the service road by New Hope Commons (near the intersection of Hwy 15-501 and Hwy 40). Usually around 15 homeless people who live in the wooded area in the vicinity of the highways show up and have lunch with social workers and service providers. They’re also given bag lunches of nonperishable foods. These weekly lunches serve as wellness checks and, ideally, a path to connecting homeless people to services and improved lives. The houses of worship that are able to serve at least 30 people on a given Wednesday can sign up after visiting opentableministry.com. Open Table Ministry’s slogan is: Inviting broken people to break bread together.
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: