On Faith

Marriage inspires Durham minister’s book

July 9, 2013 

The Summer Book Reading Series at First Presbyterian Church will continue on Sunday in the church’s Watts Hill Hall when the Rev. Rhonda Mawhood Lee will lead a discussion of her book “Through with Kings and Armies: The Marriage of George and Jean Edwards.”

Lee met George and Jean in Louisville, Ky. Their commitment to each other and to non-violence captured her imagination and led to this book, the saga of a 63-year marriage grounded in the couple’s love of Jesus Christ and shaped by the conviction that his disciples must witness publicly to their faith.

They organized communities of witnesses against war and racial violence while raising three children and remaining active in the church that rarely supported their work.

Lee was born in Montreal, Canada, the bilingual and bi-cultural child of an English-speaking mother and a French-speaking father. She has lived in the United States since 1992. She received her Ph.D. From Duke University in U.S. history., specializing in non-violent social movements. An Episcopal priest since 2005, she is the associate rector at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church downtown. She and her husband Wayne Lee, a military historian at UNC-Chapel Hill, live in Durham.

The public is invited to the 9:45 a.m. discussion at the church, at the corner of Main and Roxboro streets downtown.

Quartet to play Sunday

The Bradshaw Quartet will present a 4 p.m. concert Sunday as part of the Faith & The Arts Series at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 210 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough.

Organized in 2003 to further extend the musical fellowship they enjoy as the rhythm section for the United Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, the group features Charles Bradshaw, keyboards; Matthew Busch, tenor and soprano saxophone; Brad Kintner, upright and fretless bass; and Odessa Shaw, drums. Each has more than 20 years of musical experience and training in a range of musical styles.

The quartet plays jazz standards, new interpretations of R&B and pop classics and original compositions. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted. All are invited to come and enjoy the music and to have an ice cream cone afterward.

Mission receives grant

The Durham Rescue Mission has received $5,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation.

“This comes at a critical time for our ministry,” said Ernie Mills, founder of the mission. “During the summer, donations tend to drop off as people take well-deserved vacations, but homelessness and hunger never take a vacation. We are thankful to receive this generous help from Food Lion.”

Even with this help, however, Mills said the mission needs $300,000 in the next 60 days to provide more than 30,000 meals and 11,500 nights of shelter.

The mission has been a part of Durham’s inner city since 1974 when it opened its doors to 12 hungry, homeless, addicted and hurting men. Since then the mission has expanded to provide food, shelter, clothing counseling, vocational training, daycare, job placement and temporary supportive housing for men, women, mothers with children and intact families in need of help.

Contact the mission by phone at 919-588-9641 or P.O. Box 11368, Durham NC 27703, or visit durhamrescuemission.org.

Youth revival scheduled

A citywide/countryside youth revival “Break Every Chain!” is on tap July 22-23 at Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist, 2806 Page Road, Morrisville.

Minister Vaxaeadrene Allen of Lattisville Grove Baptist Church in Hurdle Mills will speak Monday night. The Rev. Kori Jones, chaplain at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, will speak Tuesday. Both services begin at 7 p.m.

Other participants include the Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church Puppet Ministry of Durham, Cedar Grove Church’s Puppets for the Soul of Durham, and Poplar Grove AME’s Anointed Vessels of Greensboro. Music will be provided by Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Morrisville and Church of the Apostolic Revival of Durham.

The event is sponsored by Durham County Youth Missionary Department, a department of the Woman’s Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention of North Carolina and part of the Durham County Missionary Union.

All area youth are invited to attend.

Gospel artist to sing

Gospel recording artist Marcia Love will give a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 26, at North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. 55. This is a free event and all are welcome.

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