Chapel Hill: Community

March 18, 2014

On Faith: CROP Hunger Walk steps off Town Commons Sunday

Chapel Hill’s CROP Hunger Walk will step off at 2:30 p.m. Sunday from the Carrboro Town Commons/Farmer’s Market at 301 W. Main St.

Chapel Hill’s CROP Hunger Walk will step off at 2:30 p.m. Sunday from the Carrboro Town Commons/Farmer’s Market at 301 W. Main St.

Registration for walkers begins at 1:30 p.m. Walkers can choose among a 0.8 mile, two mile and four mile routes through the streets of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and the UNC campus.

The event is is sponsored by the Inter-Faith Council for Social Services in conjunction with Church World Service.

“While the great recession officially ended over a year ago, the IFC is still seeing growing numbers of our community members who have not yet recovered,” said John Dorward, executive director of the IFC.

“There are too many children, individuals and families who go hungry every day. CROP Hunger Walk participants help us support the needs in Chapel Hill and Carrboro and help CWS ensure sustainable access to proper, nutritious food throughout the world.”

Aaron Nelson, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and his wife, Sonja, are chairing the walk for the second consecutive year.

The money raised supports the IFC’s FoodFirst hunger-relief programs, the Community Kitchen and Food Pantry, as well as CWS’s hunger programs around the globe.

Zen priest visits

The Rev. Dai-En Bennage will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Chapel Hill Zen Center following meditation at 9 and 9:50 a.m.

Bennage found her path on Buddhism by reading “A Manual of Zen” by D.T. Suzuki in 1958. A resident of Japan for 23 years, she began the practice of Zen in the Rinzai tradition in Tokyo in 1975.

She later received priest precepts from Noda Daito Roshi and trained at the NiSodo, the women’s training monastery in Nagoya.

She also practicedf with the Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh before founding Mt. Equity Zendo in rural Pennsylvania in 1991. She is the translator of Abbess Shundo Aoyama Roshi’s book “Zen Seeds.”

The Chapel Hill Zen Center is located at 5322 N.C. 86, about 2.5 miles north of I-40 at Exit 266.

Revival services

Youth and adult revival services will be held today through Friday at Haw River Missionary Baptist Church, 1099 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro.

Nightly services at 6:30 will be led by Truphenia Kelly, associate minister at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford; Wilbert Jackson, associate minister at Barbee Chapel Harvest Word Ministries in Chapel Hill; and Brian Tolbert Jr. associate pastor of First Baptist Church of God in Carrboro.

Haw River is hosting the Goddenaires Musical Program at 2 p.m. Sunday. Several other groups will also participate. Area congregations are invited to attend these events. Host pastor is the Rev. Junious Jones.

‘Tibetan Book of the Dead’

The C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle is presenting a discussion on “The Tibetan Book of the Dead” on Friday and Saturday at Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, led by Morgan Stebbins, a New York Jungian analyst.

His lecture on Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. is $10, $5 for members. The Saturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is $48 for the general public, $30 for members and $15 for students.

“The Book of the Dead” or “Bardo Thodol,” is a manual or guide for the 49-day period between a person’s death and their next rebirth. Written in the Middle Ages, it describes the experiences that await in the in-between.

The guest lecturer will provide a brief history of book and show how it can serve as a useful and inspirational tool with something to say to everyone. For example, the book talks about how to change one’s patterns of behavior so they can serve an individual better.

Further information on this event available at

‘Death and Beyond’

A workshop on Meditating on Death and Beyond will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kosala Buddhist Center, 711 W. Rosemary St.

The workshop will address how to live a meaningful life, how to prepare for death and how to help those who are dying. No previous meditation experience is necessary and everyone is welcome.

The cost is $35, $20 for students and seniors.

The center is located upstairs above Carrburritos.

Contact Flo Johnston at or 910-361-4135.

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