Chapel Hill: Community

July 8, 2014

On Faith: Unity to present evening of chanting and meditation

Brian Lottman will lead “Awakening the Heart: An Evening of Satsang and Kirtan” at Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Brian Lottman will lead “Awakening the Heart: An Evening of Satsang and Kirtan” at Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Two years ago Lottman, inspired by his spiritual teacher, renounced his comfortable life and set out on a spiritual journey that has carried him across the U.S.

He holds satsangs, gatherings that include inspirational talk, devotional call and response chanting (kirtan) and meditation, for those interested in an introduction to a spiritual path and those who seek a life of love and spiritual passion.

“My inner state is often exploding with such energy that sometimes I can barely contain it,” Lottman said. “I want to share this energy with others and so, I set off on the road to hold satsangs, about inspiring people, ringing the energy of peace, joy and love. Awakening the soul. Realizing there is only the one God.”

Sitting with this teacher, spiritual seekers can expect to have opportunity to uncover states of love, joy and peace and experience deeper states of consciousness through chakra clearing and energy healing.

For more information, call 919-968-1854 or email

The suggested donation for the evening is $11.

Mary Baker Eddy

The Christian Science Society of Chapel Hill will present the Longyear Museum film “Mary Baker Eddy at 8 Broad Street, Lynn, Mass.” from 10 to noon Saturday at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.

Eddy was the founder of Christian Science, a religious movement that emerged in New England in the late 19th century.

A brief intermission will be held in Meeting Room A. All are welcome.

‘Awakening the Heart’

The Kosala Buddhist Center in Carrboro is offering an introductory course titled “Awakening the Heart” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 19. It is designed especially for beginners who want to learn meditation techniques.

Buddhist teacher Ethan Lechner will teach the Buddhist approach to training the mind for meditation. Applying these methods in everyday life, he says, can lead to happiness and a sense of purpose and harmony in relationships.

This is a beginner course, open to everyone, and participants should come comfortably dressed. Cushions and chairs will be available.

The cost is $20 with a special rate of $12 for seniors and students.

The Kosala Center is located at 711 W. Rosemary St., upstairs above Carrburritos in Carrboro.

Practical ethics

Those interested in how to apply practical ethics in public controversies may want to attend classes, beginning Sunday and continuing through Aug. 3, at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road in Durham.

Dr. Ross McKinney, director of the Trent Center for Bioethics and History of Medicine at Duke University, will lead the classes on current topics including the political divide, health care rationing and immigration. The final list of topics may change based on current events.

The classes will run from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Sundays July 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3 in Room 4/5 in the CARE Building on the campus.

The sessions are free and open to the public. No registration required, just show up.

Presbyterian speakers

The community is invited to hear two guest preachers during July at University Presbyterian Church, 208 E. Franklin St.

The Rev. Ted Churn, Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk of New Hope Presbytery, will preach on Sunday, July 20, and the Rev. Julio Ramirez-Eve will preach on Sunday, July 27. Worship services are held each Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Churn has experience in the parish ministry, having served with his wife, Moffett, as co-pastor of a multicultural New Church Development in the Presbytery of Boston for 17 years.

After coming to North Carolina, he served as interim head of staff at North Raleigh Presbyterian and First Presbyterian in Rocky Mount and as temporary associate pastor at White Memorial in Raleigh.

Ramirez-Eve, the second of four children raised by a single mother in a poor neighborhood in the Dominican Republic, has a bachelor's degree in architecture, a master’s of divinity from McCormick Seminary and a masters of social work from Columbia University.

He was pastor of his first church in Brooklyn, New York, for four years before being called as organizing pastor of Iglesia Emanuel Hispanic Presbyterian in Durham and associate for Hispanic Ministries for New Hope Presbytery.

Haw River anniversary

The youth and young adult choir at Haw River Missionary Baptist Church will mark its anniversary with a celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Area choirs will participate and area youth are invited to attend.

The host pastor is the Rev. Dr. Junious Jones. The church is located at 1099 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro.

‘Transparent images’

An exhibit of the work of artist Trena McNabb titled “Story Telling: Overlapping transparent images” is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road. Call the church for Sunday hours.

The exhibit, including acrylics, graphite, pressed leaves and flowers on canvas, will continue through Sept. 7.

McNabb began using her artistic talents to earn a living in the early 1960s, right after she graduated from high school in her hometown of Thomasville.

She is a former commercial-design artist, creating site-specific paintings for corporate offices, government agencies, hospitals and other architectural interiors.

She is known for her original “White-on-White” technique that uses the natural raw canvas as a subtle counterpoint to the white acrylic paint. This unique base then showcases the overlapping transparent images of vibrant colors.

Contact Flo Johnston at or call 910-361-4135.

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