The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and former pastor of President Barack Obama, will preach at United Church of Chapel Hill on Sunday, Sept. 20.
The United Voices of Praise, an interracial gospel choir, will sing at the 8:45 a.m. service. The UNC Gospel Choir will sing at the 11 a.m. service.
The church will host a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 19. Wright will speak on “The Marks of an Anti-Racism Church” and “The Journey Toward a Just Beloved Community.”
Wright is an ordained member of the United Church of Christ. During his 36 years at Trinity, the congregation grew from 90 to 6,000 members and became a focal point in Chicago for the experience of black Americans in the inner city. The motto of the church is “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian.”
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The United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ, the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, first to ordain a woman, first to ordain an openly gay man and first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry.
All are welcome to come hear Dr. Wright.
Church of the Advocate, an Episcopal congregation, whose historic building was moved to Chapel Hill via a long road trip in 2012 from Germanton, a small town near Winston-Salem, has taken root at 8410 Merlin Road, corner of Homestead and Merlin roads in north Chapel Hill. The congregation held the first worship service at this location on Easter Sunday 2014.
Now that the congregation has announced “Autumn Unplugged,” a day of music and art coming up next month featuring performance and artists on the church grounds. The purpose is to raise money for the St. Paul’s AME Village affordable-housing project in the nearby Rogers Road area.
Set for Sunday, Oct. 18, the event will feature such groups as Tim and Susan Wells, the Durham Ukulele Orchestra, the Hey Brothers and the St. Paul’s AME Voices of Inspiration. The plan is to have both food and drink for sale during the afternoon-early evening event that is free and open to all.
The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina donated the church building to Church of the Advocate, a growing Chapel Hill congregation without a building.
The building located in Germanton had first housed St. Philip’s, an Episcopal congregation in the late 1800s. With about 22 members in 1895, four years after the building was constructed, membership started to decline when Episcopalians began moving to the growing metropolis of Winston-Salem, 10 miles southwest.
For the next 80 years the congregation of five to 10 members and their descendants kept the church going. And then they died or moved away. The beautiful building stood empty.
A professional mover from Greensboro deemed the historic structure to be physically able to make the 130-mile trip to Chapel Hill along back roads across Piedmont North Carolina.
The building’s style is what’s called carpenter Gothic board-and-batten and designed to seat 150 in 25 nine-foot long pews.
With its picture postcard setting on a large campus of 15 acres and its impressive history, this church is another must see and experience venue in Chapel Hill.
Parish musician David Arcus will present an organ recital at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough at 3 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 13.
The program titled “Made in America” will be performed on the church’s 1883 Hook & Hastings organ. It will include contemporary composers Dan Locklair, Marianne Ploger and local composer David Durkop. Also early 20th century composer Leo Sowerby and selections contemporary to the time and place when the Hook & Hastings was built.
The program will conclude with an improvisation on a submitted theme. Arcus is internationally recognized as an improviser at the organ.
Before coming to St. Matthew’s, he was the Duke Chapel organist and associate university organist for 30 years.
This recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
St. Matthew’s is located at 210 St. Mary’s Road.
A recent open house for Kol Haskalah, a Jewish community that meets in Murphey Hall on the UNC campus and focuses on Jewish history, holidays and ethics, featured a Kick-a-Thon that was the mitzvah project of Sylvia Gordon, who completed Kol Haskalah’s Sunday School and Mitzvah Program in May.
Kim’s White Tiger Championship Demo Team performed during the open house to benefit Shot@Life, an organization that educates Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.
Sylvia is a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo and a member of the White Tiger team.
She will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah with her twin sister, Sara Gordon, in November.
Humanistic Jews value their Jewish identity and the aspects of Jewish culture that offer a genuine expression of their contemporary way of life.
Kol Haskalah’s Sunday School meets at 10 a.m. twice a month. During the sessions adults and post-Mitzvah students meet for Jewish themed films and discussion, educational discussions on Humanistic Judaism and related topics, social action events and a social time for coffee and informal talk.
The holidays celebrated by the Kol Haskalah community include Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Hannukah, Tu Bishvat, Purim and Passover.
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