Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, will hold a two-part talk on Islam today, Jan. 13, and a second on Sunday, Jan. 24.
Islam, the religion of peace, is now identified with violence. The heart of Islam is the Koran, and its pages announce a mixed message on violence. So the question is How do we decode a seventh-century Arabic text in 21st century America?
At 7 p.m. today, Omid Safi, director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, will present a program on the need to combine social justice and spirituality in work and in the ways that aesthetics and spirituality intersect with Christianity in Turkey. Safi is a Duke graduate who specializes in classical Islam and contemporary Islamic thought. He has led the center since 2014 and is a columnist for the National Public Radio program “On Being.”
Bruce Lawrence, founder and former director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, will preach on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. on Islam and violence. He is a scholar of pre-modern and modern Islamic movements, is an adjunct professor in Civilization Studies at Faith Sultan Mehmet Vakif University in Istanbul and is an ordained Episcopal priest in the Diocese of North Carolina, serving as priest associate at St. Matthews’ Episcopal Church in Hillsborough.
Also at Eno Fellowship, the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, will visit on Wednesday, Jan. 20. He will lead a conversation about the UU Association today and its vision for the future during a 7 p.m. dessert and coffee session in the fellowship hall.
Now in his second four-year term as the eighth president of the UUA, Morales, the first Latino association president, was elected on a platform of growth and multiculturalism. He is passionate about immigration reform and environmental justice.
These events are part of Eno Fellowship’s year-long golden anniversary celebration, including lectures, workshops, concerts and other social events.
Forums on race
A four-week series “How Do We Address Institutional Racism?” is underway at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The forum meets at 10 a.m. Sundays.
▪ Jan. 17: “Addressing Racial Inequities in Law Enforcement.” Tye Hunter and James Williams will discuss the Orange County Coalition on Bias in Policing.
▪ Jan. 24: “Addressing Racial Inequities in Planning and Housing.” Kirstin Frescoln will discuss strategies for addressing racial inequities in this area.
▪ Jan. 30: “Addressing Racial Inequities in Public Schools.” Members of the Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools will discuss their process and recommendations.
Also continuing at United Church is a series of four Wednesday night sessions on the history of racial justice in the state and country.
▪ Tonight, Jan, 13, Blair Kelley, an assistant dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs and history professor at N.C. State University will focus on the history of African-American social movements.
▪ Wednesday, Jan. 20, the speaker is Tim Tyson, a writer and historian who specializes in issues of culture, religion and race associated with the civil rights movement. He has joint appointments at Duke University and UNC.
▪ Wednesday, Jan. 27, the speaker is Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, a professor of sociology at Duke University. He is trained in class analysis, political sociology and sociology of globalization. His recent work has been in the area of race, racial theory, race and methodology, color-blind racism, racial grammar, race and human rights, race and citizenship, whiteness and the Obama phenomenon.
▪ Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Rev. William Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro and president of the North Carolina NAACP, will speak. He has led “Moral Mondays” civil rights protests in North Carolina, beginning in April 2013 and the Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly.
These sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and are preceded by dinner at 5:45 p.m All are welcome.
Israeli film series
“Reel Israel,” the fourth annual Israeli documentary film series at Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, is continuing. Here is the schedule for the next two January presentations:
▪ Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.: “Diplomat.” This film is about the old Diplomat Hotel that was once a luxurious, five-star hotel in Jerusalem, with eight floors, 700 rooms, long corridors, green lawns and a pool. For 20 years, it has been a respite for 600 immigrants from the former Soviet Union. They have never assimilated into Israeli culture, instead existing secluded from the outside world with many of them never leaving the haven of its walls.
▪ Saturday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.: “In-Between.” A man and woman met when they were 25, married and had two children. The man turned ultra-orthodox and the woman stayed secular. They are still in love, but the question is will their love be able to overcome the growing gaps between them?
Admission is $10 per film, $6 for students with ID.
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