Each year the Won-Buddhist Temple, 8021 Old N.C. 86, invites a variety of religious traditions to participate in an interfaith service at the temple.
The service this year at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, will honor the wish of Master Sotaesan, the founding teacher of Won-Buddhism, who entered Nirvana on June 1, 1943.
Before he died, Sotaesan told his followers that if his life were to be memorialized, the lives and teachings of other sages and saints should also be lifted up.
The temple is inviting representatives from area faith communities to take part in the service. Speakers from Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Won-Buddhism and others will be represented.
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The invitation is “To learn what each faith has to share about children and how they are taught about their faith traditions.”
The annual Greek Festival that attracts foodies in the Triangle is on tap from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday June 4, and Sunday, June 5, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 N.C. 751, in Durham.
Admission is free.
In addition to the food, the event also features a Greek Taverna, continuous Greek music, folk dance performances and tours of the beautiful church building.
The marketplace will feature a Greek grocery and cafe, original artwork and crafts, jewelry, souvenirs and books, along with imported fashions.
Proceeds will benefit the church building fund and the Durham Rescue Mission.
The Rev. Mindy Douglas, former pastor of Chapel Hill’s Chapel in the Pines, was installed as senior pastor and head of staff at Durham’s First Presbyterian Church last Sunday.
The Rev. Minnie Sue Douglas, her mother and also a Presbyterian minister, was among a cadre of Presbyterian women, both ruling and teaching elders, who took part in the worship service at the historic church in downtown Durham.
Her mother led the Litany of Gifts as well as asked the constitutional questions that are a standard part of the liturgy for installation.
Mindy Douglas is not the first clergy woman to serve at First Presbyterian, but she is the first to serve as senior pastor and head of staff.
The service included Holy Communion and music led by Kathy Parkins, minister of music.
The Rev. Dr. Michelle Bartel, coordinator of Theological Education and Seminary Relations for the Presbyterian Church (USA) delivered the sermon.
Chapel Hill women taking part in the service were the Rev. Mitzi Lesher-Thomas, parish associate at Chapel in the Pines and ruling elders Courtney Chavez, from Chapel Hill's Church of Reconciliation and Mary Donna Pond from Chapel in the Pines.
Others participating in the service were the Rev. Katie Crowe, pastor Durham's Trinity Avenue Presbyterian; the Rev. Franklin Golden, pastor Durham Presbyterian; the Rev. Marilyn Hedgpeth, associate pastor First Presbyterian; the Rev. Hinson-Hasty, senior director Theological Education Funds Development for the Presbyterian Church (USA); and the Rev. Chris Tuttle, pastor Durham’s Westminster Presbyterian and vice moderator of New Hope Presbytery, and Phyllis Supple, a ruling elder at First Presbyterian.
The Rev. Mindy Douglas was called by First Presbyterian on Feb. 14. She came to the church after having “planted” Chapel in the Pines in Chapel Hill, and having served as associate pastor and interim associate pastor for Camp Ministry at University Presbyterian in Chapel Hill.
Star Wars mthology
The C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle is sponsoring a free presentation frm 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
Druscilla French will lecture on “Mythology and Star Wars: From Freud, to Jung, to Campbell, to Roger Lucas.” She will take a closer look at the story of the hero’s journey and explore the “monomyth.”