Ted Swartz’s new show “Listening for Grace” about relationships, sexuality and the church is coming to Duke Memorial United Methodist, 504 W. Chapel Hill St. Wednesday night, Nov. 19.
The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.
Swartz uses his distinctive humor to give voice to fears and hopes when a faith community engages in questions around sexuality and same-sex relationships. It’s about a father’s journey, a church’s struggle and a search for commonality.
It’s the story of a widowed father whose son has just come out as gay. Through his relationships with his son, an estranged cousin, people in his church and a pastor who deals with issues of sexuality in the Bible, the main character is challenged by many different viewpoints and experiences.
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Service of Thanksgiving
Durham Congregations in Action will sponsor an Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving, including leadership from the Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Buddhist communities, at noon Thursday at the Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 Driver St.
Immediately after the 30-minute service, is an opportunity for interfaith engagement with Habitat For Humanity at a project on Ashe Street in Northeast Central Durham, three blocks from the church.
Interfaith building for Habitat in Durham means that all these faith groups are coming together to work on a common problem Durham shares: Tens of thousands of neighbors lack a safe and affordable place to call home.
Call Habitat for details on how to get involved at 919-682-0516, ext. 121. The office is located at 215 N. Church St. in space provided by Trinity United Methodist Church.
Faith & the Arts
The Faith & the Arts Program of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will present, what has become an annual and beloved event, a Christmas concert by the St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle on Sunday, Nov. 30, the first Sunday in Advent.
Their songs will be interspersed with offerings of spoken word, poetry and stories. This year they will be joined by the trio Soul Cake, comprised of Bob Bedell, Curtis Stagner and Dave Wilson. The 3 p.m. concert will be followed by a reception in the Ruffin House.
The Singing Circle, some 20-voices strong, is led by Mary Rocap and has been meeting monthly for the past five years for a service of evening prayer and a time of fellowship and singing. Their Christmas CD, “Venite Adoremus, released last December, will be available for purchase.
Soul Cake has developed a repertoire specializing in Christmas songs. They have been featured in many Christmas Eve services at the church.
Tickets are $10 and are available in the church office. The church is located at 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough.
St. Matthew’s has always been a lace where the arts have thrived. The rector, Brooks Graebner, says, “We are blessed with many creative people within our midst, singers, poets, photographers, painters, writers and playwrights, potters and musicians. We have the beautiful setting of our church building to offer for programs, musical events in particular.”
The Faith and the Arts Series began in 2010 as a result of the church’s desire to be more intentional in its support of the arts.
Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St., will hold its Chanukkah Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Featured items will include Chanukkah candles, chocolate gelt, dreidels, menorahs, children’s games and toys. The synagogue’s “Men of Oil” will be selling their famous latkes. Local vendors and artists will display their wares and those who attend can enjoy a cup of hot cider and take part in a raffle. The book fair will include books for children, teens and adults, both fiction and non fiction. A gift wrapping station will be open.
Shoppers can feel good about spending their shekels at the Chanukkah Bazaar because the event supports the Talmud Torah (Hebrew School).
The Durham Community Chorale’s concert, Holiday Traditions, is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive in northern Durham County.
“Where there is charity and love, there is God” is the inspiring message of “Ubi Caritas” by Rene Calusen, a madrigal-inspired highlight of a program that embraces the season from many angles.
From Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and the haunting “Carol of the Magi” by John Rutter to such familiar favorites as “the Little Drummer Boy” and Mel Torrme’s “Christmas Song,” the chorale’s 27th holiday concert is sure to evoke the spirit of the season.
Melody Zentner directs the chorale.
Tickets at $10 are available from chorale members, at the door on the day of the concert or by visiting www.durhamcommunitychorale.org.