On Faith: Church World Service leader to visit Durham for CROP Walk

03/18/2014 12:00 AM

02/15/2015 10:42 AM

This year’s CROP Walk for Hunger in Durham will have a special visitor among its ranks on Sunday, April 6, when the Rev. John McCullough hits the bricks with Bull City walkers, marking Durham’s 40th CROP Walk anniversary.

McCullough is president and CEO of Church World Service, an international humanitarian agency providing emergency relief, advocacy, sustainable development and refugee assistance in the United States and about 40 countries around the world.

Seventy-five percent of the money raised in CROP Walks across the country helps CWS do its work, and 25 percent goes to local ministries and agencies.

In Durham, CROP money is distributed in the form of grants that support local agencies and groups addressing hunger needs in the Bull City.

CWS sponsors some 1,400 community CROP Hunger Walks nationally to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice.

Durham’s walk is the nation’s third largest.

‘Book of the Dead’

The C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle is presenting a discussion on “The Tibetan Book of the Dead” on Friday and Saturday at Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, led by Morgan Stebbins, N.Y. Jungian analyst.

His lecture on Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. is $10, $5 for members. The Saturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is $48 for the general public, $30 for members and $15 for students.

“The Book of the Dead” is a manual or guide for the 49-day period between a person’s death and their next rebirth. Written in the Middle Ages, it describes the experiences that await in the in-between.

The guest lecturer will provide a brief history of the book and show how it can serve as a useful and inspirational tool with something to say to everyone. For example, the book talks about how to change one’s patterns of behavior so they can serve an individual better.

Further information on this event available at JungNC.org.

Business showcase

The Entrepreneur Ministry at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311Morehead Ave., will showcase local businesses and services at its 2014 Business Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

If you are an entrepreneur and would like to be part of this event, visit and register on the ministry’s web page www.firstcalvery.org.

Viaitors are invited to attend to enjoy free vendor samples and door prizes.

For further information, call 919-425-1809.

Zen workshop

A Zen workshop is set for 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Chapel Hill Zen Center, 5322 N.C. 86 north, Chapel Hill.

Abbess Josho Pat Phelan is the workshop leader.

In Zen meditation participants practice with the interrelationship of body, breath and mind with individual attention given to finding a position that works for each person whether they are sitting on a cushion, a meditation bench or in a chair. How to do a walking meditation also will be addressed.

This workshop is for beginners as well as anyone else who wants to review zazen practice.

Suggested donation is $20, $10 for students. To register, contact the center at 919-967-0861.

Combined concert

Women’s Voices Chorus and Vox Virorum Men’s Chorus will hold their first combined concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 301 E. Main St. in downtown.

The women’s chorus will present music specially arranged for and commissioned by the chorus and led by Allan Friedman, artistic director. Vox Virorum, led by Jeremty Nabors, will present selections arranged and written by American composers.

The choruses are accompanied by Deborah Coclanis on piano.

Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.

Organ recital

An organ recital at 5 p.m. Sunday at Duke Chapel will feature organist Robert Parkins, University Organist and professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University.

This season’s program,“Magnificat,” will include works of Bach and Rheinberger on the Brombaugh and Flentrop organs.

Parkins will be assisted by Kristen Blackman, cantor, and members of the Duke Vespers Ensemble, directed by Brian Schmidt.

This series is free and open to the public.

Contact Flo Johnston at flo.johnston314@gmail.com or 910-361-4135.

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