Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St. in downtown, has hired the Rev. Joshua Goocey as the new Minister of Christian Formation.
He is the husband of the church’s Minister of Music, Rozanna Goocey. He was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination in 2004 and has served in full-time ministry since 2003. He holds a master of divinity degree from Wake Forest University Divinity School and a master of arts degree in religion from Wake Forest. He is currently a doctoral student in theology at Duke University.
He began work last week at Trinity where he will be the visitation minister for the summer as Rhett Butler completes his field education out-of-town.
Youth dating violence
Durham Crisis Response Center has announced a Faith Conversation on Youth Dating Violence from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St.
Participants will learn about the issue, learn how it affects young people, what resources in the community can help and legal responsibilities. In addition, basic tips for how to have conversations about the issue and reflective study will be available.
Those interested should call the Rev. Bruce Puckett at 919-667-5258 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday.
Community food drive
The Beloved Community Food Drive is now under way and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St. in downtown, is urging the community to support this effort to stock the shelves of Urban Ministries of Durham’s Food Pantry.
Contributions of non-perishable food stuffs include such popular items as peanut butter; canned meats such as tuna, salmon, stews, chicken or Spam; canned soups; dried beans; rice; pasta; pasta sauce; macaroni and cheese; canned fruit and applesauce. Also, cereal and oatmeal are popular items.
Contributions can be dropped off at St. Philip’s between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or on Sundays or Wednesdays before or after services.
The newly formed North Carolina Pastors Network and its affiliate organization the American Pastors Network has announced a statewide initiative to keep local pastors informed about critical issues facing the state and nation.
The three-day initiative will take place from May 27-29 and includes eight regional meetings at churches across the state. The first will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 29, Crossroads Fellowship, 2721 E. Millbrook Road in Raleigh.
“Our prayer is that the network we are building through NCPN will bring together biblically faithful pastors who will courageously speak truth on biblical, social and policy issues with the result that thousands of believers across the state will step out and impact the culture for Christ,” the group said in a release.
The N.C. Pastors Network is led by president Dave Kistler, executive director Kenneth I. Carrico and secretary Betty Cotton. The American Pastors Network is led by president Sam Rohrer and executive director Gary Dull.
‘Dead Man Walking’
The Eno River Players will present a staged reading of “Dead Man Walking” at the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist on Sunday, June 22.
The Sunday worship service that day will be based on the 1993 book by sister Helen Prejean about her work as a chaplain on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
Susan Sarandon won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Actress for the film version of the book. Sister Helen continues her campaign against the death penalty from the Death Penalty Discourse Network in New Orleans.
The Eno Players have also performed the work at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham and two other local congregations as part of their effort to end the death penalty.
The event is free and open to the public.
Prayers for Nigerians
Durham’s Peace Covenant Church of the Brethren, 601 E. NC 54, has ties through its national church headquarters to the tragedy of the more than 300 girls kidnapped three weeks ago from a school in Nigeria.
The school was built in the late 1940s in the Nigerian village of Chibok by the Church of the Brethren’s general secretary. It later became a government school in the mid-1970s.
The church reports that a majority of the kidnapped girls are members of the Nigerian church Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, or EYN, a sister church to Church of the Brethren.
“We mailed letters to our congregations with the names of the girls,” said Stanley Noffsinger, general secretary, of the church with headquarters in Elgin, Ill.
“Each girl’s name was sent to six congregations so they could focus their prayer,” he said. “We have been in constant communication with the church leadership in Nigeria.”
The name of the girl for whom Peace Covenant members are praying is Gloria.
Noffsinger, who was on a nine-day trip to the annual EYN conference in Mubi, about 62 miles from the girls’ school, was in the airport in Abuja on April 14 when news of the abduction was first reported by CNN International.
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