On Faith: ERUUF to offer classes in practical ethics

07/08/2014 12:00 AM

07/04/2014 11:47 AM

People interested in learning how to apply practical ethics in public controversies may want to attend classes, beginning Sunday and continuing through Aug. 3, at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road.

Dr. Ross McKinney, director of the Trent Center for Bioethics and History of Medicine at Duke University, will lead the classes on current topics including the political divide, health-care rationing and immigration. The final list of topics may change based on current events.

The classes will run from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. on Sundays July 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3 in Room 4/5 in the CARE Building on the campus.

The sessions are free and open to the public. No registration required, just show up.

Bull Moon Ride

Durham Habitat for Humanity’s Bull Moon Ride and Run is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

The best part of this event is that everybody can participate in the 1.2-mile ride from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St. to Duke Chapel and back or the 5K run/walk through downtown Durham. When riders, runners and walkers get back, the best party in town will begin.

Register online at riderunforhabitat.org and join the team that helps Habitat build homes, hope and community in the Bull City. The goal for the Moon Ride is $100,000.

Check out the website to learn more about Habitat's work and details about the ride/run.

‘The First Tee’

Homeless children living at the Durham Rescue Mission's Good Samaritan Inn were hitting balls on the range, putting on the green and playing a few holes at Hillandale Golf Course this week.

The event, a first for most of them, was part of a five-week class at the mission called “The First Tee Program.” This outing offered them opportunity to practice what they have been taught about golf and about life's core values, things they can use every day.

Kara Fishburn is program coordinator.

After the kids got their first taste of a real golf course, they were treated to a picnic lunch provided by Chick-fil-A on Roxboro Road.

‘Awakening the Heart’

The Kosala Buddhist Center in Carrboro is offering an introductory course titled “Awakening the Heart” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 19. It is designed especially for beginners who want to learn meditation techniques.

Buddhist teacher Ethan Lechner will teach the Buddhist approach to training the mind for meditation. Applying these methods in everyday life, he says, can lead to happiness and a sense of purpose and harmony in relationships.

This is a beginner course, open to everyone, and participants should come comfortably dressed. Cushions and chairs will be available.

The cost is $20 with a special rate of $12 for seniors and students.

The Kosala Center is located at 711 W. Rosemary St., upstairs above Carrburritos in Carrboro.

Imagine No Malaria

The Rev. Laura Wittman, associate pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Road, is coordinator of the Mosquito Run 5K to benefit Imagine No Malaria that will take place in Durham on Oct. 12.

A planning meeting with Precision Racing is being held at 11 a.m. today, July 9, at the church.

The planning meeting is open to anyone who wants to attend. The time and location of the upcoming race are to be determined.

This event, new in Durham, is a project of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and is part of a global partnership to beat the disease once and for all.

Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in this country in the 1950s. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds.

Parting song

At the end of June, Duke Memorial United Methodist Church welcomed a new pastor, the Rev. Heather Rodrigues, and said goodbye to Bishop Will Willimon who, in an unusual move for the United Methodist Church, had served the congregation as interim pastor for the past year.

It would not be an appropriate parting without some partying and an original song to add to the revelry, “The Battle of Will Willimon,” sung to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Here are the words that probably as well as any sum up the kind of leadership he provided to this congregation that some say is in the throes of Reformation!

The staff will tell the story of the coming of the Will

He has trampled on tradition and insulted Chapel Hill

He has led a hundred meetings without ever standing still

And now he’s marching on.

He works us eighty hours a week and then he calls us blessed.

He spends before we give and puts the budget to the test.

He comforts the afflicted and discomforts all the rest

His energy goes on!

In the middle of a sermon, when the people nod and moan,

He yells at Joe and Gary to replace his microphone.

He exposes human vanity, especially his own.

His truth is marching on.

The time has come for Will to change the pulpit for a pew,

We know that his retirement’s a little overdue,

We can’t say we won't heave a sigh and maybe cry, yahoo!

His legacy lives on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Glory, glory, hallelujah!

We thank the Lord for you!

Contact Flo Johnston at flo.johnston314@gmail.com

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