Duke campus leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths will discuss their understandings of sacred space during a panel discussion at 12:30 p.m. Wedneday, Feb. 25, at Duke Chapel.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Bryan Center parking garage.
The conversation, “What is Sacred Space?” is part of a chapel series that encourages people from various walks of life to discuss issues of shared concerns.
The panelists include Ellen Davis, professor of Bible and practical theology at Duke Divinity School; Ornid Safi, director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center; Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean for religious life at Duke Chapel; and Rebecca Simons, director for Jewish Like at Duke.
The Rev. Luke Powery, dean of the chapel, will moderate.
“Discovering and identifying sacred spaces has a long tradition in many faiths,” Powery said. “How we understand and negotiate those claims among different faiths is as important as ever at this time and in this place.”
Duke’s Undergraduate Faith Council is a co-sponsor of the event.
The Community Luncheon Roundtable will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.
A special presentation will be given on “The Furniture Project of Durham.” Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is seeking participation in this ministry that provides gently used, donated furniture free of charge to individuals and families who are either moving from homelessness to housing, or have suffered catastrophic loss of furniture. More than 85 households were served last year.
Lunch is provided by CORE Catering. All are welcome.
Enter the fellowship hall in back of the church near the playground.
A short service that includes responsive reading, prayer and Scripture will be held at 6 p.m. each Wednesday, beginning today, during Lent at Christus Victor Lutheran Church. A simple supper of soup, salad and bread will be served after the service today and after the upcoming ones on March 4, 11, 18 and 25. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted.
The church is located at 1615 N.C. Hwy. 54. All are welcome.
Vigil Thursday night
Because of snow and ice, the annual Vigil Against Violence, originaly scheduled for last week, will now be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary of Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.
As part of its “Joyful Noise” concert series, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road, will present “Music in Handel’s London,” a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, featuring music from the late 17th and early 18th century performed on period instruments. Featured composers include George Frederic Handel and Henry Purcell.
Soloists will include Sarah Huebsch on oboe, Kelsey Schilling on bassoon, Rebecca Troxler on flute, Stephanie Vial on cello and St. Paul’s Minister of Music, Jacqueline Nappi, on harpsichord and organ.
The performance in the church sanctuary free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the concert series.
A Paschal Candle is used in some churches at Easter time, including Epworth United Methodist Church.
Associate Pastor Laura Wittman, said that in this church, it is a large white candle that represents the sacrifice of Christ, the lamb. It is lit as a reminder of the everlasting presence of Christ, she said, and remains lit throughout the season of Easter, which lasts 50 days until Pentecost.
“Throughout the church year, the Paschal Candle is lit whenever the paraments are white, which usually represents high Sundays, liturgically speaking,” the pastor said. “This happens on Communion Sundays as well as during baptisms and funerals. The light of the candle signifies that Christ is ever present in the life of the church and in the saints.
The term “Paschal” comes from the Hebrew word “pesach,” which means Passover and relates to the mystery of salvation. We were “passed over” as Christians and saved by the blood of the lamb, who is Christ.”
Epworth is the church at the corner of University Drive and Hope Valley Road.
The 150 inmates on North Carolina’s death row all got Christmas cards this past holiday season, thanks to a project by the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road.
Their gratitude is reflected in responses the fellowship has received.
“Sometimes it is hard to remember that there are those who care,” one prisoner wrote. “You have given me this reminder and I sincerely thank you. Please continue to pray for me. Happy Holidays.”
Another wrote: “Thank you for the beautiful card sent to me this past holiday season.”
About 25 Eno River members wrote cards to the inmates in a project developed by the fellowship’s Task Force Against the Death Penalty. On Christmas Day, fellowship members joined with about 70 persons from other congregations to demonstrate against the death penalty outside Central Prison in Raleigh.
Lenten Bible study
The annual Lenten Bible Study, led by Mickey Efird, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5. Subsequent classes will be held throughout Lent on Thursdays, March 12, 19 and 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Watts-Hill Hall at First Presbyterian Church.
The study this year will be on the Resurrection accounts as narrated in each of the four gospels. Efird is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation at Duke Divinity School.
These lectures are free and open to the public.
First Presbyterian, which is handicap accessible, is located at 305 E. Main St., on the corner of Main and Roxboro streets in downtown.
Contact Flo Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-361-4135.