The 40th Annual Conference of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies begins today at the Sheraton Chapel Hill, 1 Europa Road.
The academy’s mission is to discern, develop and disseminate knowledge of how paranormal phenomena may relate to and enhance the development of the human spirit. The conference will focus on three themes:
▪ Spiritual Mysticism and the Spiritually Transformative Experience – This topic examines the mystical attributes of enlightened individuals of many religions and the profound spiritual awakening experiences encountered by many people today
▪ The Afterlife and the Survival of Consciousness – These speakers address research and experiences of individuals who have had near death experiences or communication with deceased loved ones
▪ Mind Body Medicine, an Integrative Approach – These speakers address complimentary and alternative medicine with a focus on the integration with conventional medicine and evidence-based research
One of the sessions that might have special relevance to the faith community is titled “A New Perspective on Christian Scripture based on Science of Human Soul or Spirit.”
This is a lecture/workshop that includes demonstrations where individuals can personally experience new understandings. Topics included are the Science of Prayer, the Mechanics of Forgiveness, Understanding Communion, the Born Again Experience, Why the Humble, Meek and Poor Shall Inherit the Kingdom and How Jesus Healed.”
The Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies, Inc. aims to offer an arena where those with an interest in the study of consciousness and the fringe sciences can gain access to articles, links and other research to educate and interchange ideas in the zone where spirituality and scientific research interface.
Its main event is its annual conference, which runs through noon on Sunday. People may attend the whole conference or only certain days or lectures. For fees and other information go to the conference link: ascis2.ning.com/conference.
Bring your boa
Durham Women’s Connection will have its “All That Jazz” luncheon beginning at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, June 20, in the Commons Dining Room at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway.
The event will feature jazz and blues presented by Tempe Brown, a former nightclub singer. She is also the featured speaker who will sing during her talk as she presents “Putting the Puzzle of Life Together Without the Box Lid.”
A hot buffet lunch will follow the program. Cost is $10.
Those attending are encouraged to wear their jazziest outfits, complemented by boas, dangling earrings, necklaces and sequins.
Register by June 17 by calling 919-384-2073 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Durham Women’s ConnectIon is an affiliate of Stonecroft Ministries.
Boys choir to perform
The Minnesota Boychoir will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, at First Presbyterian Church,
A freewill donation will be accepter during the concert
Mark Johnson directs the choir, which performs sacred, spiritual and contemporary music.
Now on their 2015 tour, the choir has 74 boys from their two premiere ensembles as they travel through North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
The boychoir, celebrating its 53rd season, has performed on five continents, including during Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, in the Sydney Opera House and on National Public Radio.
Currently, 175 boys ages 7-18 participate in the organization’s four ensembles.
All are invited to attend the concert.
The church, which is handicap accessible, is located at 305 E. Main St. In downtown.
North East Baptist Church, 3204 NC Hwy. 55, will hold its annual revival from June 15-17. The Rev. D. Nilous M. Avery II, pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Salisbury ,will preach for the 7 p.m. services.
The speaker for the Father’s Day observance at 10:45 a.m. on June 21 at the church is the Rev. Delton Farmer.
Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 22-26 will offer classes for both children and adults..
The pastor at North East Baptist is the Rev. Wesley Elam. All events are open to the public.
Genesis Home and Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network, organizations that focus on helping the homeless, expect to finalize a merger agreement by the end of the year.
“The merged agency will be a vital component of our family system in Durham,” said Ryan Fehrman, executive director of Genesis Home.
“Our goal is not simply to get families into permanent housing, but to address the needs of each household, both in the shelter and as families transition to independence in their own housing.”
The combined agency will:
▪ Assure temporary “emergency” shelter is available to accommodate the projected need for at least 100 families per year.
▪ Help families find sustainable sources of income and quickly move into permanent housing.
▪ Address the root causes of homelessness and break the cycle of poverty through professional case management and mobilizing existing volunteer base to provide enrichment activities, mentoring and life skills development for clients.
Cindy Streett, president of the Genesis Home Board of Directors, said the work of the two organizations complement each other.
“A merger will give us the potential to be more productive and have stronger programs,” she said. “The goal for our combined organization is to serve 30 percent more families per year than we do today, all of whom will benefit from expanded and enhanced programming tailored to their needs.”
Fehrman will become executive director of the merged organization. Catherine Pleil, executive director of Interfaith Hospitality Network, will become director for programs and partnerships. The new Board of Directors will include members from both of the present boards.
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