First Presbyterian Church of Durham is the first church to gain living wage certification through Durham's Living Wage Project. This means that FPC has committed to paying a living wage for all employees and acknowledges support of a living wage for all.
The Durham Living Wage Project was started through grassroots organizing by the Durham People’s Alliance and has now confirmed more than 60 Durham employers as “living wage certified.”
Carl Rist is one of the project's organizers and a member of First Presbyterian.
“There has been increasing concern among local residents about a growing gap between rich and poor in our community,” he said. “Starting a living wage certification program was the best option for raising the importance of living wages and recognizing employers who pay a living wage.”
According to the project, the 2015 wage rate, which is based on the livable wage rate of Durham County and the City of Durham, is $12.33 per hour. If the employee is reimbursed at least 50 percent of their health care costs, the rate is $10.83 per hour.
More information about the project may be found on the website at durhamlivingwage.org/.
First Presbyterian, handicap accessible, is located at 305 E. Main St. in downtown.
In other faith news:
▪ The Global Missions Ministry at White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville Road, will hold the final of three book-reading sessions for children ages 5-9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. These events called “Reading at the Rock” include lunch and books are given away to each participant. Both church and community children are welcome.
▪ Sister Beverly Graham will deliver her initial sermon at noon at North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. 55. The Rev. Dr. Wesley Elam is the host pastor. The public is invited to attend.