Worshiping communities are invited to celebrate the sacred rights of low-paid workers this Labor Day weekend.
Home-care workers, fast-food workers, child-care providers and farm workers provide priceless services but often cannot afford food or fully care for their own families.
Durhan Congregations in Action is offering “A Fair Balance,” a four-session Bible study and discussion guide on workers’ rights to area congregations. DCIA will also assist in contacting potential presenters from local workers’ rights campaigns as additional resources. Call 919-688-2036.
First Presbyterian Church recently became 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.”
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.
Forgiveness Day is set for Sunday, Sept. 13, at Northside Baptist Church, 1239 Berkeley St.
The 4 p.m. service will include the spoken word, mime and praise dance, skits and musical selections.
“We are very excited about this. and prayerfully the residents in our city will help make this an annual event,” said Pastor Brian Irving.
Bishop Will Willimon will lead a small group study at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church about the surprising and challenging person of Jesus Christ. It’s called the incarnation.
Willimon commented about the upcoming series: “To be sure, Jesus often communicated his truth in simple, homely, direct ways, but his truth was anything but apparent and undemanding in the living. The gospels are full of folk who confidently knew what was what, until they met Jesus. He provoked an intellectual crisis in just about everybody. Their response was not, ‘Wow, I’ve just seen the Son of God,’ but rather, ‘Who is this?’”
The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays during September.
The Augustine Literacy Project is now completing a week-long tutor training for volunteers at Mount Sylvan United Methodist Church.
If you missed this one, full training sessions will be offered from Oct. 5-16 at Durham’s Watts Street Baptist Church. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for two consecutive weeks.
For information or to register, call Debbie McCarthy at 919-408-0798.
Auditions for the Triangle Jewish Chorale will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road.
Membership in this group is open to all who can sing in tune and listen to others at the same time, who want to sing and perform in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino, who are willing to put in the time to learn their parts and who are committed enough to attend rehearsals with regularity.
Rehearsals are held from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays in the Community Hall of the JCC.
Prospective members need a rudimentary knowledge of musical notation, but they do not have to be Jewish.
To schedule an audition or for further information, contact Bernard Most at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-493-1288.
Parish musician David Arcus will present an organ recital at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough at 3 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 13. The recital is part of the church’s Faith & the Arts Series.
The program titled “Made in America” will be performed on the church’s 1883 Hook & Hastings organ. It will include contemporary composers Dan Locklair, Marianne Ploger and local composer David Durkop. Also early 20th century composer Leo Sowerby and selections contemporary to the time and place when the Hook & Hastings was built.
The program will conclude with an improvisation on a submitted theme. Arcus is internationally recognized as an improviser at the organ.
Before coming to St. Matthew’s, he was the Duke Chapel organist and associate university organist for 30 years.
This recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
St. Matthew’s is located at 210 St. Mary’s Road.
The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and former pastor of President Barack Obama, will preach at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Blvd., Sunday, Sept. 20.
The United Voices of Praise, an interracial gospel choir, will sing at the 8:45 a.m. service and the UNC Gospel Choir will sing at the 11 a.m. service.
The church will host a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 19. Wright will speak on “The Marks of an Anti-Racism Church” and “The Journey Toward a Just Beloved Community.”
Wright is an ordained member of the United Church of Christ. For 36 years he served Trinity, and during his tenure the congregation grew from 90 to 6,000 members.
In addition, the congregation became a focal point for service and advocacy in Chicago as the congregation affirmed the experience of black Americans in the inner city. The motto of the church is “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian.”
“Art from Southern and Western Asia” exhibition at Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill is displaying various Hindu gods until Dec. 31.
Made of sandstone, granite, phyllite, green schist, bronze and copper, various Hindu deities include Vishnu, Garnesha, Parvati and Varaha in addition to Shiva Linga and Saint Sambandar. Some of them are as old as second century and some have never been displayed before.
The Ackland, which has more than 17,000 works of art in its permanent collection, is located at 101 S. Columbia St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or call 910-361-4135.