An interfaith Prayer Vigil for the Care of Our Common Home will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday to honor Pope Francis’ visit to Congress and the U.N. The vigil is hosted by Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Guests have been invited from the Jewish, Muslim, Hindi and Christian faiths. The vigil will be held in the sanctuary of the church at 810 W. Chapel Hill St.
Also, on four consecutive Monday evenings, beginning Sept. 28, the church is offering a study of Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Laudato Si, On the Care of Our Common Home.”
Workshops will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.
▪ Sept. 28: “The current state of our common home: Areas of scientific disagreement and consensus.” Presenters are Alan Townsend, dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment; Father Charley Miller, presenting the encyclical’s points; and moderator Kevin Flynn, attorney at Flynn IP Law.
▪ Oct. 5: “Living in our common home: Obstacles and opportunities in our culture, economy and politics.” Panelists are Frank Stasio, N.C. Public Radio; Brian Murray, director for economic analysis at Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; Russ Testa, founder of Franciscan Action Network; and Father Charley Miller presenting encyclical’s points.
▪ Oct. 12: “What does our faith bring to the issue of ecology, human ecology, poverty and inequality?” Panelists: Rabbi Suri Friedman, Judea Reform; Imam Abdulla Antepli, chief representative of Muslim affairs at Duke University; Norman Wirzba, professor of theology, ecology and agrarian studies at Duke University; Father Chris Van Haight presenting the encyclical’s points.
▪ Oct. 19: Panelists propose positive steps at the home, community and state levels. Panelists: Sen. Mike Woodard, District 22, N.C. Senate; Connie Leeper, NC WARN; Steven Hren, author of “Takes from the Sustainable Underground”; project leaders from the N.C. School of Science and Math; Maryann Crea, minister to the community, Immaculate Conception.
The Community Luncheon Roundtable meets at noon Thursday at Shepherds House United Methodist Church, to hear from two representatives from the N.C. Victims Assistance Network.
Elizabeth Watson, executive director, and Freida MacDonald, a board member, will discuss the public and private resources available to victims of violence.
The meeting will be held in the fellowship hall at the church, 107 N. Driver St. The monthly gathering is sponsored by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham.
All are welcome. Lunch is free of charge and provided by CORE Catering. No RSVP necessary.
Take a tour
A free interactive tour of life in the developing world is coming to the Durham area Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-28, hosted by Grey Stone Baptist Church, 2601 Hillsborough Road.
The event will take visitors on an interactive journey through the lives of children living in Uganda and Bolivia.
Through more than 2,000 square feet of exhibit space, visitors will step inside daily life in a developing country, visiting homes, markets and schools, without getting on a plane. Through the use of an iPod and headset, each tour is guided by a child whose story starts in poverty but ends in hope.
Benefit fish fry
A community fish fry is set Friday at Temple Baptist Church, 2121 Umstead Road in northern Durham.
The menu will include fish, potatoes, cole slaw, hush puppies dessert and drink with lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per plate.
Delivery to businesses is available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a 10-plate minimum.
Proceeds will benefit Temple Home, a home for long-term care patients at Duke Hospital; Temple Preschool, a weekday school for children; Temple Ventures, a capital campaign to pay off the building debt.
Sri Lankan visitor
The Rev. Saman Perea, the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s International Peacemaker, will visit First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Sept. 27, where he will lead the Faith and Community class at 9:45 a.m. and assist at the 11 a.m. worship service.
A native of Sri Lanka, Perea is minister-in-charge of the Scots Kirk in Kandy with the Presbyterian Church of Sri Lanka. He serves as secretary of the Presbytery of Lanka and has been a visiting lecturer at the Lanka Bible College Seminary, the Theological College of Lanka, and Colombo Theological College.
The public is invited to the Sunday events at the church, at 305 E. Main St., corner of Main and Roxboro streets downtown.
The Durham community is invited to attend Transplant Awareness Day in honor of Ivan K. Harrell at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro Road, on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The event, at 4 p.m., will feature soloist Connie Rogers and the 100 Men in Black Choir. Also featured will be the transplant recipient testimonials of Bernard Yelverton, Tesca Kinard, Gerald Sharpless Jr. Josh Winstead and transplant surgeon Dr. Bradley Collins.
Collaborating agencies include the National Foundation for Transplants, UNC Hospitals and Carolina Donor Services.
First Calvary Baptist Church, 1311 Morehead Ave., is celebrating Christian Education Month with events set for Saturday-Wednesday, Sept. 26-30.
A Christian Education workshop is set at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with facilitator Mark Croston, national director of Black Church Partnerships for Lifeway Christian Resources.
On Sunday, Christian Education Promotion Sunday, Dr. Croston will preach at both services, 7:45 and 10:45 a.m.
The annual Biblical Institute “Understanding a Spirit Led Life” at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday will feature Victor Davis, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.
Classes are offered for teens and youth as well as adults. The public is invited.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road, will present an organ and harpsichord concert as part of its “Joyful Noise” series at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27.
It will feature Beverly Biggs, harpsichordist, and Jacqueline Nappi, St. Paul’s organist, performing musical works from the late baroque and early classical periods on the church’s Brombaugh organ and on Biggs’ David Dutton harpsichord.
The program will include J.S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, a French suite by Louis Couperin and other pieces for two keyboards.
A reception will follow the concert that is free. An offering will be accepted.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Wesley Heritage Foundation, a church based nonprofit that provides theological education in Latin America, the Chamber Singers of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C., will perform the Hymns of Charles Wesley (a few in Spanish) at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St., at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.
This is a world class group that performs an annual concert series at the Kennedy Center. Its reputation takes it to venues across the world and it regularly performs with well-known orchestras, conductors, solo artists and ensembles.
The Wesley Heritage Foundation is a Christian ministry that was founded in 1990 with the purpose of promoting the thought, spirituality and practice of the Wesleyan revival among Spanish speakers throughout the Americas.
Because the foundation was established in the U.S., and because the primary focus is Latin America, it maintains offices in North Carolina and Lima, Peru. Mark Wethingon, a former pastor at Duke Memorial, is the second president of the foundation.
No tickets are required for the performances, but a donation of $10 is suggested.
Contact Flo Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-361-4135.