Tickets are now on sale for Empty Bowls 2016, the 10th anniversary of the signature fundraiser of Urban Ministries of Durham.
This year the goal is to raise $100,000 — the most ever — to offer food, shelter and a future to our poor and homeless neighbors.
Ticket holders can sample soups prepared by more than a dozen local chefs and vote for favorites. Participating restaurants will be announced later this month.
Local artists and artisans are making hundreds of hand-crafted bowls, and those buying tickets can choose a ticket that allows them to select one to take home.
This family-friendly evening with kids under 6 admitted free offers fun for all. It’s also a time to learn a bit more about the work of UMD.
Buy tickets online at Urban Ministries of Durham at www.umdurham.org/ Tickets begin with a bowl of soup at $20 up to lots of options, including special bowls, up to $100.
The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St.
Because of the recent winter storm, Trinity Institute’s “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations on Race” has been rescheduled for Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 4-6, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Road.
This is a live telecast sponsored by Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish in New York City and is being made available locally by St. Luke’s Episcopal. Speakers include Bishop Michael Curry, who was bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina until this past summer when he was elected presiding bishop of the national Episcopal Church, the first African-American to hold the position.
Register at tinyurl.com/trinityinstreg. The cost is $25 with scholarships available. Dinner will be served on Friday night and lunch on Saturday.
Questions may be directed to Boykin Bell at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill: firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-442-2565. Conference hours are Thursday, 6:30 to 9 p.m. ; Friday, 8:30 to 5:15 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
‘Love drives out fear’
The Session at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, a congregation in Chatham County, has issued an appeal reflecting how this congregation views the social and political unrest that is now defining public discourse in America.
The full statement:
“We are grateful to worship God in a nation that explicitly protects our freedom to do so. We affirm the freedom of others to practice as they so choose, whether they profess different creeds, a different faith, or no faith at all.
“We know we are living in a troubled world. We are angered by injustice, we are grief-stricken by senseless violence, we are heartbroken by cruelty. But we renounce attempts to use our anger and grief and heartbreak to stoke fear. We reject messages that tell us to be afraid of outsiders. We condemn the persecution of and discrimination against believers and non-believers around the world, regardless of whether such actions target and victimize Christians, Muslims, atheists, or those of other faiths.
We remember that God’s perfect love drives out fear (I John 4:18)
We will, with God’s help, work to do as God commands, practicing forgiveness, standing up for those who are persecuted, and welcoming one another, as Christ has welcomed us, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)
The Rev. Mindy Douglas, pastor, said the church’s session (elected members who oversee spiritual life in a Presbyterian congregation) has been alarmed by the number of groups and individuals making public statements in recent weeks that call for exclusion of refugees who are Muslim.
“We believe the church should not remain silent on this issue,” she said. “We believe fear has been the driving force behind such statements. In our appeal we refer to I John 4 and are reminded that perfect love drives out fear. Our first calling is to care for those in need, particularly the poor, the hungry, and the stranger. We should not allow our fear to
“We believe our faith calls us to condemn persecution and discrimination in any form and against any people, Christian or not,” she said.
She noted that similar appeals are being circulated nationally and have been signed by thousands of church leaders from different denominations.
As of Jan. 25, according to an online update, 2,618 church leaders and members have signed. They represent many backgrounds and denominations, small town pastors and pastors of large city churches, lay leaders, presidents of eight Presbyterian seminaries, Hispanic evangelical church leaders, Pentecostals and evangelical leaders, African American church leaders, Lutherans, Calvinists, Catholic friars and sisters, Baptist pastors and Methodist leaders.
Locally, Bishop Will Willimon, who teaches at Duke Divinity School, signed on and made a comment.
“Like many other United Methodists, I have been concerned by the barrage of political rhetoric we have been subjected to in the past few weeks. I’ve received some great sermons from pastors attempting to help their congregations think like Christians about matters of terrorism, immigration and our responsibility to our sisters and brothers in other faiths.
“Of particular concern is that some candidates are invoking, in utterly inappropriate ways, the Christian faith as a rationale for their words and deeds,” he said.