A seven-member Pastor Nominating Committee, which began work three years ago after the retirement of the Rev. Joe Harvard, pastor for 35 years at First Presbyterian Church, has placed a candidate’s name in nomination for the church’s next head of staff.
That candidate has accepted the proposed terms of call, said Chairman Paul Baldasare, and the name of that person will be announced and voted on during a congregational meeting after worship on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Processes, procedures and policies outlined by the session of the church and by New Hope Presbytery are being followed, Baldasare said.
At the congregational meeting, information about the candidate will be provided along with a call for a vote to approve. Before the vote, the Commission on Ministry of New Hope Presbytery will have reviewed and approved the candidate with members of the committee standing alongside, Baldasare said.
Some unrest among congregation members have been anxious to get on with the process. Baldasare said, however, that the search committee has felt the sustaining support of the congregation as it did its work.
“The support and strength of our church has allowed us to take the time this process demanded, to come to a unanimous decision, and to assure that the person we are calling is the right person for First Presbyterian Church,” he said.
The new pastor is expected to arrive in the Bull City to serve at this historic church in the late spring.
Back in the 1960s when Durham was seeing residents, businesses and institutions moving from the inner-city to the suburbs, the congregation at First Presbyterian made a conscious decision to stay put and to continue to serve from its location at 305 E. Main St.
Today, downtown continues to have church presence, not only from Presbyterian, but Episcopal, Baptist and United Methodist congregations, all within walking distance of each other.
A moral memoir
A book launch for “The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics and the Rise of a New Justice System,” a memoir of the Moral Movement by the Rev. William Barber with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, co-founder of Rutba House and director of the School for Conversion in Durham, will be held at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Road in Raleigh, on Friday, Feb. 12.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will be aired live on C-SPAN’s Book TV.
Frank Stasio of UNC Public Radio will interview the men about their “fusion friendship” and discuss how such alliances have been essential to each reconstruction in American history.
“You can’t understand America’s deep need for a third reconstruction without studying our history of partial progress, which has been met, time and again, by immoral acts of deconstruction,” they write.
In the book, Barber offers a first-person account of how a diverse group of citizens have organized a powerful grassroots movement.
“This is the story,” Barber writes, “of how some unlikely friends joined hands to reclaim the possibility of democracy in the face of corporate-financed extremism. It is an introduction to the fusion politics that give me hope of a future beyond the dead-end of partisan politics in America today.”
Interviews with Barber and Wilson-Hartgrove will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book signing.
The launch is being held on the eve of the Moral March on Raleigh, when the Moral Movement will mobilize tens of thousands of people to march on the state capital in what is billed as a Get-Out-the-Vote rally.
The 24th Annual Vigil Against Violence is set for Thursday, Feb. 18, at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. and will honor the 48 people who died during 2015 by violence in the city. Eighty-five percent died from gunshot wounds.
The vigil is sponsored by Durham Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham and Durham Congregations in Action.
The public is invited to attend to honor the victims, to comfort families and friends and to affirm the right to live in safety and to bear witness to God’s peace.
A reception at 8 p.m. will follow the program.
The C. G. Jung Society of the Triangle is sponsoring a lecture and workshop titled “A Jungian Diagnosis of Our Ecological Crisis” on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill.
Jerome Bernstein, Jungian analyst and author from Santa Fe, will discuss how Carl Jung in 1960 made a clinical diagnosis of Western civilization. In his last essay before his death, he wrote: “Through scientific understanding our world has become dehumanized … (our)] moral and spiritual tradition has collapsed and has left a worldwide disorientation and dissociation.”
The Friday lecture from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the follow-up Saturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will explore the following topics:
▪ Borderland consciousness and its critical role in healing
▪ Impact of the 2015 Paris Conference on global climate change
▪ How the Native American psyche can help re-infuse spirit into the polemic on global climate change
▪ The role of corporations in healing the Earth.
Co-sponsors are the Jung Society, the Center for Ecozoic Societies and the Rose Heart Sufi Community.
The Friday lecture fee is $10 and the Saturday workshop is $15 to $48, $35 for members.