“The Medical Aspects of the Crucifixion” will be discussed Thursday, March 17, in the Family Life Center at Grey Stone Baptist Church, 2501 Hillsborough Road.
Dr. Charles Herbst, emeritus professor of surgery at UNC Hospitals. will lead the discussion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus are the most significant events in history, he said. His presentation will zero-in on little known information about this form of capital punishment, first used very early in the Persian Empire as a way of handling uprisings, he said.
His interest was first piqued, he said, on just exactly why a person dies when crucified. He will discuss the physiological causes of death on the cross.
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“It usually took several days,” he said, “but Jesus died in just six hours.”
One of the talking points in his discussion will be what Jesus meant when he said, “It is finished.” Since Herbst is a Christian, a member of Chapel Hill Bible Church on Erwin Road, he said this could be considered a theological question rather than a medical one.
This forum, free of charge and including a light lunch, is sponsored by Senior Health Support of the Triangle, a ministry led by Dr. Rollin Burhans, director, a retired Durham surgeon and Grey Stone Baptist member.
“The one thing seniors are most concerned about, next to their finances, is the medical issues they have,” Dr. Burhans said. “In addition, doctors are so busy seeing as many patients as they can in a day that little time is spent talking to seniors and answering questions they may have.”
This realization led him to develop this program to help seniors navigate the health-care system and provide a forum for them to meet many of their needs. The resulting ministry attracts 180 to 200 seniors from all over the Triangle area and beyond to its monthly presentations.
The ministry offers a two-track program: Educational presentations and discussions of medical and non-medical topics followed by breakout sessions with one-on-one help available.
Those providing one-on-one assistance include retired as well as other social workers, pharmacists, Medicare representatives, dietitians, representatives from Diabetic Learning Center, Alzheimer’s Family Support and Senior PharmAssist.
Durham Christian Women’s Connection will hold its March luncheon and program at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, March 19, in the Commons Dining Room at Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway.
The special feature will be a segment on how to make an Easter hat. Special speaker is Karin Williams on the topic “Freedom is a Gift.” She is an actress and author and will share her dramatic presentation of what it was like to live in a communist country and her appreciation of freedom.
A hot buffet lunch will follow the program, $10.
Parkwood United Methodist Church, 5123 Revere Road, will begin Holy Week on Palm Sunday, March 20, with a traditional palm procession at the 11 a.m. service.
Maundy Thursday, March 24, a meal will be served at 6:15 p.m. followed by a service.
The Tenebrae service on Good Friday is at 7 p.m. and the Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday will begin at 7 a.m.
Easter morning worship is at 11 a.m.
All are welcome.