Chapel Hill News

United Church series to examine white privilege

Disputes over immigration. The killing of black men by police and Muslim students in Chapel Hill. A noose found on the Duke campus.

Recent events across our country highlight the persistence of racism and institutionalized privilege for those who are “white” in our culture.

Since 2008, United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., has held ongoing conversations on race.

The next series of Adult Forums titled “White Race and its Meaning for Americans” will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall. Suzanne Plihcik of the Racial Equity Institute will make the presentation on “How and Why White Race Came To Be.”

Here are he following dates in the series:

April 19 – “White Gets Ahead: White affirmative Action,” led by Larry Morse, emeritus professor of economics at N.C. A&T.

April 26 – “How the Irish Became White: What Was Gained and Lost in Acquiring Whiteness,” led by Bayard Love, of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

May 3 – “What Our Brains Do: Our Unconscious Positive Bias about White,” led by Claire Morse, emeritus professor of psychology at Guilford College.

Strobilus concerts

Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian will continue its winter/spring Strobilus Arts Series performances with two concerts in April.

Martha Bassett will bring her string trio for a 4 p.m. Saturday program of folk, swing and jazz. And at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, the Bu Project will play an instrumental concert inspired by jazz legend Art Blakey.

Located at 314 Great Ridge Parkway in southern Chapel Hill on the Chatham County side, the church is fully accessible, and all events are open to the public and free with a suggested donation.

“These two concerts are thoroughly American but from remarkably different perspectives,” said series coordinator Nathan Kotecki. “They circle around the jazz idiom on opposite sides, but both promise to be incredible acoustic experiences.”

Poetry reading

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary's Road, Hillsborough, will host a free poetry reading titled “Lost & Found in Translation” at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Kathleen Macfie, an associate professor of Russian literature at UNC-Greensboro, and Carl Ernst, professor of Religious Studies at UNC-Chapell Hill, will talk about the challenges of translation and read examples of their own work. Kathleen does translation of Russian poetry and Carl works in Islamic literature.

This event is part of the church's Faith and the Arts Series that began in 2010 as a result of the church's desire to be more intentional in its support of the arts.

‘Tastes and Tunes’

New Hope Camp and Conference Center will hold its 10th annual fund raising event “Tastes and Tunes” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 4805 N.C. 86, between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.

Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served with live music by Women's Singing Circle, The Eton Road Band and Stoneycreek Band. The crowd will be able to bid on the Wall of Wine and Wall of Cookies. Tickets are $20 per person.

All proceeds will go to after-school and camp programs, scholarship funds and facilities and pool maintenance.

Scholarship funds are vital in assisting families to provide opportunities for children to attend summer camp. Also, money raised will be used to upgrade and preserve buildings.

Big Wesley Auction

Rescheduled from February at the time of the big snow, the Big Wesley Auction is coming up at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist, 200 Market St. in Southern Village.

A barbecue lunch will be available and both silent and live auctions will be featured.

Auction items include basketballs autographed by Marcus Paige and Coach Roy Williams. Also, a one week stay in a 5-bedroom log cabin at Lake Junaluska that sleeps 13 as well as sports tickets and gift certificates for retail and restaurants.

Visit to buy tickets, adults $25, students and children $5 and young alumni $10.

The event will benefit the UNC Wesley Campus Ministry that offers ministry and mission opportunities to UNC students.

Thomas Berry

“Meadows Across the Creek,” a performance piece on Thomas Berry's own lyrical and inspiring words, is set from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road.

This 90-minute presentation features recitation by Andrew Levitt and solo cello and guitar by Scott Walker. A discussion with the cast will follow.

Berry, who grew up in Greensboro, had a “meadow across the creek” experience when he was 11 years old that became a touchstone for his life and work. Mirroring this moment of mystical rapport in childhood, his prose and poetry invite others into a deep presence to Earth and cosmos.

To register call 919-672-5522. The fee is on a sliding scale from $5 to $15.

Body bowing

Won-Buddhist Temple, 8021 Old NC 86, has invited the community to join a 10-day Humility/Fitness/Mind-/Body Bowing Practice starting on April 16 at the temple . No experience necessary. Classes begin at 8 p.m.

Full bowing is a form of yoga that releases the heaviness, cravings and delusions in the mind, heart and body while strengthening back and leg muscles.

During the first session, participants will explore different ways of bowing such as standing-stretching, sun salutation, traditional prostration or Tibetan bowing.

On each successive evening, the class will begin with a few minutes of stretching and Qi-gong exercises and gradually increase the number of bows. Class members are encouraged to go at his or her own pace using preferred forms of bowing with the ultimate goal of reaching 100 bows by the end of the 10 days.

Should you miss the first evening, feel free to come to a subsequent evening a few minutes early to receive one-on-one instructions about this practice.

Jazz it up

A Spirit Concert and Dinner, a trilogy of jazz, prose and vocals, is set for Sunday, April 26, in the fellowship hall at Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St.

The event from 6 to 8 p.m. will feature the NCCU Faculty Jazz Ensemble with Ira Wiggins, Christian Foushee Green and Jaki Shelton Green. A silent auction will be held during intermission.

Tickets are $35 by calling 919-967-3961. Proceeds will benefit the new St. Paul AME Church.

Parking is available for a fee in the Morehead Planetarium lot. A shuttle will run from St. Paul Church, 101 S. Merritt Mill Road, to Chapel of the Cross.

Contact Flo Johnston at or call 910-361-4135.