Chapel Hill: Community

On Faith: Tibetan Buddhist health workshop this weekend

Piedmont KTC, an area Tibetan Buddhist group, is offering a unique opportunity to learn about healing, health and happiness in Asian traditions Friday through Sunday.

In this tradition, healing incorporates a unique synthesis of mind, body and spirit.

Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. the location is Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. Participants will take home some tools, including a few acupressure points and a Chi Kung (Qikong) experience to begin working with and understanding healing and health.

Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m., the location is Arcadia housing community, 134 Circadian Way.

Attendees can participate in all or part of the weekend. Suggested donation is $60 per day. Pre-registration is recommended by calling 919-968-9426, going to the wesbite or emailing

Visiting teacher is Lama Losang, resident teaching Lama for Gainesville (Fla.) Tibetian Buddhist Meditation Center and director of the Traditional Acupuncture Center. He teaches Asian medicine, meditation and Tai Chi Chuan. He has a Ph.D. in psychology and is a licensed acupuncture physician.

Humanistic Jews

Kol Haskalah, a Humanistic Jewish congregation, is having non-theistic High Holiday celebrations led by Rabbi Miriam Jerris of the Society for Humanistic Judaism.

Jerris will give a talk, “How do Humanistic Jews Have Awe and Spirituality” at 7:30 p.m. today, Sept. 24, at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham.

She will lead a children’s Rosh Hashanah service from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill.

Kol Nidre is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the sanctuary at Eno River Fellowship and Yom Kippur adult discussion will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the chapel followed by Break-the Fast at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall with a potluck dinner after Nizkor memorials.

Call 919-230-1606 or email for High Holiday tickets and/or to make child-care reservations.

Ward to speak Sunday

Former North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Ward will speak at the Adult Forum of United Church of Chapel Hill at 10 a.m. Sunday.

He will review the state’s history, particularly the latter part of the 20th century as governors and legislators understood the linkage between strong schools and a strong economy. In recent years, with the recession and a legislative shift towards smaller government, the state has fallen in national rankings to 46th in average teacher pay and 48th in per capita school spending.

“For people of faith, public education has been a priority as it is a shared responsibility to create a community in which people have life and life abundant,” said the Rev. Richard Edens, co-senior pastor.

“Public education is a sign of a healthy community in which all children are embraced and valued as ‘our’ children. Public education is a testimony to a just community in which all children are given a future with hope,” he said.

Organ recital

David Arcus, newly commissioned parish musician at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary's Road, Hillsborough, will give a demonstration and organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Arcus was the Duke University Chapel organist and associate university organist for 30 years.

His recital-demonstration of the church’s Hook & Hastings (1833) organ will include demonstrating how the organ’s different sets of pipes are used and combined. He will perform works by J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt.

The program is free.

Hymn festival

The Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and University United Methodist Church,150 E. Franklin St., will present “Lord, Send Out Your Spirit, Renew the Face of the Earth,” a hymn festival led by Michael Burkhardt, at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Burkhardt, a composer and recitalist, will lead a group of choirs in the program that includes singing, Scripture reading and music for brass and organ.

This event is free.

Haw River anniversary

The Mass Choir at Haw River Missionary Baptist Church, 1099 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro, will celebrate its 18th anniversary at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Area choirs will participate and the public is invited.

Kosala Buddhist Center, 711 W. Rosemary St., Carrboro, is offering a meditation workshop titled “Understanding and Using Karma” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the center.

Western Buddhist monk Gen Keisang Tilopa will discuss the general laws of karma and lead guided meditations to show how these can be used to effect significant change in one's life.

The cost is $30, $17 for seniors and students.

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