Chapel Hill: Community

A day at the fair turns frightful in Judgment House – Flo Johnston

Flo Johnston
Flo Johnston

A day at the fair filled with cotton candy and carnival rides turns into a nightmare as four young girls are kidnapped during their visit to the so-called Fun House.

This is the premise for “Abducted,” this year’s version of the walk-through drama of Judgment House to be presented at Pittsboro Baptist Church Oct. 21-23 and 28-30.

During the drama, the audience is guided through the church where different scenes are depicted as the story unfolds. Because of the intensity of some scenes, children under 10 should not attend.

This is the seventh year the church has presented this event.

“Each year we have seen lives changed through the Judgment House experience,” said Associate Pastor Jon Pister. Last year, more than 1,700 people walked through to view choices versus the consequences both in this life and in the next, the pastor said.

It takes about an hour to walk through the drama, beginning with the audience boarding a bus at the Kiwanis Club House, 309 Credle St. in Pittsboro.

The performances are from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The Sunday performances from 5 to 10 p.m. are for church youth groups only.

A $3 donation is encouraged.

Seeking peace

A conversation at 12:30 Monday, Oct. 24, at Duke Chapel will address the question of what spiritual, political and communal resources are available to seek peace in an age of fear.

The title of the public discussion “Bridge Panel” comes from a sermon preached last year by Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery. In his sermon, Powery drew upon the Apostle Paul, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Charles Wesley and others to describe how “the peace of god is standing guard.”

Powery will moderate. Panelists are Valerie Cooper, associate professor of black church studies at Duke Divinity School; Stanley Hauerwas, professor emeritus of divinity and law; and Omid Safi, director of Duke’s Islamic Studies Center and a professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. Park in the Bryan Center Parking Garage, $2 per hour.

Linking liberation

The Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East will present a conference called “Linking Liberation Struggles: Pursuing Global Awareness and Civic Engagement” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, at N.C. Central University.

Speakers are Native American activist Tennyson Welbourne, Durham City Council member Jillian Johnson and Palestinian organizer Zaina Alsous. Respondents, including Latino, Jewish, and immigrant community members, will explore the relationships among these historic and current movements.

Moderators the Rev. Paul McAllister, founder of Global Leaders in Unity and Evolvement, and Omid Safi, director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, will lead the dialogue.

The Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East seeks a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians through political advocacy. This event is open to the public.

Family Fall Festival

Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road in Durham, is inviting the community to its annual Family Fall Festival from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.

The picnic shelter will be transformed into a festival area with a hot dog dinner, a bounce house, a cupcake walk and Trunk ’r Treat for children to enjoy. There is no cost for the event or the food.

Human rights

Church Women United, an interdenominational and international organization, has met since 1941 to pray for peace and advocate action toward justice and dignity for all people.

The Chapel Hill/Carrboro Unit of CWU will host a 75th anniversary and a Human Rights Celebration at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St. in Chapel Hill, at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

Episcopal Church of the Holy Family will present the program, “Blessings at the Table,” after which Church Women United will present its annual Human Rights Award to Hidden Voices.

This group explores the unsung stories in the community, the history and longing of people of all ages from the past and present, of people disenfranchised, incarcerated or isolated. Through the art and drama of Hidden Voice productions, these stories of home, family and community change lives.

While CWU is primarily a woman’s organization, men are welcome to attend this anniversary celebration.

Health care forum

The final Sunday forum in a series on issues related to this fall’s national election will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Dr. Jonathan Kotch, UNC research professor emeritus, and Bill Murray of Health Care for All will lead a conversation on “Health Care, Obama Care, Affordable Care.”

All are welcome.

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