The community is invited to support the Big Wesley Auction, sponsored by the UNC Wesley Campus Ministry, by joining students, Wesley friends and special guest UNC mascot Rameses at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village for a barbecue luncheon and a silent and live auction.
Each year Wesley Campus Ministry serves many denominations of UNC students, offering them opportunities to engage in faith and leadership development, worship, fellowship and service through mission trips.
Mission opportunities this year include local work with Habitat for Humanity, the IFC, community dinners and a new initiative, Take What You Need that ministers to those in need on Franklin Street.
Mission trips this academic year include a trip to Atlanta to work with the agency Discovering Opportunities for Outreach & Reflection over spring break, and a trip at the end of spring semester to the Bahamas Methodist Habitat.
The Big Wesley Auction helps make these opportunities possible.
Duke University campus leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths will discuss their understandings of sacred space during a panel discussion at Duke Chapel at 12:30 p.m. today.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Bryan Center parking garage.
The conversation, “What is Sacred Space?” is part of a chapel series that seeks to connect people from various walks of life to discuss issues of shared concerns.
The panelists include Ellen Davis, professor of Bible and practical theology at Duke Divinity School; Ornid Safi, director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center; Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean for religious life at Duke Chapel; and Rebecca Simons, director for Jewish Life at Duke.
The Rev. Luke Powery, dean of the chapel, will moderate the discussion.
“Discovering and identifying sacred spaces has a long tradition in many faiths,” Powery said. “How we understand and negotiate those claims among different faiths is as important as ever at this time and in this place.”
Duke's Undergraduate Faith Council is a co-sponsor of the event.
Israeli film series
The Third Annual Israeli Documentary Film Series at Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill, will continue from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday with “Farewell, Herr Schwartz” in which a meeting that was mysteriously missed in 1945 divides a family into two.
The screening will be followed by discussion, led by Duke Assistant Professor Shai Ginsburg.
Tickets at the door are $25 per person.
The Traveling Sons of Haw River Missionary Baptist Church, 1099 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro, will be part of an appreciation program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. Several other groups will perform and the public is invited.
Aging Well Together
A symposium on faith and aging titled “Aging Well Together: What the Faith Community Can Do,” is set from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Central Orange Senior Center, 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.
The event will bring together the Orange County faith community, showcase aging-related services and encourage a dialogue around new possibilities. The event, sponsored by Orange County Department on Aging and Project EngAGE, will feature keynote speaker Gary Gunderson, vice president of Faith and Health Ministries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
These workshops will be offered: Dementia & Caregiver Support; Health Promotion and Falls Prevention; Access to Transportation; Aging in Place: What You Need to Know; Long-Term Care; Depression, Social Isolation & Suicide; and Senior Hunger Issues.
St. Paul 5K
Registration for St. Paul Village Community Walk & 5K Run is continuing online at stpaulamechapelhill.org or by mailing or hand delivering to St. Paul AME Church, 101 N. Merritt Mill Road. Call 919-967-3961 with questions.
The walk, to benefit St. Paul Village, is set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7, from McDougle Middle School.
Individual registration is $25 and family is $45. Packet pickup at the church is set from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, on Friday before the walk or on race day morning from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at McDougle Middle School.
Thank you cards
The 150 inmates on North Carolina's death row all got Christmas cards this past holiday season, thanks to a project by the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road in Durham.
Their gratitude is reflected in responses the fellowship has received.
“Sometimes it is hard to remember that there are those who care,” one prisoner wrote. “You have given me this reminder, and I sincerely thank you. Please continue to pray for me. Happy Holidays.”
Another wrote: “Thank you for the beautiful card sent to me this past holiday season.”
About 25 Eno River members wrote cards to the inmates in a project developed by the fellowship’s Task Force Against the Death Penalty. On Christmas Day, fellowship members joined with about 70 people from other congregations to demonstrate against the death penalty outside Central Prison in Raleigh.
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or call 910-361-4135.