The annual Big Wesley Auction is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Christ United Methodist Church, 800 Market St. in Southern Village.
A ticket will get you a barbecue lunch with vegetarian options, bidding privilege to the silent auction and to the Buy It Now Boutique, followed by a live auction with auctioneers Deems May, Cade Barefoot and Brent Comstock.
Sponsored by UNC’s Wesley Campus Ministry, this is a major fundraising effort that makes ministry and mission opportunities available for UNC students of many denominations. Mission opportunities this year include local work with Habitat for Humanity, the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, Community Dinners and Take What You Need, a ministry that provides items to those in need on Franklin Street.
This year's mission trips include one to West Virginia to work with Appalachian Service Project over spring break and a trip at the end of spring semester to Costa Rica to work with the Costa Rica Missions Project.
Buy tickets in advance online at uncweley.org/auction or by contacting Laura Gallo by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone 919-942-2152. Tickets also available at the door on the day of the event: $5 for students and children, $25 for adults, $10 for Young Wesley alumni or $300 for a group of 8 with a reserved table, with $100 of the amount as a donation.
Shared Learning Association has rescheduled a lecture by Dr. Niklaus Steiner, director of the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Expand Church (formerly Celebration Assembly of God), 114 Weaver Dairy Road.
His topic is “The Current Refugee Crisis in Europe.” Steiner has published extensively on issues concerning immigration, refugees, nationalism and citizenship.
Living wage employer
The Church of Reconciliation, a part of the Presbyterian Church USA, recently received certification as a “Living Wage Employer” for 2015 by Orange County Living Wage.
“The gospel upholds human dignity and the inestimable value of every life,” said the Rev. Mark Davidson, pastor for 18 years. “Therefore, we strongly support a living wage for all workers and we are thrilled to be part of this terrific local initiative.”
The Orange County program is modeled after the “Just Economics” project based in Asheville, and is part of a national movement to reward and recognize employers that pay workers a living wage.
More than 53 Orange County employers have now been certified, including local businesses, municipalities, professional practices, non-profits, faith groups and public schools.
The living wage in Orange County is $12.75, more than $5 above the current minimum wage of $7.25.
Israeli film series
Kehillah Synagogue at 1200 Mason Farm Road continues its fourth annual Israeli Documentary Film Series during February with a final film on Wednesday, May 4.
▪ Saturday, Feb. 13, “God's Messengers”: This film contains documentation of the Hilltop Youth of Gilad Farm, the most radical Jewish outpost in all the West Bank. They pose a rebellious, violent and lawless challenge to their foes.
▪ Saturday, Feb. 17, “Sound of Torture”: Since Europe closed its borders in 2006, thousands of Eritrean refugees fled a military dictator-ruled country toward Israel. The only way out is across the Sinai desert in Egypt. There, many are kidnapped by Bedouin smugglers and taken to camps where they are tortured and raped as they are forced to call their relatives begging for ransom for their release.
▪ Wednesday, May 4, “The Decent One”: A recently discovered cache of hundreds of personal letters, diaries and photos belonging to the Nazi Gestapo chief seems to reveal a thoughtful, loving husband and devoted father to his daughter. The film fashions a fascinating case study: a portrait of the man responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Second World War, who thought of himself in heroic terms.
The film series is part of an ongoing collaboration between Duke University and the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum. Screening time is 7 p.m. for each film. Suggested donation is $10 for each and $6 for students with an ID.
War and oppression
Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road, is inviting the community to a special presentation, lunch and discussion of the church’s role in speaking truth about war and oppression on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Special guest is Rick Ufford-Chase, co-director of Stony Point Center in New York and co-founder of the Community of Living Traditions.
He is deeply involved in the intersection between faith, the challenge of responding to violence in our time and working to extend basic human rights to all people.
Worship is at 11 a.m. and lunch with discussion will be held after the service. Child care and children's activities are available.