Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church, 314 Great Ridge Parkway, has announced its Summer Solitude Retreat to be held July 22-24 at Avila Retreat Center in Durham.
This weekend will help participants explore how solitude with God and deepening community with each other can lead to healthy ministry for others.
Beginning on Friday night, participants will attend a “talking” dinner to get acquainted. A short session on contemplation and solitude will lead into the weekend of quietness but with time for retreat leader Beverly Rudolph to provide guidance and suggestions. Meals on Saturday and Sunday will be together, but in silence. Silence will be broken on Sunday at lunch.
Rudoloh is currently finishing the “Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats” program at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C. She is a wife, stepmom, dog-mom, Culbreth Middle School principal, Tar Heels fan and semi-expert on pop culture.
Contact the Chapel in the Pines at 919-960-0616 for registration information.
A new album features Duke Chapel organist Christopher Jacobson playing the chapel’s original organ.
“The Aeolian Organ at Duke University Chapel” is the first commercial recording to feature the Kathleen Upton Byrns McClendon Organ since its restoration in 2008.
The giant instrument, located in the chapel’s chancel area with 6,600 pipes, was built and installed by the Aeolian Organ Co. in 1932 as part of the original construction of the chapel.
“The Aeolian was designed to rival and complement the sounds of a symphony orchestra,” Jacobson said.
The recording, published by the Dutch classical music label Pentatone, includes symphonic compositions transcribed for organ, such as Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia” as well as popular tunes including “Londonderry Air” from “O Danny Boy.”
The Aeolian can be heard regularly at Duke Chapel during midweek organ demonstrations, baccalaureate and convocation ceremonies and Sunday morning worship.
Students in the chapel’s Organ Scholar program use the organ regularly for lessons, practice and performance.
United Church of Chapel Hill’s intercultural fellowship, La Mesa y Cafe, meets at 11:15 a.m. Sundays in the Assembly Hall at the church, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
This is an initiative to enhance the diversity, spirituality and faith of people in a welcoming inclusive space. It is led weekly by the Rev. David Mateo and includes Holy Communion. Visitors are welcome.
Carolina Jews for Justice, a North Carolina nonprofit organization that seeks to help craft a world that is safer, more just and more open for all has issued a statement in response to the gun violence in Orlando last week that left 49 dead and 53 injured.
Durham resident Debbie Goldstein president of the group’s all volunteer board, described the organization as a “grassroots effort that reaches over 1,000 Jews across the state.”
The statement from the organization was written by Durham Rabbi Ari Naveh, who points out that access to guns continues to proliferate unabated in the country, but that the Orlando attack demonstrates what happens when fear, anger and hate not only continue, but prosper without check.
“The type of hate that drives someone to do this horrendous act is fed by things like North Carolina’s HB2, which we strongly oppose and will continue to fight to undo.
“We stand in true solidarity with our friends and loved ones in the LGBT community and those in other communities whose voices and faces are continuously ignored and silenced at best, and snuffed out at worst.”
The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham invites the larger community to its next Community Luncheon Roundtable from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Shepherds House United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 107 N Driver St., at the corner of East Main Street (entrance in back, near playground).
Betsy Crites and Layfayette Perry, co-coordinators for End Hunger Durham, will be talking about “Building a unified strategy for addressing hunger. What are the key elements and who are the major players?”
All are welcome. Lunch is free of charge and provided by CORE Catering. No RSVP needed. For more information call Ruthy Jones at 919-698-9092.