Durham News: Community

On Faith: Upcoming runs to battle malaria, benefit Habitat for Humanity of Durham

NOTE: Flo Johnston has changed her email address. Please contract her at fjohnston314@gmail.com or call 910-361-4135.

The Corridor District of the United Methodist Church will host a 5K Skeeter Run for Imagine No Malaria, beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 at the C.M. Herndon Park, 511 Scott King Road, on the American Tobacco Trail.

This is part of a collaborative effort for the North Carolina Conference to raise awareness of malaria and to help eliminate this killer disease from the planet. Deaths from malaria in Africa have already been cut in half because of prevention and education efforts.

This is an out and back race and will end at the park. After the race, games, activities and refreshments will be available for all to enjoy.

During the fall, Skeeter Run 5Ks are being held in all districts in the conference.

All profits from these races will go to the N.C. Conference Imagine No Malaria $1 million campaign goal.

To register go to bit.ly/1CIUJiM.

Christian-Muslim talk

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive will host a light supper followed by a seminar on Christian-Muslim relations with guest speaker the Rev. David Marshall, from Duke Divinity School, from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.

There is no charge for the event, and it is open to the public. Register by calling the church office at 919-493-5451. Free nursery care will be provided during the seminar portion of the evening (from 7 to 8 p.m.).

‘Adam’s Gift’

Jimmy Creech, the former United Methodist minister whose ordination credentials were revoked by the church, will speak and sign copies of his book “Adam’s Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor’s Calling to Defy the Church’s Persecution of Lesbians and Gays,”on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Regulator Bookshop on Ninth Street.

As a United Methodist pastor in North Carolina, Creech was visited one day by a parishioner who revealed he was gay and was leaving the church because of discrimination by the church against gay and lesbian members.

Creech determined that the church was mistaken and that scriptural translations and interpretations had been dangerously distorted. As a Christian, he came to believe that discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people was morally wrong. This understanding compelled him to perform same-gender commitment ceremonies, in conflict with church directives.

Creech was tried twice by the United Methodist Church and after the second trial, his ordination credentials were revoked.

Creech, now retired, lives in Raleigh.

Bull City Fest

Habitat for Humanity of Durham is the official charitable beneficiary of the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo coming up on Oct. 19.

Runners may choose from half-marathon, five-mile and one-mile distances and enjoy a fall morning of running and free food at the end of the race.

Each distance has something unique to offer. The half-marathon features downtown, Trinity Park and Duke’s campus. All races start at the American Tobacco Campus with a post-race festival on the lawn at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Food trucks, a beer garden and a kids’ zone and entertainment will be on site.

Registration information at sportoften.com.

The goal is to raise $150,000 a year for the next five years, which will fund the building of two Habitat houses per year.

Golden Dippers

The Golden Dippers Square Dance Club will hold two special Open House events from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, and again on Oct. 16 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2809 Guess Road.

Anyone interested in learning to square dance as well as those already dancing are invited.

Gloria Martin, president of the club, says that if you can walk, you can square dance and can enjoy this beneficial exercise while having fun. Both couples and singles, 16 or older, are welcome.

For more information, call Martin at 919-563-3936 or Pat Jackson at 919-479-2009.

Contact Flo Johnston at fjohnston314@gmail.com or call 910-361-4135.