Durham News: Community

On Faith: Retired minister to discuss being a religious grownup

The Rev. Sarah York of Asheville will speak on “Becoming a Religious Grownup” at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

She will share her own religious journey and, after both services, she will lead a discussion for others to talk of their religious journeys and spiritual growing edges.

York is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and author of four books, including “Pilgrim Heart: The Inner Journey Home.”

A graduate of Wake Forest and Duke, she has a master of divinity from Harvard and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. After serving as a settled minister, she became an accredited interim minister and served as the interim senior minister at Eno River from 2004-06.

She is currently employed by the Unitarian Universalist Association as the Consultant for Ethics in Congregational Life.

In addition to her sermon, York will lead a workshop titled “The Inner Journey Home” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Community luncheon

The Community Luncheon Roundtable of the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham will gather from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.

The presentation and discussion will be on REAL Durham (Relationships Equipping Allies and Leaders), a program that is “developing intentional relationships across the lines of privilege and poverty.”

The initial focus area for REAL is East Durham where the child poverty rate is 63 percent.

Lunch will be provided by CORE Catering. All are welcome and no RSVP is needed.

Christian Unity service

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road, will be host congregation for the Day of Prayer for Christian Unity service at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Rev. Dr. Leonard Bolick, bishop of the N.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will preach.

This service is a continuation of a long tradition in Durham when area congregations come together to pray for unity. The emphasis this year is remembrance of baptism. The unity service was developed by the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil.

DCIA banquet

The next meeting of Durham Congregations in Action on Tuesday, Jan. 27, will be the annual banquet at 5:45 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St. in downtown.

The keynote speaker will be J. Kameron Carter, associate professor of Systematic Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.

Carter is the author of the book “Race: A Theological Account” and of numerous essays and articles. He is now completing a book titled “The Secular Jesus: Religion and the Project of Civilization.”

The banquet dinner is $14 per person. Make reservations by Jan. 23 by calling 919-688-2036. Payment will be accepted at the door. Make checks payable to DCIA with a banquet notation.

Ministry walk

The 5th annual Open Table Ministry’s Winter Walk for the homeless is set for Saturday along the American Tobacco Trail starting at Solite Park on Lafayette Road.

Event day registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the walk set from 1 to 3 p.m.

This three-mile walk is to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness in Durham and Orange counties and to raise funds to help those in need.

Music and refreshments will be provided until 3:30 p.m. at the end of the walk.

For free registration and to get sponsor forms to collect donations, call 919-599-0712.