Durham News: Community

Faith: Retired pastor Harvard to honor wife with Habitat house

For those who missed it, WRAL’s “Carolina Traveler” recently featured Joe Harvard, retired pastor at First Presbyterian Church, and his wife, Carlisle, as well as the work of Durham Habitat for Humanity.

The Harvards celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last August, and Joe decided to honor his wife by co-sponsoring a Habitat House in East Durham.

“She did so much over the years to build a home for our children and me. It would be an appropriate way to acknowledge what our home means to us by helping to provide a safe and comfortable home for another family,” he said.

“I am pleased that the historic rehab home we will be building in partnership with a Habitat home buyer will be located in East Durham at 2010 Ashe St. This is a neighborhood near the First Presbyterian Church where I served as pastor for 33 years. It is also where efforts are being made to strengthen the neighborhood and the lives of the young people who live there.”

The Harvards made a $25,000 down payment on the house with the guarantee they would see that the necessary $50,000 is provided.

“Carlisle and I are inviting our family and friends to join us in this effort,” he said.

Work on the house will begin at 11:30 a.m. March 8.

Call Habitat Humanity of Durham at 919-682-0516.

Luncheon roundtable

The Community Luncheon Roundtable will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.

Scott Holmes, a Quaker and a professor of Restorative Justice at N.C. Central University and a local trial lawyer, will lead a discussion on repairing the harm of violence in Durham.

This event is sponsored by the Religious Coalition for a Non-violent Durham.

Lunch is provided and all are welcome.

St, Matthew’s concert

A concert featuring Andrea Edith Moore, soprano, and Daivd Heid, pianist, is set Saturday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary's Road, Hillsborough.

Moore and Heid will be joined by narrator poet Jeffrey Beam and writer Jane Holding for the 7:30 p.m. concert.

The concert will include songs that extract Shakespeare;s language verbatim, songs that use fragments of his writings, translations and in some cases, works that are based on Shakespearean characters.

Songs interspersed with monologues will include selections from Twelfth Night, Othello, Hamlet and As You Like It with music by composers including Henry Purcell, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Ernest Chausson among others.

Moore holds a master of music degree and an Artist Diploma from Yale University as well as a bachelor of music from Peabody Conservatory of Music. She has been a lecturer on the UNC-Chapel Hill voice faculty since 2009.

Heid comes to North Carolina after a successful career in New york City as a vocal coach/accompanist. He is currently a staff accompanist and teaches piano at Duke University as well as being in demand in the Triangle area as a collaborative artist.

The concert is presented by the church's Faith and the Arts Series. Tickets are $10 and available from the church office.

Sexual abuse

Duke Divinity School will host a conference Saturday for ministers about the reality and prevalence of sexual abuse; the effect of such abuse upon the body and the mind; the impact of this abuse on one's relationship with God, self and others; and practical approaches to ministering, caring and advocating for survivors of sexual abuse.

A complimentary breakfast, lunch and child care will be provided.

Presenters include Dr. Warren Kinghorn, assistant professor of psychiatry and pastoral and moral theology at Duke Divinity School; the Rev. Elaine Heath, professor of evangelism at Perkins School of Theology; Andrew Schmutzer, professor of Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute; and Morven Baker, professional clinical counselor and nationally certified counselor.

This event is free but those desiring meals and/or child care, should register at adam.baker@duke.edu.

Episcopal visit

Bishop Michael B. Curry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina will make his annual visit to Durham's St. Titus Episcopal Church on Sunday.

As usual, he will be busy during his visit. His schedule calls for a confirmation, a sermon on his new book “Crazy Christians”; a book signing; a meeting with the vestry and a reception after the 10 a.m. worship service.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Battle is vicar at St. Titus, located at 400 Moline St.

Bishop Curry's sermon, based on his book, will help parishioners learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in the 21st century, why it is important, the joys and obstacles of being a disciple, the habits of discipleship and tips for remaining faith, according to a church spokesperson.

“We need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord,” Bishop Curry said in an address to the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis.

“Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God like Jesus.

“Crazy enough to dare to change the world from the nightmare it often is into something close to the dream that God dreams for it. And for those who would follow him, those who would be disciples and those who would live as and be the people of the Way? It might come as a shock, but they are called to craziness.”

Books will be available after the service for $12 per copy. Checks should be made to St. Titus Church with “Crazy Christians” on the notation line.

Vigil against violence

The 22nd annual vigil against violence, sponsored by Parents of Murdered Children and Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, is set for Tuesday, March 4, at Shepherds House Church, 107 N. Driver St.

The 7 p.m. service will be followed by a 7:45 p.m. reception. All are welcome.