Durham News: Community

Lenten discussion series tackles health disparities

During the Lenten season, St. Titus Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St., will hold a series of Wednesday noon services, including lunch and table talk presentations on health disparities and issues impacting black students.

Beginning today and continuing through April 16, students from the Department of Public Health Education at N.C. Central University will make presentations on health issues as part of the church's Lenten program.

Today's subject is “Breastfeeding Practices Among Young African American Moms,” led by student Lindsay Averill.

Education discussion

The state of public education in North Carolina is the topic for a 7 p.m. discussion Thursday at the Levin Jewish Community Center,1937 W. Cornwallis Road.

Sponsored by Carolina Jews for Justice, the event will cover teacher pay, spending per pupil, charter schools and vouchers and Read to Achieve/Common Core, followed by communal conversation about putting Jewish values into action on this important issue.

Speakers will include Rabbi Jen Feldman of Kehillah Synagogue in Chapel Hill; Rep. Rick Glazier, member of the N.C. House education committee, a Democrat from Fayetteville; and Bryan Profitt, Hillside High School teacher and member of Organize 2020, a new caucus of the North Carolina Association of Educators.

The moderator will be Joel Rosch, senior research scholar at the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy.

The public is welcome.

Writing workshop

Author and newspaper columnist Carol Henderson will lead a writing workshop Friday and Saturday at Colony Hills Clubhouse, 3060 Colony Road.

Through selected prompts, the class will explore watershed moments, life themes and the evolution of one's sense of self. Participants will plumb memory, dreams and point of view using what is unearthed to write from a deeper perspective.

Participants should come prepared to write a lot and to be changed by what they will discover.

The workshop, sponsored by the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, is open to writers in all genres and all levels of experience and open to both men and women.

The cost is $125. Further information by calling the center at 919-683-1236.

Women’s Day

The annual Women’s Day celebration is on tap Sunday at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church, 316 Hebron Road.

Special speaker for the 7:55 a.m. worship service is the Rev. Chalice Overy. The Rev. Hazel A. Wilson, pastor of Mount Pelier Presbyterian Church in Rowland, will speak for the 10:45 a,m. service.

The theme for the celebration is “God's Word: Healing Women's Brokenness through the Generations.” The biblical reference is Jeremiah 18 and Psalm 34.

A 10:30 a.m. panel discussion on “Helping Women Heal from their Brokenness” is set on Saturday.

Lunch will be served and all events are free and open to the public.

Westminster choir

Westminster Schola Cantorum, one of three choirs that form the core of the curriculum at Westminster Choir College will give a 7:30 p.m. concert titled “Journeys” Monday at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St.

The event is free but a suggested donation of $10 will be accepted at the door.

The program will feature Paul Mealor's Stabat Mater as well as works by John Tavener, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Josef Rheinberger, Brandon Waddles and John Rutter.

Labrynth walks

Beginning on Tuesday, the labyrinth at Duke Chapel will be open for walking prayer from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The chapel makes this available during Lent for all interested persons from the community.

The labyrinth is an ancient practice of walking prayer that dates back to the 12th century. Participants meditatively walk on a canvas prayer cloth nearly 40 feet in diameter. A prayer walk takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Contact Flo Johnston at flo.johnston314@gmail.com or 910-361-4135.