Maurice Bloem, executive vice president of Church World Service, had breakfast Tuesday in the dining room at Urban Ministries of Durham and then began the first 20-mile leg of what has become his annual 100-mile trek to raise awareness about the plight of 795 million people who are classified as “food insecure.”
His choice of Durham for his starting point was in recognition of the city’s 42-year tradition of the CROP Hunger Walk, the state’s oldest, ongoing walk-a-thon, There are more than 1,000 community-based CROP Hunger Walks in the United States.
His route took him from the Urban Ministries building in downtown to Duke University’s West Campus, then through the Walltown neighborhood and on to North Duke Street past Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Services office at Brightleaf Square.
Finally, he entered the American Tobacco Trail near the Durham Bulls Stadium where he walked the trail heading toward Chatham County. At a given point, he returned to Herndon Park, where he had completed his 20 miles.
In the evening he attended the meeting of Durham’s CROP Hunger Walk steering committee and then drove to Virginia where he would walk the next 20-mile leg of his 100-mile hike.
South African priest
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road, will welcome Father Michael Lapsley, a social justice activist and Anglican priest from South Africa, to speak at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Lapsley was a chaplain to the African National Congress during the anti-apartheid struggle. In 1990, he lost both of his hands and an eye to a letter bomb from his own government. He has never stopped working for justice, peace and healing and is a powerful voice for each.
Founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories, based in Cape Town, Lapsley is also the author of the 2012 memoir “Redeeming the Past.” He will be interviewed on WUNC’s “the State of Things” at noon Friday.
A reception will follow his presentation at Westminster. Visit www.bit.ly/wpcLapsley to learn more and to RSVP for the event.
Like a yard sale
Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church is hosting an Attic Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the church grounds located south of Southpoint Mall on N.C. 751, exit 274 off I-40.
Featured items will include furniture, household goods, children’s clothing and toys, collectibles, garden equipment, electronic equipment, jewelry and ladies’ accessories.
Coffee, juice and breakfast snacks will be available at the door.
Area women are invited to the September luncheon and program sponsored by the Durham Christian Women’s Connection.
The gathering at 9:45 a.m. is held at the Croasdaile Village Commons Dining Room at 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway.
A representative of the Durham Convention Center will speak about upcoming events in the city. Linda Polk, a textile designer and freelance writer, will share the unique story of her life and work.
Registration is essential and can be made by calling 919-3842073 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $10 for the hot buffet lunch that follows the program.
‘Sunday Night live’
Epworth United Methodist Church at the corner of University Drive and Hope Valley Road is taking a slightly different approach to its Christian education offerings for the fall.
“Sunday Night Live” will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday with a meal to be followed by a variety of activities on a variety of topics.
Nursery is available for children up to 2-years old. Children from 3 to kindergarten age will be studying and learning with the “Veggie Tales,” and older children from grades 1-5 will study “Bible Black Belts,” a program that teaches about how to use the Bible and become more familiar with Scripture.
Adults will study “A Disciple’s Path,” a seven-week program that explores the Wesleyan understanding of discipleship and the meaning of “prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness” in church membership vows.
Anyone interested is welcome and further information is available by calling the church office at 910-489-6557.
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or call 910-361-4135.