Durham News: Community

On Faith: Licensed minister named director of DurhamCares

DurhamCares, a nonprofit that focuses on the church and community working together, welcomed new director Reynolds Chapman with a dessert reception June 2.

“I have had the privilege of knowing Reynolds for close to a decade,” said Keith Daniel, board chairman. “He is a compassionate and courageous man with pastoral and Christian leadership qualities that make him the ideal leader to build upon the biblical foundation of DurhamCares and advance our vision for church-based Christian community development.”

Chapman has done community development work in Richmond and Charlottesville, Va., Baltimore, Md., and in Durham. He has been in Durham since 2008 where he completed his master of divinity at Duke Divinity School, was part of the pastoral staff at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church and worked at Duke University.

He is a licensed minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church and an active member of the Christian Community Development Association.

“The vision of DurhamCares to cultivate healthy engagement with the community is something that resonates with a lot of people here,” Chapman says. “I look forward to helping provide opportunities for people and institutions to participate in that.”

DurhamCares is located at 112 Broadway St.; phone 919-972-8502.


Parishioner Achievement Sunday, a day of thanksgiving for the lives and works of members, was held last Sunday at St. Titus Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St.

Church member Rheaya Willis, a 2015 Yale University graduate, spoke at the10 a.m. service.

This year, Willis was awarded a four-year full tuition scholarship to Duke University Medical School where she will enter this fall.

Willis is the granddaughter of Carol T. Willis, after whom the C.T. Willis Commerce building that houses the N.C. Central University School of Business is named.

Three high school and four university graduates were honored. (One graduate received degrees from both UNC and Duke Divinity.) High school grads received scholarship awards and Bibles; university grads received commemorative crosses.

The church’s youth choir provided special music, “Teach us Your Ways,” a song composed and directed by Brad Croushorn, music director and organist. The choir was accompanied by violinist Gregory Furges.

Outdoor service

For more than 12 years, the Church in the Park has offered Lutheran worship at Solite Park, 4704 Fayetteville Road, followed by a picnic with food and fellowship.

The service on Sunday, June 12, begins at 10 a.m. under the shelter. The men will cook hot dogs and hamburgers; the women will serve side dishes and desserts.

The ball field and playground are available for all to enjoy.

Sioux wisdom

Traditional wisdom from the Woptura Lineage of the Oglala Sioux will come to life in events from Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12, in Durham and Carrboro.

Salvatore Gencarello, who is said to be a cultural bridge between the Lakota healing ceremonies and the modern world, will teach at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Oasis in Carr Mill Mall, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. He will also lead a “Life Within” workshop Friday through Sunday, June 10-12, on Lockridge community land in Durham.

Author of “A Man Among the Helpers,” Salvatore is currently a lead instructor for the 8 Shields Institute and founder and lead instructor of the Helpers' Mentoring Society.

Participants in the “Life Within” workshop on Lockridge community land in Durham, will construct a purification structure while connecting with self, nature and community.” An optional purification rite will be offered Saturday night.

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