People interested in learning more about the work of The School for Conversion, at 923 Onslow St., are invited to an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 23.
The event will include a walking tour of Walltown, the story of Rutba House, a history of the School for Conversion, an introduction to Project TURN and The Way, and “Reading the Bible in Walltown.”
Director Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and the staff lead these events on the fourth Thursday of each month. They are free but participants are invited to make a donation to the School for Conversion. To sign up for future events or for questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School for Conversion was inspired by Rutba House, an intentional community based in Walltown since 2003. It grew out of the experiences of Rutba House members, particularly related to incarceration, and works “to unlearn habits of social division,” according to its website. It is not affiliated with a denomination and welcomes students and participants of any or no faith.
The School for Conversion will celebrate its 10th anniversary at 6:30 p.m. July 8 at The Vault at The Palace International, 1104 A Broad St.
The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham will hold its next Community Luncheon Roundtable from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Shepherds House United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 107 N Driver St., at the corner of East Main Street (entrance in back, near playground).
Betsy Crites and Layfayette Perry, co-coordinators for End Hunger Durham, will be talking about “Building a unified strategy for addressing hunger. What are the key elements and who are the major players?”
All are welcome. Lunch is free of charge and provided by CORE Catering. No RSVP needed. For more information call Ruthy Jones at 919-698-9092.
Market tent sale
One World Market’s once a year big tent sale is coming up on Saturday, June 25.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but shoppers looking for spectacular bargains, some marked down 90 percent, might want to arrive a bit before 10 to be sure they “get the good stuff,” said Katie Westermann, who became market director in April.
The sale will include gently used Fair Trade items donated by customers. The deadline for donations is Thursday, June 23.
One World Market is Durham’s only non-profit Fair Trade store. Shopping here is a way to help artisans around the world market their creative and beautiful handmade products. Often, these artisans are women whose labor makes possible a better life for their children and families.
Emmanuel AME Church, 2018 Riddle Road, will celebrate its 136th year during special worship services at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26.
Guest preacher is the Rev. David L. Morrison Sr., now retired, who is a former pastor. The church’s Male Chorus will provide music.
The Rev. Darren Mitchell, pastor of Trinity AME Zion Church in Greensboro, is the guest speaker for Men’s Day at St. Mark AME Zion Church, 531 S. Roxboro St.
“Men Accepting God’s Challenge through Faith” is the theme for the 10 a.m. service Sunday, June 26. Visitors are welcome.
New Hope director
Olive Joyner has been named executive director for Housing for New Hope. She has served as interim director since March.
Before joining Housing for New Hope as associate director in October, 2015, she has served in leadership roles at Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network.
A graduate of Duke Divinity School, Joyner began her work with homeless individuals and families in 1997.
Jews for Justice
Carolina Jews for Justice has issued a statement in response to the gun violence in Orlando last week that left 49 dead and 53 injured.
Durham resident Debbie Goldstein, president of the group’s all volunteer board, described the organization as a “grassroots effort that reaches over 1,000 Jews across the state.”
The statement was written by Durham Rabbi Ari Naveh, who points out that access to guns continues to proliferate unabated in the country, but that the Orlando attack demonstrates what happens when fear, anger and hate not only continue, but prosper without check.
“The type of hate that drives someone to do this horrendous act is fed by things like North Carolina’s HB2, which we strongly oppose and will continue to fight to undo.
“We stand in true solidarity with our friends and loved ones in the LGBT community and those in other communities whose voices and faces are continuously ignored and silenced at best, and snuffed out at worst.”
Duke organ album
A new album released this month features Duke Chapel organist Christopher Jacobson playing the chapel’s original organ.
The album, “The Aeolian Organ at Duke University Chapel,” is the first commercial recording to feature the Kathleen Upton Byrns McClendon Organ since its restoration in 2008.
The giant instrument, located in the chapel’s chancel area with 6,600 pipes, was built and installed by the Aeolian Organ Co. in 1932 as part of the original construction of the chapel.
“The Aeolian was designed to rival and complement the sounds of a symphony orchestra,” Jacobson said.
The recording, published by the Dutch classical music label Pentatone, includes symphonic compositions transcribed for organ, such as Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia” as well as popular tunes including “Londonderry Air” from “O Danny Boy.”
The Aeolian can be heard regularly at Duke Chapel during midweek organ demonstrations, baccalaureate and convocation ceremonies and Sunday morning worship.
Students in the chapel’s Organ Scholar program use the organ regularly for lessons, practice and performance.