Nineteen Wake County congregations representing nine different faith traditions are taking part in Habitat Wake’s annual Interfaith Build.
Volunteers are building a home at 960 Skinner Drive in Raleigh during the national Build for Unity campaign, which brings together people of different faiths across the country who are united in a desire to see more safe and affordable housing.
The builds will be underway during the first week of May to coincide with National Prayer Day, which is May 5.
The nine faith traditions represented in the Wake County build are Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sai, Sikh and Unitarian Universalist.
Habitat Wake hosted its first Interfaith build in 2011. Last year, the growing interfaith coalition built a home in honor of slain Muslim students Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were active participants in previous Interfaith builds.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh will welcome a special guest. Sarah Woodard, one of the founding members of the Jubilee House Community at the Center for Development in Central America, will attend a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, to talk about the group’s work in Nicaragua.
Nicaragua is the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, and the CDCA is located there with a mission of enabling communities to become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities.
Coffee and refreshments will be served, and the event will feature handicrafts from Nicaragua. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a piece of handmade pottery.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 2723 Clark Ave., Raleigh.
The Friends of Oberlin Village are inviting volunteers to join them in their ongoing effort to preserve and protect Oberlin Cemetery, a historic African-American cemetery.
The next community cleanup day at Oberlin is Saturday, April 9, from 9 to 11 a.m at 1014 Oberlin Road, Raleigh.
Participants should come dressed for yard work and debris removal, wearing long-sleeved shirts, closed-toe shoes and workbooks. Tools such as wheelbarrows, small wagons, weed trimmers and pruners are needed.
Chain saws and qualified chain-saw operators are particularly helpful to cut up downed tree limbs for easier removal. Volunteers with this special skill should contact cleanup coordinator Judy Kelly at email@example.com prior to April 9.
The event will be a joint effort with students and Service Raleigh Day volunteers. Water and light snacks will be provided.
Christian ethics class
A class on Christian ethics will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays from April 7 through May 5 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.
The class will cover topics including lifeboat ethics, situation ethics and the ethics of sexuality. Participants will be exposed to a variety of ethical perspectives.
The class will be facilitated by Dr. Juan A. Ayala-Carmona, an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America and a Puerto Rican theologian.
The lectures are free and open to the public. St. Andrew’s is located at 7506 Falls of Neuse Road. For more information, contact Cindy Ingalls at 919-847-19113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at email@example.com.