What's Recent, Coming Up among the Durham Congregations in Action

Recap of recent events; what's coming up

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s Justice Spirituality in Durham as we head into Black History Month. Following are examples and opportunities in January and February for those in Durham's congregations to reach out and help those living with homelessness, mental health, hunger, or needing hospitality. 


Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | 2019 DCIA Banquet, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 403 E Main St, Durham. Keynote Address: Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director, Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church USA, speaking on: "A Spirit of Jubilee!". This year marks 50 years of cooperative work by faith-based communities through Durham Congregations In Action. Help us celebrate at our 2019 Annual Banquet! $15 tickets, RSVP by Jan. 25 to dcia@dcia.org, or 919-688-2036

The Durham Re-Entry Committee will distribute “Welcome Home” packages to former prisoners returning to Durham in 2019. These packages contain items that will meet some basic needs as they re-enter society, and DCIA has committed to support the committee by providing gift cards to include in 100 of these packages. We are asking you, as our partner congregations, to help us come alongside those in the re-entry process by providing 200 Walmart gift cards: one hundred $35 cards to be used for personal hygiene items, and another hundred $40 cards to be used for purchasing pre-paid cell phones.

Please bring your purchased gift cards to the DCIA banquet on January 29 so we can collect them and distribute them this year. Thank you for partnering with us in supporting individuals in their process of re-entry!

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, 3:00 p.m. | Duke University Chapel Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration: “Why Words Matter: From Dissent to Dialogue”.  Free and open to public. Free parking available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage (see map). For more information call (919) 684-8353 or visit mlk.duke.edu.  Tarana Burke, an African-American civil rights activist and “me too” movement founder, will deliver the keynote address, linking King’s civil rights legacy to the continuing struggle for equity and justice in all facets of our society.

Sunday, Jan. 20, 3:00 a.m. | Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Service of Holy Communion, sponsored by Triangle Conference Lutheran Churches, with Rev. Dr. Rose Cornelious of Dorcas Ministries speakings.

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. | 39th Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, "Our Time, Our Stand, Our Destiny." Keynote Speaker: David Crabtree, Anchor, WRAL News.  (Breakfast Served 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.)  Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Research Triangle Park.  Sponsored by The Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee.

Monday, Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. | Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March and Program, beginning at the NC Mutual Life Insurance Company, 411 West Chapel Hill Street, and concluding at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main Street, Durham. Bring new children’s books for donation to the Book Harvest’s Dream Big Book Drive & Community Celebration

Jan. 21, 1-4 p.m. at Durham Central Park | BookHarvest invites you to participate in a children's book drive for the 2019 Dream Big celebration on Martin Luther King Day, bigger and better than ever – with a community art project, a veritable zoo-full of mascots, food trucks, face painting, lawn games – and free books for all kids. Now is the time to round up your gently used or new books for kids from birth through high school, and to bring them to donate. Check out the 56 groups and organizations that are running book drives for us already – it's not too late for you to see your name on this list. Find out everything you need to know to run your last-minute book drive in our online toolkit...and see how many books you can collect by Monday.  Spread the Word. Get all of the details on Facebook.

Monday, Jan. 21, 1:00 p.m. | The Durham Civil Rights Workers' Reunion Committee will host its 32nd annual MLK, Jr. celebration at the St. Joseph AME Church, 2521 Fayetteville Street. The theme for this occasion: “Shifting the Atmosphere: Promoting Safety in our schools, homes and world. Taking it to the next level – Making all Lives Matter”.  The guest speaker: Brother Marshall Thompson, a native of the Durham community. Brother Thompson is a graduate of Hillside High School, the former Durham Technical Institute, and North Carolina Central University. He is a longtime member of the St. Joseph’s AME Church of Durham, a Marine Corps veteran, and served on the Durham Police Department for 20 years. Music by the Anointed Hillside High School Alumni Choir of Durham; founder, Sister Mary H. Scott; pianist, Sister Valerie H. Murphy. This will be an enlightening, educational and a spiritual event.  If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Knuckles-Rebenson, 919-641-5758

Monday, January 21, 2:00PM - 5:00PM, Day of Service - Jubilee Home Workday @ Jubilee Home, 404 East Umstead Street, Durham. Sponsored by the Durham Community Martin Luther King, Jr Steering Committee, Inc., Jubilee Home & Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, Inc.

Monday, Jan. 21, 6:00 pm -- Durham's Martin Luther King, Jr. Evening Celebration, hosted by Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church, with Mt. Level Pastor and Duke Divinity Professor Emeritus Dr. William C. Turner, Jr., as keynote speaker.

Help to COUNT and CONNECT Durham's homeless residents with Bull City Fresh Start (BCFS) 2019 on JANUARY 23-24! Wednesday evening, January 23rd, around 70 volunteers will work in trained teams to reach out to homeless neighbors living outdoors around Durham, and in this COUNT to survey them for strengthening community services. BCFS CONNECT will provide multiple services at one site on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 24, for helping neighbors out of homelessness, and will need another 80 trained volunteers to guide participants to appropriate services.  BCFS still needs 30 more volunteers for each day. REGISTER NOW or get more information about preparation and orientation by emailing Lloyd.Schmeidler@durhamnc.gov

Thursday, Jan 24, 7:00 pm - Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road, Durham. Theme: "Justice, Only Justice!" with sermon by Rev. Mark-Anthony Middleton, Pastor of Abundant Hope Christian Church and member of Durham City Council. Offering will support local immigrants in sanctuary. Contact dcia@dcia.org or 919-688-2036 for more information.

"Move Durham" Study of Transportation for Central Durham | Kick-off Public Meetings for reporting and feedback. The same information will be presented at each meeting, so feel free to attend one or all. Please help us spread the word to everyone. The more voices we hear, the better OUR plan will be. Survey (available in English and Spanish). Help the study team understand how people currently move around downtown and ideas on the future of transportation mobility. Hard copies are available, or you can complete the online survey at: https://www.movedurham.org

Schedule: Tuesday, January 22, 5-7:00 p.m., Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St; Friday, Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Durham County Department of Public Health, 414 E. Main Street; Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m – 12:00 noon, Durham Bus Station, 515 W. Pettigrew St.

Saturday, Jan. 26 - Sunday, Jan. 27: NAMI Peer-to-Peer Mentor Training. Volunteers with experience in being affected by mental illness themselves can become mentors to others in recovery.  For more info, please visit NAMINC or email programs@naminc.org

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. - CROP Walk Clergy Breakfast, McMannen United Methodist, 4102 Neal Road, Durham, NC 27705.  Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, director, office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church USA, and past board member of Church World Service/CROP, speaks on the politics of hunger and the impact of CROP's relief and development work.


Friday, Feb 8, 5:30-7PM | Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics with Cornel West and Robert George - Goodson Chapel, Duke University. The public is invited to the Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics: a conversation with Cornel West (Harvard) and Robert George (Princeton) on friendship and faith across political difference. This will be a great opportunity to see how conviction and civility can coexist even in the midst of substantial disagreement. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Joseph Winters. For more information, click here.

Saturday, February 23, 1 p.m. | The People of W. Deen Mohammed will host a National Leadership Conference, "Save Yours Day", at The Millennium Hotel, 2800 Campus Walk Drive, Durham NC 27705. Free and open to the public. Participants of all faiths welcome to attend. For more information, contact Imam Abdul Waheed at 919-282-7110 or awaheed@duke.edu

HomeShare Durham | Do you have an extra room in your home or know someone who does? Could you use some help with chores in and/or outside your home? Would you like some companionship at home? Could you use a little extra money on a regular basis? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, HOMESHARE DURHAM might be for you. This new program matches home providers with home seekers via a screening process of both, conducted by Joseph Barnes, the HomeShare Durham Program Manager. Renters pay below-market rent, often in exchange for providing agreed-upon services.  To learn more about this wonderful new program, initiated by Durham Congregations In Action (visit DCIA Homeshare Durham) or the HomeShareDurham Facebook Page.  Enhance your own life while helping someone in our community! It’s a “win-win” opportunity!

One World Market – Durham’s nonprofit fair-trade store of craft goods and products from around the world located at 811 9th St., Suite 100 – needs more volunteers. One World Market has a loyal crew of over 35 volunteers who help support our small staff, and we are always looking for new friendly faces to join our team. Our Volunteer Fair Trade Ambassadors help with a variety of store tasks, including unpacking and processing shipments, providing customer service, gift-wrapping, merchandising, assisting with events and social media, and so much more. Email Volunteer Coordinator Amy at amy@oneworldmarket.info to learn more and register for an orientation.

Open Table Ministry (OTM) needs volunteers to work at its "free store," providing clothing and household items to our homeless and at-risk clients. The free store is located at Trinity Methodist Church, 215 N. Church Street, Durham, and is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free Store volunteers greet clients, check them in, and help them pick out the clothing and other practical items they most need. OTM needs volunteers who can commit to at least one shift per month (more if possible!). Each shift runs from 9:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact gkuehl2236@gmail.com for more information.  

Meals on Wheels of Durham relies on people just like you to help deliver hot meals to seniors and disabled individuals who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Volunteer Delivery Drivers deliver a hot meal and a smile to our clients using your own vehicle. We deliver Monday through Friday, between 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; allow 1½ hours for delivery. You can join our awesome group of volunteers by completing this online application or call the office at 919-667-9424.

Stay current with DCIA opportunities.  Like us on Facebook! More details and additional events on our home page at WWW.DCIA.ORG. Please send announcements to share to dcia@dcia.org.

– Submitted by Rev. Spencer W. Bradford, executive director, Durham Congregations In Action
504 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27701; 919.688.2036, Office; 919.824.8848, cell and text. 


Tags: MLK Jr. Day, Durham Congregations in Action, DCIA

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