The Chapel Hill Zen Center will show the documentary “Souls of Zen Buddhism, Ancestors and the 2011 Tsunami in Japan” at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.
This 90-minute film presents perspectives on Buddhism as practiced by clergy, lay adherents and families in Japan by drawing on ethnographic fieldwork on the daily life of Buddhist temples, monastic education, prayer practice, mortuary rituals and Japan’s tradition of ancestor veneration in the wake of “3/11.” This film is the only documentary based on sustained attention to the everyday lives of Buddhist clergy in the disaster zone.
“Souls of Zen” presents insights and opinions from scholars, clergy and lay adherents with a focus on Soto Zen and Jodo Pure Land Buddhism. The filmmaker visited rural graveyards, urban temples, modern funeral halls, monasteries and public festivals to produce a detailed account of the Buddhist response in the midst of Japan’s recovery from the triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
The film re-evaluates the complex role of Buddhism in a society struggling with the sudden impact of catastrophic disasters that occurred in the context of societal change and religious pluralism.
The Chapel Hill Zen Center is located at 5322 N.C. 86, 2.5 miles north of I-40 at Exit 266.
Episcopal priest to visit
A conversation with GreenFaith’s Fletcher Harper is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 10 at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Fletcher is an Episcopal priest and executive director of GreenFaith. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally recognized preacher on the environment, he teaches and speaks at houses of worship about the moral, spiritual basis for environmental stewardship and justice.
He will be in the Triangle to participate in the N.C. Council of Churches Legislative Seminar on April 11. In this evening presentation he will share insight from his long career in environmental stewardship and advocacy as a matter of faith.
For information about the Legislative Seminar, visit ncchurches.org.
Advent turns 25
Advent Lutheran Church, 230 Erwin Road, will celebrate its 25th anniversary at 5 p.m. April 20 during a worship service followed by a buffet dinner.
Advent was established in 1987 as a new mission of the Southeastern District of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. The Rev. Robert Bremer was the founding pastor for its 16 charter members. In 1988, the church was officially admitted as a congregation of Synod.
Groundbreaking for the present church building was held Nov. 20, 1994, and the church was dedicated June 2, 1996. Members designed the beautiful stained glass window behind the altar and helped design and construct the building under the leadership of Laborers for Christ. The Rev. John V. Benham III was installed as the church’s present pastor in June, 2008.
Advent is a community of Christians gathered around the Word and Sacraments, inviting all people to prepare for and receive Jesus Christ and the light of the world. The mission is “To know the Lord and to make him known.”
During its 25 years, Advent has focused on outreach, both locally and globally. The church financially supports missionary Shausen Trump and his family in Africa, the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, Pregnancy Support Services of Durham and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C.
Volunteers from the congregation collect food items and help sort food for distribution with People Offering Relief of Chapel Hill and Carrboro Homes (PORCH), organize a Thanksgiving food drives for several local families for more than just one meal and gather toys and other items for Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse organization.
The church has an active music ministry including adult choir, handbell choir, men’s gospel group and a praise band.
The women of Advent have been active at the newly formed nonprofit Abundant Joy Center for Women’s Ministries. Abundant Joy opened its first office in Durham last October to help women 18 and older through one-on-one peer counseling, support groups and Bible studies. Services are free and confidential.
Advent welcomes all to be part of its Care Ministry, various weekday Bible studies and groups for men and women. Information about all church activities is available by calling 919-968-7690 or emailing Advent_Lutheran@bellsouth.net.
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