Zoketsu Norman Fischer, founder of Everyday Zen in California, will give a public talk at 7:45 p.m. May 28 at the Chapel Hill Zen Center, 5322 N.C. Highway 86, following one period of meditation at 7 p.m.
He will speak on compassion in Zen practice based on his new book “Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong.”
He also will speak at 7 p.m. May 29 at the Regulator Bookshop on Ninth Street in Durham.
Fischer is a long-term practitioner at the San Francisco Zen Center and was co-abbot from 1995-2000. He was also featured in Google University’s School of Personal Growth. His books include “Opening to You: Zen-inspired Translations of the Psalms,” “Taking Our Places: the Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up” and “Sailing Home: Using Homer’s Odyssey to Navigate Life’s Perils and Pitfalls” as well as many books of poetry.
Town hall meeting with Rep. Insko
A Town Hall meeting with Verla Insko will be 12:15 to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the fellowship hall at Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill.
Insko, a Binkley member and state House representative, will meet with those who gather after worship. She will speak about issues in the N.C. Legislature with an emphasis on health care. She will also talk about ways to effectively engage in the political process. There will be time for questions and answers after her presentation.
Lunch and childcare will be available for those who register by June 5. Suggested donation is $7 per adult and $4 per child. All donations are optional and inability to pay should not keep anyone from attending.
Make reservations by signing up in the narthex of the church, by emailing the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the church office at 919-942-4964.
Music for missions benefit
Union Grove United Methodist in Hillsborough will have a Music for Missions benefit from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Daniel Boone Big Barn Convention Center, 388 Ja-Max Drive, Hillsborough. Proceeds will benefit the church’s summer youth mission trip for disaster and hurricane relief in Eastern North Carolina.
The event will feature local musicians, including The Cagle Family, Greg Hawks, The Ayr Mountaineers, String Beans and Maggy Greenway.
Admission is a $5 donation at the door. Refreshments will be available and those who attend are invited to enjoy antique and classic cars at the Timeless Cruizers Cruise-In from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Aldersgate United Methodist, 632 Laurel Hill Road, dedicated its renovated education building recently and named it the Rev. Mary L. Peacock Education Building.
Peacock was a leader in establishing the church’s preschool that is now in it fourth year and will be housed in the renovated building. The school is a ministry outreach that provides early education for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-old children.
“Here at Aldersgate we believe that every child is unique and worthy,” said Pastor Donnie Jones. “We provide a loving and safe Christian environment where children can thrive. Our curriculum has been carefully developed by our staff to be age-appropriate and engaging. Our outdoor play area offers wonderful opportunities for learning, creative play and social interaction.”
Aldersgate was organized in 1955 in the Glenn Lennox area of Chapel Hill. It is building a new sanctuary in front of its current worship space that will become the fellowship hall when the new sanctuary is completed. Jones has served the church for the past 10 years.
Recently, the N.C. Conference suggested that congregations at Aldersgate and Amity UMC at 825 Estes Dr. consider being paired in what Methodists call a “two-point charge.” This is an arrangement in which one minister serves both congregations. Such a move is often made when a small church is not able to support a pastor.
Other possibilities were to have a part-time pastor or a student pastor, said the Rev. Donna Banks, superintendent of the Corridor District. She said that both congregations were part of the final decision.
In this case, Jones will serve the two churches and congregations, with preaching schedules to be announced.
Haw River anniversary
Haw River Missionary Baptist Church will mark the 17th pastoral anniversary the Rev. Dr. Junious Jones at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 2. The Rev. Stanley Burnette is guest speaker. The public is welcome. The church is at 1099 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro.
CWS relocates offices
On May 25, Church World Service is relocating its office space for the Southeast Area staff from Lamond Avenue in Durham to 3824 Barrett Dr., Suite 304, in Raleigh.
The CWS Immigration and Refugee Program office will continue in the office space above Parker and Otis on Durham’s Duke Street.
Because CWS is committed to the mission of eradicating world hunger, it has had an ongoing commitment to effective stewardship of its donations. Last year it began to search for a smaller and cheaper office space. The Lamond Avenue location is larger than current needs, said John Stirewalt, assistant regional director. Mary Catherine Hinds is the Managing Regional Director.
The phone number for the CWS office is 1-888-297-2767.