The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina will consecrate its new bishop Saturday in the nearest thing to a Gothic cathedral North Carolina has to offer: The historic chapel at Duke University.
Episcopalians from across the diocese are expected to fill the 1,700-seat chapel for the service that begins at 10 a.m. A total of up to 286 people in that congregation will be members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Durham.
For these St. Luke’s parishioners, Saturday is much more than a red letter day in the diocese. It’s a personal celebration as they see their former rector, the Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, consecrated as bishop suffragan. She has been associated with St. Luke’s for 28 years, 20 of them as its rector.
Her election in January was not the first time the Episcopal Diocese has looked to St. Luke’s for leadership. Back in 1994, the Rev. Bob Johnson, then rector at the church, was tapped for service. Bishop Johnson, now retired, continues to live in Durham and is bishop-in-residence and rector emeritus at the church.
Since the new bishop preached her last sermon as rector at St. Luke’s on April 13, anticipation and planning have grown more intense. The consecration of a bishop calls for the right clothing, vestments as they are called by the church, clothing that symbolizes the office of bishop. On Saturday Hodges-Copple will be wearing a gorgeous cope, mitre and stole that are being custom made for her by Rebecca Lamount of Juliet Hemingry Church Textiles in the United Kingdom.
“These vestments have a very contemporary feel,” Hodges-Copple said. “The elements of water, grain, grapes and wind are embroidered with rich colors and give fresh expression to our sacramental life.”
In a farewell letter to her St. Luke’s congregation, she wrote, “Since our parish theme is ’The art of living your faith,’ since we are a parish filled with people who make original work with their hands, since we are a parish that dared to be different in the design of our 1970s church buildings, I think these vestments embody the spirit of liturgical arts for a new century.”
Hodges-Copple will be the first female bishop in the diocese and the first female bishop in Province IV.
The contingency of visiting bishops for the consecration from across the church will include the Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, bishop diocesan of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.
The Rev. Dr. Lauren Winter, priest associate at St. Luke’s and assistant professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School, will deliver the sermon.
There are more than 40,000 baptized Episcopalians in the North Carolina Diocese and 117 churches.
Gay Men’s Chorus
The Gay Men’s Chorus will present its spring concert on three upcoming occasions. The concert is titled “When I Knew: A Musical Presentation of Our Journeys to Self-Realization.”
The 8 p.m. concert in Chapel Hill is Saturday at Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin St.
The following Saturday, June 22, the concert, also at 8 p.m., will be presented at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1725 N. New Hope Road in Raleigh.
The final concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Road in Durham.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available for $10.
Body awareness yoga
Grace Church, 200 Sage Road in Chapel Hill, will offer a Body Awareness yoga class for anyone seeking greater health and peace.
Classes begin on Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. and are taught by Clare Bauer, a certified Masters Yoga instructor. She gives instruction in breathing techniques, stretching, quiet listening and yoga poses. The purpose of these activities is to increase vitality.
A $5 donation is requested for each class with proceeds going to help send low income kids to camp.
RSVP to email@example.com for a spot in the class.
‘Betrayal’ author to speak
A new organization, ICON (Issues Confronting Our Nation), in the Triangle area is sponsoring its first 7 p.m. lecture Tuesday, June 18, at the Levin Jewish Community Center, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road in Durham. Author Diana West will speak.
West has just published her latest book titled “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character.” Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times.
ICON was organized by a group of concerned citizens after the 2012 elections in hopes of keeping citizens in the area informed about major issues Americans face across the country.
‘Godspell’ hits the road
About 50 members of the youth choir at University United Methodist Church will travel to California to present “Godspell” June 9-17 before returning home to perform the musical at the church June 19.
“Godspell” features exuberant rock music and vibrant acting and brings the parables of Jesus to life through music and drama. The award-winning Broadway show with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz first opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971. It ran for 2,124 performances off Broadway and 527 on Broadway in the 1970s and earned Schwartz two Grammy awards. It was revived off Broadway in 2000 and returned to Broadway in 2011.
“This show is the ideal musical for a church youth choir to do because it takes energy and spirit,” said Tim Baker, University UMC’s director of the ministry of music. “there’s a lot of comedy, but there is also a coordinated effort. The informal style in which it was written works well for teenagers. It shows almost a disrespect for authority, but ’Godspell’ has a way of making that seem very much like what Jesus was doing.”
Will Van Deventer will play Jesus in the musical that is based on the Gospel of Matthew.
“Will is an experienced actor. He’s all about the stage,” Baker said. “Jesus carries this show. We’re really excited about his contribution.”
Youth choir member Averyl Edwards is the play’s drama director. Baker will direct the music.
The 7:30 p.m. Chapel Hill performance is free and open to the public. Ice cream will be served at intermission. The church is located at 150 E. Franklin St.
Education cuts talk
Two members of Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, Dick Clifford and Charles Coble, will host a discussion at 7 p.m. June 24 about current and impending actions by the N.C. General Assembly and the possible impact of these actions on early childhood education in the state.
Clifford was senior scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-CH and is a national leader in early childhood education. Coble is a former dean of the East Carolina University School of Education, vice president for University-School Programs with the UNC General Administration and a research writer on teacher quality.
This teach-in is free and open to the public and will be held in Binkley Lounge at the church, located at 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill.
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