On Faith

On Faith: Zen priest to lecture on meditation, posture, breath

August 27, 2013 

Japanese Zen Priest Issho Fujita will give a public talk at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Chapel Hill Zen Center, 5322 N.C. 86. This will be a talk about Zen meditation, particularly the posture, breath and mind of meditation and the qualities of upright posture, whole body subtle breath and spacious mind.

He was born in Japan in 1954 and studied developmental/clinical psychology at University of Tokyo. Besides academic study, he intensively practiced aikido and Noguchi exercise. When he was a doctoral student at the age of 27, he was recommended by a master of Chinese medicine to attend a weeklong Zen meditation intensive at Enkaku-ji, a traditional Rinzai monastery in Kamakura.

Eventually he dropped out of graduate school to study Zen full time as a monk at Antai-ji, a Soto Zen monastery, in the tradition of Kodo Sawaki and Kosho Uchiyama. Currently, he is director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center in San Francisco. For further information, call 919-967-0861 or see chzc.org.

Tenor to sing Kol Nidre

Kol Haskalah, a Humanistic Jewish congregation, will celebrate Yom Kippur with tenor Lev Zilberter singing Kol Nidre in the sanctuary at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, Durham, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

A discussion of the High Holiday topics will take place in the small chapel from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14. Niskor memorial remembrance is at 4:30 p.m., followed by Break-the-Fast potluck. Each person is asked to bring a dish to serve eight or more.

Kol Haskalah Sunday School and Open House for the public are set from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Murphey Hall on the UNC campus. The children’s Rosh Hashanah program from 10:30 a.m. to noon will include a honey-tasting on challah bread and apples.

The Kol Haskalah congregation celebrates a nontheistic Jewish history, culture and ethics. All who wish to celebrate their Jewish identity in a humanistic, secular community are welcome, including intercultural families.

For more information see kolhaskalah.org or call 919-968-7888.

Labor organizer to speak

Prior to Labor Day, Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist will feature speaker Angaza Laughinghouse Sunday, Sept. 1. Laughinghouse is an attorney and the founder of both Black Workers for Justice and the Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble.

Laughinghouse has been a labor organizer for more than 40 years, mostly in North Carolina. He has been president of UE 150 NC Public Service Workers Union and led a successful effort with the United Nation’s International Labor Organization to declare North Carolina’s law prohibiting collective bargaining for public employees a violation of international labor standards and human rights.

He organized community support for workers and their families after the 1991 Imperial Foods fire in Hamlet, helped unionize Raleigh’s sanitation workers in their 2006 strike to secure improvements in wages and working conditions, and worked with International Association of Machinists Union employees of Moncure Plywood in Chatham County to build public support during their strike in 2009.

Black Workers for Justice, led by Laughinghouse, has become a nationally known labor, civil and human rights organization that offers workshops along with its members in the Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble.

All are welcome to hear Laughinghouse address the congregation on “The War on Labor, Workers and Human Rights … Silence Won’t Save Us,” and hear the ensemble at 10:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary, 106 Purefoy Road.

Church 12-step program

Celebrate Recovery – a 12-step program to help overcome hurts, habits and hang-ups – is beginning its new season at Grace Church, 200 Sage Road. The program is offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Child care is available for a small fee, and everyone is welcome.

Fundraiser talent show

Haw River Missionary Baptist Church Pastor’s Aide and Praise Team is sponsoring a fundraiser talent show at 2 p.m. Sept. 14. Praise dancers, singers, musicians and spoken word routines are welcome. Those who wish to participate should contact Sister Janice Price at 919-544-3453 or Sister Wanda Fearrington at 919-545-0238.

The event will include food and door prizes. The church is located at 1099 Mount Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro.

Contact Flo Johnston at 910-361-4135 or flo.johnston314@gmail.com.

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