On Faith

On Faith: Concert to benefit Buddhist temple

September 2, 2013 

A concert to benefit the Won Buddhist Temple of Chapel Hill will feature violinist Jennifer Curtis and Jon Hill, who plays the mandolin and is a member of the Big Fat Gap Band.

The concert is 7 p.m. Saturday at the temple, 8021 Old N.C. 86.

The program will feature “Chrysanthemums,” an elegy for string quartet written by the operatic composer Giacomo Puccini as well as Bach’s Chaconne for solo violin.

Curtis is a UNC faculty member and an award-winning violinist and composer. She holds degrees from Mills College and the Julliard School. She has performed both nationally and internationally, including performing at Carnegie Hall.

To reserve a seat, contact 919-933-6949 or wontemplenc@gmail.com The suggested donation is $15 to $25.

Gospel choir to sing

The United Voices of Praise, a gospel choir of singers from both Chapel Hill and Durham, will sing for the 8:45 a.m. service Sunday at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The Chancel Choir will sing at the 11 a.m. service. The Rev. Jill Edens will preach. There is American Sign Language interpretation at the 11 a.m. service.

Foods and Missions

The fourth annual Local Foods and Missions Dinner at Carrboro United Methodist Church is set for the church fellowship hall from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.

As in past years, a complete dinner will be offered and will include dishes prepared using ingredients available locally to support the many farms and small businesses in the area.

Proceeds from the event will go to local and global organizations supported by the church women, including the Inter-Faith Council, Meals on Wheels and Freedom House.

A complete list will be available at the event with specific information about each organization.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under six.

The church is located at 200 Hillsborough Road.

New Testament scholar

Brian K. Blount, president and professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, will be the Margaret McLaughlin Endowment Preacher on Sunday, Sept. 15, at University Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Franklin St. He will preach at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

Blount is a respected scholar, having focused much work on the Gospel of Mark and, more recently, on the Book of Revelation. He is also a preacher in wide demand and the author of five books.

He has served as Union’s president since 2007. Previously, he was professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary.

With degrees from the College of William and Mary, Princeton Seminary and Emory University, he was the first African-American to receive membership in the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at William and Mary.

Unity Day of Prayer

Unity Center of Peace will observe its “Day of Prayer for Peace” on Thursday, Sept. 12. Groups and individuals in the community are invited to share in this observance.

The center will open its outdoor spaces for worship and prayer between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Sacred Spaces at Unity Center of Peace include a Spiral Labyrinth, a Medicine Wheel and a gentle 10-station meditation path in a beautiful pristine forest.

In addition, all are invited to a special World Day of Prayer interfaith candlelight ceremony in and among the Sacred Spaces, beginning at 7 p.m. the same day. Families are welcome.

“Our intention is to have people from all faiths joining together in consciousness to hold peace in our hearts for ourselves and the world,” said the Rev. Victoria Loveland-Coen, co-minister.

The day will begin at the center with a prayer vigil in which prayer requests that have been collected over the last month will be prayed over by prayer team volunteers. All participants are invited to submit prayer requests in person or online at unitychapelhill.org, where you can see photos of the Sacred Spaces.

“We are all responsible for creating peace within and around ourselves, and when we practice peace together, it ripples out from us to where it is needed, said the Rev. Rosemary Hyde, co-minister.

Groups are asked to call the center at 919-968-1854 to let the center know what time the group would like to come.

Unity Center of Peace is located at 8800 Seawell School Road.

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