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On Faith: Talk to examine how monetary system harms society

October 15, 2013 

Steven Peterson, an advocate for banking reforms in the public interest, will speak today at Eno River Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road in Durham.

Peterson owns an Internet services business in Chapel Hill, has led discussion groups during the Occupy movement and is active in the Public Banking Institute.

He believes the current design of our monetary system harms economic health, especially at the grassroots level. He will explain how the institution of “money” works and explore two possible ways to improve our monetary and economic health: complementary currencies and public banking.

This event is part of the fellowship's Earth Justice Series: “Investing According to Your Values.”

The event will be held in Room 1, CARE Building on the church campus. It is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m.

Unitarian Universalism encourages people to seek their own spiritual paths. The congregations are places where people gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make their communities and the world a better place.

Meditation retreat

A meditation retreat focusing on Guru Yoga and Offering Mandala is set from Friday through Tuesday at Kosala Buddhist Center, 711 Rosemary St., Suite E, Carrboro.

Guru Yoga is a specific method to receive the blessings of all Buddhas and Holy Beings. Buddha's advice is to seek happiness from within. The idea is that no matter how much we improve external conditions it will not increase human happiness. Instead, one should improve the mind by listening to, studying and practicing Buddha's instructions.

The suggested cost is $5 per session or $35 for the whole retreat. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome.

Church anniversary

Haw River Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 145th anniversary on Sunday. Members and guests are invited to wear old fashioned dress for the 11 a.m. service to reflect the era of the 1860s.

The church will host the Traveling Sons anniversary at 5 p.m. on the same day. Several groups will perform and the public is welcome to attend. The church is located at 1099 Mt. Gilead Church Road, Pittsboro.

‘Coming Out Sunday’

The Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist will celebrate a “Coming Out Sunday” on Sunday, Oct. 20. The Rev. Karla Brockie of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh will speak at both services, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.

“To be a welcoming congregation, standing on the side of love, we want to celebrate, support and welcome people of all sexual orientations, and all gender identities and expressions, and people who are exploring and questioning who they really are,” Brockie said. She is a graduate of Meadville-Lombard Theological School.

The Community Church, located at 106 Purefoy Road, called its first openly gay minister in 1984. Over the years, the church has been a leading advocate for marriage equality.

For more information, visit www.c3huu.org.

IFC annual meeting

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service will hold its annual meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Those who plan to attend should RSVJP to www.ifcweb.org/rsvp and bring finger food to share.

Community partners, volunteers and congregations are invited to join the party to celebrate all they do together. Those who come early may see the site for the new Community House men's transitional housing facility, next to the church.

IFC has announced that the Steward’s Fund has challenged IFC to raise $100,000 from new donors, increased gifts from existing donors and funds from lapsed donors. The challenge period is from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

The $100,000 matching gift is essential to IFC's ability to continue helping local homeless and low-income people with shelter, food, crisis intervention and other basic services.

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