Dr. Harold Koenig, a faculty member at Duke Medical Center and director of Duke's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, will kick-off a series of Sunday seminars from Feb. 2 through March 2 on the role of Christians in helping people with mental illness.
University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., will host the series from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the church chapel.
Koenig has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics and religion, with nearly 400 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and 40 books in print or in preparation.
His research has been featured on more than 50 national and international TV news programs, including The Today Show, World News Tonight and Good Morning America. He has had multiple National Public Radio and BBC interviews.
On Sunday, his topic is Research Related to Faith and Illness.
• Feb. 9: Introduction and Overview on Mental Illness, Dementia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Jane Campbell, RN, MSN.
• Feb. 16: Managing Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia, Robin Gilliam, MSW.
• Feb. 23: Coping with Substance Abuse and Addictions: Effects on Families and Caregivers, Jane Campbell.
• March 2: Treatment Options Available: Medications, Resources & Support Services, Gray Kirby, PharmD, and Mike Lancaster, MD.
A book, Creating a Circle of Caring: The Church and the Mentally Ill by Shirley H. Strobel, will guide the series and be available for $10.
Call the church office at 919-929-7191 for further information.
Kehillah Synagogue will host its annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 1200 Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill.
The sale features low-cost clothing, furniture, toys and electronics donated by Kehillah members. Proceeds will benefit the synagogue's religious and pre-school programs.
Unsold items at the end of the sale will be donated to local nonprofits.
Kehillah is an inclusive and engaged Jewish community that offers celebration, worship, education and social action to the Jewish community.
Help for hearing loss
Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church has installed a Hearing Loop system in its sanctuary, made possible by a gift from University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill combined with other private gifts.
The church hopes that this new accessibility feature will enhance the worship experience for people of all ages with hearing loss.
Those with a T-coil-enabled hearing aid will get enhanced sound directly in their ears without special equipment. For those with hearing loss but without hearing aids, there are headphones available to borrow or individuals can bring their own earbuds and the church will provide a transmitter during the worship service.
All are welcome to worship at 11 a.m. Sundays at 14 Great Ridge Parkway in Chapel Hill.
Jill McCorkle will read from Life After Life, her most recent novel, in a 7 p.m. reading and discussion on Sunday, Feb. 9, hosted by the Book Club at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church.
McCorkle has written 10 books, of which five have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. Her most recent was described by Booklist as by turns comic, insightful and heart wrenching It shows how old age can give us a second chance to see ourselves rightly, be truer to those we love and inspire those we leave behind.
The public is invited to this event that will conclude with a reception and opportunity to speak with the author.
The church is located at 102 W. Tryon St.
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