On Faith

On Faith: Opa! Saint Barbara Greek Festival this weekend

May 27, 2014 

The Saint Barbara Greek Festival, a popular event in the Triangle sponsored by Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, is Saturday and Sunday.

The church is located 8306 N.C. 751 in Durham, a half mile south of I-40 Exit 274. Admission is free, and all proceeds will benefit both the church’s building fund and the American Red Cross.

As in the past, the festival will feature such culinary delights as gyro (thin-sliced lamb and beef sliced from a vertical rotisserie), grilled marinade pork and chicken pita wraps, spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese filling in paper-thin phyllo dough) and pastitsio (layered pasta, ground sirloin and cheese, topped with creamy bechamel sauce).

Be sure to observe the traditional slow cooking of whole lamb on a spit (souvla) served twice a day. Traditional desserts will include baklava (spiced nuts layered in phyllo with honey syrup), galactoboureko (custard-filled phyllo with honey syrup), kourambiedes (shortbread cookies dusted with powdered sugar), loukoumades (fried dough balls with honey syrup, cinnamon and walnuts), plus an irresistible twist on a traditional favorite: Baklava ice cream sundaes.

Greek coffee prepared in a long-handled briki and iced coffee frappe will be served at the Kafenion. The Taverna will feature Greek beer.

Continuous Greek music and scheduled folk dance performances are on tap. The bouzouki band “Opa!” will perform live from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. All are welcome to join in community dancing at any time.

Greek cultural exhibits, travel videos and tours of the Byzantine-style domed church, a Durham landmark, will be featured both days.

For olives, feta cheese, olive oil and delicious sweet tsoureki bread, festival-goers may shop the Bakaliko Grocery Store. Other shops will feature gifts, handmade jewelry, artwork, crafts and souvenirs, including Ukrainian imports, religious items and watercolor scenes of Greece by noted Raleigh artist Pantelis Zografos.

The award-winning St. Barbara community cookbook “The Grecian Plate,” now in its 11th printing, will be available for purchase.

Festival hours both days are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pastor installation

Terrell’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 3419 Old Greensboro Road, will install the Rev. Claude Dunston as pastor at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Rev. Wesley Elam Sr., pastor of Northeast Baptist Church in Durham will deliver the installation sermon. He will be accompanied by the Mass Choir from his church.

Clergy and members of the New Hope Association will assist with the installation ceremony and with the Charge to the Pastor and the Charge to the Church.

Members of the community are invited to attend the ceremony and to take part in welcoming the new pastor to the church and to the community.

Buddhist workshop

Kosala Buddhist Center, 711 W. Rosemary St., Carrboro, is offering a meditation workshop titled “Self Confidence and Freedom from Insecurity” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7.

The workshop will explore and meditate on the source of fears and insecurities and develop a practice that supports the capacity to live with joy and self confidence in every moment.

Buddhism teaches that very often concern for self and the effort to protect oneself from harm become the very issues that cause the most suffering.

Those who wish to explore this idea are invited to come learn how to see oneself and the world without the burden of self concern and find the freedom to love and have meaning in one’s life.

The workshop costs $20 ($12 for students and seniors). David Rademacher is the Buddhist teacher.

No previous meditation experience is required.

Anglican professorship

Duke University trustee Jack Bovender and his wife, Barbara, have given $1.5 million to endow a professorship at Duke Divinity School.

The professorship, to be held by the director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies (AEHS), will provide financial stability and a foundation for future growth of Anglican Episcopal Studies and Ministry, which was founded in 2006 to provide Anglican spiritual formation for Episcopal and other Anglican students at Duke Divinity. Currently, 30 students are enrolled in the Anglican Certificate Program.

AEHS was founded by the Rev. Dr. Jo Bailey Wells, now the chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Since 2013, the Rev. Dr. David Marshall has served as the director of AEHS. Graduates with the Anglican certificate have gone on to parish ministry, chaplaincy and doctoral programs, among other ministries.

Bovender is a Duke graduate and worked in the health care industry for 40 years before retiring in 2009 as chair and chief executive officer of Hospital Corporation of America, which owns and operates 164 hospitals and 106 freestanding surgery centers in the United States and Great Britain.

The Bovenders are Episcopalians and attend St. George’s Church in Nashville, Tenn., where they now live.

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

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