The next meeting of Durham Congregations in Action will be at 11:45am on Tuesday, May 21,2013 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2620 E. Weaver Street.
Get a taste of homelessness play Spent: http://www.playspent.org
Upcoming events and opportunities for service
Memorial Day Event
The service will honor all those who are no longer with us but served our Country so we can enjoy the freedoms and liberties we often take for granted. Veterans are encouraged to wear their awards and decorations. Refreshments will be served after the service.
Sanctuary United Methodist Church at Lakewood will celebrate Memorial Day with a special service on Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 PM. Many will remember that last year we awarded Joe Lyndon with a Bronze Star his father earned during WWII. This was a moving experience for all attending. Sanctuary UMC at Lakewood is located at 2317 Chapel Hill Road, Durham 27707,and is led by Lay Minister Curtis Gay. Curtis Gay is the State of North Carolina Commander of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association and author of the award-winning book One More Sunrise-Memoir of a Combat Infantryman in Viet Nam.
- Raise the Age to Keep Kids out of Adult Prison
This is THE year to raise the age in North Carolina, but we need your help! For the last few years we’ve had a petition to the Governor and to our NC General Assembly calling on them to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction in North Carolina. We have the goal of reaching 10,000 signatories for our petition. Why 10,000? That’s the number of 16 and 17 year olds convicted as adults every year in North Carolina. Today we’re only 1,652 signatures away from reaching a landmark of 5,000! Signing this petition is a small act that will leave a BIG impact. So how can you help? We need you to help share our petition with your own advocacy network and partners. We need to show policymakers and legislators that the people of North Carolina no longer want to witness bright and talented youth with criminal records which cripple their future opportunities and prosperity for the rest of their lives. The link to our petition is located here: http://www.change.org/petitions/north-carolina-get-children-out-of-the-adult-system. If you opt to send this out, post to your Facebook page, or place a link on your website, please let us know. Any way you can help promote this petition is important to the work we're doing on raising the age.
Raise the Age Campaign
Action for Children NC
Phone: 919-834-6623 ext.229
The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham cordially invites you to the
Community Luncheon Roundtable, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12PM to 1PM
Shepherds House United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall – entrance in back.
107 N. Driver Street, corner of East Main St.
Lunch is provided. All are welcome.
Please join us for a presentation about the East Durham Children’s Initiative. We will learn about a pipeline of services from cradle to college or career for the children of East Durham. We also invite you to come and share your opportunity for peacemaking in Durham.
“Seek peace and pursue it,” Psalm 34:13
Information? Contact Marcia Owen at 919.358.1113, firstname.lastname@example.org
RCND, P.O. Box 52303, Durham 27717, www.nonviolentdurham.org
2013 Reentry Navigation Conference/Job Fair: The Durham JobLink is excited to host the 2013 Reentry Navigation Conference on June 10th and a Job Fair on June 13th. These events will be for persons with criminal convictions that reside in Durham County/City. Attached you will find a detailed flyer about the conference/job fair.
If you know of companies that may be interested in recruiting at the job fair and/or hearing about the incentives that we can offer for hiring persons with past criminal convictions OR if you/group are interested in volunteering at the event(s), please contact me.
Thank you for your support and have a great day.
Courtney S. McCollum , Program Manager
City of Durham, Office of Economic and Workforce Development
1105 S. Briggs Avenue Durham, NC 27703 (Durham JobLink Career Center)
919.560.6880 x 248 direct 919.560.3388 fax
St. Titus’ Episcopal Church Sponsors Annual Father’s Day Program
St. Titus’ Episcopal Church, Durham, NC will sponsor its Second Annual Father’s Day Program on June 8 and 9, 2013. The theme for this year’s program is St. Titus Forward in keeping with efforts to grow and strengthen this historically black Episcopal Church. Full annoucement is here.
You Are Invited to a Public Devotional Gathering Dedicated to the Bahá’í Prisoners in Iran
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
The Bahá’í Intercommunity Center, 5103 Revere Road, Durham, NC 27713
While Bahá’ís in Iran have endured persecutions since the inception of the Bahá’í Faith in 1844, the arrival of May 14, 2013, will mark the passage of five exceedingly difficult years, when seven former Bahá'í leaders known as the Yárán-i-Iran ("Friends of Iran") were summarily cast into prison, later to be falsely tried, convicted, and sentenced to long jail terms in a travesty of justice. They were arrested in 2008 on false charges stemming from their administering to the spiritual and social needs of Iran’s Bahá’í community. Since January 2011, the number of Bahá'ís behind bars in Iran has more than doubled—from 56 to 115.
The purpose of this devotional gathering is to solemnly mark the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the imprisonment of the former Yárán to pray for a swift end to the incarceration of all Bahá'ís in Iran and for their spiritual and physical protection, together with that of all prisoners of conscience in that land. We invite all who believe in freedom of religion and justice to join us in this spiritual gathering of prayer, music, and a brief historic presentation of the persecutions of Bahá’ís in Iran. For more information, contact Kathy Lee at: email@example.com; or 919-251-8085. Flyer is here.
THE PEACEFUL MEANS FILM SERIES
A Film Series about ordinary people making a world of difference through peaceful means.
Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham
Parking available on site
All showings Sundays at 3 pm
May 19........... We Women Warriors
We Women Warriors is a new film that follows three native women, caught in the crossfire of Colombia's warfare, who use nonviolent resistance to defend their peoples’ survival. This film bears witness to human rights catastrophes and inter-weaves personal stories about female empowerment, unshakable courage, and faith in the endurance of indigenous culture.
Discussion will follow the film. Refreshments will be available.
Suggested donation: $5
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-381-5969
- NC Religious Coalition for Justice for Immigrants: Tell the US Senate to Keep Immigrant Families Together Newsletter here.
- Please join us at a Durham Circles of Support Dine & Learn session on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Dinner will be provided for all who attend. Due to limited seating and food orders, we are asking everyone to sign up in advance. You can make an impact on the lives of formerly homeless families and individuals. Come learn how you can help a formerly homeless household sustain housing and improve their quality of life. A Support Circle is a team of 4-10 volunteers who commit to being matched with a formerly homeless family or individual to provide assistance, support, guidance, and mentoring for a 12-month period. For more information or to RSVP contact Tasha Melvin, CoS Coordinator. Phone: 919.683.5878 ext. 28 or email@example.com.
Tasha Melvin, Volunteer & Circles of Support Coordinator
P: 919-683-5878 ext. 28, F: 919-682-2509
You are invited to the 2013 Duke Divinity School Summer Institute!
Deepen your practical faith. Expand your Christian network. Refresh your spirit.
May 27 – June 1, 2013
5th Annual Duke Divinity School Summer Institute
We would like to extend an especially warn invitation to you to participate in the Duke Divinity School Summer Institute, an annual institute that brings together pastors and leaders of Christian institutions each summer from across the country and around the world for a week of interactive learning and theological reflection on the Duke University campus. This year’s Institute will be held from May 27 – June 1. The Summer Institute is designed to nourish, renew, and deepen the capacities of Christian pastors and leaders in the ministry of reconciliation, justice, and peace-building through creating a diverse learning community that engages the best in theological engagement and practical wisdom for ministry over the course of one week. By bringing together world-class theological faculty to teach in partnership with visionary ministry practitioners, the Institute creates a robustly theological and practical learning community for leaders seeking to embody the gospel. The Institute is designed to address the strategic and pressing concerns brought by participants through deep engagement with the Christian narrative, interactive learning among both mentors and peers, and space for personal reflection and renewal. In addition to morning plenary sessions providing a common practical and theological framework for Christian reconciliation, every participant chooses one week-long afternoon seminar cohort. Enfolded into this year’s Summer Institute are several intensive seminars that will be especially helpful congregational leaders. We would like to invite you to participate! Grant funding for this seminar will allow us to provide scholarships ranging from a $350 discount to $950 (full registration). Depending on financial need, travel and lodging assistance may also be available. Information about the seminars and how to apply are available on the Summer Institute website at https://divinity.duke.edu/summer-institute. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions about the Summer Institute, including how to apply for a scholarship. Dayna Olson-Getty, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-660-3593.
ATTENTION MINISTERS! Mental Health First Aid Training!
Mental Health First Aid Certification Training
Thursday and Friday, May 23-24, 2013, 8:30am to 4:30pm each day.
Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Did you know that you're more likely to encounter a person in an emotional or mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack? Mental disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined. Similar to first aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid prepares you to give initial help to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis with depression, psychosis, panic attack, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, etc., until appropriate help can be engaged. Mental Health America of the Triangle (MHAT), in collaboration with the UNC School of Social Work Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program and the NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of MH/DD/SA Services will bring this vital training to the Triangle Area. The training in Mental Health First Aid is a highly interactive, 12-hour program taught over two-days to help save lives and build stronger communities. Cost is $75 total and includes training materials and refreshments. Lunch is on your own. Space is limited. Registration is mandatory. To register or for more information, contact Tara Bohley at 919-843-5893 or by email at email@example.com.
WHAT: Donate A Bicycle Days for Kids
WHO: Durham Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, Downtown YMCA and Durham Police Department
WHEN: May 22
WHERE: Downtown Durham YMCA (6-8 pm) & Durham Police substations (10 am – 2 pm)
WHY: So many children in Durham can't enjoy Bike Month this May because they have no bike. We need your unused, outgrown, and dusty bikes for a great cause: our kids! So look in your garages and crawl spaces and cart old, unused bikes to the drop-off sites. They will be put to good use again!
On Saturday, June 8th, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, all are invited to the Beloved Community Kick-Off Supper in the garden next t St. Philip's Episcopal Church (corner of N. Dillard and E. Main Sts), which will feature music, food and fellowship for people of all ages. This event will be followed up by weekly Suppers in the Garden, Sundays at 5pm through July 14th, also in the garden. Please join us in a celebration of fellowship in downtown Durham through any or all of the Beloved Community activities scheduled this spring/summer. Congregations are invited to collected canned food through July 14th (especially canned meats, peanut butter and dried milk) to help Urban Ministries stock up for the summer when demand spikes. All are welcome! For more information, contact Leigh Bordley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Durham Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA)are created with one simple purpose: No More Victims.
Durham Circles of Support and Accountability work to substantially reduce the risk of future sexual victimization of community members by assisting and supporting released individuals in their task of integrating with the community and leading responsible, productive and accountable lives. A CoSA circle works because At its heart a Circle of Support and Accountability is a covenantal relationship. The community volunteers and the core member of the Circle commit to live in accountability to one another, to support and walk daily with one another in order to achieve the goal of no more victims. This reduces the Core Member’s isolation and secrecy, which correspondingly reduces the likelihood of a re-offense. For more information, please visit our website at www.durhamcosa.org or contact our Coordinator, Drew Doll, at email@example.com or 919.228.0997.
- Church World Service Offices Moving:
Dear Durham CROP Hunger Walk partners,
Church World Service is committed to the mission of eradicating world hunger. With an ongoing commitment to effective stewardship of our hunger donations, last year we began to search for a smaller and cheaper office space for the Southeast Area Staff. Our Lamond Avenue location over these past years is much larger than what we currently need. After extensive searching throughout the Triangle we are pleased to have found a new location. This smaller facility also has a much lower rent and unlike our current location, the monthly rent will also cover utilities and daily custodial service. When we calculate the savings each month we take great joy in knowing that so many more hungry people can be fed or wells dug or businesses started or schools equipped, etc.
We will be relocating our office to 3824 Barrett Drive, Suite 304, Raleigh, NC 27609 on June 1st. (The CWS Immigration and Refugee Program office will continue to inhabit the office space above Parker and Otis). Although our desks will be in Raleigh, you will continue to receive our unflagging commitment to the Durham CROP Hunger Walk - the third largest walk in the state! Personally, the Durham CROP Hunger Walk is the top priority of all my events in NC and SC and I will continue to support you at the highest level. In addition, Joe Moran, will continue to serve on the team. We have already secured space for storing the Durham walk materials and have a location for selling our beloved walk shirts on Saturdays in the Spring!
We will keep you informed of any phone number changes as the move nears. In the meantime, please do not hestitate to call Mary Catherine Hinds or me if you have any questions. We will invite you to an office warming party when we have settled into new new space.
Thanks again for your commitment to the eradication of hunger.
CWS/CROP, Assistant Regional Director
813.416.4020 (cell), 888.297.2767 (office)
- Applications are available for three sessions of the free one-week GREAT (Gang Resistance Training And Education) Summer Youth Camp hosted by the Durham Police Department open to youth ages 11 to 14. The sessions will be June 17-21, July 8-12 and August 5-9. The first 30 completed applications for each camp session will be accepted. Campers will learn about three areas of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts and the penal system. The campers will take field trips to the Durham County Jail, the Teen Court program, Wheels Fun Park and Falls Lake. They will also participate in sports activities. A guest speaker from the Durham County District Attorney's Office will give camp participants an overview of the court system. Guest speakers from the criminal justice field will also give classes on character building, gang resistance and drug resistance. Applications can be picked up at the front desk of Durham Police Headquarters, 505 West Chapel Hill St., District 1/Community Services Substation at 921 Holloway St., or from a GREAT officer at Durham schools. Completed applications must contain a copy of the child's birth certificate. Incomplete applications will delay the process. For information, call the DPD GREAT Unit at (919) 560-4438, ext. 29226, and leave a detailed message.
- YIKES! Summer Camp!: Attention parents/teens: Folks at CommunEcos, Transition Durham (w/ help from Tierra Negra Co-op Farm) have put together a plan for a summer mini-camp for teens (14 yrs and up) focused on developing environmental leadership skills. It will be 8 half-day sessions, Mon-Thur, during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of July.This is a resurrection of YIKES! (Youth Involved in Keeping Earth Sustainable) our youth education initiative which has been at low ebb in recent months. For more info see attached flyer. Limited spaces, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if your family is interested so we can get a head count. We’re fundraising for 2-3 scholarships for low-income families, so also let us know if you’re interested in one of those, or if you can contribute to support a teen (all contributions tax deductible). For more information, visit www.communecos.org
June is Torture Awareness Month, and the National Religious Coalition Against Torture (NRCAT) is putting final touches on a toolkit to help congregations and religious organizations observe the month. This year’s theme is “Healing a Culture of Torture,” encompassing the need to reflect, pray, and act about the deep physical and spiritual harm caused by torture. Torture is illegal, immoral and counterproductive. It is always wrong. Torture wounds the soul of the perpetrator, the victim, and inflicts great moral harm on our society. Yet, a recent poll showed that almost half of respondents accept torture as either sometimes or always justified (YouGov poll, December 2012). Healing a culture of torture requires us, as people of faith, to truly embody our common belief in the inherent dignity of each human being by ensuring that torture never happens again. One way to do that task is to provide the facts about our nation’s use of torture.
The Torture Awareness Month toolkit will include bulletin inserts, prayers, litanies, and a downloadable poster. It will be available beginning April 22 on our website, but we suggest that you sign-up today and we will deliver it to your inbox.
We hope you will plan now to commemorate Torture Awareness Month in your congregation. During Torture Awareness Month, NRCAT will highlight the need to:
- Urge the Senate Intelligence Committee to release its 6,000 page report on CIA torture.
- Share the report of the Task Force on Detainee Treatment of The Constitution Project, a high level bi-partisan report on U.S.-sponsored torture.
- Encourage people of faith to learn the facts about prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, including the placement of youth in solitary.
- Urge people of faith and religious institutions to participate in NRCAT’s efforts to end the use of prolonged solitary confinement.
As you begin to plan for June’s Torture Awareness Month activities, please be sure to go to www.nrcat.org/june2013 for ideas and materials to mark the month.
Volunteers Needed to Provide Rides for Teen Parents and Children
The Department of Social Services (DSS) Adolescent Parenting Program, a mentoring program that works with the Volunteer Center of Durham, is looking for transportation for teen parents and their children for several upcoming meetings. The families need rides from their homes after school to DSS or Welcome Baby at the Cooperative Extension on Foster Street. They also need rides back home after the meetings, which usually wrap up around 5.
Are you or someone in your church interested or willing to volunteer your time by providing occasional rides for these families?
Must be licensed to drive the van. Parents will have car seats.
For more information, please contact: Nancy Wykle, Director of DSS Volunteer Programs, at 919.681.1835
Durham Crisis Response Center is pleased to announce its new program, the Faith-Based Presence Program. The Faith-Based Presence Program offers people of faith the option to talk to an advocate in a faith-specific context. Every Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and Thursday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, an advocate will be in the office to offer pastoral presence to anyone living with domestic or sexual violence. Like all DCRC services, this program will be free and confidential. This program does not seek to replace counseling but to work alongside it.
Call us at 919-403-9425 or sit with us at 206 North Dillard St.
Flyer is here.
Volunteering with Meals on Wheels
Every day our volunteers pack and deliver 300 meals to homebound adults in Durham. We cannot serve our clients without the help of our volunteers! They are the heart and soul of our program, providing the warm, human touch that means so much to our homebound clients. We always need additional volunteers!
- Monday – Friday from 8:30am-10:30am we need volunteers to pack the cold portion of the meals and carry delivery bags to automobiles.
- Monday- Friday from 10:00am- 12:00pm we need volunteers to drive a route to deliver meals to our clients. Volunteer once or schedule a regular day of the week or month.
For more information please contact Sharon Lawson or Philip Roof 919-667-9424
Be inspired, Reduce stress, Touch the Hand of God! Dancer4HIM4Ever Dance Association continues its 20 year history offering "personal expression" spiritual dance classes. Open to all with any level of ability from child to Sr! Join us at Holton Career and Resource Center 401 N Driver St., Durham, NC. Mondays 6 PM - 7 PM 2nd Floor Dance room. Suggested donation per class $1.00/youth up to 11 years old. 12 and older $3.00
All who attend regularly are welcome to perform with us later this year! Contact Wanda Boone 919-491-0630.
A resource to share with your congregation:
Free Services for Expectant Parents
Support expectant parents in your congregation by letting them know about a free service available to them. Durham Connects provides nurse home visits to all parents of newborns in Durham County. RNs visit parents at about three weeks post partum to do a baby weight check, physical assessment of mom and to discuss areas of concern and interest to the parents. Topics may include child care selection, breast feeding, post partum depression, financial resources, family dynamics and much more. Nurses are experts in parent resources in Durham County and can make recommendations and referrals when needed. Durham Connects works in conjunction with birthing hospitals, obstetricians and pediatricians to offer complete newborn family support to our residents. Parents may sign up on-line at www.durhamconnects.org. To request brochures or flyers or speakers for your congregation, please e-mail Jeannine Sato at email@example.com or by calling 919-668-3295.
Durham Together for Resilient Youth received a $625,000.00 grant from the Office of the White House to prevent substance abuse. Youth, Parents and the Faith Community play a critical role. If you would like your youth group and congregation to be involved email Wanda Boone DurhamNCTRY@aol.com
Can your congregation help YO:Durham? Bulletin insert YO:Durham Fast Facts: http://yodurham.org/docs/YOFastFacts.pdf.
Free dental clinic every Tuesday evening, 6 pm, 214 Broadway Street in downtown Durham, for patients lacking insurance and Medicaid. “SNDA CAARE Clinic” is a project of the Student National Dental Association of the UNC School of Dentistry. The organization targets the needs of minority and underserved populations. If you know anyone who is in need of immediate dental care, please send them our way. Treatment is performed by 3rd and 4th year dental students who are supervised by a dental school faculty member. To find more information on this clinic please visit:
- We are in need of Big Siblings. The Volunteer Center in conjunction with the Department of Social Services matches children who want a mentor with adults who are looking for the opportunity to volunteer with young people. The program requires mentors to spend a minimum of two hours a week with their Little Siblings for one year. For information on how to get involved with this problem, please email Nancy Wykle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Edition: Job Loss - A Guidebook for Pastors
The North Carolina Council of Churches has long tried to meet the needs of workers in North Carolina who are struggling through rough economic times. This updated version of “Job Loss: A Guidebook for Pastors” continues to provide faith leaders with the information they need to help workers transition from joblessness to employment.
SafeLink Wireless for Low-Income Families Are you a low-income family in need of a cell phone so you can stay connected with services, medical or employment needs? SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program providing free cell phones and airtime each month to low-income families who qualify. For details, CLICK HERE.
- Congregations -- Please remember the Durham Network of Care (http://www.durhamnetworkofcare.org). Durham Network of Care is an important online information place for the individuals, families and agencies involved with human service delivery in Durham. We are a partner in Durham System of Care. As part of System of Care, Network of Care is a comprehensive online source of information about services available to individuals and families and agencies working with them. Visit Network of Care at http://www.durhamnetworkofcare.org or learn more about System of Care at http://www.durhamsystemofcare.org Faith Communities can access resource information and communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. This site can greatly assist individuals and families in finding the best services for their children and family.
You can learn more about the benefits of NOC from the attached brochure. To obtain copies of the brochure or additional information please contact Debra Duncan at 560.3706 or by emailing email@example.com.
- Urban Ministries of Durham needs men’s button-up dress shirts that can be worn to job interviews and to work.
- Please share the Durham Re-Entry Resource Guide widely.
( http://dcia.org/DOCS/ReentryResource_Guide.pdf )
Durham Prisoner Resource Round Table (DPRRT)
Mission: The Durham Prisoner Resource Round Table (DPRRT) seeks to strengthen the Durham community by connecting the disconnected to housing, education and training skills, health services, employment, family and faith based ministry.
- Urban Ministries of Durham's program of spiritual care, Bread for the Journey, is looking for donations of spiritual and devotional material from all religious traditions. We welcome booklets with daily devotional readings, sacred texts such as the Bible or the Koran, prayer books, or anything from your tradition that offers spiritual nurture to people in difficult times. For more information, please contact Susan Dunlap, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- "Families At Ease" Partners with Faith Communities to Reach Returning Military Service Personnel and Their Families
The Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center has launched a new outreach program entitled "Families At Ease." The program aims to partner with faith communities in helping returning military service personnel and their families receive the assistance they need and the benefits they have earned. Recognizing that clergy and leaders in faith communities are heavily relied upon during times of individuals' deepest distress and need, the VA seeks to support faith communities in two ways: 1) by making faith communities aware of VA services; and 2) by providing leaders in faith communities with resources about how they can care for service members and their families. Service members, families of service members, and concerned others are encouraged to contact the VA by calling the following number in complete confidence: 866-947-8017.
- To receive resources or additional information, please e-mail Jaimie Marinkovich at Jaimie.Marinkovich@va.gov
- Also, please visit our website at http://www.mirecc.va.gov/FamiliesAtEase/index.asp