Durham Congregations in Action February 2019 Opportunities

Opportunities to learn, engage, help

"Behind every human face is the face of God.


Durham Congregations in Action logoDCIA LUNCH ASSEMBLY | Tuesday, Feb. 19, 11:45 am - 1:00 p.m., St. Titus Episcopal Church, 400 Moline St, Durham, NC 27707. Presentation on Crisis Financial Assistance in Durham, featuring speakers from the Department of Social Services, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and the Community Empowerment Fund. Discussion: How needs for rent, utilities, and others are being met for people in poverty and distress, where do you see gaps, and how can congregations and nonprofits work together better. Resource guides will be available. More info: contact dcia@dcia.org; 919-688-2036.

DURHAM CROP HUNGER WALK | Sunday, APRIL 7. Get your organization signed up, and help us raise more than $210,000 in 2019. The first Team Captain meeting for the 2019 Durham CROP Hunger Walk will be Thursday, February 21, 5 to 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. As in the past, this will be walk-in session with stations located around the perimeter of the room to picking up materials and learning about resources. This event is recommended for experienced captains. Another option is a meeting format for Team Captains: Saturday, February 23, 10 am- 12noon, same location, featuring NC Senator Mike Woodard, a long-time walk participant, as guest. New Team Captains are especially encouraged to attend this session.

WELCOME NEW DURHAM CRISIS RESPONSE CENTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (DCRC) | Thursday, Feb. 14, 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Welcome DCRC’s newly hired Executive Director Kent Wallace-Meggs, at DCRC, 206 North Dillard Street, Durham. RSVP here

POETRY & JAZZ CAFE | Friday, Feb. 15, 6:00-8:00 pm, Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Ave., Durham. Featuring NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green. Get your tickets here 

RACIAL EQUITY INSTITUTE | Thursday, Feb. 21, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm., Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan Street Durham, NC 27701. Topic: “A Groundwater Approach to Racial Equity,” presented by the Racial Equity Institute and sponsored by Durham County and the Durham Chamber of Commerce. FREE but registration is required. Register here; registration will close when full. Participants are responsible for their own parking. This research-based presentation focuses on the following six points that are essential to understanding the realities of systemic racism as a predictor of outcomes in all institutions: 1. Racial inequity looks the same across systems; 2. Socio-economic difference does not explain the racial inequity; 3. Systems contribute significantly to disparities; 4. The systems-level disparities cannot be explained by a few ‘bad apples’ or ill-intentioned gatekeepers; 5. Poor outcomes are concentrated in certain geographic communities, usually poor communities and communities of color; 6. An analysis that includes race often draws starkly different conclusions than one that does not.

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE | Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m., The Millennium Hotel, 2800 Campus Walk Drive, Durham, NC 27705. The People of W. Deen Mohammed are hosting "Save Yours Day." This event is free and open to the public. Participants of all faiths welcome to attend. For more information contact Imam Abdul Waheed at 919-282-7110 or awaheed@duke.edu.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING | Saturday, Feb. 23, 8 am - 5 pm,  Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1902 Perry Street, Durham, NC 27705. Register here. For more information, call 919-286-5586 or email churchoffice@blacknall.org.

MINISTERS' LUNCH | Tuesday, Feb. 26, 12:00 noon, with Rev. Anthony B. Thompson, husband of one of the nine shooting victims at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015. He will speak on the topic: “Moving Beyond Anger and Revenge Towards the Beloved Community”. Hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Durham, 305 East Main Street. Sponsored by The Martin Luther King Steering Committee of Durham and Durham Congregation In Action.  Lunch cost is $8.  RSVP to dcia@dcia.org

27th ANNUAL VIGIL AGAINST VIOLENCE | Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:00 pm, hosted by Shepherd's House United Methodist Church, 107 North Driver Street. Honoring and remember the 33 lives of fellow residents of Durham County taken from us by violence in 2018. Over 80% (27 of 33) ended by gunshot wounds. Each one a tragic reminder of over 800 more lives in 27 years, similarly snatched away and still powerfully missed. By gathering together in vigil, we extend comfort to victims' friends and families, declare our right to live in safety, and affirm our common bond.  A public reception will follow at 8:00 pm. Vigil sponsored by the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham and Parents of Murdered Children (Durham Chapter). All are welcome.  For more information on this event, contact Ben Haas (919-864-2162) or nonviolentdurham@gmail.com.

FAITH SUMMIT ON RACISM AND CHILD POVERTY |Thursday, Mar. 7, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm -- 2019, at Union Baptist Church, 904 N. Roxboro St., Durham. Sponsored by Episcopalians United Against Racism & End Poverty Durham. For more info, contact EUARofNC@gmail.com. Register by February 28 at https://www.euarofnc.org/faithsummit.

COALITION FOR HEALTH CARE NC MEETING | Tuesday, March 12, 6-8pm, Stanford Warren Regional Library, 1201 Fayetteville St, Durham. Join us to hear Dr. Heather Kim discuss a physician’s perspective on Medicare for All, the ACA and market/employer based “universal coverage” programs. We’ll have time for questions and discussion. Dr. Kim is a fourth-year psychiatry resident at Duke University Hospital. See the Facebook event page

PARTNERS FOR YOUTH OPPORTUNITY ANNUAL RISE & SHINE BREAKFAST | Thursday, March 14, 7:00-8:30 a.m. Program begins at 7:30 am. PNC Triangle Club, 409 Blackwell Street, Durham. RSVP required, and seats are going fast! Register now.

FAITH CONNECTIONS ON MENTAL ILLNESS CONFERENCE | Friday, April 5, 8:30 am - 4:14 pm (check-in begins at 7:30 am),  The Catholic Community of St Thomas More, 940 Carmichael St. Chapel Hill, NC, 27514. Get essential tools and insights for your congregation. Theme: "Hope and Healing - Faith Communities and the Suicide Crisis". This conversation will be initiated by the Rev. Rachel Keefe, who will present how faith communities can respond morally and ethically to this mental health challenge. Rev. Keefe’s book, “The Lifesaving Church: Faith Communities and Suicide Prevention” will be featured. Click here to register

NEIGHBOR SPOTLIGHT | Durham is full of amazing people and neighbors, and the City Neighborhood Improvement Services recognizes one each month in a Neighbor Spotlight. Please nominate a neighbor for the Neighbor Spotlight. You know someone (or a group of people) who deserves to be recognized? Who is the person that is always there? Always helps others? The person that helps connect others in the community? The person who advocates for your neighbors and your neighborhoods? The person who brings people together? The person who makes your neighborhood / community better? Learn more about our past winners. 

NEIGHBOR SPOTLIGHT | Show some love for your City and your neighbors. The monthly Neighbor Spotlight is a great way to recognize and thank neighbors who go above and beyond in our communities. (Recognition includes a certificate from the Mayor during a City Council meeting, a feature on our website, and a yard sign with bragging rights.) The nomination form takes less than 5 minutes! Contact Laura.Biediger@DurhamNC.gov for more information.

DURHAM MUSEUM OF LIFE AND SCIENCE SUMMER CAMP | Registration is open! Visit the Summer Camp site and start planning your summer today. The ML&S science-themed camps give your child the chance to play and learn in two convenient locations: Durham and Chapel Hill. Register Today! Know any teens looking for a fun and rewarding summer experience? ML&S is looking for youth summer camp volunteers, ages 13-17, to help provide a fun and safe environment while assisting campers in their science exploration! Learn More 

HOMESHARE DURHAM | Do you have an extra room in your home or know someone who does? Could you use some help with chores in and/or outside your home? Would you like some companionship at home? Could you use a little extra money on a regular basis?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, HOMESHARE DURHAM might be for you! This new program matches home providers with home seekers via a screening process of both. Renters pay below-market rent, often in exchange for providing agreed-upon services.  To learn more about this wonderful new program, initiated by Durham Congregations In Action (DCIA), visit http://www.dcia.org/homesharedurham/or the HomeShareDurham Facebook Page.

ONE WORLD MARKET, at 811 9th St., Suite 100, is Durham’s nonprofit fair-trade store of craft goods and products from around the world, at 811 9th St., Suite 100. It needs more volunteers. One World Market has a loyal crew of over 35 volunteers who help support our small staff, and we are always looking for new friendly faces to join our team. Our Volunteer Fair Trade Ambassadors help with a variety of store tasks, including unpacking & processing shipments, providing customer service, gift-wrapping, merchandising, assisting with events & social media, and so much more. Email Volunteer Coordinator Amy at amy@oneworldmarket.info to learn more and register for an orientation.

OPEN TABLE MINISTRY (OTM) needs volunteers to work at its "free store", providing clothing and household items to our homeless and at-risk clients. The free store is located at Trinity Methodist Church, 215 N. Church Street, Durham, and is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Free Store volunteers greet clients, check them in, and help them pick out the clothing and other practical items they most need.  OTM needs volunteers who can commit to at least one shift per month (more if possible!). Each shift runs from 9:15 am - 11:45 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact gkuehl2236@gmail.com for more information.

MEALS ON WHEELS OF DURHAM relies on people just like you to help deliver hot meals to seniors and disabled individuals who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Volunteer Delivery Drivers deliver a hot meal and a smile to our clients using your own vehicle.  We deliver Monday – Friday, between 10:00 am - 12:30 pm; allow 1½ hours for delivery. You can join our awesome group of volunteers by completing this online application: https://www.mowdurham.org/volunteer-application or call the office at 919-667-9424.

More details and additional events: WWW.DCIA.ORG. send announcements to share to dcia@dcia.org.

- Submitted by Rev. Spencer W. Bradford, Executive Director, Durham Congregations In Action
919.688.2036, Office; 919.824.8848, Cell and Text



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