The Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, will install the Rev. Mary E. Grigolia as one of its ministers at 5 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary.
The installation is a ceremony of covenant between a Unitarian Universalist congregation and a minister. Each will deliver to the other a set of expectations. It is also a celebration of a relationship of trust, commitment and vision.
A reception will follow the ceremony.
Three who serve with Grigolia on the steering committee of the N.C. Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality will participate in the service. They are the Rev. Wanda Floyd, minister of the Imani congregation of the Metropolitan Community Church in Durham; the Rev. Jack McKinney, a minister of Pullen Memorial Baptist in Raleigh; and the Rev. Jimmy Creech, a former United Methodist minister from Raleigh.
Grigolia has been a minister at Eno River Unitarian since 2001. Before her appointment there, she was parish minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Oberlin, Ohio. She has a bachelor's degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and a master of divinity from the denomination's Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif.
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From now through Dec. 14, Meals on Wheels is collecting holiday gifts for needy seniors. Gifts should be new, unwrapped and less than $20. Suggestions include: pajamas, long underwear, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, blankets and postage stamps.
Donations of cash and wrapping supplies are also welcome. Gifts can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at Northgate Presbyterian Church, 2504 N. Roxboro Road. For more information, call 220-4400.
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James and Ellie Ferguson, members of the Congregation at Duke Chapel, will continue their 22-year tradition this year of decorating Duke Chapel for the Christmas season.
The Chapel Hill family began decking out the great Gothic structure when their family was young, and although children have grown up and gone on, the two continue to supervise the wreaths, bows and candles that will enhance worship during Advent and Christmas.
The Fergusons will bring helpers, ladders and boxwood wreaths when decorations go up Dec. 12.
"This is our gift to the community," Ellie Ferguson said. "It's the way our family celebrates Christmas."
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Urban Ministries of Durham is in the 17th year of its Honor Card program, which has grown into a statewide campaign.
Proceeds from the sale of this card, an alternative Christmas gift for friends and family, go directly to benefit Urban Ministries. The gift recipient's donation to Urban Ministries is acknowledged by an inscription inside the card.
The 2005 Honor Card, "Homecoming" by artist William Mangum, is available for a $5 donation per card.
Honor Cards are made available through a grant from Wachovia Bank. In Durham, the cards are available in local Wachovia branches and through Urban Ministries.
Urban Ministries serves people suffering from homelessness, hunger and poverty. Services include the Community Shelter, a food pantry, a clothing closet and the Community Kitchen, which serves three meals every day. They also include substance abuse recovery programs for men and women and a janitorial service providing stable employment for people in recovery.
Mangum, a resident of Greensboro, an avid supporter and advocate for the homeless, uses his artistic talent to raise awareness and funds for the homeless. He spends every Wednesday morning serving breakfast in a neighborhood soup kitchen.
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The final forum in a series associated with the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Durham is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St.
Data from the National Coalition for the Homeless indicate that the average age of a homeless person is 9. This forum will explore the challenges of counting these children and addressing the needs of those who are living in shelters. The importance of education will be discussed, including the steps that Durham Public Schools is taking to help at-risk children.
The forum will include presentations by Ann Fisher, homeless liaison for the public schools, and by Nita McAdoo, early childhood specialist and assistant director of Cup of Salvation Child Development. Their presentations will be followed by community comment and a question-and- answer session.