Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road, has a new assistant minister.
The Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela grew up in a military family in Oklahoma, has Ph.D. and Master of Divinity degrees from Brite Divinity School in Texas, an MBA from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta.
A commissioned Air Force officer and chaplain, Kacela was deployed four times, including a six-month stint at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, he will continue serving in the Air National Guard as he serves the Eno River Fellowship.
Recently married, Kacela has special skills in family and couples counseling, grief counseling and crisis care. He is particularly passionate about interdisciplinary conversation and multi-faith dialogue.
The new assistant minister’s avocations include music, traveling, indoor cycling and learning Spanish.
The senior minister at Eno River is the Rev. Deborah Cayer.
Lee Smith reading
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, will host a reading at 8 p.m. Friday by Lee Smith from her new novel “Guests on Earth.”
The book was inspired by a 1948 fire that swept through Highland Hospital in Asheville, killing nine women, among them Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, a celebrated American writer.
This reading is part of a “Celebrate Lee Smith Week” so designated by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill. It is the 45th anniversary of the publication of Smith’s first novel, “The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed.”
A reception will follow the reading.
Women and money
The Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South is offering a workshop “Women & Money” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the center’s office, 1202 Watts St.
Questions to be discussed by women and leaders Lisa Gabriel and Anita McLeod include “What confusing messages did you receive in childhood about money? Do you harbor feelings around such issues as abundance, scarcity, earning, investing, spending and giving? How do these messages and feelings intersect with your core values and/or spiritual beliefs?”
The first 2,000 days
Alamance Partnership for Children is hosting a regional summit in Burlington for faith leaders, community leaders and early child care experts to discuss the critical role congregations play in building a strong foundation for learning and health for children from birth to 5.
The First 2,000 Days Faith Summit participants will discuss the significance of early child development and how congregations can help children have an opportunity to grow into healthy, successful and contributing adults. Each summit will host a panel with representatives from congregations, faith based child development centers and other community partners.
Representatives from faith groups as well as community organizations are invited to attend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 508 W. Davis St., in Burlington, on Tuesday, Oct. 29. To register go to smartstart.org/faith or contact Winnie Morgan in Durham at email@example.com with any questions.
Growing through grief
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road, is now hosting a series of grief care and support programs titled “Growing Through Grief.” In addition to St. Paul’s, the programs are provided by a coalition of Durham Christian churches and organizations, including Christus Victor Lutheran, Grace Evangelical Lutheran, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Project Compassion and Westminster Presbyterian.
Meetings will be held at St. Paul’s from 4 to 6 p.m. during October, November and December. Meetings are held weekly through Nov. 6 and after that bimonthly.
Topics to be covered during the initial six-week sessions will include Understanding Grief, Complicated Grief, Grief as a Spiritual Journey, Remembering and re-membering, Holidays and Self Care and Grief.
Free vespers service
Choral vespers at Duke Chapel on Duke University campus are held at 5:15 p.m. Thursdays and are free and open to the public. This is a 30- to 40-minute candlelight service that includes Scripture readings, prayers and sacred music by the Duke Vespers Ensemble that leads the choral portion of the service.
Domestic violence response training will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St. downtown.
Sponsored by Durham Crisis Response Center, training is held from 6 to 7 p.m. and includes dinner. Participants will learn about domestic violence and how to make a difference in the community. RSVP for dinner and training to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-667-5258.
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