On Faith

On Faith: Series to focus on Christians’ role in helping people with mental illness

January 31, 2014 

Dr. Harold Koenig, a faculty member at Duke Medical Center and director of Duke's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, will kick-off a series of Sunday seminars from Feb. 2 through March 2 on the role of Christians in helping people with mental illness.

University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., will host the series from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the church chapel.

Koenig has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics and religion, with nearly 400 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and 40 books in print or in preparation.

His research has been featured on more than 50 national and international TV news programs, including “The Today Show,” “World News Tonight” and “Good Morning America.” He has had multiple National Public Radio and BBC interviews.

On Sunday, his topic is “Research Related to Faith and Illness.”

• Feb. 9: “Introduction and Overview on Mental Illness, Dementia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Jane Campbell, RN, MSN.

• Feb. 16: “Managing Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia,” Robin Gilliam, MSW.

• Feb. 23: “Coping with Substance Abuse and Addictions: Effects on Families and Caregivers,” Jane Campbell.

• March 2: “Treatment Options Available: Medications, Resources & Support Services,” Gray Kirby, PharmD, and Mike Lancaster, MD.

A book, “Creating a Circle of Caring: The Church and the Mentally Ill” by Shirley H. Strobel, will guide the series and be available for $10.

Call the church office at 919-929-7191 for further information.

Aging in place seminar

Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive, is offering a free community seminar from 4 to 5:15 p.m. starting Sunday and continuing for four weeks for senior adults and adult children with aging parents.

These workshops will discuss what needs to be done if a parent or you wishes to age in place and what services are available. Or if you are interested in a retirement facility, what is available in Durham along with options, requirements and financial considerations.

For further information, call 919-309-0050.

Musicology workshop

BUMP, a workshop series that is targeting up to 180 youth at six sites in Durham and Chapel Hill will launch its winter/spring musicology workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St.

BUMP uses music to help African American youth achieve greater success in school and in life.

In this hands-on workshop, students listen, perform on instruments, play games and participate in movement to learn the history and culture behind talking drums and work songs, for example. Special guest artists Osei Appiagyei, drummer with the African American Dance Ensemble and Vaughn Audain, leader of Sensory Expressions Steel Pan Ensemble have been invited to teach.

BUMP is a new nonprofit music education organization in the Triangle. It was founded in Boston in 2005 by Dr. Georgiary Bledsoe, a Ph.D. in Musicology from Duke where she is a Duke Visiting Scholar.

BUMP moved its headquarters to the Triangle in 2012 to take advantage of the area’s rich academic, artistic and community resources, she said last week, and is in partnership with Duke Memorial where its office is located.

Eighteen Durham Public Schools are seeking to include BUMP in their after-school programs for next school year, according to the director. Right now, the organization is seeking to raise $15,000 for instruments and equipment for the program.

To make tax deductible contributions to the program or for further information, get in touch with Bledsoe, executive director, at 919-667-0386 or gbledsoe@bumpthetriangle.org. The mailing address for BUMP is 504 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham 27701.

McCorkle reading

Jill McCorkle will read from “Life After Life,” her most recent novel, in a 7 p.m. reading and discussion on Sunday, Feb. 9, hosted by the Book Club at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church.

McCorkle has written 10 books, of which five have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. Her most recent was described by Booklist as “by turns comic, insightful and heart wrenching … It shows how old age can give us a second chance to see ourselves rightly, be truer to those we love and inspire those we leave behind.”

The public is invited to this event that will conclude with a reception and opportunity to speak with the author.

The church is located at 102 W. Tryon St.

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