Winter Park Presbyterian Church is planning a Advent Vigil for Peace at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 to honor the victims, survivors and their families of shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT., a year ago.
The Wilmington First 2000 Days Summit will be 10 a.m.-noon on Feb. 17 at the First Baptist Activity Center on Independence Boulevard in Wilmington. The event is free and will feature Dr. Sharon Cooper, a developmental pediatrician and retired U.S. Army Colonel, speaking about early childhood brain development.
In North Carolina, Charlotte, Greensboro and Asheville also have yearly Jewish film festivals, with Asheville’s upcoming on Thursdays in April. Raleigh’s Triangle Jewish Film Festival has taken a hiatus the last five years, though it was held since 1999. Wilmington will add itself to that list as it debuts its first Jewish Film Festival April 3 and April 5-6.
National anti-bullying activist Jane Clementi was the guest speaker along with two North Carolina faith leaders and a psychologist at the Faith Perspectives that Embrace LGBT Youth and Families forum Tuesday night (Dec. 17) at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Rev. Paul Stallsworth, a Whiteville United Methodist pastor, was a witness in the penalty phase of the trial against former Pennsylvania pastor Frank Schaefer. Stallsworth said the jury did the right thing by recommending removing Schaefer's ordination.
The North Carolina-based nonprofit Faith in America will sponsor Faith Perspectives that Embrace LGBT Youth and Families at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Burney Center. The forum is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the UNCW Office of Institutional Diversity and the LGBTQIA Resource Office.
An average of 40 babies are born at Rotifunk Hospital in Sierra Leone each month with the aid of a nurse and midwife. Their mothers push and scream on a narrow brown ambulance gurney with rough gashes in its plastic fabric wide enough to see its foam stuffing. Wrightsville Beach United Methodist Church is joining an international effort to revitalize the hospital.