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  1. Articles : November Aperture with Dr. Ray Barfield

    Wednesday, November 20, 6:30pm, in the Music Room

    What is death? What does it mean to “die”? Dr. Ray Barfield, professor of both pediatric oncology, palliative care, and Christian philosophy at Duke, will explore these questions at this month’s Aperture.  Are there aspects of death, of dying “well,” that can inform how we live together now? How might we die  – and live – in ways that lead to human flourishing, especially as people of faith? Dr. Barfield brings extensive experience at the intersection of medicine, philosophy, and theology to assure an evening of great conversation!

    Ray Barfield joined the faculties of Duke’s Medical School and Divinity School in 2008. The first half of his career focused on improving immune therapies for childhood cancer (including bone marrow transplantation and antibody therapy), and understanding the moral aspects of decision-making in medical research involving children. At Duke he has focused on the role of theology, humanities, and the arts in the formation of physicians. He has published widely in medicine, philosophy, and literature, including several books. Dr. Barfield was the founding director of two programs at Duke: Pediatric Quality of Life and Palliative Care and Theology, Medicine, and Culture. Currently, he is the director of the Medical Humanities Program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Medical Humanities, and History of Medicine in the Medical School. He is married to Karen Barfield, who is an Episcopal priest. They reside in Durham with their two daughters.

  2. Articles : New Adult Church School Elective: “The Journey”  by Adam Hamilton  

    In contemplation of the Advent season, Westminster will offer “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem” as our fall Church School elective for adults. In this study, Adam Hamilton travels with us from Nazareth to Bethlehem for a fascinating look at the birth of Jesus. Using historical information, archaeological findings, and personal reflections, Hamilton illuminates this most amazing moment in history. We follow the footsteps of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and others, gaining insight into our own journeys with Christ. We’ll watch a video on each topic, then discuss the material afterward. Whether you are a long-time Christian or simply curious about the story of Christmas, you are invited to join us. “The Journey” will be facilitated by Dave Mountain, November 10–December 17, 9:45-10:45am, in Room 204. All are welcome!


  3. Articles : Holiday Tips for Caregivers

    The holidays are fast approaching, a time many of us feel pressure – even more so for those of us caring for loved ones with health and/or memory changes. Join us as WPC members Susan Chesser, a registered nurse and health educator, and Kim Lamon-Loperfido, a social worker specializing in aging transitions and a certified dementia care partner, share strategies for family caregivers to make the holidays the best they can be. This program will be offered on November 6, at 6:30pm, in Room 105. Please call the church office by November 4 to sign up.


  4. Articles : Mission Days:  Pastor Leon Dorleans, November 3  

    We’re excited to welcome to Westminster Pastor Leon Dorleans, founding director of Haiti Outreach Ministries on Sunday, November 3. Pastor Leon will speak with our middle and high school youth and adults from 9:45-10:45am, and he will preach on that Sunday as well. Our elementary-age Church School classes will learn about life in Haiti and the work of our medical and educational teams. Pastor Leon’s visit is the first of our new Mission Days, one Sunday each quarter when we’ll focus on a single mission in all our elementary through high school Church School classes. The goals are to get our younger members excited about the important work our church does, and send them home with opportunities for hands-on involvement for their families. Additional Mission Days are scheduled for February 9 and April 26 and will focus on addressing issues here at home, such as homelessness. Mark your calendars and make plans to take part in WPC Mission Days!


  5. Articles : Aperture: Third Wednesdays Returns in October

    The Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope: An Ancient Practice for Here and How
    Wednesday, October 16, 6:30pm, Music Room

    Join Reynolds Chapman, Executive Director of DurhamCares, for a talk about the practice of pilgrimage and why we need it today in Durham. He will share about the theology of pilgrimage, the history of Christian pilgrimage, and how pilgrimage can be part of all of our lives, right here in our own city. Since 2016, the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope, a DurhamCares program, has led over 300 people on a journey of discovering how Durham’s story, their own stories, and God’s story are interwoven. Reynolds will share about his work with the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope and offer practical steps for how we all can make pilgrimage part of everyday life.
    Rev. Chapman holds an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. He lives in the Braggtown neighborhood with his wife, Katelyn, and two children.