Community Events

A list of upcoming events from the friends of St. James.  We hope that you take advantage of and enjoy the many opportunities available to us in the Pitt County area!



ECU Middle East Lecture Series

The Department of Anthropology is hosting the Middle East Lecture Series.
The next presentation is by Dr. Cecil P. Staton, Chancellor of East Carolina University, with “My Study Abroad Experience Excavating at a Biblical City”, and Dr. Jennie R. Ebeling, Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Evansville and Author of Women’s Lives in Biblical Times, with “Making Cakes for the Queen of Heaven: Women’s Roles in Old Testament Religion”
Thursday, October 26 at 4 p.m.
Flanagan 265 | Reception to Follow

ECU Religious Studies Upcoming Events

An evening with filmmaker and scholar, Cherif Keita. Monday, Oct. 16, at 7 pm.
B-103 Howell Science Building. Sponsored by the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Professorship. For more information, contact
Cherif Keita is William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Cemetery Stories (2009): The director takes us on his eight-year odyssey in the footsteps of two families, the Wilcoxes and the Dubes–one, of white American missionaries, the other, Zulus from South Africa–whose friendship in the late 19th century stands as a landmark in the struggle for Black liberation and democracy in South Africa. To both families, the director brings lost pieces of their history and reconnects them after ninety years. All the while, he asks why he, a West African Muslim and professor of French, was the one piecing together their story. The answer comes when he learns he was chosen for the task by two “unappeased” souls in the Minnesota town where he lives (59 min, directed by Cherif Keita, edited by Dominic Ficci).
Remembering Nokutela (2013): Unfortunately, all too often, the history of women is reduced to a footnote in the epic of brave men. In Africa, even that footnote disappears when a woman has not been able to bear a child. “Remembering Nokutela” is the four-year long journey of African-born U.S. director, Cherif Keita, to rescue Nokutela Dube (1873-1917), a forgotten woman pioneer of the liberation movement in South Africa, from the purgatory of history almost a century after her death at the age of forty-four (in English and Zulu, 57 min, directed by Cherif Keita, edited by Dominic Fucci).
Whichard Visiting Prof. Joseph Hellweg (Religious Studies) will introduce Prof. Keita. Prof. Kenneth Wilburn (History) will lead the post-film discussion.
Rev. Dr. William Barber will deliver the 25th Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture on October 26, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Hendrix Theater. The title is “Poor People’s Campaign and National Call for Moral Revival”.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Free tickets can be obtained through Central Ticket Office (CTO) in advance or at the door in Mendenhall. Call (252) 328-4788.
The Rev. Dr. William J.Barber II is co-author, with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, of The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Fear and Division. He is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. He files regular dispatches from the southern movement for racial justice for The Nation. Rev. Barber is the architect of the “Forward Together Moral Monday Movement,” president of the North Carolina NAACP, and pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro. He is also president of “Repairers of the Breach.”
Dr. Stephen Prothero will deliver the Whichard Distinguished Guest Lecture. He will speak on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7 pm in Hendrix on the ECU campus, on “Religious Literacy in an Age of Strongmen.”

Professor Prothero is Chair of the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books, including Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (HarperOne, 2016), God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World–and Why Their Differences Matter (HarperOne, 2010), and the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–and Doesn’t (HarperOne, 2007). His books have been published on five continents and translated into eight languages.

Prothero has commented on religion on hundreds of National Public Radio programs; on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, PBS; and on all the major networks. He was also a guest on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart, “The Colbert Report,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he has also written for the New York Times, Slate, Salon, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. Read more about him at

Volunteer with 3HC

3HCareWanted – Ordinary people of all ages with an extraordinary love & concern for others to contribute to the well being of our community one patient, one family at a time.  Become a 3HC Hospice Volunteer!

Hospice Volunteers can:
– Offer comfort, companionship, and spiritual support to patients.
– Offer respite & support for family members by running errands, shopping, cooking, or doing chores giving the family a break.
– Provide support to grieving families by assisting with support groups and assisting with bereavement mailings.
– Assist staff at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in various roles, including answering phones or delivering meals.
– Get involved with the agency’s fundraising efforts.
– Volunteer at Wings Camp for Grieving Children & help children learn skills to deal with grief.
Training is provided for all volunteers.

For more information on the volunteer opportunities in our community, please contact Cyndi Shimer at (919) 583-1741 or

Volunteer with AseraCare

Are you looking for a rewarding opportunity that makes a
difference in someone’s life?
Consider volunteering with AseraCare.
Everyone has a talent to give or a gift to share.  If you’re interested in touching the lives of others, consider becoming a hospice volunteer for AseraCare.  We are looking for compassionate, reliable volunteers who are willing to provide a listening ear to our patients.  It’s that easy to make a difference in someone’s life!
talking with elderly man.
At AseraCare, our volunteers assist by visiting with patients and their families, providing brief periods of time off for family caregivers, offering bereavement support to the family, assisting clerical staff, and aiding in public relations and community outreach.  The patients and families we serve are enduring tremendous physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges.  The fellowship and compassion provided by our volunteers is an invaluable resource, and the experience is rewarding and fulfilling for all parties involved.
If you would like more information, please contact Almanda Fulcher, the Volunteer Coordinator, at AseraCare at her office, 756-3803, or on her cell, (336) 583-5438, or at