Listening to the Bible read in Gullah will be a reality beginning at noon Nov. 12 during the Penn Center's 29th annual Heritage Days celebration on St. Helena Island.
The worldwide release of "Healin fa de Soul," a five-disc audio recording of inspirational readings in Gullah from "De Nyew Testament" is the perfect setting for this year's celebration's theme: "Surviving and Thriving: Preserving the Gullah Culture and Traditions."
The release is the culmination of more than almost three decades of work. After 21 years in 2005, the "De Nyew Testament" Gullah Bible was published by the American Bible Society and unveiled at the Penn Center in 2005. The audio includes the voices of 24 Gullah native speakers, including Emory Campbell and Ron and Natalie Daise.
After a 26-year process of review and editing by a team of native speakers, the written translation of the Gullah New Testament, based on an oral language, was finally published.
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Gullah, also known as Geechee, is the language of descendants of enslaved West Africans who were brought to communities that are known today as the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor for the production of rice, cotton and indigo. Gullah/Geechee culture and people are located in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Gullah has become popularized by performing groups, such as the Gullah Kinfolk and the Hallelujah Singers, as well as the Nick Jr. 1990s television series "Gullah, Gullah Island," starring Ronald and Natalie Daise of St. Helena Island. In 2010, the Smithsonian opened a national exhibit, "Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities through Language," featuring rare photographs and recordings in Gullah collected by renowned linguist Dr. Lorenzo Dow Turner from Gullah communities in the United States, Brazil and West Africa.
"This will be a great tool for making the word of God meaningful for those who are Gullah speakers," said Emory Campbell, chairman of the Gullah Nyew Testament Steering Committee of St. Helena Island.
"It will also allow those who have no idea what Gullah sounds like to hear it and appreciate it." said Campbell, who also is chairman of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corrdior Commission.
"Listening to this takes me back to a time when I heard Gullah spoken more," said Ron Daise, who proposed the project vision and narrated the voice of Jesus. "I understand things I've heard many times before in a new or clearer way."
Daise is vice president for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens and a member of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. He wrote three original contemporary spirituals for the project and performed them a cappella with his wife, Natalie, daughter Sara and Scott Gibbs, who is the voice of Pilate. A traditional spiritual on the recording is performed by St. Paul Baptist Church Adult Choir of Beaufort.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Churches, families and organizations are invited to participate in Operation Christmas Child in which shoe boxes are filled with toys, school supplies and necessity items that are hand-delivered to children around the world. Monetary donations are being accepted for boxes for those who do not have time to shop. The cost is $20 a box. About 2,000 boxes are expected to be packed from 6-9 p.m. Friday and from 12:30-5 p.m. Nov. 12 at 121 Okatie Highway, Okatie. The goal for Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties is collecting 14,000 gifts this year.
The South Carolina Area Team Leadership Development Conference is from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch from 12:15-1:15 p.m. today at the Quality Inn at Town Center, 2001 Boundary St., Beaufort. Joy Green, director for the Southeastern Region, will speak. Registration fee is $45.
Details: Maxine Smalls, 843-290-5563.
BELIEVER'S IN THE WORD FULL GOSPEL MINISTRY
Pastor Alvin Edwards will speak at the one night revival at 5 p.m. today at the Quality Inn and Suites, 200 Museum St., Hilton Head Island.
Details: Evangelist Janet Mason, 912-232-6245, Sister Tremainer Manker, 912-272-5704
PORT ROYAL BAPTIST CHURCH
David Burton, director of evangelism for the Florida Baptist Convention, will speak at fall revival services Sunday through Wednesday. Burton has served in his position since 1989, assisting churches in Florida in evangelism. Each night, special music will be led by Lynda McLain, director of music. Services are at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The church is in front of Naval Hospital Beaufort in Port Royal.
Details: 843-521-1994, 843-271-1772, email@example.com
FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
The Ushers and Senior Choir will celebrate its anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island.
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN CENTER
The center will celebrate its 12th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The church is at 3538 Trask Parkway, (across from Stokes-Brown Toyota) Beaufort.
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. HELENA
Biblical scholar and author Dr. Kenneth Bailey will be guest preacher and teacher Sunday through Tuesday. Bailey will discuss "Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes" at 9:15 a.m. at the Rector's Forum on Sunday. He also will preach at services at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.Sunday. Bailey's second lecture, "Paul through Mediterranean Eyes," will be held at 7 p.m. Monday. His concluding lecture, "Jesus as Narrative Theologian," is at 11 a.m. Tuesday. A luncheon and informal conversation with Bailey follows at noon. The Parish Hall is at 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The Rev. Nan L. White discuss "Reframing Hope" at 10 a.m. Sunday on the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
The Rev. Pat Jobe, a Unitarian minister from Greenville, will discuss the work of John Dominic Crossan, a liberal Christian scholar, in his sermon titled, "God And Empire" at 10 a.m. Sunday. Jobe also sings and plays guitar while preaching.
The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. Details: 843-837-3330
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
The Christian Science Society of Beaufort joins with the Hilton Head and Savannah Christian Science churches to sponsor a weekly radio broadcast on WLOW 107.9 FM at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Hear how people overcome illness, relationship difficulties, financial hardships and other trials through prayer.
"Adam and Fallen Man" will be the Bible Lesson topic explored at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday,. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scotts St., Beaufort.
SALEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Rev. Dr. Robert Howell Jr., will be the guest preacher for a revival at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday . Howell is the son of the Rev. Robert J Howell Sr., who served at Carteret United Methodist Church, Beaufort. The church is at 7163 Hendersonville Highway, Walterboro.
Details: 843-693-6415, 843-844-2148
ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH
The church at 70 Lady's Island Drive is offering a program for inactive Catholics interested in returning "home" from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Nov. 8. Anyone who was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church, but no longer or rarely attends, may participate in a six-week series in the Adult Education Room.
Details: Deborah Richard, 843-575-3742, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets for the Beaufort Homes for the Holidays 10th Anniversary Tour are now available. The tour of eight private homes decorated for the holidays is Nov. 19-20. A silver "Coastal Christmas" Anniversary Gala in St. Peter Walsh Palmetto Room kicks off the weekend tour at 7 p.m. Nov. 18, with entertainment by the Headliners, catering by Southern Graces, and silent auction. Gala tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased by calling 843-522-6510. Tickets for the tour are $25, and are available in Beaufort at: The Chocolate Tree, Sweet Bay on Bay, and Tideland Realty. All proceeds benefit St. Peter Catholic School Endowment Fund.
ST. LUKE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Recovery Services are held from 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday at the church in Bluffton/Okatie. The church near the back gates of Sun City Hilton Head is open to anyone seeking spiritual solutions to life's problems. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. with St. Luke's Pastor Richard Smith and other members and guests over coffee in the Social Hall. The service begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary with live contemporary Christian music.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
A Civil War and Gullah history series will be held on four consecutive Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, through Nov. 16 at the church, in observance of the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War. ROC - Reinventing our Careers unemployment support group meets at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays in the church library. A Celebration of Remembrance for people who have lost loved ones is at 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. An American Red Cross blood drive is from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. For an appointment, call the church.
The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.
Details: 843-681-3696, www.fpchhi.org
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Missionary Sadie Jenkins of Beaufort Seventh Day Adventist Church will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.
WOMEN OF VICTORY CONFERENCE
A conference with topics for all women is at 7 p.m, Friday and at 9 a.m. Nov. 12 at Red Dam Baptist Church, 488 Red Dam Church Road, Hardeeville. Registration deadline is Monday. Suggested donation is $10. Details: 843-784-6083, www.reddambaptistchurch.org
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
An American Red Cross blood drive is planned from noon-5 p.m. on Veteran's Day, Friday, in honor of veterans in the church fellowship Hall. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church at 843-681-3696. Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old with no upper age limit and weigh at least 110 pounds. The blood drive is sponsored by Health Ministries at FPC.
The Ministries/Inspiring Wellness will host "Diabetes University: Take Charge of Your Diabetes," a free diabetes conference, in conjunction with Hilton Head Hospital on Nov. 12, in the Fellowship Hall. Registration is at 8 a.m.; the conference is from 9 a.m.-noon. Topics include: "Through Your Eyes Only: Love Your Sight" presented by Kenneth Farr, MD, ophthalmologist; "Lifestyle Changes for the Long Haul," presented by Elizabeth Huggins, MESS, RD, LD, CDE and outpatient diabetes education coordinator; and "Insulin Pump Technology is Improving Every Day," presented by Erin Rayfield, RD, LD, CDE and certified insulin pump trainer. Speaker Dr. Vonda Calcutt, board-certified endocrinologist, will present "Update on Treatment Options for Diabetes."
The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.
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