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Religion

  • What do we believe? I was a stranger and you welcomed me

    A familiar reaction to strangeness is to recoil from it. Whether the foreign entity emerges from within our very being or advances from outside of us, we begin a flight or fight response.
    Our prejudices and biases rise from depths we never imagined. Instead of living in a world where we is the operative word, we reside in a dominion of us and them. Differences divide and diminish us where diversity could have excited and exhilarated us. Instead of opting to live in a brilliant universe of color, we choose to abide in the invisibility of grayness.

  • Religion briefs

    Yard and bake sale set for March 2
    Anointed Vessels Ministry will host a yard and bake sale from 8 a.m.-
    3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Once Again Consignment Shop, 3218 Whiteville Road/Mill Branch in Ash.

  • Valentine’s Day can be a heartfelt happening every day

    It was late in the afternoon on Valentine’s Day. A long day of chores, tasks, duties resulted in fatigue, frustration and a really funky disposition.
    No chocolates or flowers or special dinners could take me to a long, Calgon moment. Remember those commercials? Besides, Hubby Dear was bereft of ideas beyond, “Whatcha wanta do?” He’d already been plagued by my female friends questioning his intentions for the day.

  • Religion briefs

    Wild Game Banquet to benefit churches
    The fifth annual Wild Game Banquet, a combined effort with the Brunswick Baptist Association, will take place from 9:30 a.m.-
    1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 2919 Galloway Road in Bolivia, adjacent to mile-marker 24 on U.S. 17.

  • The future of the church: What does a pope do when he resigns?

    The media is crackling with the unusual news of a papal resignation. Roman Catholics are filled with wonderment. The pronouncement certainly caught everyone off guard. No recent precedent offered a softening effect.
    Questions filled the air. Speculation began in earnest. Who might be the next Pope? In what capacity will Pope Benedict XVI serve? What title might be his? Will he be Pope Emeritus, Bishop of Rome Emeritus? How will this affect the church?
    While the answers are yet to be discovered, or uncovered, there is much to note in response.

  • Offended by comments

    To the editor:
    I was highly offended by Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker’s recent comment, “You really are a case, Mayor.”
    Mr. Parker, whatever the mayor may be, he, unlike you, was elected by the taxpayers of Sunset Beach.
    If you’re unhappy with our mayor, feel free to blame the man in the mirror. The tax-and-spend extravagance during your five years of feeding at the town’s trough is the principal reason we elected Rich Cerrato.

  • Shallotte student is studying in England

    On Monday, Jan. 14, a select group of Lee University students, including Sydney Underwood of Shallotte, departed for the annual United Kingdom Semester Study Abroad trip. This year’s trip leader is Dr. Kevin Brown, a professor of English in Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature.
    Twenty students from a broad variety of disciplines hugged family and friends goodbye, as they huddled in the 40-degree, rainy weather. Despite the unfavorable conditions, all seemed excited for the upcoming 10-week trip.

  • Pastor turns tragedy into new CD single

    Tim Greene, Grammy and Dove Award-winning music producer, and David Pickett, talent scout and TV producer, have joined forces to help a singer who is also a pastor, actress, poet and playwright, turn her sorrow and subtle-anguish concerning a national tragedy into a CD single.
    The recent school shootings at Sandyhook in Newtown, Conn., and across the United States has led Yushonda Midgette-Spriggs to write “Keeping Kids Safe.”

  • Interact Club talks about trip to New York

    On Jan. 25, the West Brunswick High School Interact Club gave a presentation about their visit to New York City on Nov. 3, 2012, for Rotary UN Day to members of the South Brunswick Island Rotary Club.
    Jennifer Vanasse, SBI president-elect, was determined to make the trip happen, even though they arrived in NYC on the heels of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Women to take part in Bible program Feb. 17

    Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 8th Ave. North in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. will present its Women of the Bible program at 4 p.m. Feb. 17. The program is free, although donations will be accepted.
    Mary Modica of Sunset Beach will represent Rizpah, while Jo-Ann Ajjan of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be Queen of Sheba.
    “She was courageous,” Modica said of Rizpah.