• Mr. Rogers has lost his neighborhood; tragedy helps us get it back

    I attended an interesting gathering, Theology on Tap, which focused on the topic of freedom. Serendipitously, it was scheduled immediately after another of our nation’s tragedies, the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
    Comments ranged from assertions of our God-given free will to cultural constrictions of freedom, from the constraints on freedom when job requirements are involved to angst over an apparent substitution of limitless liberty in place of true freedom. It was agreed that rights and their concomitant responsibilities must be regained.

  • Beautiful dreamers are needed to awaken a sleeping universe

    It was a gray day. The weather and I shared a common sense of dullness, dryness, emptiness. I tried reading as a way to shake my spirits into liveliness. It didn’t work. I tried to write. Nothing came. Television was nothing less than monotonous.

  • Religion briefs

    The Nelons scheduled to perform April 28
    Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 2919 Galloway Road in Bolivia, will present The Nelons in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
    There will be special music each night, Monday through Wednesday, April 29-May 1, at 7 p.m. nightly. Come and bring a friend.

  • Religion briefs

    Giving up failures topic of sermon
    “Giving Up our Failures” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, April 14, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
    Traditional worship services will be at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Murrow Hall, with music led by Promise, the worship band. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Childcare is available at all services.

  • Life lesson: The flower of the fig is buried deep within the fruit

    A newly-minted friend recommended a book for my perusal. It was a generous offer based on our common Italian-American heritage and one that brought me more intently to the land of my ancestors with each turned page.

  • Religion briefs

    Church to sing April 7
    Oak Grove Baptist Church will have a special singing service at 6 p.m., April 7, at the church on Holden Beach Road.
    The Joyful Sound from Loris, S.C., will be singing. Everyone is invited. For information call Richard Hewett at 754-6492.

  • It takes faith, courage and determination to be a homesteader

    Years ago, by way of the Homestead Act of 1862, white Americans established themselves as landowners, sadly at the price of denying the Native Americans who were already occupying the territory.
    The movement began with a misconception. The free land was truly not totally free, either in terms of finances or morality. There would be enough to make this venture a material success for pioneering families. Bounty was the promise—and the expectation. Neither one was a reality.

  • Religion briefs

    Camp UMC sets yard, bake sale
    The ladies of Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte are clearing closets and cupboards in preparation for their annual spring yard and bake sale from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the church fellowship hall at 4807 Main St. in Shallotte.
    “We will be offering consignment-quality goods,” said Margaret Hardin, one of the organizers.
    The bake sale will feature cakes, pies and cookies, as well as homemade jams, jellies, pickles, granola and more.

  • Celebrating life in the midst of death: Now is the time to give thanks

    Over the past six weeks, we have been led, step-by-step, into the desert time of Lent.
    We began with Ash Wednesday’s clarion call to repent, to change our mindset, to change our hearts, to turn and return to God. The transformation calls us to be prophetic people. It allows us to ask inappropriate questions, to ask for God’s help and know that God is here with us.

  • Religion briefs

    Yard and bake sale set for March 22
    Sharon United Methodist Church, 2030 Holden Beach Road, will have a yard and bake sale from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 22, and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Breakfast will be available from 7-10 a.m. on both days. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be available after 10 a.m. both days.