The local chapters of the NC Black Leadership Caucus will host a Candlelight Vigil in memory of Nelson Mandela at 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 15) at the 1898 Memorial Park in downtown Wilmington.
Sylvia and her husband, Rex Crippen, retirees from Connecticut, have been making this family fruitcake recipe passed down from his mother for the last 30 years, giving the mini loaves out to friends and family as Christmas gifts or party favors. But now they’ve started selling them in local stores.
People are insecure at times of national distress, and that’s when retired pastor Stephen McCutchan says abuse of clergy spikes. He writes: “Sometimes the people you abuse are people you’re sure won’t hit you back – such as your pastor.” Have you seen this in your congregation?
(RNS) Writing on the eve of the departure of world leaders to Johannesburg to attend a memorial service for Mandela, who died last week, Dominic Lawson wrote in the Daily Mail: “He was a giant — but how absurd for the BBC to compare Mandela to Christ.”
The Rev. Neal Jones believes the truths in the Christmas story are found between the lines — “Both religious and atheist fundamentalists interpret biblical stories literally. The former insist on believing these “facts” to be true, and the latter dismiss them as false. Reading the Bible literally is not the only way to read the Bible, however. Most biblical stories are clearly metaphorical, and as such, are a rich trove of wisdom.”
“Our aging population, especially in this retirement community, now dictates the celebration of that particular liturgy earlier in the evening,” says Fran Salone-Pelletier remembering midnight Mass traditions from her childhood.
(RNS) Nelson Mandela was educated, first at Clarkebury and then at Healdtown, Methodist boarding schools that provided a Christian liberal arts education.
Carolina Beach Elementary School features fall and winter holidays around the world in its hallways.
(RNS) The Rev. Ray Leonard, 51, bristled at the U.S. government when it told him he couldn’t hold services at a Georgia naval base during last month’s government shutdown. So he sued.