Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Lee Eric Smith

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ACTS OF FAITH: Spiritual leaders wrestle how to deal with COVID-19

Can’t go to work. Can’t go to a Grizzlies game or concert. Can’t go to a movie. Can’t even go to a library or museum. Those would all be places where we could escape from the anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic – to at least...

LIVE NOW: Memphis clergy and spiritual leaders strategizing response to COVID 19

Earlier today, I got word of several clergy and spiritual leaders in Memphis convening for a webinar to discuss how to deal with the coronavirus in Memphis: As COVID-19 makes its presence known throughout the US, Church Health continues to be an organization that cares...

Daycare and parenting in the age of COVID-19

I was not exactly surprised last Thursday when I got a text message from my son's daycare saying they'd be closed on Friday. It's not even been a full week, but the avalanche of closings – at that time, most notably the suspension of...

For many, worship goes online in face of coronavirus crisis

Last week, I attended the very first service at Pursuit of God's new facility on North Watkins in Frayser. Nearly 600 people attended, and the place was rocking with spirit. I have no idea how many people were there yesterday (March 15), because I didn't...

A good garden starts with good soil

To me, the beautiful thing about planting seeds is that in the presence of the proper conditions – good light, good seed, good soil and good water – literally anyone can succeed. At the risk of stating the obvious, the health of your soil will...

Last night In the NBA: Thoughts on the abrupt end of the NBA season because of coronavirus pandemic

Earlier on Wednesday, I'd spoken on both WLOK and Sports56 about how the NBA was responding to the coronavirus threat. I'd spoken about my GritGrindGrizz column of the week, which explored the question of whether Tuesday's Grizzlies' game was the last of the season...

Feeling the Love at Pursuit of God’s new Frayser campus

Last Sunday was not my first time attending service at Pursuit of God in Frayser. Nor was it my first time attending services at 3759 N. Watkins, the former Bellevue Baptist Church. The few times I went to Bellevue-Frayser, the crowds were sparse and on...

MEET YOUR LOCAL FARMER: Mike Minnis of Landmark Farms

You know how, when you get a new car, all of a sudden you start noticing that make and model almost everywhere you look?  Urban farming is kind of like that – once you take an interest in it, you notice there are gardeners tending...

Game Recognize Game

Call it my then-allegiance to Michael Jordan as the GOAT. Or, maybe I was just tired of sports media trying to anoint the next Jordan. Whatever you want to call it, when I first heard of some Ohio hoops prodigy named Lebron James back in...

Local activist Keedran Franklin on Capitol Hill for congressional briefing on federal spying on black activists

https://www.facebook.com/MediaJustice/videos/2747747571970138/ Local community organizer and activist Keedran Franklin participated in a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC Thursday morning (March 5), telling lawmakers his story of landing on the wrong watchlist and how ongoing surveillance has impacted his life. Franklin was one of five presenters...