Religion

Greater Middle Baptist Church will install the Rev. Rodney Echols Sr. as pastor on Sunday (September 15). Dr. Donald R. Ester, pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, will deliver the address during the installation, which begins at 3 p.m. Rev. Echols received a Master of Divinity degree in 2005...
Tennessee Jurisdictional Bishop David Allen Hall in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) calls the church “the last great hope” to address the violent mass shootings erupting across the country. And, he’s ready for the church to take action. “I’m calling for a movement of public saints,” Hall said...
CeCe Winans has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history. She is the best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time. Still building on her legacy, Winans will be in concert at the Halloran Centre at Orpheum Theatre...
A Catholic religious order has recently faced scrutiny after it was revealed that they paid two Black victims a very small fraction of what white victims were paid in a sex abuse settlement. According to the Associated Press, in the last few months, the Franciscan Friars settled sex abuse claims...
“Christian Women Walking by Faith” will be the theme in August as St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church celebrates Women For Christ Month. The celebration at the church, located at 1410 Pillow St., will spread over three weeks and will feature these events: • Aug. 3, 10 a.m. – A Prayer Brunch...
Churches have traditionally catered to its more seasoned members in the past, with younger churchgoers waiting in the wings to be seen and heard. Millennials are waiting no longer, forcing churches to either step up to include them or risk losing their presence and membership. There are 79 million millennials...
Faith leaders from various Memphis-area churches and denominations have designated Saturday, July 13 as a day of preaching to promote unity and instill hope. Called “Preach Out,” eight pastors, accompanied by their choirs, will take turns preaching from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Longview Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church at...
Anyone who thinks the black church is a bygone relic with no relevance to the social justice struggles of today, you may need to reassess. “The church” is obviously not a monolith and is taking on everything from mental illness to HIV/AIDS to mass incarceration. In that vein, Rev. Raphael...
by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Thousands of local seniors reveled this past month in the time-honored stroll across a stage at their formal graduations and made the traditional hat toss in jubilant celebration of a successful high school journey. Many of those seniors were awarded...
On Saturday at noon, the Rev. Joseph Scrivner and the Rev. Keith Norman will be in the pulpit at First Baptist Church-Broad focused on duty while also contending with a deep family loss. Scrivner is the son of the late Rev. Ralph White, longtime pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist...