Religion

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...
God, love and ministry was a trinity embodied by the life of the Rev. Ralph White, the servant-oriented pastor of Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church in South Memphis. Rev. White was officiating a funeral when he passed away Saturday. “So very sorry to hear. He was my friend and brother...
The Rev. Robert C. Jones Jr., senior pastor of Hill Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 4523 Raleigh Lagrange Rd., will be honored by the congregation during Pastor and First Lady Anniversary Sunday on June 9. The theme will be “Appreciating the Faithful Servant” – One-Year Celebration of Dedicated Service...
“Now, let me get this straight. You are a successful attorney, making a good salary, and you are about to make partner, which will give you even more money,” Phoebe Roaf’s mother said. “But you want to leave all that, go to seminary for three years with no salary,...
Now that Joris Ray has been named Shelby County Schools superintendent, an alliance of ministers is ready to step up to help him help the children. Two groups of ministers – the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association and the Progressive Baptist Church Council of Memphis – endorsed Ray for the position,...
Saturday was a day of “firsts” and “new beginnings” for the Collins Chapel Connectional Hospital effort as the project’s board of directors honored 13 physicians and healthcare advocates in the first class of Collins Chapel Healthcare Legacy Awards. Hundreds of CME officials and community supporters filled Germantown’s Great Hall for...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-znPUZ622w Fannie Clark was well-known in Memphis and the Mid-South area for lending her gifted voice to the gospel group the Fannie Clark Singers and the Tennessee Mass Choir, and now her legacy continues through her son. Pastor Derek Clark of Rejoice in the Covenant Church, along with his wife Tara...
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The crowdfunding campaign to raise money for three African American churches gutted by arson in Louisiana began a week ago, but donations surged after flames engulfed the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and the outcry provoked a conversation about the disparate reactions to...