Religion

Rev. Bartholomew Orr
by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell  Special to the New Tri-State Defender …And as I stand before you tonight, I must still say that the Church is the most segregated major institution in America, and we must face the shameful fact that eleven o’clock on Sunday morning, when we stand to sing, “In Christ there...
The closing of the Kroger store in Orange Mound, the impact of MLK50 and a push for voter registration are all on the agenda of the Community Town Hall Forum set for Sunday at Mt. Pisgah CME Church at 2490 Park Ave. The forum is being hosted by the Rev....
St. John Missionary Baptist Church is an historic landmark, not only in Memphis, but in the consciousness of the city’s collective church community. It was a heady time in 1868 when St. John was organized by “a faithful few.” Memphis, like so many other Southern cities, struggled to adjust to...
by Joyce Kyles Encouraged. Inspired. Heartfelt. Conviction. These are just a few of the words attendees used to describe this year’s Agape Heartlight event last Friday at Hope Presbyterian Church. “Do Justice” was the theme of the event, which had two featured speakers – Brian Fikkert, a professor and the founder...
The Memphis Inter-Denominational Fellowship, Inc. will honor women in the judicial system during its 2018 presentation of 12 Most Outstanding Women. The event is set April 14 at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 800 E. Parkway S. Award winning actress Karen Abercrombie, who stars in...
The first reaction was shock. Stunned silence robbed family and friends of any words. Then came the tears. There would be lots and lots of tears. Deep and utter sadness and disbelief yoked a heavy burden on those who knew and loved President Dwight Montgomery of the Southern Christian...
by Joyce Kyles, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis recently honored three Memphians who have made it their mission to be a positive force in the city, whether it’s working with children or other women in Memphis. The Rev. Sonia Louden Walker, Fredrika “Freddi”...
So… an aging parent begins to slip into the gloomy abyss of dementia. Say, a mother. At first, forgetting little things like where she laid the car keys are easily hidden. But the disease gradually starts to encroach on the simplest of tasks. A drive to the neighborhood “dollar...
by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell  Special to The New Tri-State Defender For the Church of God in Christ, acknowledging its history is serious business. That’s why church leaders in 2011 turned to Mary P. Patterson, widow of the late Presiding Bishop J.O. Patterson Sr. – the Pentecostal denominations first elected presiding...
In 1996, Melvin D. Watkins Jr., who had enlisted in the Air Force two years earlier after graduating from Hamilton High School, returned from a duty station in Turkey to  attend the funeral of his grandmother. As the eulogy was being delivered, he found himself confronted with the unexpected. Watkins,...