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Religion

  • Allen achieves dream as new head of Joy Ranch

    WOODLAWN — Joy Ranch Christian Home for Children welcomed Brian Allen to the staff as the facility’s new director on Monday.

    This new addition has concluded a lengthy search for a director for the children’s home and ministry in Carroll County. Allen will fill the position left by Tim Lewis, and filled temporarily by Mary Hutchins.

  • The Dream That Woke a Nation

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., born in poverty in Atlanta and killed by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis at age 39, spent his life traveling through America as a Baptist preacher and Civil Rights activist who sought justice and racial equality for African-Americans.

    His “I Have a Dream” speech established him as one of the greatest orators in American history, and his work shed a light that is still a beacon today.

  • Oracle Institute: many paths to wisdom

    INDEPENDENCE — “Venus, stop peeing in the sacred circle!”

    Laura George, founder of The Oracle Institute, pauses while giving a tour of the interfaith organization’s grounds to admonish her pet.

    She can’t keep a straight face and neither can the two institute volunteers – Donna Montgomery, the Mystery School Coordinator, and Katie Kennedy, the Interfaith Coordinator – accompanying her; all three are giggling.

  • Ministry raising money to buy old Hillcrest Church

    McMillian Ministries has spent its time and energy so far trying to be a dynamic spiritual force in the community. This Saturday evening, it’s asking for just a little help back.

    The ministry boasts an active youth program, including a June conference, and is famed for its formal Winter Ball in February at the Elks Lodge, which Pastor Sue Greene describes as no less than “a black tie event.”

    Pretty impressive for a church whose congregation has no building of its own.

  • Fun & Faith in Hillsville

     

    Local congregations celebrated the third annual Christian Family Fun Day event on Saturday with a parade, a 5K and a day-long celebration at the Hillsville VFW. Churches from the Twin Counties and surrounding localities turned up to offer free food, games, entertainment and messages about Christianity. Everyone in the community was invited to attend, regardless of their personal beliefs.

  • Hillsville plans Christian Family Fun Day

    HILLSVILLE — For the past two years, the Christian Family Fun Day (CFFD) event in Hillsville has provided a safe and fun environment where everyone is welcome.

    For some, the event — set to return for a third year on Sept. 20 — is a fun place to mingle with the community and enjoy the free games and entertainment. But for others, the experience is much more profound.

  • Choir finds harmony among diverse denominations

    When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher’s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.

    The Preacher’s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.

    “Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,” said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.

  • Choir finds harmony among diverse denominations

    When it comes to harmony, the members of The Preacher’s Choir have it down pat. Not only do their voices harmonize during their many performances, but they see harmony as a way of life.

    The Preacher’s Choir is a group of Galax ministers from all denominations. It was organized about four years ago through Jerry Watson, a church layman with a dream.

    “Mr. Watson dreamed of seeing a group of ministers from various church backgrounds coming together to sing gospel songs in the area,” said Pastor D.G. Fox, the designated leader of the group.

  • That old-time religion

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

  • Veto likely for student prayer protection bill

    Legislation aimed at ensuring students’ right to pray and engage in other religious expression at school has passed the General Assembly, but not by sufficient margins to overcome a promised veto by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
    State Sen. Bill Carrico’s bill passed the House of Delegates on a 64-34 vote on Feb. 26. It had earlier cleared the Senate, 20-18. Neither vote is enough to override a veto, which requires a two-thirds majority.