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Black churches are becoming more gay-friendly

Black churches are becoming more gay-friendly
For years, there has been an unspoken but deeply prevalent “don’t ask, don’t” tell policy in the black church. But today, Duke University released data that show those days may be coming to an end.
 
Their research has found:
 
 “Acceptance of homosexual members in black protestant churches has surged of late. The percentage of churches accepting of gay and lesbian members has risen from 44 percent in 2006 to 62 percent in 2012.

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Former lifestyle compels preacher to help troubled youth

Former lifestyle compels preacher to help troubled youth

Charlotte Y. Cobb wasn’t always compelled to preach the gospel or steer youth away from the crime-ridden streets of Memphis. She also wasn’t always trying to arrest teen pregnancy, keep wayward youth in school, or intervene on their behalf to keep them out of gangs.

In fact, Cobb, who pastors the Cherokee Outreach Ministry Empowerment Center (COMEC) at 2218 Eldridge St. in the 38108 zip code area of North Memphis, is trying to make a difference in the lives of teenagers who remind her that she could’ve lost her life on the same streets, in the same zip code area, decades ago.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry

Assemblies of God leader to speak at COGIC 150th C.H. Mason birthdate commemoration

Assemblies of God leader to speak at COGIC 150th C.H. Mason birthdate commemoration
Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri, will be the guest speaker at the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) C.H. Mason Heritage Symposium & Celebration on next Monday (Sept. 8) at 7 p.m. at Mason Temple. 
 
The Symposium & Celebration will commemorate the 150th birthdate of COGIC founder Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. The celebration will convene Sept. 8-10.

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Traditional gospel music keeps Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith out front 35 years

Traditional gospel music keeps Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith out front 35 years
Community choirs come and go, but the Stellar Award nominated Billy Rivers and The Angelic Voices of Faith has been a mainstay in traditional gospel music. In fact the choir will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a reunion concert Sunday, Aug. 31st at Golden Gate Cathedral, 3240 James Rd. 
 
The doors will open at 6 p.m. The choir also will host a banquet gala Friday, Aug. 29th. The location hasn’t been announced by press-time.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry

‘A heart for people’ inspires the Servant’s Circle

‘A heart for people’ inspires the Servant’s Circle
“I have a heart for people and I’ve always been a servant of the community. I just want to see people have the best in life,” said Minister Telisa Franklin, senior servant of The Servant’s Circle, a newly formed ministry that Franklin started Aug. 2nd.
 
The Servant’s Circle is a non-traditional, non-denominational church that holds service on Saturdays in a building that Franklin has used as her place of business along a business strip at 2988 Old Austin Peay Hwy. Service starts at 6 p.m. each Saturday.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry

Greater Middle Baptist to install new pastor

Greater Middle Baptist to install new pastor
Greater Middle Baptist Church, pastored by the late Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks for 52 years, will install the Rev. William McKinley Jackson as pastor on Aug. 17th. 
 
Rev. Jackson, 40, is the former pastor of the 500-member Samaria Baptist Church of Ft. Worth, Texas. 
 
He accepted his calling to the ministry in June 1981, was licensed in 1983 and ordained in 1989 under the guidance of his father, the late Rev. McKinley Jackson Sr., pastor of Samaria Baptist Church for 35 years.

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Fullview Missionary Baptist church is on fire!

Fullview Missionary Baptist church is on fire!
Fullview Missionary Baptist Church can now say goodbye to its $2.5 million mortgage, and it will be doing just that with the help of a few flames.
 
A mortgage-burning ceremony following the church’s 9 a.m. service is set for Sunday (July 6th) at the church at 7100 Memphis-Arlington Road in Bartlett.
 
The fact that the mortgage has been paid off within 10 years has Pastor Walter Peggs Sr. supremely grateful. 

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