Katie Banks grimaced as she pushed up and down against the padded gymnasium wall at Streets Ministries-North in the Grahamwood community. After a few minutes into the workout, she'd worked up a little sweat.
"I'm glad I got some Advil in my purse," she said.
The expression on Veronica Mitchell's face was just as telling after stretching her upper body, jogging across the floor, and shuffling from side to side to keep her legs and hips from stiffening. A few minutes into the workout, she called out a familiar name to give her strength.
The Church Of God In Christ General Assembly will host the Service of Installation for Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. and COGIC's General Board and officers on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m.
The high-profile historic event will be held at Temple of Deliverance COGIC, 369 G. E. Patterson Ave.
Over 4,000 people from Memphis, the Mid-South and various points around the world, are expected to attend. The service will kick off the church's three-day business meeting at Mason Temple, world headquarters for the 6.5 million-member Pentecostal denomination.
The Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, and the Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative in Washington, D.C., are brothers of the cloth. Though they share a love for Christ and the Bible, they do not share the same views on same sex marriage, an issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court.
"I'm not going to ever believe that gay marriage is right," says Rev. Evans. "It contradicts our tradition within the black church. We take the Bible very literally when it comes to marriage."
Rev. Brown, on the other hand, says: "You can't use the Bible to support your position on this – Jesus didn't say one word about gays. The Bible also says if your child disobeys you, you should kill them and that women who are menstruating should not be allowed in church. These are low-case words and actions of men, they have nothing to do with the high-case word of God and Jesus in terms of love and beauty."
Madison Hopkins kicks her legs and swings her arms and Bettie Nelson throws a left jab followed by a right cross. This is not your average step class.
It's kickboxing in its simplest form and taught by a certified personal trainer, who kept dozens of Healthy Church Challenge participants on their toes during a March 9 workout session at Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church.
"My goal is to inspire people to reach their goal," said Yacqui Peete, 41, who got men, women and children to stretch, bend, kick and punch to loosen up their limbs. "I'm trying to get people to change their lifestyle. If you fall off the wagon, dust yourself off and keep going."
Dear Lucy: My next door neighbor is a music freak. He plays music all day long. He gets up at 6:30 in the morning and starts to blast. When he comes home at six in the evening he starts to blast again. He always turns it down when I ask him to, but I just don't understand how someone can need to listen to music like that. What do you think?
– Earplugs Wanted
The LeMoyne-Owen College celebrates music, art, students' talent and the faith-based community at its annual talent showcase that is free and open to the public.
The Williams Brothers, who have spread the gospel through song since 1960, will be the featured artists at The LeMoyne-Owen College's LOC Celebration Sunday on April 7.
LOC's annual free art and music talent showcase will begin at 4 p.m. at the Cannon Center dowtown. Each year, the college sponsors the event to thank the community for its support throughout the year.
Pastor Martin Orjianioke of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church began pastoring in his homeland of Nigeria. He also pastored in Germany before coming to Memphis, where on Wednesday he witnessed history unfold on television.
Along with Pastor Orjianioke in Memphis, Catholics – and non-Catholics – watched as 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Buenos Aires, Argentina was presented to the world as Pope Francis I.
The naming of any pope is historic, but this was way beyond that. In a remarkably fast conclave, 115 cardinals made the decision to select the Catholic Church's first pope from the Americas, the first from outside Europe, and the first Jesuit.