I am reading a book for the Lenten season Giving Up Something Bad for Lent, by James Moore. It basically talks about giving up those things that we desire not to return to, even after Lent. I am reading a chapter entitled ”Give up running away.” I really enjoyed this chapter as it spoke volumes to my inner-being, causing me to do some self-actualizing. It reminds me of the narrative found in the Gospel according to Luke 9:10-17 (read it), where we embark on the story of a younger son entreating his father for his inheritance early, leaving home only […]
In 2001, New Light MCC found a unique and meaningful way to serve the community. Specifically, they found a way to serve the HIV/AIDS community. The church began delivering food to those with HIV/AIDS diagnoses. Over the years, clients with other life-challenging illnesses were added to the client list.
Some time ago, I wrote an article, “Building a Community for Radical Inclusion.” This issue comes down to what it means to gain access to society, public or private. I often consider my unique individuality – the nature of my being. For myself, there are disparities between who I believe I am and who God says I am. I believe God as it relates to my inner-being, moral fiber, and sense of agency that “I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath” (Deuteronomy 28:13) and that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), and that […]
OMG, it’s 2016! What are you doing with your life? How are you fulfilling your destiny? Are you living or simply existing? Are you living life on purpose? Some time ago, I made a promise to myself that I would not make any more New Year’s resolutions. Reason being, I don’t keep them and I realize all I was doing was setting myself up for perpetual failure. For me, it was better for my inner self to actualize my current situation and began to benchmark my steps towards living my best life with my best self. Too often we focus […]
Hagerstown Hopes, the sponsor of Hagerstown Pride, is proud to announce that this year’s Pride festival will include its first Pride Interfaith Service. The service is being sponsored by local churches and will include participants from New Light Metropolitan Community Church, Veritas United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, Unity of Hagerstown, and the Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center of Frederick.
As we approach yet another week of our Lenten season I became curious as to what Lent meant to various believers. As you may have guessed, I got an array of answers. For some, Lent was a time of giving up, sacrificing, or time spent alone. Some new converts or believers didn’t know much about this sacred time; they believed that only Catholics celebrated Lent. And yet others did not believe in it at all.
In the issue before last, we took a strong look into understanding the Power of Purpose. As followers of Christ, our moral obligation is to become the salt and light of the earth, for we are the hands and feet of God and God’s creation. In fact, all humanity has a moral obligation under God to one another regardless of one’s status or title; we have an awesome responsibility to live out our God-given purpose in life.
Ever wonder why you were born? Or better yet, what is your purpose in life? Guess what – you are not the only one to ponder these questions. Life has a way of causing us to inquire periodically the notion of why we are here. The Bible reminds us in Matthew 5:13-16, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot […]
If this article makes absolutely no sense to you then I pray that when you are finished reading you pass it on to someone else to figure out and keep passing it on until someone understands it. Maybe that person will be able to explain to me exactly what it is I’m trying to say because for the first time in my life I am truly at a loss of words. Some of the things that have been said to me while working in retail make the signs the WBC uses look like Hallmark cards.