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Jefferson College of Health Sciences celebrates Spring Commencement

The commencement is scheduled for the second consecutive year in Elmwood Park’s Amphitheater on Friday, May 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Jefferson College students on the master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree levels will accept their diplomas and become alumni of the College during the event. These students will graduate from 14 different academic programs at the College. Jefferson College is proudly hosting this event at Elmwood Park, across Elm Street from its campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. Continue reading Jefferson College of Health Sciences celebrates Spring Commencement

The appearance of Springtime

Each year with the setting of the sun on March 20, the first day of spring, Baha’is throughout the world gather to break the 19-day fast and to celebrate the beginning of a New Year (Naw-Ruz). During the preceding fast period not only is the habit of daily devotions and prayer reinforced, the combined spiritual impetus of the universal effects seems to create unimaginable spiritual ties and occurrences. It also strengthens self-discipline and, while being made more aware of the worsening conditions of the world and our immediate environment in particular, we also become more cognizant of our potential contribution to the problems if not contributing in some way toward their solution. “To sin by silence” is equally unacceptable. Continue reading The appearance of Springtime

Upholding the worth and dignity of every child of God

by Emily Mullins

Fred Phelps, best known as the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, one of the most vehemently anti-gay religious leaders of modern history, died Wednesday, March 19. He spent decades blaming nearly every catastrophe on the accommodation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by the U.S. government and churches like the United Church of Christ. Phelps and the members of his church (mostly his family members) protested LGBT events and gatherings, and the funerals of soldiers and various private citizens bearing signs of hate and judgment. Except for the exercise of free speech rights, nothing about his message or actions represented the values of good citizenship, much less the values of faith. Continue reading Upholding the worth and dignity of every child of God

Conference sheds much needed light on diversity

Jerel Rhodes, guidance counselor at Forest Park school talks about his Renaissance Academy and winning financial support at the recent Big Lick Soup Project (BLSP). Brad Stevens, project representative stands in background.
Jerel Rhodes, guidance counselor at Forest Park school talks about his Renaissance Academy and winning financial support at the recent Big Lick Soup Project (BLSP). Brad Stevens, project representative stands in background.

by S. Rotan Hale

A mini-conference billed as “Winter X” was held Friday, March 20 in the ballroom of Patrick Henry Hotel in downtown Roanoke. The well-attended daylong event hosted by CityWorks Xpo originator Ed Walker was an offshoot of the 4-day conference held annually in October for several years.  Continue reading Conference sheds much needed light on diversity