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Ms. Foundation CEO to headline Roanoke Event

Teresa Younger

see The Roanoke Women’s Foundation and the Carilion Clinic Foundation, with support from Davenport & Company, will host an event featuring Teresa C. Younger on March 20 at 7:30 pm at the Jefferson Center. Younger is the president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the first national fund dedicated to empowering all women. (Over the next five years, the Ms. Foundation will be investing $25-million “in women and girls of color as a means to create social, cultural and economic equity for all genders”.) Continue reading Ms. Foundation CEO to headline Roanoke Event

City Council launching new initiative to reduce gun violence follow url by City Vice Mayor Joe Cobb

click here How can we, as a city, reduce gun violence and strengthen the health and safety of our community? During the February 19, 2:00 p.m. session of Roanoke City Council briefing on public safety, Police Chief Tim Jones reported that forty-eight incidents of gun violence occurred in the city over the past 13 months. Continue reading City Council launching new initiative to reduce gun violence

Applicants to Virginia Tech exceed 30,000 for second straight year This year marks the second consecutive year, and only the second time in history that more than 30,000 students applied to Virginia Tech!

enter The university intends to enroll 6,600 incoming first-year students, a 400-seat increase from last year’s class. Even with this increase, students who were offered spots have a strong academic profile, with an average GPA of 4.10 and average SAT score of 1320. Regular admissions decisions were sent out to prospective students this week, and Virginia Tech is celebrating its most diverse pool of applicants ever. Additionally, the 2019 pool more closely reflects the composition of the commonwealth. Continue reading Applicants to Virginia Tech exceed 30,000 for second straight year

Gaining Spiritual Altitude . . . Upon having been asked, “What could possibly be worse than being blind, the immortal Helen Keller is said to have replied: “Having sight but no vision.”

The keen insight of this astounding individual continues to serve as a beacon since and will continue to do so. How unfortunate that so many of us with visual sight to see things as they are have absolutely no perception of how things could or should be or of what we could possibly do to effect change, individually and/or collectively. We each have become so tightly wrapped in our own insecurity blankets we’ve become totally oblivious to the hurt and/or potential fears of others. The solution is not isolation but dedication–to such individuals and causes that promote unity through diversity (and not uniformity); to promote self-esteem and to fostering respect for the differences in others whether physical, racial, cultural, political, religious or other. Continue reading Gaining Spiritual Altitude . . .

License to Kill African Americans – Part 1

In 1951, the Civil Rights Congress, which included such prominent African American figures as W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson, submitted a brief to the United Nations entitled, “We charge genocide: The Crime of Government Against the Negro People.” Here is a quote from page 8 of that document:
“Once the classic method of lynching was the rope. Now it is the policeman’s bullet. To many an American, the police are the government, certainly its most visible representative. We submit that the evidence suggests that the killing of Negroes has become police policy in the United States and that police policy is the most practical expression of government policy.” Continue reading License to Kill African Americans – Part 1

Created in God’s Image by Brentley de Bardelaben
watch Executive Associate, Justice and Local Church Ministries

As a member of the LGBTQI community and as an ordained clergyperson in the United Church of Christ (UCC), my heart is deeply saddened and my soul is greatly troubled as I pen this article. On February 26, 2019, the United Methodist Church (UMC) held a vote at a special session of the denomination’s General Conference in St. Louis in an attempt to resolve the UMC’s debate regarding LGBTQI clergy and gay weddings. Continue reading Created in God’s Image