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Christmas 'hijacked' by consumerist mentality, pope says 

While Christmas has become a universal holiday, even for many nonbelievers, its celebration always should focus on the reality that God sent his son into the world to save humanity, Pope Francis said.

Christmas must not be confused with "ephemeral things" that reduce the celebration of Christ's birth "to a merely sentimental or consumerist festival," the pope said Dec. 23 during his weekly general audience.

"Last Sunday, I called attention to this problem, underlining that consumerism has hijacked Christmas," he said, departing from his prepared remarks. "No! Christmas must not be reduced to just a sentimental or consumerist feast (that is) full of gifts and good wishes but poor in Christian faith and poor in humanity as well."

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Thursday, December 24, 2020 10:31:00 AM

Indonesian Christians, Muslims create Covid Christmas tree 

Christians and Muslims in Indonesia's East Java province have decorated a Christmas tree using masks and hand-sanitizer bottles to remind people to follow health protocols and show unity amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The tree, decorated with 1,000 masks and bottles, was a joint effort between the Association of Nahdlatul Ulama Intellectuals (ISNU), part of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s biggest Islamic organization, and Catholics of Christ the King Parish in Surabaya, East Java’s capital.
 
They worked on the 3.5-meter-high Christmas tree for 12 days and put it at the entrance to the church where it would be most visible. Nur Kholis Saleh, a Muslim cleric and chairman of the ISNU, said that helping decorate the tree was a way of building interreligious harmony.
 
 
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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Wednesday, December 23, 2020 9:07:00 AM

Kierra Sheard Has Gotten Married! 

Kierra Sheard has officially tied the knot. In her last Instagram post, Sheard revealed that the pandemic didn't stop her from having her wedding day and that she has done her walk down the aisle.

"I love you @mrjordankelly," she wrote under a photo of her and her groom. " I'm so excited and honored to be your wife. With God at  the center, us staying committed, putting our work in it, Here's to forever. Forever & ever. ♾ Just until, The Wedding Celebration...

She and Kelly announced their engagement in June. Kelly is the owner of a cleaning and landscaping company in Detroit, Michigan called Backyard Bullies.

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Friday, December 18, 2020 10:54:00 AM

Aretha Franklin Earned Respect and Favorable Mentions as an 18-Year Old Gospel Singer 

To celebrate Variety’s 115th anniversary, we went to the archives to see how some of Hollywood’s biggest stars first landed in the pages of our magazine. Read more from the archives here.

On Aug. 31, 1960, Variety reported on an all-day Gospel Music Festival at Madison Square Garden. The 10-hour show, which Variety dubbed a “religioso marathon,” entailed a lot of individual and group performances, and the story offered a long list of them. The first person mentioned: Aretha Franklin, who had been “plucked from the gospel world” at age 18 by record producer John Hammond. “Miss Franklin moved the audience on Sunday with a choir behind her,” said the story.read more

 
Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Thursday, December 17, 2020 11:03:00 AM

Gospel Music Legends John P. Kee, Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, Earnest Pugh, B. Slade and More Will Perform in Virtual Concert Celebrating the Life of Troy Douglas Clark 

Troy Douglas Clark, a behind-the-scenes music industry veteran who worked as both a talent manager and background vocalist, died of liver failure on November 25, 2020 @ OFFICIAL SERVICES 3:30 PM PT at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, CA. Two of Clark’s longtime industry friends, recording executive Neily Dickerson and singer Earnest Pugh, have announced a virtual concert celebrating Clark’s life. Dr. Judith Christie McAllister and Pugh will host the virtual Facebook Live concert Friday, December 11, 2020 @ 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT on the @SetAPartandChosen1 page.

The concert will feature gospel stars such as Yolanda Adams, John P. Kee, B. Slade, Kurt Carr, Chrystal Rucker, Nikki Potts, Charles Butler & Trinity, Nikki Potts, Chaz Shepherd, Shamika Bereal, Toya Adams and more. 

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Friday, December 11, 2020 9:47:00 AM

4x GRAMMY® Winners for KING & COUNTRY to Perform on Good Morning America on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day 

Nashville, TENN. – Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning duo and Curb | Word Entertainment recording artist for KING & COUNTRY will be making two special holiday appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America. The duo, made up of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, will be performing their spirited rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” on Christmas Day, and will be performing their No. 1 hit “joy.” on New Year’s Day, performing both songs at the historic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee. for KING & COUNTRY has seven No. 1 hits, won its first Billboard Music Award this year, and has over one billion career on-demand streams to date.

 

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Thursday, December 10, 2020 10:41:00 AM

St. Paul’s Church delivers 200 meals on Thanksgiving day 

The Rev. Sheldon Hamblin, the Barbadian-born Rector of St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush, says parishioners and friends on Thanksgiving Day participated in the Episcopal church’s distribution of about 200 hot meals during its inaugural Thanksgiving meal initiative. Fr. Hamblin said the food and delicacies were distributed to the community, including the homeless, at the Plaza on Ocean and Parkside Avenues, East 18th Street and Church Avenue, Brooklyn, and at a Men’s Shelter on Staten Island. “Members and friends of St. Paul’s moved into action and donated their time, resources and culinary skills to make a reality of this first, annual Thanksgiving Day meal distribution,” Fr. Hamblin told Caribbean Life over the weekend.

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Wednesday, December 9, 2020 8:50:00 AM

Watch: Todd Galberth Releases Music Video For “Better Than Good” 

Todd Galberth has released a music video for his no. 1 song, “Better Than Good” and it’s better than good! It’s an extended version of the song that creates a unique space for worship.

 

Galberth opens the “Better Than Good” visual with a request for his audience to help him create an atmosphere for God to be God not only in the building, but outside in their environments. “I will bless the Lord at all the times, and His praises shall continually be in my mouth. No matter what I see or how I feel, as long I’m breathing, oh yes I’m breathing, I’ll bless the Lord.”

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Friday, December 4, 2020 10:05:00 AM

GUC Unveils “The Message” Album Cover, Release Date 

EeZee Conceptz artiste, Minister GUC has revealed more details about the forthcoming debut album titled “The Message.” Following the revelation of the album title and some of the tracks, the “All that Matters” singer has unwrapped the official cover art and release date for the 12-track project.

In a video post on Instagram, GUC let in on these details featuring some yet-to-be-released materials and his popular songs in a mashup.

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Thursday, November 19, 2020 10:09:00 AM

Tasha Cobbs Leonard Partners with Eloquii 

This week, Tasha Cobbs Leonard dropped a limited-edition collaboration with ELOQUII, the fashiondestination for women sizes 14-28. Her collection is part of a new launch called “The ELOQUII Drop: Six Icons, Six Days“.

“The ELOQUII Drop: Six Icons, Six Days” is taking it to the next level with six trailblazers designing coveted, limited-edition looks that will drop over the course of six days (from 11/9-11/14).

Tasha is a Grammy-winning gospel musician and songwriter — she recently dropped a single with Ciara titled “In Spite of Me” and her latest album “Royalty: Live at The Ryman” has debuted at  No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. She was handpicked for her talent and incredible vulnerability that she exudes in her music.

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Wednesday, November 18, 2020 4:43:00 PM

Police brutality: Archbishop of Lagos urges accountability and truth 

Recently there have been reports and videos documenting that members of the Nigerian police, in particular the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives, have been involved in various acts of brutality and extortion against innocent citizens of this great country,” said Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins, the Metropolitan of Lagos, in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides.

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:38:00 AM

Churches Offer Aid to Those Affected by Hurricane Sally 

Hurricane Sally , an uncharacteristically large hurricane that hit multiple states in recent days, has left more than 500,000 residents without power and caused untold millions in damages. But that hasn't stopped local churches from doing what they can to help out.

 

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Posted by Ashley Wiltshire Friday, September 18, 2020 7:56:00 AM
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