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By BRENDAN KIRBY | June 11, 1998
Tri-State area Southern Baptist ministers generally endorsed the view laid out at their national convention this week that marriage refers to a relationship between a man and a woman. --cont from front page-- "Amen. Definitely," said the Rev. Richard Gross, pastor of the Virginia Avenue Baptist Church in Halfway. The 18th Article of The Baptist Faith and Message, which was approved on Tuesday at the national convention in Salt Lake City, defines marriage as "the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | June 11, 1998
A day after the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a statement of faith that says women should "submit graciously" to their husbands, Tri-State area ministers tried to decide what it means for their congregations. --cont from front page-- Meeting in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, the Southern Baptists approved the 18th Article of The Baptist Faith and Message, the first update of their statement of beliefs in 35 years. It contains statements about the proper role of women in marriages, including: "A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband, even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
NEWS
January 9, 1997
By FRANCA LEWIS Staff Writer WILLIAMSPORT - The owner of a lounge in Williamsport said Tuesday he plans to bring back exotic dancers by the end of the month despite an effort by a group of town ministers to block the form of entertainment here. "I'm bringing the girls back," said Jack Harp, owner of Jack's Restaurant and Lounge at the corner of Potomac and Conococheague streets. Harp said the dancers, which had been featured on Friday and Saturday nights, always drew a crowd.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | May 10, 2009
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- For 100 days starting Wednesday, three Lutheran minister buddies will be wet, cold, hot and dry, enjoy fame and raise hopefully $5 million for charity. The Tour de Revs hits the highway Wednesday morning in Chicago. Stops include 65 Evangelical Lutheran Church of America synods, the 2009 Youth Gathering and the Churchwide Assembly. Puerto Rico and Alaska also are on the itinerary, but by plane, not bicycle. The three evangelists include Fred Soltow Jr., 60, pastor of the Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish.
NEWS
June 17, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - In a high-spirited worship service, 32 white and black Christians gathered together Monday night to share the bonds they have in their religious beliefs rather than to focus on their differences. The second night of a countywide unity service doubled the number of people who attended, but ministers said the low attendance showed they still have a long way to go. The first night's service attracted 14 people, all white.
NEWS
April 17, 2001
Rev. Moon preaches message to crowd in Shepherdstown By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town An estimated 450 people gathered in Shepherdstown Tuesday to hear the Rev. Sun Myung Moon preach about how racism and different religious denominations have acted as barriers to helping people accept each other. The 81-year-old spiritual leader and his wife are founders of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, formerly known as The Unification Church.
NEWS
June 16, 1997
By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A service planned to unite Christians from across Jefferson County, whether they were black, white, Baptist or Methodist, drew only 14 people Sunday evening. A second night of services is still scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at Wright Denny Elementary School in Charles Town. Pastor Jack Meikrantz of the Jefferson County Pastors for Unity in the Body of Christ called the turnout "embarrassing," but said he still plans at working on uniting Christians.
NEWS
January 14, 1997
It was heartening to see that 11 ministers joined forces to try to bring morality to Williamsport. It doesn't appear it will happen now in that particular town, but I can't help but wish the ministers of Washington, D.C., would see fit to do the same. Although it might take 11 million ministers outfitted with Kevlar frocks and specially trained church dogs to bring about any semblance of change. Here, in the space of days, we have the leader of the House of Representatives admitting that his lawyer forced him to violate House ethics, while across the street the president's attorneys are asking the Supreme Court to block the lovely and talented Paula Jones from pressing forward with Zippergate.
NEWS
June 29, 1999
They come every night now, in series of reports that would have been judged too graphic for TV's nightly news shows just a generation ago. The aftermath of what happened in Kosovo is presented for viewers' close inspection, with the camera sparing none of the gory details. Partially-decomposed bodies, some in pieces, some intact, are unearthed from mass graves as sobbing survivors clutch at each other, and tell reporters stories of the atrocities that preceded their loves ones' deaths.
NEWS
January 15, 2007
"I'm calling in regards to the person who believes that the current graduation requirements are too difficult. As a 2005 graduate of the Washington County School system and a current student at Virginia Tech, I am outraged that anyone in Washington County would think that our graduation requirements are too hard. As a sophomore at a top-rated university, I believe that our county does not do enough to prepare our students for the future. " - Smithsburg "I had the pleasure of watching our boys play a boys varsity basketball game against Clear Spring last Friday night.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 28, 2013
The Rev. Rob Apgar-Taylor traveled from Hagerstown to Washington, D.C., to be outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning. As 10 a.m. approached, those outside began checking their smartphones, trying to find out how the court had ruled on two important gay rights issues. The rising crescendo of cheers told Apgar-Taylor, a pastor at Hagerstown's Veritas United Church of Christ, that there was good news for gay rights supporters. Apgar-Taylor, who is openly gay, quickly texted his husband, Rob Apgar, a police officer with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: “We won. DOMA fail.” The text referred to the court ruling that struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, guaranteeing federal benefits for same-sex couples.
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LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | November 18, 2012
Bill Kleckner knows the value of family. He's learned the hard way. "I don't know what a real father is. My father was in the penitentiary when I was young. Mom was involved in an affair and married a younger man. So my grandma pretty much raised my siblings and I," he said. "And I wasn't a good father, because I didn't know how to be a good father. " But Kleckner has seen good examples of family, too - in churches, such as Bridge of Life, the congregation in which he's active now. And in the motorcycle gang he used to ride with.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 30, 2012
A horse show in Inwood, W.Va., next week is one of two major annual fundraisers needed to keep the word of God spreading among the 1,000 or so “backstretch” workers at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The money augments the $100,000 annual budget of the Charles Town Race Track Chaplaincy. It pays for a full-time chaplain and two part-time secretaries, said M. Victoria “Torie” White of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., a member of the chaplaincy's council. The chaplaincy is an arm of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
LIFESTYLE
September 19, 2012
On Sunday, the Rev. Don R. Stevenson will be installed as minister of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ in Boonsboro.  Trinity Reformed is a member of the United Church of Christ and was established in 1752. The service will be conducted by the Catoctin Association of the United Church of Christ. The Rev. Carol Kipe will give the installation sermon. A native of Denmark, S.C., Stevenson has lived in the Hagerstown area for more than 40 years. From 1977 to 1983, he was the director of communications at JLG Industries in McConnellsburg, Pa., and later president of DSA, a management and consulting firm in the Tri-State area.  Stevenson served as senior minister of Trinity UCC in Waynesboro, Pa., from 1986 to 1995, and Christ Reformed UCC in Hagerstown from 1995 to 2008, before early retirement.  Stevenson is an adjunct instructor in philosophy, ethics and world religions at Hagerstown and Frederick community colleges.
NEWS
July 20, 2012
The Rev. J. Carl Gregg has become the new full-time minister at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. Gregg, 34, began office hours this week and will preach for the first time Sunday. Gregg joins the congregation and local community with his wife, Magin, a native of Baltimore and a graduate student at Goucher College.  Gregg's interests include Stages of Faith development for children, youth and adults; facilitating firsthand religious experiences; and fostering consensus-building decision-making processes.
NEWS
December 2, 2011
The Rev. Tom Claggett is no stranger to the Brunswick area. A descendent of the first Episcopal bishop of Maryland, Claggett resides on a farm that has been in his family since 1793. He is a native son of St. Mark's Parish, which includes Grace Episcopal Church in Brunswick. When Bishop Eugene Sutton assigned Claggett to Grace, it was more like a homecoming. Claggett splits his ministry between Grace and St. Paul's in Point of Rocks, Md.   The church also has welcomed the Rev. Anjel Scarborough, who will serve the parish.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2011
The similarities are mind-boggling. Both men are named Richard, but prefer to be called “Dick.” Both grew up in Smithsburg and graduated from Smithsburg High School three years apart. Both were members of Christ Reformed United Church of Christ in Cavetown, baptized and confirmed at the church they attended regularly with their families as they were growing up. Both went to Lancaster (Pa.) Theological Seminary, both married women from Pennsylvania the same year they were ordained, and both were ordained at their home church in Cavetown, serving decades in the ministry.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | August 25, 2011
It's not often you hear a pastor promote Christianity and capitalism in the same breath. But in his book, "God Gave Capitalism to You," the Rev. Jim Morrison tries to correct what he sees as a popular misperception: "Profit is not profane, it is not obscene. Profit is a good thing, it is not inherently evil. In fact, in Scripture both production and profit are lauded, not lampooned or forbidden. " Morrison is a senior pastor of Mount Pleasant Church of God in Smithsburg.
LIFESTYLE
May 4, 2011
The Rev. Anne Weatherholt, a local minister and Hancock correspondent for The Herald-Mail, is featured in a new book from Forward Movement Publications in Cincinnati, Ohio. Titled "Wisdom Found: Stories of Women Transfigured by Faith," the 128-page hardcover book is a collection of prose and poems from women — lay and ordained.  Forty women tell of everyday challenges, life's most profound joys and its deepest sorrows.    Copies may be ordered at a special Mother's Day price of $14.95 from www.forwardmovement.org . Refer to ISBN 978-0-88028-326-7.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | July 18, 2010
The Rev. Steven Baines is looking for a few good brick masons. There's a wall that needs to be repaired, he said, and the fissures in the mortar are running wide and deep. That wall, Baines said, is the one that separates church and state. Baines is not a latecomer to his belief that religion and government should never mingle. He was born into it. "I was raised as a Southern Baptist," he said, "and separation of church and state, at that time, was a vital issue to people of that particular faith.
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