Pastor Marshall Prentice kneeled down to offer a child a free haircut.
Day of Hope events are by now a summer tradition in East Baltimore. Thousands of people came together this year and last year for a few days of community bonanza at Collington Square and Darley Park. I had the opportunity to join the celebration at last September and this summer at Darley Park. The July sun in can be merciless on the open fields of Darley Park. But no one seemed to notice, not the more than thousand local residents – families with small children, elderly women, teens – who came together to get a lift from music and be inspired by the motivational speakers. It was all very festive, there were generous giveaways of groceries. Continue reading
Posted in African-American Churches, Baltimore, Uncategorized
Tagged Brandon Scott, Carl Stokes, Day of Hope, East Baltimore, Health and Faith in Baltimore, Linda Harvey, Matt Stevens, Melvin Russell, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, The Transformation Team
The Olympic Rings shone brightly at the opening ceremony in London. The picture: The Washington Post.
Though the London Olympics began rather bitterly for Baltimore with its hometown swimmer Michael Phelps’s loss to Ryan Lochte and a few others in 400m Medley, the creative spirit of the opening day festivities and the thrill of the competition make the upcoming weeks sportive blast also here in Charm City. Hampden United Methodist Church has joined The Games with its collaborative, five-week sermon series focusing on the lessons that the ancient and modern athletes offer for our journey of religious and personal growth. Continue reading
Posted in Baltimore, Exercise, Running, Sports, Uncategorized
Tagged Adam Hamilton, Chariots of Fire, Hampden United Methodist Church, Health and Faith in Baltimore, Mr. Bean, Olympics, Robin Johnson, sports and spirituality.
The artist with Oliver and Walter.
Baltimore is a mural city. Walter Ward and Oliver Gardner, both 13, did research into Baltimore’s murals, went around the city to take pictures, and interviewed one of the prominent local mural artists, Lyle Kissack. All the murals depicted in this blog are by Lyle Kissack. This is a guest blog by Walter and Oliver.
How do you choose the places for your murals? Lyle Kissack: “Actually I don’t choose the places. The city or, specifically, BOPA – Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts –have their mural agent, so to speak, who scours the city and receives requests. There are people who say ‘I have a house. There is a wall. It is prominent. It is ready for a mural. You should come and see it.’” Continue reading
The gates are open. A volunteer, Joyce, welcomed people.
Testing is the new, widely accepted, key word for faith-based HIV/AIDS support. While the conversations about sexual activity or sexual orientation may leave many pastors squirming from unease, the focus on screening and linkage to care has successfully brought HIV/AIDS prevention to African-American churches, evangelical communities, and even to Catholic outreach centers – all of which just a few years ago were slow to respond to the complex challenges associated with HIV/AIDS. The fourth annual City Uprising HIV outreach day, brought free testing to several local churches, including the ones that I visited in West Baltimore, Unity United Methodist Church and Payne Memorial AME Church. The driving forces behind the day were University of Maryland’s JACQUES Initiative, HopeSprings, and Gallery Church – three names that one hears a lot when one follows the Continue reading
Posted in Baltimore, Health Screenings, HIV/AIDS, Medical Outreach, Uncategorized
Tagged AIDS, City Uprising, Derek Spencer, Gallery Church, HIV, HIV testing, HopeSprings, JACQUES Initiative, Project Shalem
Green Means Move. The Sherwood Gardens in North Baltimore.
Urban environmentalism, city gardening, and initiatives promoting awareness of healthy, fresh food have a strong foothold in Baltimore. Faith communities are involved in the budding awareness and advocacy of the many ways individuals and groups can be more conscious of the choices for a healthy life. All sorts of good things are going on. But it is also time to ask what comes next? How can we sustain the buzz and positive energy around environmentalism? How can urban green initiatives be better paired with similarly focused promotion of movement and active living? Continue reading
Some info, some ideals, a lots to do. The bulletin board at Amazing Grace.
Some urban churches are virtual community service centers. In these churches civic advocacy, promotion of education and health, and neighborhood partnerships couple with spiritual services and worship. Amazing Grace Lutheran Church on McElderry Street is one of these power houses. Its bulletin board testifies to all the on-going activities: Client Choice Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity workshop, Panera Bread Share, garden club for children, spiritual healing Bible study, as well as, massage therapy. Above the bulletin board is the poster for Safe Streets program: “Stop Shooting. Continue reading
Posted in Art, Baltimore, Christianity, Environment, Food, Uncategorized
Tagged Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Baltimore United Viewfinders, East Baltimore, Gary Dittman, Health and Faith in Baltimore, Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Maryland Food Bank, Morgan Blizzard, Safe Streets, Trees for Public Health