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The Charlotte Post                                   Features Editor: Ryanne Persinger @ (704) 376-0496 ext. 109

                               Leap of Faith Dance
                               Academy combines
                               Christianity with

2B                                                                       LIFE/ T he C h a rl o t t e P o s t                                                                         Thursday September 18, 2008

What’s love got to do with it? Plenty
                                   that yielded 25,500 individual
  Tina Turner was right. Love                                         happy.”                                  pened to love being a two-way      start to question herself, fig-   creep.
has nothing to do with it. Ok, I   responses.                           Keep believing these myths             street? If a man does his part,    ure out what she’s done wrong       Here’s a thought: Men can’t
take that back. It doesn’t have      It wasn’t surprising to learn    and the odds of your husband             and the woman does her part,       or what she could have done       cheat by themselves. If the
everything to do with it.          that one in three couples will     cheating will dramatically rise,         then everybody’s happy.            better. Her self-esteem starts    women men cheat with will
  According to M. Gary Neu-        be affected by an affair. All I    he says.                                 Right?                             to dwindle.                       start embracing sisterhood
man’s book, “The Truth About       had to do was look within my         Michael Baisden taught us                But often times when a             The truth is a man’s cheating   and respecting the relation-
Cheating: Why Men Stray and        family and circle of friends to    that men cry in the dark. But it         woman doesn’t receive these        is no fault of her own. Even if   ships of others, then men will
              What You Can         figure that one out. But the       turns out, when the lights are           emotions from her man, she         there are problems in the mar-    have no choice but to work on
              Do to Prevent        revelation was that men really     on, guys want a hug. They                retreats within herself, focuses   riage or relationship, stepping   their own marriages.
              It,” it’s a cold     are just as emotional as           want to feel valued. They want           more on the kids (if any), finds   outside of the circle of com-       Cheating women can put a
              hard fact that       women. The number one rea-         to feel appreciated. They want           a hobby, or hangs out more         mitment is never the right        stop to cheating. And this is
              monogamy is          son men cheat, according to        to feel interesting. They want           with her girlfriends. When a       choice.                           when love has everything to
              fleeting faster      Neuman’s study, is emotional       to feel desired.                         man doesn’t receive these            The book offers advice on       do with it. Because if you
              than you can         dissatisfaction.                     Who doesn’t? Women want                emotions from his woman, he        how to have a solid marriage      loved your neighbor as your-
              say, “til death        “Emotional disconnection?        the same things.                         retreats into the arms of some-    and what to do if you suspect     self, you would turn him away
               do us part.”        Appreciation? Doesn’t that           While I agree that wives               one else. I know, I know.          your partner is cheating. What    the next time he came knock-
   KIMBERLY       The author       sound like a woman is talk-        should be fully involved in              That’s a generalization, so let    Neuman’s research proves is       ing.
 HARRINGTON was featured           ing?” Neuman writes. “The big      their relationships and do               me clarify by saying at least      that sex isn’t always the dan-      A veteran journalist, Kim-
               on      Oprah’s     lie we keep hearing over and       what it takes to make it sur-            one in three men will.             gling carrot leading a man        berly Harrington is a freelance
show last week discussing his      over again is women are the        vive, I think the burden of suc-           A cheating husband or            astray. But he also admits that   writer living in Wadesboro.
book, which was based on a         emotional ones, whereas men        cess falls on the shoulders of           boyfriend can be a hurtful ex-     a woman can do everything         E-mail her at onyxlyspeak-
survey of 200 men (100             are like rocks, doing their        women too much. What hap-                perience. A woman will often       right and her man will still
cheaters and 100 noncheaters)      thing, needing only sex to be
Black Enterprise names
20 best places to retire
By David Pitt

   Durham has topped the list of Black Enterprise magazine’s 20
best places to retire, based on quality of life, affordable health
care and other considerations.
   The magazine, the most recent national publication to release
a list of desirable retirement spots, considered a number of fac-
tors when tabulating its annual list of “20 Best Places to Retire”
in the October issue.
   The other top seven locations - Charlottesville, Va., Ann Arbor,
Mich., Nashville, Tenn.; Lexington, Ky.; Roswell, Ga. and Colum-
bia, Mo. - also received the magazine’s best score for quality of
life, which included housing prices, public schools, crime levels,
traffic congestion and commercial air access.
   Asheville, N.C. ranked 11th, ahead of Gahanna, Ohio, and
below Indianapolis.
   The rankings, in a survey created by the magazine’s editors,
gave places 40 percent of the total score for quality of life, 20
percent for health care, and 15 percent each for taxes and
leisure. Arts & Culture and climate were each given 5 percent of
the total score.
   Many of the 20 locations are in the South, where the climate can
be milder, although a few locations are in the Upper Midwest or
Northeast, which received high scores for quality of life but
lower marks for climate.

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3B                                      LIFE/ The Charlot te P ost                                      Thursday, September 18, 2008

Black Enterprise names
20 best places to retire
                                  and desirability of locales in     boro, Ore.
                                  making their own assess-             Research by the AARP, a
Continued from page 2B
  Editor-In-Chief Derek Dingle
said the goal was to present      ments of possible retirement       nonprofit organization for
readers retirement options        spots.                             people age 50 and older, indi-
with high quality of life stan-     Money Magazine, in its re-       cates that a large majority of
dards, quality health care and    port, broke up retirement des-     retirees won’t move at all, and
low taxes so they could           tinations       by     category,   if they do, they likely won’t go
stretch their retirement nest     including a group of six towns     far.
egg further.                      on the water: Dunedin, Fla.;         In a 2006 study based on
  In addition, many of the        Sequim, Wash.; St. Joseph,         more than 1,200 interviews
cities are near metropolitan      Mich.; Beaufort, S.C.; Du-         and Census data, the AARP
areas with access to histori-     rango, Colo.; and Marble Falls,    said nine out of 10 people 60
cally black colleges and uni-     Texas.                             and older stayed in the same
versities “where they can           Money also has a list of         home or within the same
engage in leisure and arts and    places for most affordable         county.
cultural activities, areas for    homes and those towns in             Nancy Thompson, a spokes-
our audience that had some        which you can expect to live a     woman for AARP, said retirees
African American orienta-         long life, including two coun-     should keep several factors in
tion.”                            ties in Iowa and two in Min-       mind when contemplating a
  Black Enterprise magazine       nesota.        Locations      in   move, including whether a
has about 525,000 paid sub-       Maryland, Florida, Oregon,         home as a no-step entry and
scribers and 4 million read-      Virginia,      California   and    bedroom on the main floor, in
ers, predominantly African        Hawaii also made Money’s           case a person should become
Americans.      Entrepreneurs     list.                              less mobile, as well as access
and business owners make up         U.S. News & World Report         to public transportation and
a third of the readership.        highlighted locations ranging      walkable pathways in the
  Other publications highlight    from Bozeman, Mont., which         community should the per-
factors such as affordability     tops its list, to Concord, N.H.,   son become unable to drive.
                                  Fayetteville, Ark. and Hills-

4B                                                                         LIFE/ T he Charlotte Post                                                                            Thursday, September 18, 2008

Providing for elderly during shortage of specialists
By Laura Giovanelli                 similar to fellowship pro-         think a lot of trainees shy       than people still working.’“          The trade off to Mangieri is     say, ‘I’ll work part time.’ I
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS                grams across the country,          away from that.”                    Dr. Sakeitha Crowder, the         that she thinks that geriatrics    could go and start a practice
                                    said Dr. John Murphy, the            Still, here geriatricians and   other fellow studying at Bap-       is a more flexible field. That’s   tomorrow, and it will be full in
  WINSTON-SALEM           -   Dr.
                                    president of the American          clinic staff spend as much as     tist this year, became inter-       important to her because she       a matter of weeks.” she said of
Deanna Mangieri slid into a
                                    Geriatrics Society. “Many pro-     an hour with each patient,        ested in the specialty after a      wants to have a family. “You       geriatrics.
chair and shuffled through
                                    grams at good places are un-       who are, on average, about 83     rotation through the hospi-         can’t go into cardiology and
Nancy Reeser’s chart.
                                    able to fill fellowships. And      years old, Atkinson said.         tal’s elderly, acute-care unit
  There were the expected
                                    we’re seeing that not change         The older we get, chances       last year. She was a resident.
questions about prescrip-
                                    over time. In fact, it may be      are, the more complex our         Mangieri got turned on to the
tions, cholesterol and mam-
                                    getting worse,” he said.           health becomes, and it’s not      field when she was in medical
mograms. But today, on this
                                      About one-third of geri-         always intuitive. Confusion       school and made regular vis-
check-up,     Mangieri       also
                                    atrics fellowships across the      can be a symptom of infec-        its to a nursing home. “I think
wanted to know what kind of
                                    country are currently going        tion in an older person, rather   it was a calling,’‘ she said.
exercise the trim 72-year-old
                                    unfilled, Murphy said.             than the expected fever. Treat    ``I’ve always been the peo-
was getting. How was her ap-
                                      For such doctors as himself      the infection, and the confu-     ple-person doctor.”
petite? (Too good, Reeser
                                    physicians who have made           sion can improve. But it takes      But up-and-coming geriatri-
joked.) How was she sleep-
                                    caring for the elderly their av-   health-care workers who           cians still face financial reali-
ing? (Well.)
                                    ocation that’s a problem.          know what to look for.            ties. Reimbursements drive
  “What do you do for fun?”
                                      America is aging, and fast,        Geriatricians often see frail   doctors’ compensation, but
Mangieri asked. “Has your
                                    as millions of baby boomers        patients who are dealing with     they do not pay spending
mood been OK? More good
                                    head for retirement.               cognitive impairment, falls,      more time with a patient. Pro-
days than bad?”
                                      Just 12 percent of the U.S.      instability on their feet, in-    cedures and surgeries are
  Then she asked Reeser to
                                    population was 65 and older        continence and dizziness.         more lucrative. “Restructur-
get up from the exam table
                                    in 2005, about 36.7 million        Geriatricians work with social    ing Medicare reimbursements
with her arms crossed, her
                                    people. By 2030, that number       workers, home-health aides        is key. Geriatricians are paid
hands cupping her elbows,
                                    is expected to jump to nearly      and caregivers in ways that       the lowest,” Murphy said.
and walk to the door and
                                    20 percent, according to U.S.      younger patients might not          Wake Forest’s fellows are
back. It was a simple test that
                                    Census Bureau estimates. By        need.                             paid $45,000 a year, and
didn’t take much time or in-
                                    then, more than 71 million           Reeser lives in Kernersville.   most of the financing for
volve any high-tech ma-
                                    Americans will be senior citi-     She is healthy, but she keeps     them comes from Medicare.
                                    zens.                              an eye on her cholesterol and       Both Crowder and Mangieri
  But it could tell her if Reeser
                                      Currently, there are about       slight hypertension and os-       don’t have major debt to
was having problems with
                                    7,000 geriatricians in the         teopenia, lower-than-average      worry about when they finish
balance and strength.
                                    United States. The need is         bone density that can be a        their training. But they feel as
  The Winston-Salem Journal
                                    more than five times that,         precursor to osteoporosis.        if they are an exception. They
reported that geriatricians are
                                    Murphy said. Fewer geriatri-         She said she has been going     will likely be paid much less
primary-care or internal-med-
                                    cians are renewing their cer-      to Baptist’s geriatrics pri-      than their medical-school col-
icine physicians who have re-
                                    tification, too.                   mary-care clinic for about 10     leagues. Geriatricians re-
ceived additional training
                                      “We’ve been talking about        years. Her husband, who is        ported a median salary of
including a fellowship after
                                    this for a long time. What’s       82, also goes there. “They sit    $179,344 in a 2008 survey of
medical school and residency
                                    happening now, is it’s becom-      down and talk. It’s like visit-   physicians’ compensation by
and certification caring for
                                    ing a crisis,” Murphy said.        ing a friend, but they’re gath-   the American Medical Group
the elderly.
                                      Experts say that a range of      ering a lot of information        Association. Compare that
  But in the United States,
                                    issues are to blame, from a        from that,” she said. “We’re      with cardiologists, who re-
there’s a growing shortage of
                                    health-care market that com-       on the downside of our lives,     ported a median income of
doctors specializing in such
                                    pensates specialties, such as      and our needs are different       $379,975.
care, even as the population
                                    cardiology, more, to a society
of older people grows faster
                                    that worships youth, to lower
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THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2008                                                                PAGE 5B

                                                                                                                                                                       Haddon CD
Community of                                                                                                                                                           reveals strong
values                                                                                                                                                                 recordings
                                                                                                                                                                        Dietrick Haddon
  This week’s treatment of the International                                                                                                                            Revealed
Sunday School Lesson is written by Mitch                                                                                                                                Dietrick Haddon,
Beswick, director of administration and com-                                                                                                                            producer
munication for Roxbury Church of Christ in                                                                                                                              Zomba Music
Janesville, Wis.
  (Matthew 5:1-16)
  Some of the most frequently explored teach-
ings of Jesus are found in Matthew 5:3-12, col-                                                                                                                          Dietrick Haddon has always been sort of
lectively referred to as the Beatitudes. At best,                                                                                                                      a gospel maverick, offering music biased
this series of statements can seem rather con-                                                                                                                         toward young people. He’s had some big
fusing and difficult to understand; at worst, it                                                                                                                       stuff and some fairly oddball recordings
can seem contradictory and absurdly paradox-                                                                                                                           as well.
ical. Let’s explore these statements a bit fur-                                                                                                                          “Revealed” is one of those times when
ther.                                                                                                                                                                  Haddon’s gotten things right. If you
  Me, Me, Me!                                                                                                                                                          closed your eyes and only listened to the
  Suppose the Beatitudes were rewritten like                                                                                                                           music, this would be a slickly produced
this:                                                                                                                                                                  adult urban CD.
                                                                                                                         CALVIN FERGUSON FOR THE CHARLOTTE POST
  Blessed are:                                                                                                                                                           But Haddon is firmly rooted in gospel.
  The poor in spirit (for then you have              Leap of Faith Dance Academy owner Candra Davis leads a ballet class Monday night.                                 His lyrics say that with strength and as-
nowhere to go but up).                                                                                                                                                 surance. Each song is well-crafted, slickly
  Those who mourn (for it keeps you from de-                                                                                                                           produced and performed passionately.
veloping unrealistic expectations).
  The meek (for you gradually toughen up
from getting picked on all the time).
  Those who hunger and thirst for righteous-
                                                     Leap of faith results in                                                                                            For some, things may be a bit too slick.
                                                                                                                                                                       There’s nothing churchy, nor remotely
                                                                                                                                                                       gospel sounding. “Reveal My Heart” has
                                                                                                                                                                       Tim & Bob written all over, sounding
ness (for it gives you that drive you need to
get ahead).
  The merciful (for it’s a good way to lull your
                                                     celebration of dance                                                                                              more like Bobby Valentino than, say, Kirk
                                                                                                                                                                       Franklin. “Don’t Take Your Spirit Away”
                                                                                                                                                                       sounds like an outtake from a Police LP.
enemies into a false sense of security).                                                                                                                                 Yet, Haddon comes across more sincere
  The pure in heart (for then you can brag          By Ryanne Persinger                                                                                                than he has on other releases. “I’m Alive”
about following all of the rules).                            “I like the fact that (classes) are faith-based           is full of energy and hope. It bounces
  The peacemakers (for then you can at least                                                               and I am able to do something that I love with-             along, happily dragging the listener. “Go
                                                      Opening a dance studio has always been               out it being derogatory,” Robinson said. “It
feel like you’re in charge).                                                                                                                                           With Me” is nearly dance-floor quality
                                                    Candra Davis’ lifelong dream.                          represents Jesus well; and you don’t always
  Those who are persecuted because of right-                                                                                                                           stuff. Haddon spits out the lyric with
                                                      Four years ago she took a leap of faith, and         find that combination of love of dance and
eousness (for then you have something to                                                                                                                               youthful exuberance.
                                                    a hefty pay cut when she left her corporate            worship together.”
blame your failures on).                                                                                                                                                 There are times when things get a bit
                                                    job to make it a reality.                                The classes generally have no more than 10
  The first portion of each “blessing state-                                                                                                                           bizarre. I understand the sentiment be-
                                                      She launched her studio and named it Leap            students so everyone can get special attention,
ment” is an accurate reflection of the wording                                                                                                                         hind “Jesus For President,” but there’s
                                                    of Faith Dance Academy.                                Davis says.
in Matthew 5:3-10. The second portion (those                                                                                                                           something limiting about that image.
                                                      “It was a true step of faith to move out there         “It’s a nurturing environment,” she said. “It
lines in parentheses) are departures from                                                                                                                              “Soul Survivor” is a little too R. Kelly for
                                                    and not know how it was going to go,” Davis            speaks to the culture that I want.”
Scripture. These endings are how I could fin-                                                                                                                          my taste.
                                                    said. “But this is my love for God and my love           Davis has been dancing for over 30 years
ish each sentence if I were only concerned                                                                                                                               Still, Haddon balances this release with
                                                    for dance intertwined.”                                and she started when she was 2 years old. The
with the here and now, if I were focused only                                                                                                                          the right amount of street smarts and
                                                      Leap of Faith, located at 8535 Hankins Road,         St. Louis, Mo., native is a graduate of Spellman
on minimizing my own inconveniences, and                                                                                                                               Bible-based messages. “The Word” may
                                                    is a Christian-based dance studio that teaches         College and in 1999 moved from Atlanta to
if heavenly rewards were not at all important                                                                                                                          be mushy, but it’s the best way to close
                                                    tap, ballet, liturgical and hip-hop.                   Charlotte. In 2002, she choreographed classes
to me. They follow each state or condition                                                                                                                             this project. Haddon is still an acquired
                                                      Including Davis, there are three instructors.        and founded Psalm 150, a dance ministry for
(such as being poor in spirit) with an earthly                                                                                                                         taste, but he’s as accessible as he’s ever
                                                    Davis, who still has a full-time job, works            children at University Park Baptist.
outcome that seems desirable. These conclu-                                                                                                                            been on this recording.
                                                    from home for a bank during the day and is at            “I want (children) to learn early about God,”
sions focus on rising above others, gaining
                                                    the studio on weeknights and Saturdays.                Davis said. “I want kids to be actively involved
control, and benefiting only one person-me. I
                                                      Before each class Davis opens with a prayer,         and I want them to come in here and grow.”
call this collection of statements the “me-atti-
                                                    something Juanita Brown appreciates.                     The love she had for Psalm 150 carries over
                                                      “I like the classes because we always pray           to her passion at Leap of Faith, a non-compet-
                                                    before we get started,” Brown said. “I’m in            itive based school where the environment is
  A key ingredient to understanding the true
                                                    church a lot and I like that interaction here be-      geared toward the art of dance. Davis also
nature of verses 3-10 is found at the end of
                                                    cause it makes it more spiritual.”                     started the Leap of Faith Dance Company for
verse 11-namely, the three words “because of
                                                      Brown decided to join the experience after           teens and adults, which performs throughout
me.” Jesus says those who follow him defi-
                                                    her 6-year-old granddaughter Kendall started           the year.
nitely will receive harsh or unfair treatment.
                                                    ballet and tap dance classes. And just like the          Davis is a certified dance educator through
At the same time, Jesus says it is because of
                                                    children, Brown says Davis is very patient             Dance Masters of America and still attends
him that we may view the Beatitudes as a
                                                    with adults.                                           church at University Park.
blessing and not a curse. Knowing who Jesus
                                                      “She’s very sweet-talking all the time,”               “Here we offer a godly environment,” she
is, and more importantly, having a personal
                                                    Brown said. “Everyone here is just so kind and         said. “I think one of the biggest things that sets
relationship with him, can help provide a com-
                                                    that’s what you look for.”                             up apart (from other studios) is our commit-
pletely new perspective on the blessings
                                                      Lisa Robinson, who performed with Davis              ment to excellence and our Christian princi-
promised by the Beatitudes.
                                                    on University Park Baptist Church’s praise             ples.”
  A well-worn T-shirt of mine sports these
                                                    team, has been going to her classes for almost           For more information about Leap of Faith,
words, “Who you know determines where you
                                                    four years. She takes the adult combo class,           call (704) 597-0209 or visit www.leapoffaith-
go. Know Jesus.” (See Romans 6:23.) This
                                                    which is ballet, tap and jazz and is also a  
                Please see COMMUNITY/6B             member of the Leap of Faith Dance Company.

                                     Former NOI leader W.D. Mohammed dies
                                      By Sophia Tareen                                      not immediately released.                                    their humanity and to extend the moral and ethical
                                      THE ASSOCIATED PRESS                                    “We ask that you pray for our father and leader,” the      values of Islam to the general American public.”
                                       CHICAGO - Imam W.D. Mohammed, who suc-               statement said.                                                When Elijah Muhammad died in 1975, his son was
                                     ceeded his father as leader of the Nation of Islam       The Cook County Medical Examiner said 74-year-old          named leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam,
                                     but abandoned its teachings of black supremacy         Wallace Mohammed was pronounced dead Sept. 9.                which promoted self-reliance and black supremacy, a
                                             and moved thousands of its followers           Mohammed went by both Warith Deen Mohammed                   belief mainstream Muslims consider heretical.
                                               into mainstream Islam, has died. He          and Wallace Muhammad. An autopsy was planned for               But Mohammed quickly abandoned that teaching
                                               was 74.                                      Sept. 10.                                                    and led the Nation toward orthodox Islam, emphasiz-
                                                 Mohammed died at his home in                 “Obviously, it’s a great loss for the entire Muslim        ing the faith’s message of racial tolerance.
                                                      Markham, Illinois, according to       community,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of            Minister Louis Farrakhan, who broke with Mo-
                                                      a family statement issued late        Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan,           hammed over the change, separately revived the old
                                                    Tuesday by his nephew, Sultan           where Mohammed led a convention last month. “He
                                                Muhammad. Details of his death were         was encouraging his followers to accept the best of
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                                                                                   WORSHIP BRIEFS
  The calendar deadline is noon on Fridays. Fax        • First Presbyterian Church presents its Un-       through Nov. 3 in the education building. The           classes are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first
announcements to (704) 342-2160 or e-mail            tapped Theology Series, which take a deeper          classes include Christology, which will be              Saturdays in September through December at Please        look at reality television. The group, open to the   taught by Lloyd D. Jones, and J.D. Grasty will          the Stratford YMCA, 1946 West Blvd. Partici-
put “religion news” in the subject line. Do not      public, will meet at Fest Restaurant at 116 W.       teach Biblical truths and the Epistles of John.         pants must register to attend. For more infor-
send attachments.                                    5th St., at 7 p.m. through December. Attendees       Classes can count for credits. For more infor-          mation, call (704) 509-4552 or email
  Ongoing:                                           will have the opportunity to ask questions           mation, call (828) 464-7055.                  
  • Out of the Box International Kingdom of God      about God, themselves and the world. Shows in-         • House of Esther and the Stratford Richard-            • Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, 3725 Beat-
presents its Fire and Rain Conference 2008, “Je-     clude “Family Matters on Sept. 8, “Who’s The         son YMCA is hosting free training classes for           ties Ford Road, presents its Neighborhood
hovah Back in Control” Sept. 15-21 at Grace and      Boss?” on Oct. 15, “Perfect Strangers,” on Nov.      single mothers ages 16 to 32. Some of the               Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through
Mercy Ministries, 2916 Tuckaseegee Road. Con-        20 and “MTV Unplugged” Dec. 19. For more in-         classes included in the Important Maternal Prin-        Sept. 27. For more information, call (704) 398-
ference times are at 7:30 p.m. Monday through        formation, call (704) 927-0240.                      ciples and Christian Training or I.M.P.A.C.T., are      2914 or (704) 408-7836.
Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday. For a list of           • Grace Bible College, 1185 Little Road in New-    workplace development, life skills, time man-             • A Gift of Love Ministry, 1530 E. Alleghany
speakers or for more information, call (704)         ton, N.C., invites people to attend classes at the   agement/continuing education and parenting              St., hosts an attic sale and fish fry between 9
780-0803.                                            church. The classes begin at 6:50 p.m. Sept. 1       skills. Childcare and lunch will be provided. The
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Community of values for all believers to follow
                                      outcomes in mind, these            fit, nor are the lessons they                        through the way in which they                      Contrast that with a lone indi-        there.
statement helps us focus on                                                                                                                                                      vidual on a hillside holding a           The Beatitudes begin and
Continued from page 4B
                                      “blessed are” statements sud-      teach possible to learn in isola-                    live. A single granule of salt
Heaven and Hell, and ulti-            denly make more sense.             tion from others. The Beati-                         seasons very slightly. How-                        candle. Once again, you can            end with “the kingdom of
mately, how one reaches each            Jesus can turn unpleasant,       tudes are a common set of                            ever, when you liberally sprin-                    see the power of community             heaven” (vv. 3, 10) as God’s re-
(which is certainly an important      unwanted, and unjust circum-       values, meant to be shared by                        kle your saltshaker over that                      when it comes to Christians            ward. Is this significant?
message). However, I also think       stances into something good.       the entire Christian commu-                          piece of steak or ear of corn,                     making an impression on the              What are some practical
knowing Jesus greatly influ-          Because Jesus sets the             nity. They are traits that WE                        the result can be dramatic-the                     world.                                 ways Christians can help each
ences our daily routines, such        supreme example for us, we         are to live out together as fol-                     salt now can bring out the very                      Questions for your group             other to more consistently ex-
as “where we go” with our             can rejoice and be glad, and       lowers of Christ.                                    best flavor in the food. Clearly,                    Jesus directs the Beatitudes         hibit the attitudes demon-
thoughts, priorities, and ac-         know that we’ll have great re-       Jesus follows up the Beati-                        we are meant to work together                      to his disciples. Why do you           strated in the Beatitudes?
tions.                                wards in Heaven (Matthew           tudes with two examples of                           if we are to positively affect                     think he picked this group to            For personal reflection
  Knowing how Jesus re-               5:12).                             the importance of community                          the world around us.                               hear these teachings?                    Do you exhibit any “me-atti-
sponded to situations, and              We                               (Matthew 5:13, 14).                                    Jesus’ second example of a                         Consider the lessons being           tudes” that need to be
knowing the qualities and char-         The title of this lesson           In his first example, Jesus                        city on a hill can be inter-                       taught in the Beatitudes. Com-         changed?
acter he exhibited, helps us em-      speaks of community, which         encourages his followers to be                       preted in similar fashion. A                       pare and contrast how worldly            Are you a “hillside candle
brace the Beatitudes in a whole       implies a sharing in common.       like salt, to flavor and season                      city on a hill, especially when                    values clash with God’s re-            holder”? What is preventing
new light. When we realize            The Beatitudes were not writ-      the world around them, and to                        lit up at night, can be seen                       wards in regards to each of the        you from living in “a city on a
Jesus had heavenly, eternal           ten for a single person’s bene-    exhibit their values to others                       from a great distance away.                        “blessed are” statements               hill”?

Former Nation of Islam leader W.D. Mohammed dies
                                      who had that hate rhetoric has       Born in 1933 in the Detroit                       said.                                               emphasis on black economic             supporting convicts after they
                                      come and passed and they           area, Mohammed was the sev-                           No one knows the size of                          self-reliance that had been            were released from prison.
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Nation of Islam.                      know it,” Mohammed said in         enth of eight children. He was                      Mohammed’s          movement,                       part of the Nation of Islam’s            In 1990, Mohammed was the
  Farrakhan and Mohammed              an interview last year in Little   interested in Islam from an                         which was decentralized with                        mission.                               first Muslim to open the U.S.
reconciled in 2000 through a          Rock, Arkansas.                    early age, said Lawrence                            many leaders and many enti-                           Mohammed’s businesses in-            Senate with prayer.
series of meetings and a joint          The Nation of Islam didn’t       Mamiya, a religion professor at                     ties, including The Mosque                          cluded importing clothing, de-           The movement’s decentral-
public appearance at a Friday         immediately return telephone       Vassar College in Poughkeep-                        Cares. However, the number                          veloping skin care products            ization makes it unclear who
prayer in Chicago.                    messages seeking comment.          sie, New York.                                      of his followers is believed to                     and real estate development.           will succeed Mohammed.
  Still, Mohammed remained              Mohammed was a friend of           “He was a great African                           be in the tens of thousands.                        Among the social service work
critical of many Nation of            Malcolm X, who also aban-          American Muslim leader who                            The movement included not                         he championed was promot-
Islam leaders.                        doned the Nation to embrace        opened up Islam to the wider                        only mosques nationwide, but                        ing education, improving ac-
  “The time for those leaders         mainstream Islam.                  American public,” Mamiya                            many business projects,                             cess to health care and
                                                                                                                             which reflected the continued

A woman vice president? Sure.
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By Adelle M. Banks                    Louisville, Ky. based Council      he would send a help to the
RELIGION NEWS SERVICE                 on Biblical Manhood and Wom-       man,” Hoyt said. “Well, it was-
                                      anhood, which believes men         n’t just a help to cook his                                                                                                                      Rev. Clifford Matthews, Jr.,
  WASHINGTON - There may              and women have separate and        meals. It was a help to walk
never be a female pastor lead-
                                      distinct roles in the home and     alongside him, even as we see
ing Tony Perkins’ Southern            the church, in a column on his     John McCain and Sarah Palin
Baptist      congregation        in   organization’s “Gender Blog.”      walking side by side.”
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woman taking over the vice            including women at the helm        change for some evangelicals.
president’s mansion in Wash-          of prominent conservative          As recently as March 2007, the                          September 21, 2008:
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  And as Perkins sees it,             at such viewpoints, arguing        that 56 percent of white evan-                          Morning Worship Services @ 10:00am
there’s no contradiction there        that women should be consid-       gelicals viewed the idea of
whatsoever.                           ered for leadership both in and    mothers with young children
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  “It’s not a spiritual role,” said   out of the pulpit.                 working outside the home as a
Perkins, president of the Fam-          Jane Hansen Hoyt leads
                                                                                                                                 Reverend Dennis A. Meredith,
                                                                         “bad thing” rather than a good
ily Research Council and a            Aglow International, a mostly      one. But Wendy Wright, presi-                           Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church
church elder, who calls Alaska        evangelical organization that      dent of Concerned Women for
Gov. Sarah Palin a “brilliant         will bring some 2,000 women                                                                in Atlanta, Ga.
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                                        Charlotte, NC 28205

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a.m. to 2 p.m. every fourth Sat-     • The Baha’i Community of        information, call (704) 875-
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call (704) 323-7259.               honor the International Day of       Greater Gethsemane A.M.E.
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free aerobics classes at 6:30      Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115      Oct. 11. $7.00 per plate
p.m. every Monday and Tues-        W. 7th St. Additionally, there       Oct. 12
day night. The classes, which      will be interfaith readings on       • St. Phillip Missionary Bap-
are held at 2945 Derita Ave.,      peace, choral music, and a         tist Church, 524 Dellwood
mix the mind, the spirit and       high school essay winner will      Drive in Huntersville hosts its
the body. Class participants       read his/her essay. For more       homecoming day celebration
are asked to bring water, wear     information, call (704) 569-       for Pastor Larry Daniel at 11
comfortable clothing and be at     2525 or (800) 22-UNITE.            a.m. Dinner will be served at 1
least 18 years of age. For more      • Muslim American Society        p.m. For more information,
information visit www.thefull-     of Charlotte is hosting a Civic    call (704) 875-6180. or call (704)       Leader Ramadan Dinner at the         Oct. 18
948-8626.                          MAS Community Center, 4301           • Nations Ford Community
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  • Greater Harvest Ministries,    p.m. The multi-cultural feast is   Road, is hosting its Black Tie
648 E. Matthews-Mint Hill          intended to build and              Anniversary Banquet, at 6 p.m.
Road, presents Work and Life       strengthen relationships while     at the Renaissance Charlotte
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information, call (704) 369-         • Oak Grove Missionary Bap-        Oct. 20
4803.                              tist Church, 200 Sims Parkway        • Nations Ford Community
  Sept. 20                         in Harrisburg, invites you to      Church, 5901 Nations Ford
  • New High Springs Baptist       celebrate its women confer-        Road, presents its Anniversary
Church, 811 South Dalton St.       ence, “Sisters Investing in Sis-   Worship Celebration Week
in Gastonia, celebrates its pas-   ters.” The conference runs         through Oct. 24. Each night
tor’s 26th year anniversary. At    from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and       will be different speakers and
5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 the church      the speaker is pastor Lisa         the program begins at 7 p.m.
will kick off the anniversary      Oates. Four sessions will be of-   For more information, call
with pastor Winford Galmon         fered as well as a continental     (704) 522-6480.
Jr., and First Red Branch Bap-     breakfast and lunch. For more        Nov. 14
tist Church. The celebration       information, call (704) 619-         • Save the date to commem-
will conclude at 10 a.m. Sept.     7168 or (704) 598-7728.            orate the 25th anniversary cel-
21 with the Rev. Eddie Segars,       Sept. 28                         ebration of the Rev. Clifford
associate minister at New High       • Mount Carmel Baptist           Jones Sr., first lady Brenda
Springs Baptist Church. For        Church, 7237 Tuckaseegee           Jones and their family from
more information, call (704)       Road, welcomes guest speaker       Nov. 14-16. The events will be
596-3783.                          Ronald L. Carter, president of     held at the church, 3400 Beat-           St. Michaels
  • Reeder Memorial Baptist        Johnson C. Smith University,       ties Ford Road. For more infor-               &
Church, 3725 Beatties Ford         at its 10:45 a.m. worship serv-    mation, call (704) 392-0392.
Road, presents “Taking it          ice. For more information, call      Dec. 14
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The church urges the commu-          • First Presbyterian Church,     at the Hilton Hotel University          Rev. Wendell Phillips
nity to pray for change and        will co-host an introductory       Area, 3501 Tuckaseegee Road,              (704)399-3151
healing to the people and city     workshop for anyone inter-         beginning at 6 p.m. The formal
of Charlotte. For more infor-      ested in exploring the practice    affair includes a live jazz
mation, call (704) 398-2914.       of centering prayer at Sardis      band, a comedian, Psalmist
  • St. Luke Missionary Baptist    Presbyterian Church, 6100          and fine dining. The cost is
Church, 1600 Norris Ave., cel-     Sardis Road. The workshop          $55. For more information,
ebrates     its    homecoming      will be held from 10 a.m. to 4     call (704) 712-6370.
through Sept. 21. The mass         p.m. and the cost is $30. To
choir will sing in concert at 6    register, call the Rev. Alice
p.m. Saturday. Following 10        Johnson at (704) 366-1854.
a.m. worship service on Sun-         • The Genesis Project Family
day, a picnic will follow and      Wellness Center, Inc. presents
the guest minister is the Rev.     a Mental Health Services Expo
Dennis A. Meredith of Taber-       to address depression and
nacle Baptist Church in At-        other emotional and behav-
lanta. For more information,       ioral issues across cultural
call (704) 375-9650.               lines. The expo will be held
  Sept. 21                         from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The
  • New Shiloh Baptist Church      Park’s Merchandise Mart, 2500
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St., presents its Big Gospel Ex-   more information, call (704)
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formation, call (704) 488-         of Mayfield Memorial Baptist        Sunday School                   9:30 AM
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                                                                                                                                                  Greenville Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church
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                                                                                                                                                  East Stonewall A.M.E. Zion Church
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A woman vice president? Sure. A woman pastor? Not likely
Continued from 7B                   nent pastoral roles, said Mar-     that “the office of pastor is      he couldn’t see himself as          Palin’s nomination, and is       in politics but a greater place
America, said such polling          garet Poloma, research pro-        limited to men as qualified by     “first dude” (a term used by        shocked by callers who com-      in the nation’s pulpits. “Quite
numbers may be a “rather            fessor at the University of        Scripture” and a wife should       Palin’s husband). Still, he         plain that the Alaska governor   frankly, it is threatening be-
stark” look at situations that      Akron. She calls the views of      “submit herself graciously” to     thinks decisions about roles        “has no business being in pol-   cause the more you see Chris-
vary from family to family, in-     evangelicals — many of them        her husband’s leadership.          are up to each husband and          itics.”                          tian women out in the
cluding Palin’s. “What people       non-Pentecostals — who sup-           But those beliefs, based on     wife — including Sarah and            Crouse, whose mother is an     professions and doing things
have seen as they’ve watched        port women politicians but         New Testament teachings, do        Todd Palin.                         85-year-old United Methodist     publicly, the more people get
Gov. Palin is that she has inte-    not women pastors a matter         not apply to women in secu-          “The only thing that would        minister, thinks those com-      adjusted to that idea and the
grated her family and her           of “selective interpretation”      lar leadership, said Richard       disqualify Gov. Palin from          ments reflect a fear of women    more acceptable it is,” she
work,” she said. “There are         of the Bible.                      Land, president of the South-      being governor or vice presi-       not only having a greater role   said.
situations where people are           “The whole thing is con-         ern Baptist Ethics and Reli-       dent, in my opinion, would be
able to bring their children to     torted, but they really believe    gious Liberty Commission.          if her husband didn’t want
work.” Palin herself has reli-      that,” she said. “That’s their     “Where the New Testament is        her to do it,” he said. Janice
gious roots in the Assemblies       interpretation.”                   silent, we’re silent,” he said.    Shaw Crouse, senior fellow at
of God, a Pentecostal denom-          The Southern Baptist Con-        “Where the New Testament           Concerned Women of Amer-
ination that ordains women          vention, the nation’s largest      speaks, we’re under its au-        ica’s Beverly LaHaye Institute,
but where female clergy still       evangelical denomination, de-      thority.” Land’s wife works as     said she’s appeared on Chris-
have difficulty getting promi-      clares in its faith statement      a psychotherapist, but he said     tian radio talk shows since

Hispanic pastor’s political sway on rise
By Amy Green                        the National Hispanic Chris-       less and downtrodden by feed-      the greatest countries in the
RELIGION NEWS SERVICE               tian Leadership Conference (an     ing the homeless and employ-       world. It’s not a perfect coun-
                                    arm of the National Associa-       ing former criminals on its        try, but I wouldn’t change it for
  ORLANDO, Fla. - As the Rev.       tion of Evangelicals) is emerg-    cleaning staff,” he said.          anything. ... I just want to par-
Nino Gonzalez sees it, voting       ing as a prominent voice on          Gonzalez says he doesn’t tell    ticipate. I want to go on record,
is like learning English or earn-   behalf of non-Catholic Hispan-     parishioners how to vote, only     when my time passes I want it
ing citizenship - something         ics. When the group emerged        that they should vote. “As a       to be known there was a pastor
that is fundamentally Ameri-        in 1992, early leaders never       pastor, I believe we should par-   here who did something at
can. So when he moved here          envisioned political involve-      ticipate,” he said. “I love this   least.”
from Puerto Rico eight years to     ment, said the group’s presi-      country. I feel we have one of
lead Orlando’s Iglesia El Cal-      dent,     the    Rev.   Samuel
vario and found that Hispanics      Rodriguez. Yet today Ro-
were sitting out the electoral      driguez said he holds a “signif-
process, he resolved to do          icant number” of meetings
something about it.                 with Sens. Barack Obama and
  Gonzalez spoke from the           John McCain, who are courting
pulpit and his church-owned         a voting block that could prove
AM station. He rallied with His-    pivotal in swing states such as
panics for immigration reform.      California, Florida, Nevada and
He invited Florida Republicans      New Mexico. Despite tradition-
Gov. Charlie Crist, then a can-     ally conservative leanings, His-
didate, and Sen. Mel Martinez       panics seem up for grabs in
to his church, prayed for them      2008, Rodriguez said. Many
and implored them not to for-       Hispanics harbor bitter feel-
get immigrants.                     ings against the Republican
  Today he is a rising national     Party over failed immigration
leader among a growing num-         reform. “The Republican Party
ber of Hispanics who are            dropped the ball, and it was
breaking from a historically        one of the worst exercises in
passive role in American poli-      political engagement that we
tics - a newfound sense of ac-      have seen since the Republican
tivism that could prove pivotal     Party similarly blew off the
in the November elections.          African American vote in the
With citizenship numbers on         early 1960s,” he said.
the rise and immigration is-          According to a Pew Hispanic
sues in the news, Hispanics are     Center survey this summer,
feeling empowered to vote and       Hispanic voters favor Obama
are finding guidance at church      over McCain by 66 percent to
– the same place many often         23 percent. Historically, His-
turn to for community, lan-         panics stayed out of politics.
guage, citizenship and other        Many were recent immigrants
support.                            and were too young to vote.
  “Based on what the Bible          That is changing, and like
says, I feel that I need to par-    evangelicals generally, His-
ticipate in favor of those who      panic evangelicals have shed
don’t have a voice,” said Gon-      their distrust for government
zalez,      whose       Hispanic    and now embrace political in-
megachurch - the state’s sec-       volvement, Rodriguez said.
ond-largest - draws some            Immigration was the issue that
5,500 on Sundays. “So I march       sparked large-scale Hispanic
with the immigrants. I partici-     involvement, but the dismal
pate in their rallies.”             economy, a divisive war and
  Their numbers nudge higher        dissatisfaction with the cur-
with every election. In 2006,       rent White House likely will
Hispanics accounted for 8.6         drive many new voters to the
percent of all votes cast, up       polls, Lugo said. At the center
from 6 percent in 2004 and 5.5      of this change are pastors such
percent in 2000, according to       as Gonzalez, a charismatic reli-
the Pew Hispanic Center.            gious leader who may not un-
  Religious affiliation is a        derstand the full weight of his
strong indicator of political af-   influence, said Rodriguez, who
filiation. Among eligible Latino    has known him for at least 16
voters, evangelicals are twice      years. “He would be catego-
as likely as Catholics to iden-     rized as one of our Rick War-
tify with the Republican Party      rens, Bill Hybels and Joel
and are even more likely to de-     Osteens,” Rodriguez said, re-
scribe themselves as conserva-      ferring to the emerging crop of
tive.                               high-profile evangelical lead-
  Hispanics are showing their       ers. “He is undoubtedly one of
political involvement in other      America’s most important His-
ways, too. “There is the emer-      panic pastors and one of the
gence of the national and reli-     most important pastors over-
gious leadership,” said Luis        all.” Gonzalez grew up in the
Lugo, director of the Pew           south Bronx and Puerto Rico
Forum on Religion and Public        and eventually settled in
Life and a native of Cuba.          Puerto Rico, where he worked
“What you see now is networks       for the Assemblies of God. In
and organizations that are be-      2000, he came to Iglesia El Cal-
ginning to organize and mobi-       vario, an Assemblies of God
lize          the         Latino    congregation, where atten-
evangelical/Pentecostal vote.       dance has doubled in the past
That’s another step for Hispan-     eight years. He said he became
ics to participate in American      a pastor because he didn’t
public life.”                       want to end up like some of his
  U.S. Catholic bishops have        New York friends, on drugs
long been a strong voice on be-     and in jail. His church puts
half of immigrants, and now         special emphasis on the voice-

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