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July 7, 2011
St. Nicholas Catholic Church parishioners bid farewell and wished a happy retirement to their pastor, the Rev. Jim Betz, at a church reception June 23. Father Betz has been with the parish for six years, having previously served as pastor at Ascension Parish, in Bowie. Prior to becoming a priest, Betz spent many years in the construction business, and his expertise in this field helped smooth the way for the repairs and additions to the church. These initiatives included completion of the church sanctuary and altar; easing access to handicap entrances; repaving the parking lots; repairing the church roof; and remodeling the church kitchen, which is used extensively for parish events.
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By Justin George and Justin Fenton and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Baltimore pastor Jamal H. Bryant was among protesters arrested in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday, as he and other clergy demonstrated against police brutality and misconduct. Bryant was on the front lines of a crowd of hundreds of protesters and faith leaders marching from a church to the Police Department in Ferguson, the town where unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police two months ago. In a tweet posted Monday afternoon, Bryant said he had been released. "Just released from St Louis county!"
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2011
Rev. Millard Byrd Knowles, pastor of Old Otterbein United Methodist Church from 1992 through 2006 and later pastor of visitation/pastor emeritus at Perry Hall United Methodist Church, died Thursday following a series of strokes. He was 82. "He could tell any biblical story with an emotion and a passion that made you feel like you were right there," said Rev. Jeff Paulson, a longtime friend and colleague of Mr. Knowles, who had a doctorate in biblical storytelling from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
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By William E. Lori | September 14, 2014
Domestic violence is an issue that has been on the minds of many people in recent days, prompted by the horrifying abuse committed by Ray Rice against his now-wife. His status as a professional football player, coupled with the fact that the attack was captured on video and has been seen by millions, has helped to shine a bright light on this often-neglected yet serious societal problem. Lesser known but not less tragic was the murder of Jessica Meredith Jacobsen, mother to two young boys, by her estranged husband exactly two years ago today in front of their Baltimore County home.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2012
The Rev. Ricky Spain, pastor of East Baltimore's Waters African Methodist Episcopal Church who had also been a community activist in his years as an Annapolis-area pastor, died of cancer Nov. 16 at the Tate Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum. The Severn resident was 63. Born in Virginia Beach, Va., he was the son of Luther and Florence Spain. A 1967 graduate of First Colonial High School, he won state honors for wrestling. After studying at Norfolk State University, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science at North Carolina Wesleyan College.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Monsignor Edward Michael Miller, the longtime pastor of St. Bernardine's Roman Catholic Church who was recalled as the "shepherd" of West Baltimore, died Sunday as he prepared to say Mass. He was 68. Monsignor Miller was found by parish members when he did not arrive at the church, where he had been pastor for 33 years. He had suffered a heart attack. "He was part of the urban Roman Catholic fabric in Baltimore," said City Council member Carl Stokes. "Every good urban Catholic knew Father Miller.
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September 8, 2010
I find it worrisome that this pastor, Terry Jones who's out to burn Qurans, may be treated any differently from someone who yells fire in a crowded movie house. (Isn't that illegal?) If someone were to be hurt or die because of his behavior, how would that be any different from him doing it himself when he knows up front what could happen? What he is planning seems like a form of terrorism. Doesn't the government try to stop terrorism and terrorists? Is it about time for everyone to be in accord on what freedom really needs to mean rather than what we want it to mean?
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by Annie Linskey | October 24, 2012
A Randallstown pastor had harsh words for gays and supporters of same-sex marriage at a recent town hall meeting, saying those who vote yes on Question 6 are approving "things that are worthy of death. " The pastor, Robert J. Anderson of the Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown, was sitting on a dais with Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, when he made the comments. Anderson read from a portion of the Bible that refers to homosexuality. "Those who practice such things are deserving of death," Anderson said, reading from the Bible.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
When the Rev. Marcus Garvey Wood started his ministry at Providence Baptist Church in Baltimore, President Barack Obama hadn't yet been born, Southern schools were still not integrated and Neil Armstrong hadn't walked on the moon. On the 60th anniversary of Wood's pastorship Saturday, some 300 faithful gathered to pay tribute to "the man, the mission and the message. " Gov. Martin O'Malley thanked Wood, 92, for his service to Baltimore and his work as a civil rights leader.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
The Rev. Marion C. Bascom, a leading Baltimore civil rights activist remembered for his lifetime quest for social justice, died of a heart attack Thursday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 87 and lived in Reservoir Hill. "A giant has fallen," said former Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, a close friend and a member of Douglas Memorial Community Church, where Mr. Bascom was pastor for 46 years. "He affected thousands of lives in our community and was a positive life force.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The Rev. Dr. L. Carroll Yingling Jr., a retired United Methodist Church minister and former superintendent of the Baltimore Northwest District, died of cancer Aug. 23 at the Charlestown retirement community. He was 87. "He had a lot of strengths, and he loved the people wherever he served and they returned that love," said the Rev. Lon B. Chesnutt, a longtime friend who retired in 1999 from Hiss Memorial United Methodist Church in Parkville, where he had been pastor for many years.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Del. Emmett Burns, a Baltimore minister, directed his Sunday sermon at the children of his congregation, warning them to be careful in their dealings with police, after a white officer killed an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Mo., last week. Burns, 73, who marched in the civil rights movement with activist Medgar Evers, echoed the sentiments of protesters in the St. Louis suburb and around the nation decrying the shooting of Michael Brown, but he said blacks need to recognize that they still face inequality.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
A cadre of spiritual giants was inducted Saturday into the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum as the East Baltimore gallery looks to expand in its third decade. About 1,000 people gathered in Morgan State University's Murphy Fine Arts Center for a tribute ceremony honoring three pastors and a gospel singer for their roles inspiring the country through faith. "Thank God for blessing them so that they could bless others," Rep. Elijah Cummings told the audience. "I want to thank our honorees for changing the trajectory of so many people's destiny.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
From Rep. Elijah E. Cummings playing a leading role in televised hearings on American deaths in Benghazi, to the Game Show Network visiting a Baltimore church to play matchmaker for a member of the congregation, there is going to be a distinct local flavor to summertime TV this year. Here are 10 shows, stories and trends to look for in and on Baltimore television in coming weeks - for better or worse. “It Takes a Church” debuts at 9 p.m. Thursday on GSN. The reality-TV series hosted by gospel singer Natalie Grant visits a different church each week and, with the help of the pastor and congregation members, plays the dating game.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
A state lawmaker and Baltimore Pastor is expected to speak out at Sunday's church service about what he calls "racist comments" by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Del. Emmett Burns, pastor at Rising Sun Baptist Church, plans to warn that "America is on the verge of Civil War" because of comments by Bundy, the Nevada rancher famous for his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management. Bundy became embroiled in controversy last week when he made comments about African Americans and social welfare.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
The Rev. Gerald W. "Jerry" Weiss, a pastor of United Methodist churches in Maryland who enjoyed collecting and repairing antique clocks, died April 6 of heart failure at the Charlestown retirement community. He was 84. "His use by God went beyond local churches," said the Rev. James H. Farmer, pastor of Severna Park United Methodist Church. "Jerry's life was a gift to the church and as a pastor of God. " The son of a United Methodist minister and a homemaker, Gerald William Weiss was born and raised in Ashley, Ill., and later moved to Albion, Ill., where he graduated in 1947 from Albion Community High School.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
Monsignor Damien George Nalepa, the pastor of a West Baltimore Roman Catholic parish who led campaigns to take guns out of his neighborhood, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday. He was 70. Sean Caine, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, said that when Monsignor Nalepa failed to appear for his regular Saturday evening Mass at St. Gregory the Great, church workers called the police. He said they found him slumped over in a chair in his bedroom. "Though the cause of death is unknown at this time, there was no evidence of foul play," Mr. Caine said.
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By Liz F. Kay and Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2010
A Florida pastor's plan to burn copies of the Quran — originally scheduled for Saturday , the anniversary of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks — has been the subject of heated debate around the country, across the globe and in classrooms of a Northeast Baltimore school. A group of students from City Neighbors Charter School gathered on Belair Road at Glenmore Avenue early Friday morning to protest in favor of tolerance. They shouted and waved signs urging drivers to hit their horns to support religious freedom — and motorists obliged.
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By Tony Glaros | April 8, 2014
Inside the hushed contours of the racetrack kitchen, deep in the cloistered, hardscrabble world of the backstretch at Laurel Park racetrack, every head was bowed. The Rev. Segundo Mir, who pastors a mostly Spanish-speaking flock at First Baptist Church of Laurel, led the 14 people in the room in prayer. "Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful day, the blue sky," he began in a honey-thick baritone. The Monday evening assembly is a long tradition, a standing invitation for anyone who works at the track and is moved to attend.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 2, 2014
Thirty-seven stabs. Thirty-seven cuts by a knife. Twice to his throat. Six times to his spine. Seven times to his shoulder. A slice to his abdomen that ripped him open like a fish. Kevin Ramsby lay on the floor of his Highland Park, Mich., home, bleeding out, waiting to die. It was 3 a.m., no one else was home, he'd been awakened by the sound of an intruder and had stumbled downstairs, his bulky frame protected only by a tennis racket he had grabbed. The intruder had a knife.
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