On the second day on Utila Island, I meet our neighbor, Ken Nelson, a missionary with Legacy Mission International. Ken offers me a golf-cart tour into a barrio called Camponado. In literal minutes, we move from stunning beauty to staggering poverty. I’ve not seen a landscape like this since my National Guard deployment into the muddy wards of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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Cinderella days and projects have become a staple in a lot of communities, and for the Lowcountry, it’s the same. The events are a culmination of local community members and businesses coming together to donate dresses while local girls are able to pick out one of their choosing at no cost

On a recent Monday, my wife, Becky, and I boarded a plane flying south to Honduras. From several thousand feet aloft, we cross a border that, according to The New York Times, “76,000 migrants crossed without authorization in February ... approaching the largest numbers seen in any February i…

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For many Christians, Lent involves abstaining from favorite foods, beverages or habits and spending more time in prayer and meditation. Here’s what some worshipers plan to give up for the season.

My interest in public safety comes from the tragedies I’ve witnessed in my chaplain career. In death’s aftermath, I’ve offered comfort to those whose loved ones were accidentally struck, shot, suffocated, burned, poisoned, fallen or electrocuted.

A special session of the general conference, held Saturday through Tuesday in St. Louis, Missouri, will decide whether the denomination will permit same-sex weddings in churches and ordain openly gay clergy — a hot-button topic that recently threatened to split to denomination. Charleston area congregations are hoping for unity and clinging to their values.

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Bach "tempered" (retuned) the chromatic scale, dividing it into 12 equal semitones. He codified the rules of Western harmony, and he set the standard for performance practice in the first part of the 18th century. It’s a legacy that has influenced all musicians since, including The Beatles, whose songs — “Love Me Do,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Penny Lane” — depend on the rules of harmony and voice leading that Bach established.

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It was one of the bloodiest episodes of the civil rights movement, and it changed South Carolina's reputation when it came to race relations. It was no longer known as a moderate state that had avoided the violent confrontations seen in Mississippi and Alabama.

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Have you ever found yourself under fire for saying or writing something that you believed to be clearly innocuous? As a public speaker and a writer, I can say yes to this a thousand times.

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I was stooped over a dustpan lamenting my lot in life when I remembered something the French existentialists believed about struggle: not that struggle would redeem us, but that it was the only sane response to an absurd world.

The groups will host their third annual Food & Faith: A Dialogue Between Muslims and Jews. At the program, which begins with a conversation between Rabbi Michael Davies, who leads Dor Tikvah, and Imam Shamu Shamudeen of the Central Mosque of Charleston, guests will learn blessings and enjoy foods from both religious cultures.

I’ve earned my perspective from sitting in a lot of waiting rooms with patients’ families. These long waits have made me into somewhat of a wait expert.

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YWCA Greater Charleston’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute is a 10-day-long celebration that includes a parade, ecumenical and worship services, a poetry slam and a racial equality workshop. Thousands of Lowcountry residents take part in one way or another.

If you’ve read my column long enough, you’ll know that this columnist seeks to fill the holes of the unexpected. So, today, I recollect my very worst Christmas ever!

“So, how does a former pastor go about looking for a church?” you ask.

I confess that it can be a hit-and-miss process similar to finding a good counselor and a doctor.

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The adjustment is one of several ways churches are taking safety precautions without allowing them to interfere with the worship experience. Across the region, ministers and parishioners are making minor adjustments to how they handle Holy Sacraments and are encouraging members to stay home if necessary.

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The Charleston Symphony Orchestra kicks off a series of holiday concerts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, with a program featuring Charleston Symphony brass players joined by Doc Severinsen, former band leader for "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson," and Phil Smith, former principal trump…

People who help people will get hurt. There’s no way they can walk among the wounded without leaving crumbling pieces of their hearts on the floor.

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Smoke fills the skies near my Auburn, Calif., home. I tried to escape its choking fog by driving halfway down the California coast last weekend, but the smoke followed me the 200-mile distance. The apocalyptic size of this disaster has given my neighbors and me quite a unique perspective during this Thanksgiving and holiday season, and well it should. It’s made us ever more grateful for our homes and the well-being of our families.