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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.

Jesus believed in keeping it simple. If you love God, he said, you have to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This means accepting your neighbor without all of our qualifiers such as religion, politics, race, favorite rock bands and boxers or briefs.

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The Brick Church at Wambaw will host a Thanksgiving Harvest service on Sunday to celebrate its 250th anniversary.  A traditional Episcopal worship service will honor those who laid the foundation of the parish along with modern-day parishioners who've helped preserve the site.

On Halloween Day, I delivered a speech in the student chapel service at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. My topic was “What Really Scares Me.” The speech was an expanded version of an October column I’d written on the same theme. The irony of my chosen subject wasn’t lost on me given my weak knees on stage. I was battling one of the most common of all terrors: glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. 

I have some great readers who sometimes disagree with me but will only rarely become disagreeable. However, once in a great while I get a letter reeking of discontent.

The National Council of Jewish Women is presenting an interfaith educational event about the #MeToo Movement at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

With trick-or-treaters donning their scariest costumes in just a handful of days, I propose we play a version of the game "20 Questions." I introduce these questions under the heading, “What is it that really frightens you?”

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Two churches, Aldersgate and Enoch Chapel United Methodist who started the monthly, Saturday worship service last spring, are now hosting weekly services which they hope will continue to attract people from all walks of life and demonstrate true racial reconciliation.

Before we vote for the candidate with Jesus in his or her pocket or the one kneeling with a televangelist under glaring camera lights, maybe we should think this through. Let’s pause to ask two questions concerning the candidate who publicly professes religion.

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After receiving many submissions, we've selected five writers to receive for free tickets to the Charleston Leadership Foundation’s 17th annual Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.

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With more than 35 years in full-time ministry, I’ve performed scores of weddings. In the initial planning stages, the groom will often raise the awkward question about my fees.

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The Greater Macedonia church building could be demolished. Even though church leaders want to sell the site, the Charleston Board of Architectural Review deferred the decision on Thursday to tear down Macedonia's downtown facility after several members said they were uninformed that their church could be destroyed.

The India Association of Greater Charleston will celebrate Indian history and culture with an open-to-the-public "India Fest" event, scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Liberty Square, 340 Concord St. (near the South Carolina Aquarium).

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A Nashville-based research group found that the Bible Belt is still fertile ground for church planting. Of the 800-plus new churches surveyed by the organization for a 2015 survey, nearly half of them were founded in the South.