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Author recounts infamous 16th Street Bombing

Carolyn Maull Mckinstry is the author of “While the World Watched” and survivor of two of the 60 unsolved bombings in Birmingham, Alabama during the time of segregation.

Author Recounts Infamous 16th Street Bombing from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.

Monday, January 20, 2014, Rev. McKinstry was the keynote speaker for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration sponsored by Fayette County NAACP Branch & Fayette County Board of Education in Fayetteville, GA.

Fayette County NAACP Branch President John E. Jones stated what he “really loves about this county, this community, is that no matter what is said or done, love still prevails.” There may be differences but we “work through them” continued Jones.

McKinstry referenced several times in her speech that she also believes the world can change but it “must begin with the practice of love.” She ended by stating that “we must learn to work together and to share with each other… we must treat all mankind with respect.”

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Equality for All: Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

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According to paragraph 341.6 of The United Methodist Church Book of Disciplines, “Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches.” This is a pretty tough double standard to abide by in a church whose main mission is “Open hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.” By that creed it is acceptable to believe that in The United Methodist Church, members are open minded about all people no matter what their stature is. There’s even a clause in Article IV that states, “All persons without regard to race, color, national origin, status, or economic condition, shall be eligible to attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments, upon baptism be admitted as baptized members, and upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church in the connection.”

So why is it that homosexuals can attend the church, pay tithes to the church, but not get married in the church?

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Pastor Frank Schaefer, of Zion United Methodist Church, is putting his credentials on the line for giving his son a chance to live happily ever after. Schaefer’s son has been married six years and now the church has made the decision to have a “church trial” on the issue. According to abcnews, Pastor Frank alerted his superiors in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference that he was going to perform his son’s wedding back in 2007 and they did not give him any “warning or reprimand” at that time. Six years later a parishioner has “filed a complaint, that Schaefer was told he would face discipline for violating a church doctrine.” It was also noted that Schaefer could have avoided a trial if he promised that he would not perform another same-sex ceremony. This may have been easy,  but with three out of four of his children being gay that is a promise I am sure no father could make.

 

I do worry about losing my credentials,” Schaefer said, “but I’m willing to lose them for an act of love.”

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Thisis the true meaning of having an open heart and mind. He is a man of God who knows that everyone should be accepted no matter their stature in life; gay, straight, black, white, rich or poor we should be open to everyone just as our church claims to be.

There is a  Facebook page called “Stand With Pastor Frank: Support Equality” that already has 4,810 likes and counting. You too can “Stand With Pastor Frank” and support equality for all by “liking” his page. After all, we are in America where we pledge every day to give “liberty and justice for all.”

 

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Book Character Parade Not a Halloween Parade: Promoting Literacy at all Ages

Fayetteville, GA- Fayette Elementary School is a Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade school this year. A combination of Hood Avenue Primary (Pre-k to 2nd) and Fayette Intermediate School (3rd to 5th) due to budget cuts in the school system; this new school still continued tradition of the Annual Book Character Parade this year. In previous years’ Pre-School to grades 2 were able to participate in the alternate Halloween Costume Parade; however this year it was limited to the lower grades up to 1st grade. Students were encouraged to do a “Story web” of their favorite book and come in on October 31, 2013 wearing original costumes of their favorite character from that book to parade around the school that morning. The upper grades completed their “story webs” and could only bring in a pumpkin decorated from their favorite book character. Students from all grades, Parents, Teachers and Administrators gathered in the halls on October 31, 2013 after the morning announcements to watch the highly anticipated Book Character Parade pass by!

Fayetteville, GA- Pre Kindergarten students at Fayette Elementary School prepare for the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st. In the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Pre Kindergarten students at Fayette Elementary School prepare for the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st. In the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Teachers and Students from Kindergarten and 1st Grade at Fayette Elementary School showcase their favorite book character in the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Teachers and Students from Kindergarten and 1st Grade at Fayette Elementary School showcase their favorite book character in the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Students at Fayette Elementary School in grades 2-5 watch with anticipation the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st. In the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Students at Fayette Elementary School in grades 2-5 watch with anticipation the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st. In the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Fayetteville, GA- Fayette Elementary School student dressed as Cruella Deville from Disney's "101 Dalmations" proudly walks at the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Fayette Elementary School student dressed as Cruella Deville from Disney’s “101 Dalmations” proudly walks at the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden
Fayetteville, GA- Student at Fayette Elementary School who chose the book "Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs" showcases his homemade costume for the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age.
Fayetteville, GA- Student at Fayette Elementary School who chose the book “Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs” showcases his homemade costume for the Annual Book Character Parade. Held every year for grades Pre-K through 1st grade on October 31st in the place of celebrating Halloween at school they celebrate a safe alternative that promotes reading at an early age. Photo Credit: Amanda Golden

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