Mar 052014
 

A panel of leaders from different congregations across New Orleans — including Temple Sinai, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church — will convene next week to discuss issues of sexuality and family planning during an interfaith perspective forum at Trinity Episcopal Church on (Monday) March 10. Continue reading »

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Feb 262014
 

Dr. Michael White and his band, The Original Liberty Jazz Band will perform for the 20th Annual Jazz Service at St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church (via St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church)

Dr. Michael White and The Original Liberty Jazz Band (via St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church)

Celebrate the city of New Orleans with traditional Jazz music Sunday morning (March 2) from renowned clairinetist Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band during the 20th Annual Jazz Service at the St. Charles Ave. Baptist Church. Continue reading »

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Feb 252014
 
Ben Polcer (left), Cassidy Holden (center) and Luke Winslow King (right) will perform at The Norwegian Church on Sunday, March 2. (via Luke Winslow King Music)

Ben Polcer (left), Cassidy Holden (center) and Luke Winslow King (right) will perform at The Norwegian Church on Sunday, March 2. (via Luke Winslow King Music)

Before the Krewe of Thoth rolls on the Uptown route Sunday morning, New Orleans musician Luke Winslow King will perform at a jazz worship service at The Norwegian Church in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 

Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who was widely hailed for his leadership in New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina and is now considering a run for governor, will speak about the threats to Louisiana’s environment at 7 p.m. tonight (Monday, Feb. 24) at First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5212 South Claiborne Avenue. Continue reading »

Feb 142014
 

The Jesuit Tampa Schola and Chamber Orchestra, a touring group from Jesuit High School in Tampa, will perform Gregorian Chant and polyphony, promoting Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI’s “vision of the liturgy”, during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen Church on Sunday (Feb. 16). Continue reading »

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Feb 052014
 

After the recent publication of a letter from Archbishop Gregory Aymond saying that anyone involved in the construction of a Planned Parenthood clinic on South Claiborne Avenue is “cooperating with the evil that will take place there,” pro-life activists believe the pressure they have created has delayed the start of construction since the May groundbreaking, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Planned Parenthood has said 90 percent of its services are health care other than abortions, and that it does not perform the procedure at its clinic on Magazine Street, Hernandez notes.

Nov 142013
 

noahs floodThis weekend’s New Orleans Opera performance of “Noah’s Flood” at Trinity Episcopal Church will include veteran New Orleans news anchor Norman Robinson in the speaking role of God, a cast of professional artists and musicians, and a chorus of students from public and private schools around the city. Continue reading »

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Oct 182013
 
The members of "Helping Mothers Heal" gather in a prayer circle at one of their weekly meetings on September 26, 2013. Helping Mothers Heal is a group of mothers who have lost a child to violence. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The members of “Helping Mothers Heal” gather in a prayer circle at one of their weekly meetings on September 26, 2013. Helping Mothers Heal is a group of mothers who have lost a child to violence. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The grief that follows the loss of a child to violence is one of the most unbearable burdens life can impose on a mother. It is one of life’s mysteries, then, that by gathering a dozen such heavy souls in one room, the burden on all of them becomes lighter.

“It hurts deeply to lose a kid, and you just don’t know why,” said Ann Dimes, a member of the “Helping Mothers Heal” group at the Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue. “So you reach out to another mother, another sister … because life is precious. Life will continue to go on.” Continue reading »

Sep 072013
 
"I was there for her first steps. It hurts so much. The hurt won't stop. But she was a bundle of joy. She wouldn't want to see us cry," said  Keion Reed, while speaking at the funeral of his 1 year-old daughter Londyn Samuels at New Hope Baptist Church Saturday morning.  Samuel's was shot to death in her babysitterÕs arms on Saratoga Street on Thursday, August 29, 2013. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

“I was there for her first steps. It hurts so much. The hurt won’t stop. But she was a bundle of joy. She wouldn’t want to see us cry,” said Keion Reed, while speaking at the funeral of his 1 year-old daughter Londyn Samuels at New Hope Baptist Church Saturday morning. Samuels was shot to death in her babysitter’s arms on Saratoga Street on Thursday, August 29, 2013. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The funeral for Londyn Samuels, the 1-year-old who was shot to death last week while in her babysitter’s arms, was held Saturday morning at New Hope Baptist Church on LaSalle Street.

Andrea Samuels (far right), mother of Londyn Samuels, cries as she looks at her daughter in her casket at the funeral Saturday morning. "She was extraordinary," said Samuels about her daughter. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Andrea Samuels (far right), mother of Londyn Samuels, cries as she looks at her daughter in her casket. “She was extraordinary,” said Samuels about her daughter. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 182013
 

The 155-year-old St. Mary’s Assumption Church in the Irish Channel has already raised about half of the $1 million for its “Don’t Let The Tower Tumble” campaign to restore its 190-foot bell tower, which has lost its gold leaf and copper plating and the cross atop it, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.

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Jun 132013
 

Pastor Andre Massenburg, leader of the City of Refuge Ministry in Chicago and father of slain AmeriCorps volunteer Joseph Massenburg, speaks at the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church on Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Andreas Hoffman of Green Light New Orleans presents the parents of Joseph Massenburg with a plaque to mount on an oak tree planted in their son’s honor. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With prayers for comfort, songs about shelter and scripture about sacrifice, the people of New Orleans offered their heartfelt apologies Wednesday evening to a pair of grieving parents for the loss of their son’s life on our streets.

The young man’s father, a church leader from Chicago, needed no apology, however. Instead, using an adopted pulpit in the far end of west Carrollton, he returned their condolences with a thundering message of resilience and defiance. Continue reading »

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