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‘Hidden Figures’ heroine Katherine Johnson honored at Oscars

Although “Hidden Figures,” the film about three female African-American mathematicians who were integral to the early days of NASA’s space program, didn’t take home any trophies at last night’s Oscars awards, the Academy honored the film’s main character, Katherine Johnson, during the presentation for Best Documentary.

Service remembers Wyatt Outlaw, victim of 1870 lynching in N.C.

It happened in Graham, the seat of Alamance County, on February 26, 1870. A racially charged crowd hung Wyatt Outlaw from a tree until his last breath. None of the hooded men involved in the lynching of the former slave, who was then serving on the Graham Town Commission, would ever serve prison time.

Six Agency Review Committee concludes its first meeting

The Six Agency Review Committee commissioned by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met here this week to begin the process of discerning their goals and hear from representatives of the six agencies that comprise the denomination.

Finding spiritual values in Oscar’s ‘Best Pictures’

Each year the Academy for Motion Pictures and Sciences nominates five to ten films for the “Best Picture” category. I wish that it were a full ten this year, with the addition of Martin Scorcese’s haunting Silence rounding out the number.

Intergenerational Valentine’s Day event celebrates women’s friendships

The last thing that Laura Raffle wants to do on Valentine’s Day is have dinner out at a crowded restaurant. “Although we of course recognize the holiday, I find Valentine’s Day to be a bit overrated in terms of romantic love,” says Raffle, a member of the 1,300-member First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in historic downtown Charleston, S.C. “What I really love is the fact that it’s a fun day for my kids to get a special treat and to make Valentine’s Day cards, especially my four-year-old daughter, who is just learning how to write. For me it’s all about showing my love

2020 Vision Team holds its first meeting in Texas

The 2020 Vision Team of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met here last weekend to begin the work requested of them by the Way Forward Committee of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in creating a vision statement for the denominatio

Rural Kentucky congregation opens its doors for community prayer service

The small town of Lebanon (pop. 5,800) sits 70 miles southeast of Louisville in the heart of central Kentucky. Surrounded by lush farmland, the area is known as a hub for bluegrass music, manufacturing facilities and bourbon production. It’s also home to United Presbyterian Church, which hosted a prayer service last Friday in response to President Donald Trump’s January 27 executive order on refugees and immigration.

Way Forward Commission receives updates from sub groups

The Way Forward Commission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) met last night via conference call to discuss its members’ progress and continue mapping strategies for evaluation of and recommendations on the denomination’s structure.