Church Briefs – September 21, 2017

SALEM RESETTLEMENT OF REFUGEES PROGRESSING The possibility that a refugee family will be resettled in Salem next year moved closer this month when the pastor who...

Religiously Speaking: An old friend retires; family promise celebrates

It does not seem like 50 years since I received a phone call one March afternoon thanking me for a New Minister Profile I...

Church Briefs

SENIORS’ WORKSHOPS SET AT SALEM CIVIC CENTERSenior Extravaganza, a series of free workshops on issues important to older adults, is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept....

Religiously Speaking

2 Churches building in Oak Grove areaIf you travel the Roanoke Valley’s busy western perimeter highway, Electric Road, you may have noticed earth moving...

The Rev. Robert F. Humphrey to be installed as Lutheran bishop

The Rev. Robert F. Humphrey will be installed as bishop of the Virginia Synod - Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on Saturday, September...

Pastor says sale to enhance ministry

The congregation of Salem Baptist Church, which worships at 103 N. Broad Street, voted earlier this month to sell for $113,000 a piece of...

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DIOCESE TO SPONSOR FORUMS ON RACE  To increase understanding among those of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia has planned three...

Church Briefs – August 10th, 2017

 THOMPSON PLANS STAFF RETIREMENTThe Rev. Branan J. Thompson, who has been active in Roanoke Valley ecumenical church life since 1968, has announced that he will...

Politics – sometimes – belongs in church

Religiously SpeakingBack in the 1960s, I attended a Roanoke church whose minister was deeply committed to both racial integration and opposition to the Vietnam...

A new look comes to Salem’s First UMC

Religiously SpeakingIn the system of rotating clergy after a few years in one church, which United Methodism has followed since its founding in the...