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Column: Turn pain into promise, violence into peace and equality

Ed. — This appeared in the Sunday, June 7, print edition of The Independent News. BY ISRAEL ZOBERMAN VIRGINIA BEACH — What a year it has been, and it is not yet over. I was awakened early in the morning by my… Continue Reading

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In rural Virginia Beach, Oak Grove Baptist bridges the coronavirus distance with drive-through dinner for community

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — On a Thursday evening in early April, a couple of weeks into our local response to a pandemic, members of Oak Grove Baptist Church cooked up a ham dinner in the church kitchen, wore gloves and masks… Continue Reading

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A vibrant community gathering, displays celebrate Black History Month at the Senior Resource Center in rural Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — Creeds native and writer Rita Jones sees humanity as a single patchwork quilt that’s sewn from many threads, and she developed this vision into a program she coordinated for the Senior Resource Center, Inc., in… Continue Reading

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Column: After scheduling a school year’s start on Rosh Hashana, Virginia Beach should consider its growing religious diversity

BY ERIC MICHAEL MAZUR Virginia Beach Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence on Friday, Jan. 30, sent a letter to “Virginia Beach City Public School Jewish Community Families” because the first day of school for the 2021-2022 academic year will fall… Continue Reading

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Walter A. Whitehurst, pastor and author, crafted tales about his beloved home in Pungo village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — The Rev. Walter A. Whitehurst loved family, church and his home community of Pungo – and these became intertwined in his legacy as a storyteller.Whitehurst died on Saturday, Jan. 4, after a brief illness. He… Continue Reading

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Celebrating Hudson’s Playground at Charity United Methodist Church

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Hudson’s Playground, celebrating the life of 4-year-old Hudson Foschi, was dedicated on Sunday, July 28, at Charity United Methodist Church. The new and improved playground… Continue Reading

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Religious revival brings faith, music to Cedar Hall Farms in Pungo

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 23 print edition. BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Holly Veber was on a mission trip to Chile with other members of Charity United Methodist Church a few years ago when she got the… Continue Reading

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Us: The Rev. Dr. James Allen of the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference

BY JAMES ALLEN VIRGINIA BEACH — I write this as we approach another Memorial Day, when service men and women are putting their lives on the line for all of us, and I am reminded of one thing that stays… Continue Reading

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At church near municipal center, finding solace after the Virginia Beach mass shooting

BY SHELLY SLOCUM COURTHOUSE — At lunchtime on Monday, June 3, dozens of people dressed in blue gathered at Courthouse Community United Methodist Church to remember the 12 people who died in the mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.… Continue Reading