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HAL BRADY: Terrorists cannot be allowed to hold our freedoms hostage

FAITH: Americans cannot be so fearful that cherished freedoms go by the wayside

As I have listened to all this terrorism business, I have begun to think seriously about life in the United States — about how easy it would be to listen to all these reports and become so fearful and paranoid that we would be afraid to go anywhere or do anything. We could, in fact, become hostages in our own land.

Religion Bulletin - Jan. 23, 2015

Weekly news on religion

Former President Jimmy Carter is not scheduled to teach Sunday School this Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

Resource fair for families of children with special needs set for Saturday in Albany

Fair will be conducted at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist

Representatives from various organizations will be at an upcoming special needs fair so families can browse, chat and collect information on how they or their children can benefit from the services the organizations provide.

Circuit Assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses conducting religious assembly in Albany

Assembly on biblical principles set for Sunday at Albany Civic Center

A spokesman for the event said the assembly is a semi-annual event meant to serve as a spiritual uplifting of the community and is set to include Bible based talks and demonstrations. Both witnesses and non-witnesses from Florida and southern Georgia are expected to minister to people.

Religion Bulletin - Jan. 17, 2015

First Bethesda plans pastor observance ceremony

Former President Jimmy Carter is not scheduled to teach Sunday School this Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Don't take the bait from violent extremists

FAITH: Extremists use God's name to justify savagery

The writer of a letter to the editor of a Georgia newspaper, outraged over events in Paris, sounded a too-common fundamentalist theme by calling the prophet Muhammad Satan and all one billion Muslims as Satan worshipers, thereby defining the struggle as total good (Christians) versus total evil (Muslims).

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HAL BRADY: Appreciating law enforcement officers

FAITH: In a violent world, law enforcement plays a critical role of protection

This is not a defense of “bad cops” but an overdue expression of thanks to that noble majority of law enforcement officers who in their everyday line of duty put others before themselves,

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Disciplined reading includes many genres

FAITH: No single reading plan fits everybody

Last October I suggested we could become more mature disciples by becoming disciplined readers; the onset of a new year provides a good time to do so.

Albany Area Religion Bulletin Dec. 27, 2014

Jimmy Carter to teach in Plains Sunday

Second Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Bronwood will host a pastor installation service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Christmas greetings of encouragement

FAITH: The time for encouragement never expires

Christmas is a 12-day season, so people still have time to send greetings to others. Here are some individuals and groups I would send words of encouragement to over Christmas.

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St. Paul's re-enacts the Christmas story | PHOTO GALLERY

St. Paul's Episcopal Church youth prepare for annual Christmas Pageant

Young parishioners from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Albany run through a dress rehearsal of the church’s annual Christmas Eve Christmas Pageant, scheduled for 5 p.m. today.

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Longtime cancer center medical director, Dr. Phillip Roberts, retires from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Cancer center director retiring Dec. 31 after 24 years at Phoebe

In 1990, Roberts left his private practice in Albany and joined the Phoebe Cancer Center as medical director, a position he has since maintained.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: How do you rank your giving and receiving this season?

FAITH: Miamonides had eight levels of charitable giving

Miamonides’ scale had nothing to do with Hanukkah or Christmas gifts; his hierarchy describes giving to persons in need. The lowest level is a gift given grudgingly while the highest level enables a person to stand without need for further gifts.

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HAL BRADY: What is Christmas all about?

FAITH: Christmas is about love being the solution

As someone suggested, “Charlie Brown isn’t the only one who asked, ‘what’s Christmas all about.” Real people also ask it.

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HAL BRADY: Perspective on a racial crisis

FAITH: Working together and finding ways to understand each other can heal a community

One city found reasons to join together, talk through and address concerns following the fatal shooting of a man by police.

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