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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.

Albany Area Religion Bulletin - Dec. 5, 2014

President Jimmy Carter to teach Sunday at Plains church

Baconton United Methodist Church will host a gospel sing at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 featuring Southern Majesty of Sylvester.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Voices encouraging in the face of evil

FAITH: Sanusi lives to witness to the true roots of Islam

Violent, fundamentalists who warp the Koran will attempt to massacre all who will get in their way, lumping tolerant Muslims along with Christians, Jews as “unbelievers.” Verbal or written resistance to their ruthlessness opens one up to kidnapping, torture or brutal death.

Albany State University's annual Christmas concert Sunday at St. Teresa's Catholic Church

After the flood of 1994, the congregation of St. Teresa's Catholic opened its doors to ASU for the holiday performance and has continued the tradition

The Albany State University Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers are preparing for one of their major events of the year

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Between disquiet and gratitude

FAITH: The older I get, the longer the list of what I am thankful for

Social scientists have devised various experiments to prove that giving thanks and counting blessings is good for the body and soul.

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HAL BRADY: Where we as a people stand

FAITH: We stand together in sharing pain

There comes a time in life when the thing we do and the word we speak matters little, but the place we stand matters much. Relating to the recent Grand Jury decision and the people’s response in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the nation, I write this article concerning the place we stand in a tragedy.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Do Sunday drivers still exist?

FAITH: What might Sabbath observance look like in your life?

I have discovered in my older age and in my retirement that for the first time in my adult life all days are potentially just about the same, which makes it even more imperative that I become intentional in observing the Sabbath, a practice I find deeply satisfying even in my imperfect practice of it.

Religion Bulletin - Nov. 21, 2014

Jimmy Carter to speak at Plains church Sunday

Doors to the sanctuary will open at 8:30 a.m. and an orientation is planned around 9 a.m. The church is located at 148 Georgia 45 North, Plains.

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HAL BRADY: Keep gratitude in your heart

FAITH: A proper perspective is needed on the challenges in life

Numbers of us know from our own experience that where there is gratitude. fear and anxiety have lessened.

Food distribution requires pre-registration today

Distribution planned Saturday morning at Gethsemane

The distribution is limited to 96 families, NAACP officials say. Those seeking the food must pre-register by calling the NAACP office at (229) 432-7941 between 10 a.m. and noon today.

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CREEDE HINSHAW: Missing ingredient causes Sabbath debate

FAITH: Sabbath keeper or Sabbath breaker

What a bizarre experience. I have never been in a grocery store at 11 a.m. on Sunday –the only commerce I ever transact on Sunday is dining out.

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