Last week the Global United Fellowship met in Baltimore, MD for The Gathering 2016. The week was packed with spiritual worship and activities for individuals and families. Lady Patrice Ellis wife of GUF presiding prelate, Bishop Neil Ellis convened a fantastic day for senior pastors' wives.
To welcome Lady Patrice Ellis and her team to Baltimore, Rev. Monique Carter, first lady at New Shiloh Baptist Church and Lady Danielle Hickman, first lady at Southern Baptist Church, hosted a delightful meal at the Rusty Scupper at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. At the close of the meal, Lady Carter gifted the guests with beautiful pashminas in colorful pouches.
Lady Ellis and Lady Carter seated in the set designed by Lady Monique Carter
Last week at our Women’s Ministry we were excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley, the Regional Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York. Previous years have included a Prayer Journey for women powerfully led by Rev. Jacqueline Arnold and other prayer warrior women. This year when the vision of a Prayer Walk was incubating, Rev. Goldie Walker said that she knew someone with a portable labyrinth.
Sunday was Baccalaureate Day at Highland Park. This service allows us to salute the academic accomplishments our members. It is always exciting and encouraging to see men and women who have actualized a long held desire and achieved a degree. This year’s Baccalaureate speaker was Melonie Wright, a 2016 graduate of Emory University School of Law.
Last Monday night at Highland Park we had a Town Hall meeting. Running in faith we are coming around the bend on a new church construction. We broke ground on May 31, 2014. Since that time we have continued in prayer and faith as the walls went up and the floors poured. Last December, everyone was inspired when the young people of Highland Park had an opportunity to write their names and favorite scriptures on the concrete of the floor of the sanctuary.
It is my delight and honor to share details of the latest book from the desk of my brother, Pastor Harold Carter. My Father’s Gospel: Reminisces of a Son is a tribute that reflects on the life of the late Dr. Harold A Carter, Sr., from his early ministerial development through to the shared pastoral ministry with his son. I had the privilege of reading this book as it was heading to the printer. It was the request of the author that I write the foreword. I was happy to do so. After reading the book, I realized that my brother's relationship with our dad was quite different from I had with him.
Today marks one year since nine prayer warriors were senselessly murdered during Midweek Prayer at Emanuel A.M.E. Church. This week is marked by anguish and disbelief of another senseless slaughter when 49 people at the Pulse Club were mudered and 53 left wounded. What is remarkable and true is the strength of people to rise from despair. The widow of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Jennifer Pinckney said "there is hope that there is going to be a better tomorrow." She is not alone as this voice of hope rose from the massacre in Orlando. photo credit:Alex Holt/WashingtonPost
Last year in Vogue magazine articles appeared about a musical coming to Broadway that would revolutionize theatre. When my husband and I took our daughter to school in New York in August we tried to get tickets. When we realized no one had them we asked the hotel’s concierge. He told us he had one ticket that he was holding for a celebrity who paid $900. That’s when I knew something was afoot. From that moment I was on a quest. Mother's Day weekend I saw Hamilton and I can report what they said is true. After answering questions for so many, at weddings, in the market… and in the spirit of tonight's Hamiltony’s, I have listed some (not all) of my star points.
I always had someone in my life to cover me. Now I am in a spot where I am responsible for myself and it has been difficult. My husband and I did everything together. I never thought that he would be taken from me so soon. I fully expected him to return to the pulpit after he recovered from surgery.
If you watch The Today Show you may have noticed the series “One Small Thing” a new feature of the show. Truth be told, I have only see 2 of them, but today's “One Small Thing” for Family and Friendship Friday was about Forgiveness. Elizabeth Lombardo was the psychologist who spoke about the topic. She gave a rationale and a strategy for forgiveness. She also talked about the benefit of forgiveness, in that it benefits the person who gives it. For me, this series clip was a divine bookend for the week and I want to share.
This year my daughter did not have a break from her studies and not wanting her to be alone for Easter weekend my son and I made the trip to visit her. The hidden agenda in my plan was to witness the Easter Parade. Growing up I always looked forward to seeing the ladies in their bonnets in Sunday Styles section of the Times. Over the years it has become more eclectic but it remained a hidden desire of mine.
Seeing friends and the connecting with the sisterhood is always part of the feel good factor of attending a ministers’ wives conference and I was happy this year’s Northeast Regional was close to home. The Maryland Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows hosted the 2016 Northeast Regional Conference of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows. The MAMWMW, led by President Eloise Jackson, accommodated the conference attendees with grace and excellence during the weekend event. Over 360 women registered for the conference that included Holy Communion, stimulating workshops and dynamic speakers.
As the sun was starting to shine on Tuesday over 100 pastors' wives gathered at First Baptist Church of Glenarden for a First Ladies Chat 'n Chew. The event hosted by First Lady Trina Jenkins, First Lady DeeDee Freeman, First Lady Peggy Maclin and Co-Pastor Susie Owens brought together pastors' wives from Prince Georges County, MD and as far away as Tennessee. Everything was beautifully prepared and executed. From the arrival where cars were valet parked, to the the fresh flowers and satin linens, to the swag bags and a splendid buffet that included a breakfast area and a lunch area, all of the pastors' wives felt special.
Of special note to me, Pastor Harold Carter was one of the speakers for the symposium. His address was A Conversation on Culture: Bridging the Divide, An Analysis of Rapidly Changing Cultural Mores and Their Impact Upon Evangelical Recessionary Trends. I am delighted that my brother was able to participate with the other clergy as this was the first time a religious organization addressed the United Nations.
To kick off the year the proposal of Pastor Raphael Gamaliel Warnock to Nadiémè Oulèye Ndoye was featured. This month of love is closing out in a fantastic way with the wedding celebration of the newly engaged couple. Valentine’s Day was on a Sunday this year and at the Ebeneezer Baptist Church Sunday began with Pastor Warnock leading 60 married couples with vow renewal during the 11 a.m. worship service. After the morning worship he presided over the nuptials of a young couple. Then at 2:30 Pastor Warnock became a groom and Rev. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr. officiated the ceremony. From beginning to end it was a day of love.
Today is February 29, and to mark this once every four year occurrence, it seemed a good time to ask a Significant Single Sister if women still need the boost of empowerment from this quadrennial opportunity, aka St. Bridget’s Day, to approach a man. Minister Kristen Kimble, the creator and blogger of The Dating Minister has a fantastic site where she chronicles her thoughts and experiences in the dating world. She is candid, funny and real while simultaneously providing a ministry to other singles. She was gracious and shared her thoughts about a flipped script in the dating world.