• Nazareth has congregational ministries conference

    On March 20-22, 2011, the Office of Congregational Ministries held a conference for administrators and board chairs of the 19 congregational ministries within the Western Province of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

    Kathleen Hope Brown, D.Min., and Edward McCormack, Ph.D., from the Institute for Leadership and Catholic Mission at Washington Theological Union presented “Partners in Mission: Fanning the Fire for Mission.”

  • Easter is the perfect time for laughter

    Recently, someone asked on a Christian website: How should you celebrate the day after Easter?

    We’ve all heard the debates over how to celebrate the actual holiday, with Christians arguing with each other over whether the pagan symbols of eggs, furry bunnies and marshmallow Peeps are spiritually detrimental.

    But the day after Easter? Don’t we all just go back to work with leftover ham sandwiches in our lunch boxes?

  • Religion Notes: April 22, 2011

    Episcopal Church of the Ascension

  • Photos: Good Friday service

    Bluegrass Christian Academy will host a community-wide Good Friday Service 1 p.m. April 22 at Parkway Baptist Church.

  • From the ashes come our hope

    I know Ash Wednesday has come and gone, and we’re smack in the middle of Lent, but Ash Wednesday is on my mind.

    This year I went to two Ash Wednesday services, one in the morning and one at night.

    My husband had asked, “Are you that bad?”

    Well, last year I had vowed to give up recreational shopping for the 40 days leading up to Easter and I did well until I resisted not the temptation to buy something that I can’t even remember and probably isn’t even in my closet anymore.

  • Religion Notes: April 8, 2011

    Open Door Christian Center fundraiser

    Open Door Christian Center, 2345 Taylorsville Road, Bloomfield, will have an evangel prison ministry fundraiser 3 p.m. April 9. There will be a chili supper and hotdogs, gospel singing and fellowship. For more information, call Phillip Sharpe at (502) 477-8365 or (502) 693-9766.

    Ministerial Association

  • I love me and that may be the biggest problem

    I don’t know I could have missed it, but Feb. 13 was International Day of Self-Love.

    I was probably too busy loving myself that day to notice.

    Daylle Deanna Schwartz, author of “How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways,” is a huge advocate of loving yourself. She writes a blog called “Lessons from a Recovering Doormat” at Beliefnet.com and offers “I Love Me” tips.

  • Ursuline Sisters celebrating jubilees

    Twelve Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, based in Maple Mount, are celebrating jubilees of religious life this year, including four who ministered in Nelson County.

  • Ticket to hell? We can change

    A few weeks ago I got a letter from a woman in Louisiana who had read one of my books.

    Sometimes when you write books people think you know stuff, that you have special wisdom and answers to their problems.

    I’ll let you in on a secret: We don’t, at least I don’t. I can put words together and make them sound pretty and sometimes I have a thought or two that may or may not be helpful to some people, but mostly I think that I don’t.

  • Employee of the Month honor has its pitfalls, too

    Just in case you haven’t heard, I’m Employee of the Month.

    I’ve never, ever been Employee of the Month anywhere I’ve ever worked, although once I was Student of the Month in Mr. Taylor’s fourth grade class at Nevada Avenue Elementary School in Canoga Park, Calif.

    It went to my head and I pushed my desk up front and took it upon myself to erase the board, but it turned out Mr. Taylor wasn’t finished and the class yelled at me. I was never Student of the Month after that.