Court Street Methodists take stand after LGBTQ vote:   “God loves all people–all means all”
Mar26

Court Street Methodists take stand after LGBTQ vote: “God loves all people–all means all”

By Jan Worth-Nelson On Sunday, March 3, the week after the international governing body of the  United Methodist Church voted to retain language excluding LGBTQ people, Rev. Jeremy Peters took to the pulpit at Court Street United Methodist Church and preached a sermon titled “God Loves All People:  Bruised and Dimly Burning.” Outside, on the church’s sign, were the words “God Loves All People–All Means...

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“Hate is heard when love is silent,” interfaith audience affirms at vigil for New Zealand victims
Mar22

“Hate is heard when love is silent,” interfaith audience affirms at vigil for New Zealand victims

By Teddy Robertson Flint-area residents filled the Al-Rayyan Banquet Hall at Flint Islamic Center (FIC) Tuesday evening, March 18, to remember the victims of the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. Dr. Luay Alkotob of the FIC community presided at the service of reflection and prayer. The welcoming message by Dr. Aisha Aslam of FIC stressed personal remembrance as she read the names of 26 of the 50...

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Paddlers Landing crowd-funding campaign succeeds, exceeds state match for thriving Mott Park Recreation Area
Mar21

Paddlers Landing crowd-funding campaign succeeds, exceeds state match for thriving Mott Park Recreation Area

  By Jan Worth-Nelson Flint River buffs are celebrating today as a partnership of the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC)  the Mott Park Neighborhood Association,  the City of Flint and 600 other donors topped a $50,000 goal to match an equivalent contribution from the State of Michigan for construction of a paddlers’ landing at the Mott Park Recreation Area. FRWC staff and representatives from the many partners and...

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Artwork, fundraising begin to add women “Heroines and Humanitarians” to Flint’s sculpture pantheon
Mar18

Artwork, fundraising begin to add women “Heroines and Humanitarians” to Flint’s sculpture pantheon

By Paul Rozycki A heroine of the Flint water crisis, a matriarch of civil rights, an Olympic gold medal boxer, an ardent advocate for the poor, a benefactor of a major library, and a tireless champion in the NAACP:  all these Flint women are deserving of sculptures in their honor, a Flint Institute of Arts sculptor and a Mott Community College trustee contend. Jane Trotter, Flint Institute of Arts sculpture instructor, her students,...

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Residents convene, share and reflect at “Connect the Blocks” Flint Neighborhood Summit
Mar16

Residents convene, share and reflect at “Connect the Blocks” Flint Neighborhood Summit

By Jan Worth-Nelson Qualities of neighborliness–collaboration, cooperation, valuing each person’s worth–  were on full display Saturday at the “Connect the Blocks” Flint Neighborhood Summit at the Flint Food Bank. “Value people,”  said Megan Heysa, president of the Eastside Improvement Association, whose group planted flowers and painted 53 porches last year. “You’re dealing with...

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Science and distrust highlight PFAS town hall meeting
Mar09

Science and distrust highlight PFAS town hall meeting

By Paul Rozycki A planned two-hour town hall that ran almost three hours revealed both the hard and complex science behind the PFAS problem, as well as the anger, frustration and distrust over water issues in the Flint area. The town hall meeting, held at the Mott Community College Regional Tech Center (RTC) Friday March 8, was organized by area state House members John Cherry (D-49th), Sheldon Neeley (D-34th), Sheryl Kennedy (D-48th)...

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