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Laurinda Joenks

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Faithful transition: Unitarian Universalists share stories of transgender individuals

Unitarian Universalists share stories of transgender individuals

Subscriber only"The Unitarian Universalists have always been on the edge of social justice," said the Rev. Jim Parrish, who will be installed May 30 as the pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Fayetteville. The Unitarian Universalists supported the fight for civil rights in the last century, with a large contingent marching with Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C., Parrish said. Continue reading...

Kickin' Up Dirt

Chutes locked and loaded for Old Fort Days

Subscriber only"The Best Show on Dirt" brags the website of Old Fort Days Rodeo. And some cowboys are destined to end up in that dirt. Continue reading...

Project underway, but no timeline set

Subscriber onlyMagdalene Fayetteville already has its first resident. Continue reading...

Human trafficking affects Magdalene women

Subscriber only"I really love that the community has not given up on us," said Regina Mullins, a former prostitute addicted to marijuana and heroin, said. "So many people have the attitude that 'they got what they chose.'" Continue reading...

'Love Heals': Magdalene Fayetteville established to support sex trade victims

Magdalene Fayetteville established to help women

Subscriber onlyAbout five years ago, an Episcopalian man from another part of the state contacted the Rev. Lowell Grisham, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. The man asked Grisham to take the Holy Eucharist to his daughter, who was serving a sentence at the Northwest Community Correction Center in Fayetteville, part of the state's prison system. Continue reading...

'May God bless and keep this church'

Walnut Grove Presbyterian closes after 187 years

Subscriber onlyThe final Amen was uttered Sunday as members and former members of Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church said goodbye. The church -- located between Farmington and Prairie Grove -- held its final service and the congregation disbanded after 187 years. Continue reading...

'The world's a good place'

Area youth recognized with ‘Good Heart’ awards

Subscriber onlyWhen Gabi Nelson entered sixth grade at Sonora Middle School in Springdale, she was not a social young lady, reported her teacher Jackie Schmidtke. She was shy and kept to herself and on bad days she sometimes threw tantrums. But those days are behind her. A seventh-grader, Gabriella "Gabi" Nelson was honored with the "Good Heart" award, one of the 2015 Youth Excellence Awards, by her school and the Fayetteville Sequoyah Kiwanis. Continue reading...

Museum of the Bible

Hobby Lobby president introduces family’s Green Collection to Northwest Arkansas

Subscriber onlyThe line stretched back to the entry doors of the Student Ministries Building at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. Nearly 1,000 church members and city residents waited in the queue to see tablets of cuneiform, the earliest-discovered form of writing. Continue reading...

Citizens Gather for National Day of Prayer

Subscriber onlyYet give attention to your servant's prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. Continue reading...

Pages from the past

Family Bibles more than just God’s word

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