Month: October 2007

FW churches debating gay questions

By John Wright Staff Writer Broadway Baptist to vote on including same-sex couples in directory David Reed FORT WORTH David Reed recalls his unsuccessful attempt in the early 1990s to join Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Reed, now president of the Tarrant County Lesbian and Gay Alliance, said despite the support of then-senior minister Stephen Shoemaker, church deacons opted to deny him membership because of his sexual orientation. Broadway Baptist later convened a committee to study the issue, but the deacons ultimately upheld their decision. Fast forward a decade-and-a-half, and Broadway Baptist is still struggling with the gay issue. This time, the 1,500-member church finds itself divided over the question of whether to include photographs of gay members in a yearbook commemorating its 125th anniversary. “They [the deacons] recommended that the church leave the bylaws as they were, so it had the effect of putting off confrontation with the issue to another day, and apparently that day has arisen 15 years later,” Reed told Dallas Voice this week. “Who would have dreamed that a decision to publish a pictorial directory of a church would be the occasion for addressing the place of gay people in the church? I certainly would not have.” The controversy at Broadway Baptist is one of two involving gays and churches in Forth Worth that have made headlines in recent weeks. On Saturday, Nov....

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A helping hand

Ronnie Johnson, the Rev. Cheryl Jordan and Luis Duran of the AIDS Interfaith Network unload some of the 35 boxes of Nabisco products donated to the agency by 103.7 Lite FM on Friday, Nov. 16. The donation was one of many made to AIN after someone shot up the agency’s offices and two of its minivans with a high-powered rifle Nov. 12. Other contributions came from Texas Instruments, MCC of Greater Dallas, Pekers Bar, the Notre Dame School and various individuals. AIN Executive Director the Rev. Steven Pace said Wednesday, Nov. 28, that police have no suspects in the shooting. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 30, 2007 сайтоптимизация интернет...

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Deaths

Albert Sherwood “Woody” Oglesby, a retired Methodist minister, died Tuesday, Nov. 20. He was born Nov. 28, 1955, in Morocco, to the late Carl Albert and Edna Earle Haynes Oglesby. He was the pastor of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Amarillo from 1981 to 1983, and pastored at the Metropolitan Community ChurchDallas in the late 1980s. After retiring from the ministry, Oglesby worked at Richland College in Dallas. A happy, friendly person, he believed in living each day to its fullest. He was a leader and ministered to anyone who sought his counsel. Oglesby is survived by his brothers, Darryl Oglesby of Dallas, Robert Oglesby and wife, Judy of Amarillo and Carlton Oglesby and wife, Leslie of Bronson, Fla.; nieces, Haley and Marian; and extended family and many friends. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius St., in Dallas. Nancy Carolyn Moltenbrey of Dallas died Monday, Nov. 26. She was born Sept. 25, 1946, in Boston, Mass., and was a psychotherapist in private practice for many years. Moltenbrey was spunky and feisty and never lost her will to live. She and her partner, Hilary, loved to travel. She was an avid cat lover who had five furry children. Moltenbrey is survived by her partner, Hilary Brooks of Dallas; sisters, Elaine and Cathy Moltenbrey of Daytona, Fla.;...

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Local Briefs

By Staff Reports AIDS Interfaith to hold World AIDS Day service at Grace United Methodist AIDS Interfaith Network will commemorate World AIDS Day at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, with an interdenominational service at Grace United Methodist Church, 4105 Junius St. (at Haskell) in Dallas. Mosaic and the Grace United Methodist Church Choir will perform special music during the service. For information on AIN, go online to www.aidsinterfaithnetwork.org. For more information on Grace United Methodist Church, go online to www.graceumcdallas.org. Leather Knights holding dinner, show to kick off Christmas donation drive The Leather Knights of Dallas, working in conjunction with Dallas Eagle, will kick of their annual Christmas drive with a dinner and show at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Dallas Eagle, 2515 Inwood Road. In years past, the Leather Knights have collected Christmas gifts for children residing at AIDS Services of Dallas. This year, a benefactor has already agreed to purchase gifts for the children at ASD, so Leather Knights will be collecting gifts for the 130 adults living at the residential facility for people with AIDS. The Sunday event will include photos with Santa, an Angel Tree for those who want to choose a resident for whom to buy gifts and a donation box for those who want to contribute cash or gift cards. Proceeds from the photos with Santa will be used...

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