Sunday, December 9, 2018

Saturday Dec 15th: 5th Annual Youth & Community Awards and Appreciation Night

A Commitment to Excellence!

Join the Led by Christ Children & Youth Ministry for a night of honor and encouragement as we acknowledgement the Children & Youth, Community Members and Volunteers that have shown extraordinary commitment during the past year.

When: Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Where: Executive Education Academy
555 Union Blvd, Allentown PA

Cost: Adult Ticket - $20
Student Ticket - $5.00

Purchase your ticket HERE or contact the Church Office or the Ceremony Facilitators for additional information

Guest Speaker: Chef Matthew Merril of the Food Network

Guest Honorees: Pastor Nathaniel and Lady Cynthia Jenkins
Mistress of Ceremonies: Deacon Leigh Strothers
Red Carpet Host: Jaciel Córdoba, WFMZ & Jacinth Headlam, Jamaican Actress

Knoxley Samms, Pastor of Youth and Young Adults

Join the team at Northampton Community College!

Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020

Positions Currently Open

Full time:

Chief of Public Safety & Security
Admissions Officer

Part time:

Substitute Culinary Associate (Chef) Instructors
Adjunct teaching positions (various)

Other positions also available include adjunct instructors, regular part-time, and various pool positions. Applicant pools are reviewed for these positions as necessary.

Candidates are encouraged to visit our careers site, as postings are subject to change.

Northampton Community College serves more than 35,000 students a year at the Main Campus in Bethlehem, a branch campus in Tannersville, and the Fowler Family Southside Center in south Bethlehem.

The College is also one of the largest employers in the region with more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees. We offer a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package for full-time employees, which includes health, dental, term life, long-term disability, retirement and educational assistance

To apply or for more information, visit our careers site at

NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer”.

Allentown pays $142k to settle teen's claims police shot him in the back with Taser

By Peter Hall Of The Morning Call

Allentown police paid $142,500 to settle claims an officer shot a teenage boy in the back with a Taser, according to a settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit.

The settlement, obtained by The Morning Call in a Right-to-Know request, ends the lawsuit on behalf of Jaylen Santiago, who is now an adult, claiming Allentown police officer Jacoby Glenny used the Taser improperly, resulting in injuries for Santiago. Read More here:

Heinz Endowments giving $10 million for criminal justice reform

Rob Taylor Jr., Courier Staff Writer

When a report released earlier this summer from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems found that Black students in Allegheny County are suspended seven times as much as White students, it didn’t come as a surprise to those at the Heinz Endowments, which funded the study.

“We weren’t happy, but we weren’t surprised, either. It was confirmation of what we expected and that members of the community have been telling us for some time,” Carmen Anderson, the endowments’ director of equity and social justice, told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview, Nov. 29. Read more:

“Money for Your Next Fix & Flip or Buy & Hold.”

Friday, December 7, 2018

8 women say George H.W. Bush groped them. Their claims deserve to be remembered as we assess his legacy.

Those we entrust with power need to use it for all of us.

By Laura Dec 1, 2018, 1:55pm EST

George H.W. Bush died at his home in Houston, Texas, on Friday night, launching a blizzard of obituaries praising his legacy and successful stewardship of the country as a one-term president. But it is not too soon to talk about the accusations by eight women that Bush Sr. touched them inappropriately.

Sexual harassment or assault can’t be bracketed off as part of a politician’s private life. It’s an important part of the story of their leadership, their use of power, and their policy. The same is true for Bush.

Relatively little has been made of the accusations against Bush since they emerged last year. A woman initially accused Bush of groping her and telling her a dirty joke as she stood beside him, seated in a wheelchair, for a photo op. The family responded, suggesting the aging former president might be slipping a bit. “President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” a spokesperson, Jim McGrath, said on Bush’s behalf. Read more here:

Saturday, November 24, 2018

A Cherry Christmas Saturday, December 8th 2018 @ the Scottish Rite Cathedral

Editorial by Chris Hedges: The Con of Diversity

In 1970, when black students occupied the dean’s office at Harvard Divinity School to protest against the absence of African-American scholars on the school’s faculty, the white administration was forced to respond and interview black candidates. It asked James Cone, the greatest theologian of his generation, to come to Cambridge, Mass., for a meeting. But the white power structure had no intention of offering Cone a job. To be black, in its eyes, was bad enough. To be black, brilliant and fiercely independent was unpalatable. And so the job was given to a pliable African-American candidate who had never written a book, a condition that would remain unchanged for the more than three decades he taught at Harvard.

Harvard got what it wanted. Mediocrity in the name of diversity. It was a classic example of how the white power structure plays people of color. It decides whom to promote and whom to silence. When then-Maj. Colin Powell helped cover up the 1968 massacre of some 500 civilians at My Lai in Vietnam he was assured a glittering career in the Army. When Barack Obama proved obedient to the Chicago political machine, Wall Street and the Democratic Party establishment he was promoted to the U.S. Senate and the presidency.

Diversity in the hands of the white power elites—political and corporate—is an advertising gimmick...Read more here

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books,…

Friday, November 16, 2018

CONVERSATION PIECES: “ART, POWER, AND SPIRITUALITY” 2-3:30 P.M. Sunday November 18th @ the Allentown Art Museum

Laura James 
Sunday, November 18: Conversation Pieces: “Art, Power, and Spirituality” 2:00pm-3:30 p.m.
Spirituality is both personal and universal. At the same time, it shares a complex relationship with history, power, and art. The three artists leading this free panel discussion will delve into these themes in relation to their own careers and studies, followed by an open dialogue between the panelists and the audience. No RSVP necessary for this free program but seating is limited so show up early.

Panelists include:

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful

Laura James has been working as a professional artist and illustrator for more than 20 years. In addition to painting sacred images from various religions, she portrays women, families, and scenes of everyday life, blending intricate patterns, text, vibrant colors, and sometimes surreal imagery into what she calls “art for the people.” Laura is best known for her illustrations in The Book of the Gospels lectionary, published in 2000. An award-winning edition of the four gospels, it includes 34 paintings rendered in the Ethiopian Christian Art style, which over the years Ms. James has made her own.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful understands identity as a process always in flux. He approaches the concepts of home and belonging to the U.S. American context from the perspective of a Lebanese-Dominican who was recently baptized as a Bronxite--a citizen of the Bronx. He holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, where he studied with Coco Fusco, and an MA from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He has curated exhibitions and programs and performs internationally.

Bridgett Kelso Anthony, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary with a BA in theatre from Marymount College and an MA from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Playwriting and Performance. Her art and ministry explore the ways that spirituality, the arts, and social justice intersect. She feels especially called to minister to black women, and to be an ally of the LGBTQIA community.
Bridgett Kelso Anthony

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lost in a Week of Hateful Violence, a White Man Killed Two Black Shoppers at a Kentucky Supermarket

Just days before a domestic terrorist entered a Pittsburgh synagogue and shot 11 worshipers dead, a white man gunned down two elderly African-American customers at a Kentucky grocery store Wednesday in what many are calling a hate crime. Fifty-one-year-old Gregory Bush opened fire and killed Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones at a Kroger supermarket in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, shortly after trying to enter a predominantly black church. Bush reportedly then told an armed bystander that “whites don’t kill whites.” As the community mourns, we speak with Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott and Reverend Vincent James, chief of community building for the city of Louisville and pastor of Elim Baptist Church.

Wake Up With WURD 10.26.18 - Mike Africa Jr., Mike Africa Sr. and Debbie Africa

Mike Africa Jr., Mike Africa Sr., and Debbie Africa join Wake Up With WURD to talk with us about how everything has been going since Mike Sr.’s release from prison after 40 years and what coming home means to the family.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Albright Spancake Lecture explores racial speech in politics

Albright Spancake Lecture explores racial speech in politics Dr. Daniel Q. Gillion says speaking about racial inequality in a liberal tone but passing restrictive conservative policies is cheap talk.


Liberals and conservatives view conversations about race differently, said Dr. Daniel Q. Gillion, author and associate professor of political science for the University of Pennsylvania.

Gillion spoke Wednesday afternoon to some 75 students at Albright College's Spancake Lecture on Political Discourse in America.

Conservatives say the dialogue on race was good in the 1960s and we got the Civil Rights Act so we no longer need to talk about race. Instead, we should move to a post-racial society, he said.

Liberals are also moving away from talking about race in a bid to broaden the base of the Democratic Party by appealing to everyone, he said.

"I tend to push back on both of these perspectives," Gillion said. "I believe an open, honest dialogue on race is important, especially for politicians."

It is important for politicians to understand what is happening in minority communities, he said. Read More here: