Blessed to have this piece recently published in The South Carolina Advocate, edited by Jessica Brodie. Newberry church hosts community meals, new food pantry to reach out to neighbors

Blessed to have this piece published in The South Carolina Advocate, edited by Jessica Brodie. A COMMUNITY MEAL ON O'NEAL STREET By the Rev. Darlene L. Kelley The Todd family lived down the road at the end of the marsh and the beginning of Fisherman’s Bay. Donna—skinny, shy and 12 years old, just like me…Read more Blessed to have this piece recently published in The South Carolina Advocate, edited by Jessica Brodie. Newberry church hosts community meals, new food pantry to reach out to neighbors

Chicken, Lima Beans and Love

Cherished Readers, I was blessed to have this article published in April's edition of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, a great denominational paper edited by Jessica Brodie.  I am grateful and delighted to share it.  Thank you for reading! Darlene   Chicken, Lima Beans and Love: The Langley UMC Feeds Veterans The buses pull…Read more Chicken, Lima Beans and Love

A Call Story

Recently published in the South Carolina Advocate, this story was edited from a longer, earlier work in progress on this very blog.  Thank you for being here and for reading this. Rev. Darlene Kelley     The Langley UMC       September 8, 2018 A Call Story   A compact park occupies the corner…Read more A Call Story

Love Heals: Chapter Two

I once threw up on my front door--proud that I’d shut that door with my date on the other side--before commencing.  The cherries from the Manhattans I’d been sucking down all night created a stain, and you could still see a faint red mark in a certain light even after a coat of paint.  It’s…Read more Love Heals: Chapter Two

Good Morning, Beloved

Radio Kingston https://radiokingston.org/en/archive/good-morning-beloved/episodes/series-finale-race-religion   An honest attempt to talk about race with two pastors: one white woman & one black man... Listen to this and other archived Good Morning, Beloved shows on Radio Kington, the best community radio in all the land.  What a pleasure it has been to do the series, Good Morning, Beloved…Read more Good Morning, Beloved

We’re a Community Based Organization that Worships!

  Our churches are empty, and if M. Scott Peck is right and all things of significance are over-determined then there’s more than one reason for that. Mom and Dad no longer shine your patent leather shoes and take you to Sunday school while they head upstairs to listen to Rev. Bailey. It’s no longer…Read more We’re a Community Based Organization that Worships!

The Caring Hands Soup Kitchen Hour

A podcast sponsored by our wonderful friends at Leahy Funeral Home.   Steven Gottlieb is the good friend reading the copy between stories.  Hope you enjoy and donate to Caring Hands  P.O. Box 1099 Kingston, NY 12402

Introduction to the Wedding

Dearest family & friends, We are gathered here, amid the beauty of nature, and in the presence of God, to unite Katharine & Benjamin in marriage. Yet, the joy and hope and excitement of this moment beat against a gulf of loss and sorrow. Just days ago, we lost our beloved Victoria, mother of the…Read more Introduction to the Wedding