• Vicar accepts permanent position in Hernando

    For the faithful few of Anglican Fellowship of the Holy Spirit in Hernando, their new vicar, the Rev. David Sokol, is a breath of fresh air.

    “We were thinking about disbanding and going somewhere else,” said Pam Pursell, the church’s treasurer. “Then (Sokol) came as a gift to us.”

    Sokol works as chaplain coordinator for Hospice of Citrus County. He had been visiting a dying member of the church and that made an impression on the other members.

  • GRACE NOTES 9/19/09: Welcome to my family

    Last Saturday night I ate Mexican food in San Marcos, Calif., with my nephews Dan and Eric, their dad (my brother, Tim), their mom (Nika), my favorite only sister Peggy and my cousin Jan.

    Eric, a corpsman in the Navy, ate chimichingas and I had a chicken tamale and a fish taco. There’s nothing like California Mexican food to make me feel I’ve truly come home.

    I had flown home for my niece Kacie’s wedding on Friday.

  • JUDI'S JOURNAL: Time for fresh starts

    The Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashana, is a time of new beginnings. As it has been since biblical times, it is a time set aside to take stock of oneself and to think over the events of the previous year.

  • Little church, big faith

    They’re few in number, but big in faith.

    This month, Hernando Church of the Living God celebrates its 87th year as the “little church with the red doors” in Hernando, near the Withlacoochee State Trail.

    On Saturday, Sept. 19, the church will bring the five-time Grammy Award-winning group the Blind Boys of Alabama to Curtis Peterson Auditorium for a fundraising concert.

  • Spiritual identity: Facebook prompts cyber soul searching

    For the longest time, the question just sat there on his screen. Cursor blinking. Waiting quietly, like a patient priest in a confessor’s box.

    Religious Views: ______.

    Creating a Facebook profile for the first time, Eric Heim hadn’t expected something so serious. He had whipped through the social network Web site’s questionnaire about his interests, favorite movies and relationship status, typing witty replies wherever possible. But when he reached the little blank box asking for his core beliefs, it stopped him short.

  • ON RELIGION 9/12/09: Views on Obama's speech

    Since returning this fall, Craig Dunham has asked his Biblical Ethics students at Westminster Christian Academy to focus on ways that conservative believers can participate in hot public debates, while showing respect for others.

    This quote from the book “Uncommon Decency” led to timely discussions.

  • GRACE NOTES 9/12/09: Homage to the big guys

    By 10:10 a.m., the place was packed.

    I had come for the 10:30 a.m. worship service, the first one in Cornerstone Baptist Church’s new ministry campus in Inverness.

    They set out 800 chairs, but by 10:30, more than 1,000 people had shown up.

    The pastor opened the service by singing, “The hand of our God is on this place.”

  • GRACE NOTES 9/5/09: 'Fraud alert'

    A few weeks ago, my daughter confessed to the blogosphere that she’s a fraud, albeit an unintentional fraud.

    Her neighbor wanted to take my granddaughter to Toys “R” Us with her girls and then out to lunch. She called Alison and apologetically admitted that she was planning to take the girls to McDonald’s.

  • Reflecting Christ

    True reflection is a visual thing.

    It’s an imitative reproduction, a seeable, viewable image of an original source.

    For a church, to be reflective means to mirror the likeness of Christ.

    That’s the vision of Reflections Church in Citrus Springs.

    “We want to be that reflection of Christ to the community,” said the Rev. Jeff Hall, pastor of the new church.

    They began meeting May 31.

  • JUDI'S JOURNAL 9/5/09: Jews and the labor movement

    It’s that time of year again. The children are back in school, activities have resumed and here in Florida, people are “watching the tropics” and hoping the next named storm passes us by.

    It is also the time of friendly gatherings and backyard barbeques and the end of the summer holiday called Labor Day, observed in honor of the working man and woman.