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Suellen Estes, left, was inspired by the life of Bishop Hardy Lee Coleman, center, and his wife Ann Coleman.  In 1922, Coleman began as a sharecropper's son, and went on to lay the foundation for several Churches of the Living God in North Mississippi.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Some people like to watch things happen. Some people like to make things happen. That’s the motto of Bishop Hardy Lee Coleman, a 92-year-old pastor from Benton County. Coleman began his ministry at age 19, and while that may sound young by today’s standards, by the time he preached his […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Nine years ago, Vardaman native Rufus Van Horn did what many only dream to do: He cut loose the trappings of his life to embark on a spiritual quest. At the time, he lived and worked at a bank in Tupelo as supervisor of branch cash services, which […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal When Pope John Paul II stepped foot on Cuban soil in January of 1998, it was with much hope. Though the Clinton administration encouraged the visit, it also promised it would do nothing to lift the embargo that went into place in 1962. But John Paul’s aim was to foster […]

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Inside the chapel at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Tupelo.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal It’s a common adage that a church is the people, not the building. But it’s also true that a church building is more than just a structure. If you ask an architect, any building is. In so many ways, a building is an outward representation of the purpose it helps […]

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Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Rev. David Mac Kain places the Altar Book back into its place during the church's rededication ceremony on Sunday.

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Sunday morning, the 60 or so members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church mingled outside the church’s sanctuary. A table laden with the sacred vessels of communion was set up outside the door. Across McCullough Boulevard, trees bent and broken from the April 28 tornado lined the landscape around […]

On Oct. 13, clergy members in Ferguson, Missouri, led several hundred during a march from a church to police headquarters. Amid unrest and racial tensions, people look to leaders of the faith for guidance. (AP)

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in August has echoed across the country. In the five months since, people have found themselves looking to religious leaders to navigate the unrest as elements of that case and several others have come to light. Old […]

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By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – A downtown Oxford congregation is planning for a major upgrade and expansion of its facilities. “The addition helps us address the needs of a growing church,” said the Rev. Eddie Rester, pastor of Oxford-University United Methodist Church, which fronts on University and Tyler Avenues and 9th and 10th […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Lawndale Presbyterian Church will receive a healthy dose of faith and imagination Friday night, courtesy of Jonathan Rogers, author of the young adult series, The Wilderking Trilogy, among other novels, as well as nonfiction works “The World According to Narnia,” “Saint Patrick,” and “The Terrible Speed of Mercy: […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Like many mothers, Mona Warlick looks forward to cooking her sons’ favorite meals when they come home for the holidays. Some of her own best memories, she said, revolve around eating, around pulling up to the same table. “There’s something inherently disarming about it,” she said. “It’s so cultural, too. […]