The “stay-home” lock-down protocol currently in force in much of the United States to help staunch further spread of the coronavirus ironically has afforded me a “grace” greater than all but a few others I can think of in my nearly 78 years.

MBW launches “Pay it Forward” program

After studying with savants of myriad religious denominations, and after teaching teenagers and adults in church schools and otherwise for approximately 50 years, I never fail to rejoice when the Revised Common Lectionary directs our attention once again to the account of the Exodus of our f…

ST. THOMAS —Nana Baby Children’s Home needs new wheels, and with their Safe Ride Campaign fundraiser, they hope to raise the cash for reliable transportation for the children in their care.

For special Sabbath reflection this weekend, the Revised Common Lectionary recommends the harmonious passages from the Old Testament’s 6th century BCE prophecy of Ezekiel (at chapter 33), and from the New Testament advice of the Apostle Paul in his Letter to the Romans (at chapter 13) writte…

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Three recent University of the Virgin Islands graduates, Jair Smith, Bashiri Smith and Lorenzo Laplace, participated in a 10-week summer internship program at Sandia National Laboratories. During the internship, the three helped develop training materials and a competition for a cybersecurit…

The University of the Virgin Islands’ Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) has released a resource guide for energizing various devices and tools for instances when power goes out, “Powering Through a Blackout.”

Dr. Dion E. Phillips, retired professor of sociology, has been conferred with the title of Full Professor Emeritus by the University of the Virgin Islands, honoring his 34 years of service. The appointment, which took effect on August 14, was confirmed by the UVI Board of Trustees at its Jun…

What does it profit us to gain the whole world and loose our own lives? Matthew 16:26

Joseph said, “God sent me before you to preserve life; for the famine has been in the land these two years and there are still five more years of famine to come. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”Gen. 45: 5-7 .”

The reconciliation of Joseph and his brothers in Genesis 45; the entreaty for “brethren (to) live together in unity” in Psalm 133; and Jesus’ reconciliation with an obtrusive Canaanite woman in Matthew 15 all suggest Bible-based answers to nuances of the question: What if your adversary rele…

Ellen McLean and Dr. Alfred O. Heath received meritorious awards for outstanding service from the St. Thomas/St. John Friends of Denmark Society this past week, presented by Society President Marlene Petersen-Boschulte and Vice President Lillia King. The awards were given to honor their work…

At a time when many of us are anxious, and indeed are actively attempting to use the COVID-19 protocols as a time for us together or alone to discern and shape the “new normals” of our institutions and lives.

The Word of the Lord came to Elijah, saying, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah? Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’

The Agricultural Market in Bordeaux, St. Thomas, is held the second and last Sunday of every month. A variety of fresh produce, herbs and vegetarian dishes are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts and crafts will be provided for the kids. For more information, call Brother Imani of We Grow …

The 31st edition of the Kids Count National Data Book has been released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, highlighting indicators of child well-being in 16 areas.

In Genesis, chapter 32:3-32, we again find Jacob (the “grabber”) in trouble. In earlier passages we learn that he had used deceptive means to steal his older twin Esau’s rights of inheritance and blessing, and Esau swore he would kill Jacob in revenge. So Jacob fled all the way back to Mesop…

When COVID-19 began to ravage the local economy and halted some major construction projects, Walter Bostwick, founder and president of First Resort Painting, immediately applied for the federal Payroll Protection Plan. Trying to keep his dozens of workers employed, he then began looking for …

With an eight-year old at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shama Bobb-Duberry knows the importance of stimulating the minds of children who are stuck with little to do during these trying times.

The St. George Village Botanical Garden on St. Croix is open and ready to enjoy during this COVID-19 pandemic, a sanctuary for people, plants and wildlife on an increasingly crowded island with plenty of green space to make it easy to stay socially distant.

At a time when so many of us in the English-speaking, COVID-19-stricken world are also mourning the recent deaths of heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, Congressman John Lewis and the Rev. Dr. C.T Vivian, both of whom were leaders, through it all, of the Southern Christian Leadership Confer…

“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” Matthew 13: 51-52.

Ten years ago, Ihsan Munir was urged by his wife to give his friends and family bottles of his homemade spices as Christmas gifts. Now, Munir runs a prospering retail business that distributes his spices to the Virgin Islands, Guam, the continental United States and Japan.

The sacred lore in Genesis chapter 28 tells us that after Jacob tricked his twin Esau out of his rightful future inheritance as the older son of Isaac and Rebecca, the enraged Esau determined to kill Jacob. Jacob then, at the recommendation of his mother and then his father, left to take ref…

Sky’s the limit for students in the 12 Miles Up program, a group dedicated to helping young people create positive change in the Virgin Islands through conscious music. With a new video to be released next week, 12 Miles Up tackles today’s social issues while mentoring and empowering young V…