Shamar Jordan

Shamar Jordan celebrates 25 years of gospel music ministry on Saturday, April 27 at 5 p.m. at Christ the King United Church of Christ.

Christ the King United Church of Christ is offering a Musical Tribute on Saturday, April 27at 5 p.m. for its Minister of Music Shamar Jordan, who is celebrating 25 years in the Music Ministry. Christ the King is pastored by Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon. The church is located at 11370 Old Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, Missouri, 63033.

Jordan, now 38, has worked with music greats such as Edwin Hawkins, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, the Pilgrim Jubilees, The Legendary Drifters, and Ricky Dillard. Jordan continues to cultivate his gift of musical comprehension, with his objective to motivate others who have the same desire for music.

The tribute will feature musical selections from singers that Jordan has worked with over the years as well as a combined choir performance.

For more information, call 314-741-6808 or email

New officers for Interfaith Partnership 

Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis elected David C. Oughton to a two-year term as the president of the Board for 2019-2021. Oughton has served on the Board for 12 years. During the last 30 years he has organized many interfaith dialogue meetings and other programs. Oughton, who is Catholic, teaches courses in the world's religions in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. Sofia Grewal, M.D., was elected vice president for the same term. She has been on the board for three years and has participated in the annual interfaith concert at the Sheldon. Grewal is an active member of the Sikh Study Circle of St. Louis and is a physician in private practice in the Saint Louis area. The Interfaith executive committee also includes Ann Miller, board secretary who is with the Presbyterian Church USA and chairperson of Interfaith Partnership of St. Charles County, and Jack Sisk, board treasurer a member of the Hindu Temple of St. Louis and founder and president of the Living Insights Center.

Church burnings called ‘domestic terrorism’

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, made the following statement in response to recent outbreak of Black church burnings:

“What is happening in Tennessee and Louisiana is domestic terrorism and we must not turn a blind eye to any incident where people are targeted because of the color of their skin or their faith. The spike in church burnings in Southern states is a reflection of the emboldened racial rhetoric and tension spreading across the country. But this is nothing new. For decades, African American churches have served as the epicenter of survival and a symbol of hope for many in the African-American community. As a consequence, these houses of faith have historically been the targets of violence. The NAACP stands vigilant to ensure that authorities conduct full investigations.”

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