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Wilmington Faith and Values

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Wilmington Faith and Values is devoted to belief news written from a journalistic perspective about the diverse faiths of the Cape Fear region. is the second of many hyperlocal nonprofit religion news sites being started nationwide by Religion News LLC. Longtime local religion reporter Amanda Greene is the local editor and community manager for, which partners with WHQR and other media outlets in our area to bring faith journalism to many different audiences.

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During the rule of Antiochus, Jews played a diversion similar to the modern dreidel game. 

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Just five years ago, growth at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville had plateaued. This year, the church made Outreach Magazine’s annual list of the 100 Fastest Growing Churches in the United States.

During the May 8 primary elections, some voters arriving at Devon Park Methodist Church questioned the message on the church’s sign that said: “A TRUE MARRIAGE IS MALE AND FEMALE AND GOD.”

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Hundreds of people traveled from across Southeastern North Carolina to line Market Street Friday wearing red and holding American flags to honor Sergeant T.J. Butler.

With just 12 days until the end of North Carolina’s voter registration period on Oct. 12th, local and state political and faith-based groups are branching out to churches to get out the vote.

North Carolinastate officials don’t have hard numbers on how many women and girls are sold for sex each year.

St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church was born 20 years ago out of one basic need:  to find an accepting place to bury the dead from Wilmington’s gay and lesbian community.  Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith and Values reports how the church has grown and increased its focus on human rights issues.

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Each Sunday a group of about 75-100 Burmese men, women and children – refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar - crowd into the wedding chapel at First Baptist Church during the Sunday school hour for worship in their native Karen language.   Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith and Values tells how this ministry has grown in the last year and changed lives both inside the church and in the Burmese community.

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In January, the board of the faith-based International Seamen’s Center decided to move to a location outside the port of Wilmington because of deteriorating conditions at its 1940s building there.

Shouting “Keep it separate,” a group of about 40 protestors marched across eight blocks of downtown Wilmington Sunday to protest what they say is a lack of separation of church and state.

In 2013, Tauheed Islamic Center, Wilmington’s oldest Muslim worship space, is planning to build the city’s first domed mosque on Princess Place Drive.

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North Carolina-based ZOE Ministry has helped more than 27,000 African orphans boost themselves out of poverty in the last five years.

The United Way of the Cape Fear Area is taking a village approach in one of its homelessness prevention programs, Circles of Support.

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 Of the more than 220 student organizations on the UNCW campus,  16 are registered as religious.

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For the last seven years, worship spaces have been a constant on the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Most Threatened Historic Places list.

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In 2009, Time Warner Cable made a business decision to shut down Wilmington’s public access channel, which mainly broadcast programming from area churches.

It’s the nondenominational, Muslim and Mormon communities that have seen the most growth in the Cape Fear region in the last decade.

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For the second part of our series on marriage leading up to the constitutional amendment vote on Tuesday, Amanda Greene of Wilmington Faith and Values tells the love story of Kure Beach residents Mario and Judi Paparozzi.

In North Carolina’s debate about Amendment One, set for a vote on May 8, marriage has become an abstract concept – either defined as a civil right or a gift from God or both.

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Ephesus Junior Academy closed at the end of 2010 with just FOUR students on its rolls – when the minimum requirement was twelve students.

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Early Easter morning, about three miles of Whiteville’s sidewalks will be covered in about 200,000 words from Jesus’ life.

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The International Seamen’s Center located in a 1940s-era building inside the Wilmington State Port is showing its age and the ministry to sailors plans to move outside the port.

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More than 100 local churches and individuals gave money to open a chapel at Pender County Correctional Institution. The groundbreaking last week was also a community affair.

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On the North Carolina primary ballot in May, voters will see an amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman as the only domestic legal union recognized in the state.

Faith-based advocacy groups are mobilizing statewide campaigns on both sides of the debate surrounding a marriage amendment that will appear on the May 8th primary ballot.

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Wilmington’s Temple of Israel, North Carolina’s oldest Jewish house of worship, recently installed its 18th rabbi since the congregation’s beginnings in 1876.

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On Friday, a federal judge in Wilmington denied bond for a Raleigh Muslim woman who was arrested in late January for her alleged involvement in a murder-for-hire beheading plot. 

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Brunswick County has its first homeless shelter network, thanks to a growing group of churches that have banded together in the area.