LGBT festival shows pride in movement’s progress

by admin By Annie McCallum Hundreds of people attended the 23rd annual Pride in the Park festival in downtown Roanoke on Sunday. The event intended to celebrate pride in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community has grown since its inception. Even Sunday’s dreary weather didn’t dampen spirits in Elmwood Park, where people gathered for food, […]

All love is worth fighting for

by admin By Joe Cobb I hope Kirk Cameron’s visit to Roanoke for the “Love Worth Fighting For” marriage conference at First Baptist Church was a good experience. I’m certain it was eventful. In the buildup to the event, I was glad to hear him say in one of the promo ads for the conference: “Your […]

Being gay, Christian ‘not in tension’ at Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge

by admin By Dan Casey Ask Cathy Fisher what the Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge means to her, and you’ll hear a story about a Christian spiritual thirst she found difficult to quench. At many churches, she met nice, loving and worshipful people. But she never felt fully included. “There are very few churches […]

Tribute and Farewell to Dale and Dana

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On November 14 and 15, 2009, the congregation of MCCBR honored and said farewell to two beloved members. Dale Weddle and Dana Drew, who have been dedicated members of MCCBR for the churches’ entire 23 year history, will be moving to Fort Myers, Florida at the end of the month. Dale served as Vice-Moderator and […]

Welcome Rev. Joe Cobb

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Rev. Joe Cobb joins MCCBR as the churches’ provisional pastor. Rev. Joe’s first service as provisional pastor was held in front of quite a crowded congregation given it was Labor Day Weekend. One of MCCBR’s famous potlucks was held afterwards. It was evident the congregation was happy to see this Sunday come since MCCBR has […]

Finding a home in the Roanoke Valley

by admin By Jorge Valencia The Rev. Joe Cobb, a Kansas native who led congregations in Texas and England, found his home in Roanoke. He had lit altar candles at his Wichita, Kan., church since he was 12, led youth groups as a teen, and after seminary school served the United Methodist Church for 13 years. […]