News from the Tennessee Valley Religion


Church to dedicate historical marker

Cedar Plains Christian Church, Falkville, will dedicate a roadside marker from the Alabama Historical Association on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.

The marker proclaims the church as the first congregation formed in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Alabama. The denomination, founded in 1832, was the first formed in the U.S.

The Cedar Plains congregation dates to 1837, said the Rev. Keith Andrews, pastor.

The church and marker are on Morgan County 55, five miles west of the Falkville Post Office.

UA event to explore conflict, religion

A University of Alabama symposium, “Religion and Conflict” will be Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in Gorgas Library.

Tim Murphy of the Department of Religious Studies will speak on “Religion as the Structuring of Asymmetrical Relations.”

Other presentations will include “A Consuming Fire: The Violence of Inquisition and Meanings of Medieval Religion” by Christine Ames of the University of South Carolina and “Political Religion? Deploying the Sacred in Hitler’s Germany” by George Williams of Alabama’s Department of History.

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Upward sports at Fairview church

Fairview Church of God, Falkville, will offer Upward basketball and cheerleading for the first time. Sign-up will be at the church Wednesdays in October, 5 to 7 p.m.

Registration forms are also available in the church office, 784-5642. The fee is $65. Upward is a church-based sports program operating in many area churches

Malone Brothers’ CD release Sept. 29

The gospel group The Malone Brothers will release a CD on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. with a program at Greater St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Florence.

The group members are Dowand Malone, Dewayne Malone, Demetrius Malone, Terrion Fields, Chris Owens, Ben Ricks and the Rev. Theodus Parker. The group’s original songs include “Times Like These,” sung by Kenn Orr, and “Thank You.”

Dowand Malone describes the brothers’ singing as a bridge between traditional quartet music and contemporary sounds. The CD is $10.

For more information, call 633-3280.

- Compiled by Melanie Smith

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