By Todd Coble
For The Paper
“All religions are the same.” As a minister, this is something I hear quite often. And while you might expect a Christian pastor to balk at this statement and immediately begin to argue that Christianity has many key beliefs that distinguish it from other religions and try to convince you of this by touting key Christian beliefs and virtues, you may be surprised to know I agree with this statement. Yet, it is not for the reasons you may suspect.
First, let’s explore the idea that “All religions are the same.” This is put forth today as the basis for religious tolerance. And while all religions should certainly be tolerated, and everyone should be allowed to freely choose which religion, if any, they will follow; does this mean all religions are the same? If so, the claims and beliefs of the various religions must be essentially the same. However, in terms of specific beliefs and teachings, there are stark differences.
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Ronda Rich with Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library President Dan Aldridge and his wife Judy at the membership event.
Friends of the Braselton-West Jackson Library received a $500 grant from Friends of Georgia Libraries (FOGL) to support the June 1 appearance of author, syndicated columnist and masterful storyteller Ronda Rich at its annual membership meeting.
Playing host to the Friends membership gathering was Mary Ann Kenerly of Kenerly Farms. The pool house was filled with Friends members and future members who attended to hear the Georgia peach share stories which can be enjoyed in her books.
Friends President Dan Aldridge described Mary Ann Kenerly as “one of the kindest, most giving people you’ll ever meet.” He said she was a tremendous asset to the Friends organization and to the community. She was presented with a token of appreciation in a Pandora charm for her bracelet.
Her daughter, Theresa Kenerly, was also recognized and thanked for assisting in the setup of the event. Aldridge said Kenerly goes “way beyond the call of duty.” She provided the welcome and prayer before the lovely table and bar spread with snacks, sandwiches, fruits and sweets brought by volunteers. He thanked volunteers for assisting with food, cleanup and setup.
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Three featured artists, including Sarina Roth with Never the Rock Photography, will be showcased from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Braselton Gallery. Terri Estes, a graphic and fine artist, and Sloan Jones, a potter, will also be featured.
Never the Rock Photography has been recognized as top choice for Best Photography Studio in Jackson County, and Sarina offers framed prints and note cards at Braselton Gallery. She is available for commissioned sessions. Her work has been featured in HOME Living in North Georgia Magazine, Living Jackson Magazine and Points North Magazine and Southern Distinction.
Terri Estes’ work includes basket weaving, quilting, oil painting and drawing, and Sloan Jones offers a wide variety of shapes, sizes and glazes with her pottery.
Braselton Gallery is located at 36 Frances St., in historic downtown Braselton, just 1/4 mile east of I-85 and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sunday.
By FARAH BOHANNON, For The Paper
The Mayfield Dairy Farms Visitors’ Center in Braselton has officially been reopened since Nov. 9, 2012, and now that summer has arrived, the center is seeing more visitors as summer day camps and other groups are adding the venue to their itinerary.
On a recent day, youth in green T-shirts of the Jefferson Parks & Rec day camp filled the benches and tables outside the center as they enjoyed scoops of Mayfield ice cream.
With its reopening, there have been some changes and Mayfield Dairy representatives were at the Braselton CID LifePath celebration handing out miniature ice cream sandwiches and tour brochures as they spread the word about renewed tours.
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