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December 05, 2013
Reminder: The wedding ceremony is a sacred, solemn, worship service

Every now and then, I need to remind readers that the wedding ceremony is a sacred solemn, worship service. It does not matter whether the ceremony is being conducted on the beach, in a garden, in the ocean or in a sanctuary, the ceremony is a sacred one. For those of us who believe that God is the creator of marriage, this is an important point to adhere to.
I wrote about this topic several years ago and once more need to share some of the things I said then because they are worth repeating. Here are some excerpts: "I think that we have forgotten that the wedding ceremony is a solemn worship service and not a concert of romanticized love songs and lewd or frivolous jokes. Non-religious music sung at many weddings, although oftentimes beautiful, does not place God as the foundation of the love relationship between the soon-to-be husband and wife.
"No wonder so many marriages are going down the drain. Instead of God's love, it is some romanticized love that inevitably fades in time. God's love is eternal. This is not to say that a husband and wife's love for each other will not be tested during the life of the marriage. It is to say that marriage is sacred and holy, and it is God's divine love that helps the couple to make it through the rough times - not Kenny G."

Wedding music
"It's becoming increasingly difficult to find wedding ceremonies free of pre-recorded secular music. A bride and groom seem to select their music based on how nice it sounds and how it makes them feel. Several years ago, I was shocked as I watched a bride march down the aisle to one of Kenny G's sensually loaded songs. We need to keep Kenny G out of the sacred wedding ceremony. When selecting music for weddings, it should be done with care and discrimination. One should look for the texts that extol God's love displayed through Christ, the foundation of marriage. The music should express God's blessing on marriage. We should avoid any songs that promote romanticized or secular ideas about love. These detract from the worship of God.
"Instead of hearing 'O Perfect Love' at weddings, or the simple 'Bridal March,, we are now hearing 'Can I Have This Dance', 'Innocent' or 'Tonight I Celebrate my Love'."
One of the reasons we have such problems with wedding music selection is that too many wedding coordinators and church pastors know nothing about the importance of this sacred ceremony and the role of music in it. For many, once the word love is used in the song, it seems to be the passport for church wedding acceptance. Many wedding coordinators actually scorn the use of simple traditional hymns saying they are boring, dead or old-fashioned.
When was the last time you heard "Jesu Joy of Man Desiring", "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" or the "Trumpet Tune in D Major" by Purcell at a wedding? Oops! Did I say something wrong?
There is a place for beautiful, well-written secular songs. It is at the wedding reception. However, these songs should also present the Christian views of love and marriage.

The wedding dress
Why is it we have to wonder whether we are attending a strip joint rather than a church wedding ceremony when we look at the clothing the bridal party is wearing? The dresses designed for the bridesmaids are becoming more and more revealing. Even in churches that were once known to be conservative, bridesmaids are walking down the aisle almost topless (a little exaggeration to emphasize the point) - deep neck cuts, spaghetti straps, thigh-high splits, and extremely low back lines, are common at wedding these days. Sometimes even the choice of colors and materials give competition to Junkanoo. Sometimes the bridesmaids' dresses are so tight and short it becomes a distraction and not an attraction.
Why is it that the more formal the occasion, the less clothing women wear? Principles of modesty should always be maintained at wedding ceremonies. Women are doing themselves a dishonor and disservice when they expose so much of their bodies. They are only selling themselves as cheap sex objects. Even the color and design of the men's suits must be influenced by Christian modesty and decency.
Some of you would remember what I wrote several years ago on this subject and it is worth repeating. "Why should I be examining the backs of women when they march down the aisle? Is it that they want me to see that their back is pimple-free, or that their last suntan covered their entire body?
Why it is that the groom is usually fully clad and the bride partially naked? For too many centuries, women have been treated as sex objects. Today's modern Christian woman is not even trying to change that concept. It seems as if she is leading the way in total body exposure. Please dear women, I'm not interested in knowing how beautiful your back is, or the size of your bra when I attend a wedding ceremony. Keep your body covered as you go to praise the Lord. Make the wedding ceremony a time of worship and celebration of God's love in the marriage relationship.

The music
What type of music should we use at the wedding ceremony? There are at least two ways to decide what music is appropriate for the wedding ceremony. The music should speak of God's love displayed through Christ. The words should not only talk about a romantic encounter between two individuals, but more importantly a spiritual relationship between God and the couple.
In addition to the sacred words, we can determine if the music is appropriate by the way it is generally used and accepted in society and how it is written. There are many lovely tunes that are well written but are commonly used to extol romantic love. They are most accepted in the secular realm and not the sacred.
These tunes should be left out of the sacred worship service. The wedding reception is the place where romantic tunes are appropriate. However, music at a Christian wedding reception should speak about the true meaning of love and marriage. Even classical music should reflect sacredness in the wedding service. Some classical music pieces are not suited to worship God.

o Barrington H. Brennen is a marriage and family therapist and board certified clinical psychotherapist, USA. Send your questions or comments to barringtonbrennen@gmail.com; or write to P.O. Box CB-13019, Nassau, The Bahamas; or visit www.soencouragement.org; or call 242-327-1980, or 242-477-4002.

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Cycling Club Calender

Sunday 23rd November 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014 --Leaving 6:00am Sharp from Harbour Bay Shopping Centre in front of First Caribbean Bank 40 - 50 miles headed East. This ride is not recommended if you have not cycled recently or first timers!**P/I Bridges optional at the end!!! The pace will range from 18mph – 20+mph, @3 - 3 1/2 hour duration (intermediate & advanced cyclists are invited to join in anywhere along the route). October 28th & 29th 2014 -Triathlon Swim Clinic- (havilukswimming) St. John’s College November 1st Saturday, 2014 - Conchman Tri-Taino Beach, Grand Bahama

Cycle Club Calender
November 9th Sunday, 2014 - 8:30am – UWC Triathlon Bahamas, Clifton Heritage Park-Kids. Sprint & Olympic distances http://www.uwctriathlon.com/ November 23rd, 2014 - Bahamas Half Marathon & 10K-Individual & Relay 13.1 Miles Individual 10km Online Registration is NOW OPEN! http://www.bahamashalf.com/ Saturday December 6th, 2014 - AIDS FOUNDATION Walk-Run-Cycle


News Article

May 25, 2013
Looking at people as a design

Spirituality and art often go hand in hand. The result of which can be amazingly emotional as well as tranquil.
For artist Lemero Wright, looking at people as a design of God inspired his upcoming exhibition at The Ladder Gallery.
"I was trying to find [a theme] where it could be a little bit simple," Wright told Guardian Arts&Culture. "I tried to stick to one theme; I didn't just name it 'Design'. I was looking at it like we are designs. How God made us, He made us a design before we even came into existence. That's why I named the show that."
Gaining inspiration from life in general and just getting up every morning and being alive, Wright is driven every day to pick up a paintbrush and let his imagination run wild. Oftentimes, he admits, his work could be inspired from something as simple as a dream.
"My style is basically urban pop art, where you have figures being distorted in a fun way," he explained. "But now my new approach for this show 'Design', I want to go back to basics with the basic fundamentals of the shapes, but make the images stand out. Like painting a design in a design.
"There is a piece I've done that's called 'Andros', where when I started it, I didn't really want the object to look like a conch shell, but it just turned out to be one. So when people look at it, I want them to not just look at it and say it's basically just the shape of a conch shell, but look inside of it and say what they see."
"I am more a person where my painting with design is more stylized, very tight and very neat. I said let me just hold up the urban design for this year and just fully master the design part."
Wright, who's been painting since the age of 14 and an established artist since 18, has done numerous shows, including a solo exhibition at The Central Bank Art Gallery; group exhibitions with artists like Jackson Petit, Lavar Munroe and Bernard Petit at The Ladder Gallery, Central Bank and Lyford Manor and six or seven showcases at the annual Wine & Art Festival at the Bahamas National Trust.
Wright's history with The Ladder Gallery at New Providence Community Centre began with a group exhibition organized by then gallery curator Gillian Watson.
"When she saw the work we did, she had an idea that we were like the new emerging artists," said Wright. "So that's when some of the young artists right now came into existence. She helped us to get a taste of it and get a feel. That's how we came about."
As for the current show, Wright had been working on those pieces, using his new approach, for some time before showcasing at last year's Wine & Art Festival. Many interested patrons asked him when he would have a solo exhibition, so it seemed natural Wright should do something small to please his audience. After looking at various venues, he settled on The Ladder Gallery, which was available at just the right time.
Wright is currently studying art education at The College of The Bahamas (COB) and has learned from some of the most celebrated Bahamian artists, including Max Taylor, Antonius Roberts, John Cox and Sue Bennett-Williams. He attributed much of his drive to what he learned at COB, as well as the FINCO Art Workshop.
"By them instilling in me to 'just make sure you get out there and do you', 'try get yourself established as a young artist' and through that, I just took their advice and got out there on the art scene," he said.
Wright is very excited about his upcoming show and hopes that viewers expect the extraordinary.
"[I want the audience to] open their minds, let their imaginations flow. Be more creative when viewing the work," he said.
In addition to "Design", Wright's work will be featured in the upcoming Art for Hope Silent Auction & Cocktail Reception at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on Friday, May 31, benefiting the Bahamas AIDS Foundation.

o "Design", new works by Lemero Wright, opens Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at The Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/TheLadderGallery or telephone 327-1660.

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News Article

May 25, 2013
The Bahamas AIDS Foundation Silent Art Auction and Cocktail Reception

Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas AIDS Foundation will be hosting a Silent Art Auction and Cocktail Reception on Friday May 31st 2013 at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

This event entitled "Art for Hope" is in keeping with our goal and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 2011-2015 Strategy  "Getting to Zero:Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths...

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May 09, 2013
U.S. Charg d'Affaires presents 14,000 to Bahamian organizations to promote HIV/AIDS awareness

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Wednesday, May 8, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires John Dinkelman presented awards totaling $14,000 to community organizations in The Bahamas who submitted winning proposals for the 2013 PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Small Grants Program. Mrs. Hyacinth Pratt, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Mr. Herbert Brown, Managing Director, Public Hospitals Authority were among the invited guests at the ceremony held at the U.S. Embassy's Ship Ahoy residence.
The 2013 PEPFAR grant recipients included:

One Eleuthera Foundation, to fund an HIV/AIDS awareness art contest at high schools on Eleuthera.
Haitian Organization for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS & STDs (HOPHAS), to conduct the first PEPFAR funded outreach to the Haitian communities on Abaco and Eleuthera.
The Red Rose Ball Committee and the Jaspora Media Group,  to cover a joint project to serve the Haitian community in Grand Bahama.
The Junkanoo Fun Group (New Group), who will participate in a Junkanoo Rush Out to promote HIV/AIDS awareness during The Bahamas' 40th Independence Day parade.

The PEPFAR Small Grants Program provides U.S. government funding to NGOs, schools and community organizations in The Bahamas that are committed to promoting prevention activities focused on reducing the spread of HIV, reducing AIDS related stigma and discrimination, and encouraging the local community to cooperate in fighting the epidemic. 

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Commonwealth People's Forum provides crucial interface between governments and civil society
October 25, 2011
Commonwealth People's Forum provides crucial interface between governments and civil society

Civil society representatives gathered in Perth today for the start of the three-day Commonwealth People's Forum to discuss and debate key issues facing Commonwealth People.

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Christmastide 2010
Christmastide 2010

Saturday 4th December 2010  7:00 PM

Presented Bel Canto - Eldridge McPhee, Director Silent Auction Viewing - 7:00pm Concert - 8:15pm Full Reception - 9:15pm Donation: $75 Start Time: December 4th at 7:00pm Where: St. Andrews, The Kirk Proceeds to benefit the AIDS Foundation and Unity Centre Box Office at Custom Computers, Cable Beach and East Bay St. For more information, contact 242-325-9326 Email: info@mbproductionsbahamas.com


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Cycle Club Calender

Wednesday 29th October 2014  5:30 PM

Monday, October 13, 2014 --Leaving 6:00am Sharp from Harbour Bay Shopping Centre in front of First Caribbean Bank 40 - 50 miles headed East. This ride is not recommended if you have not cycled recently or first timers!**P/I Bridges optional at the end!!! The pace will range from 18mph – 20+mph, @3 - 3 1/2 hour duration (intermediate & advanced cyclists are invited to join in anywhere along the route). October 28th & 29th 2014 -Triathlon Swim Clinic- (havilukswimming) St. John’s College Tuesday, October 28 - Instructional Clinic 5:30-6:30 pm - Classroom instruction featuring MONA (a biomechanical model of optimal technique) 6:30-8:30 pm - Pool instruction with skill-isolation drills and deliberate practice strategies Wednesday, October 29 - Aquanex Analysis Clinic 5:30-7:00 pm - Aquanex+Video testing in pool 7:00-8:30 pm - Analysis of Aquanex+Video data in classroom Registration Information The fee for each clinic is $US 129. The fee for the Aquanex clinic includes Aquanex+Video testing and analysis; a playback version of Aquanex software; and swimmer's individual files. Register online at http://www.swimmingtechnology.com/index.php/store/clinicstore/ November 1st Saturday, 2014 - Conchman Tri-Taino Beach, Grand Bahama

Cycle Club Calender
November 9th Sunday, 2014 - 8:30am – UWC Triathlon Bahamas, Clifton Heritage Park-Kids. Sprint & Olympic distances http://www.uwctriathlon.com/ November 23rd, 2014 - Bahamas Half Marathon & 10K-Individual & Relay 13.1 Miles Individual 10km Online Registration is NOW OPEN! http://www.bahamashalf.com/ Saturday December 6th, 2014 - AIDS FOUNDATION Walk-Run-Cycle


Event
Cycle Club Calender

Tuesday 28th October 2014  5:30 PM

Monday, October 13, 2014 --Leaving 6:00am Sharp from Harbour Bay Shopping Centre in front of First Caribbean Bank 40 - 50 miles headed East. This ride is not recommended if you have not cycled recently or first timers!**P/I Bridges optional at the end!!! The pace will range from 18mph – 20+mph, @3 - 3 1/2 hour duration (intermediate & advanced cyclists are invited to join in anywhere along the route). October 28th & 29th 2014 -Triathlon Swim Clinic- (havilukswimming) St. John’s College Tuesday, October 28 - Instructional Clinic 5:30-6:30 pm - Classroom instruction featuring MONA (a biomechanical model of optimal technique) 6:30-8:30 pm - Pool instruction with skill-isolation drills and deliberate practice strategies Wednesday, October 29 - Aquanex Analysis Clinic 5:30-7:00 pm - Aquanex+Video testing in pool 7:00-8:30 pm - Analysis of Aquanex+Video data in classroom Registration Information The fee for each clinic is $US 129. The fee for the Aquanex clinic includes Aquanex+Video testing and analysis; a playback version of Aquanex software; and swimmer's individual files. Register online at http://www.swimmingtechnology.com/index.php/store/clinicstore/ November 1st Saturday, 2014 - Conchman Tri-Taino Beach, Grand Bahama

Cycle Club Calender
November 9th Sunday, 2014 - 8:30am – UWC Triathlon Bahamas, Clifton Heritage Park-Kids. Sprint & Olympic distances http://www.uwctriathlon.com/ November 23rd, 2014 - Bahamas Half Marathon & 10K-Individual & Relay 13.1 Miles Individual 10km Online Registration is NOW OPEN! http://www.bahamashalf.com/ Saturday December 6th, 2014 - AIDS FOUNDATION Walk-Run-Cycle


News Article

February 02, 2013
'Matters of The Heart'

In commemoration of February as Heart Month, many will come out to the annual Heart Ball in support of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. But through the Salus Project, several Bahamian artists will make a significant contribution to the foundation with their work in the upcoming exhibition, "Matters of The Heart".
With heart disease as a leading cause of death in The Bahamas and around the world, artists Yutavia George, Edrin Symonette, June Collie, John Cox, Allan P. Wallace, Preston Hanna, Ernest Forbes and Charlthorn Strachan set out to create work to address this and surrounding issues.
George chose to create pieces to represent the Sassoon Foundation, the Bahamas Heart Association and the Bahamian community, through the medium of acrylic on canvas.
"They highlight the demand for more networking between each group concerning information, resources and support. The work symbolizes the necessary contact with each other for survival as a symbiotic balance," she said.
Since The Salus Project is about wellness, Symonette felt that it was only appropriate to consider his grandmother's life and everything she has endured in her lifetime. His pieces are a tribute to her and emphasize the blessing of a life without heart disease or serious illness.
Cox's work will approach the idea from a physical standpoint, departing from his usual large format paintings. Using bicycle tubes and air to pump them up, he is attempting to create an artificial vascular system. Though small and still in progress, these three-dimensional assemblages are meant to suggest the mechanics of the heart.
The artwork will be donated to the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation for a silent auction at the Heart Ball on February 16.
The artists seem more than excited about what they are doing and being a part of the Salus Project, many of them not for the first time.
"[The Salus Project] does several things," said Cox. "One is it creates regular and consistent opportunities for artists to be challenged and to also gain visibility for their work. It also gives them guidelines to exploit. I think there's something kind of counterintuitive about the way artists work.
"They always say that they want to be left alone and to be totally free, but I feel nothing is more liberating to an artist than to be given a rule and to then break it. It gives a guideline to really break free, to do something outside of what's expected, and I think that that helps focus artists."
For George, "This Salus exhibition shows that young people are conscious of the issues in The Bahamas and are making efforts to support and help raise awareness."
"The Salus Project decided to partner with the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, to help raise funds for children in need of heart surgery," said Salus Project Co-founder Dr. Graham Cates. "We are also partnering with the Bahamas Heart Association to increase public awareness of the burden of heart disease and to empower Bahamians with information on how to prevent heart disease and reduce the complications for those already affected."
The foundation is also excited about the collaboration and the continued support it receives from the Bahamian community.
"We're very grateful to be partnering with [The Salus Project]," said Coretta Owen, co-chair of the Heart Ball Committee, which is the fundraising arm of the foundation. "And we do hope that we are able to raise quite a bit of funds from the Salus Project art show... and then the balance of the artwork will be donated to the Heart Ball for our silent auction for the night of the ball on February 16."
The foundation also receives funds through its annual tea party as well as one or two other art shows from artists who contribute their artwork throughout the year. According to Owen, the foundation has had donations from Antonius Roberts, Tyrone Ferguson, Eleanor Whitely, Rik Carey, Shakila Stubbs and Cox.
Founded by Dr. Cates and his wife, Nurse Anita Cates, the Salus Project is for young artists to express themselves in all five areas of wellness: spiritual, financial, physical, emotional and social.
Salus, which is Latin for wholeness, was founded in summer 2011, "out of a desire to provide a bridge between art/beauty and health/wellness - two core values of New Providence Community Church". According to Dr. Cates, "The Salus Project invites student artists to come around a theme and create art so as to increase awareness and positive changes in the artist and the wider community."
"Art has a unique way of getting a message across. It allows the viewer to pause, think and formulate ideas which might not occur through traditional media methods," said Nurse Cates. "Art brings beauty into our lives and we certainly need more of that."
The Salus Project has collaborated on projects to highlight five dimensions of wellness, HIV/AIDS and diabetes.
"These initiatives are all interconnected to our core values of health and wellness," said Dr. Cates. "We want to provide as many different opportunities for The Bahamas to become aware of and engage in meaningful conversation that will result in positive behavioral changes of a healthy Bahamas."

o "Matters of the Heart" opens Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at the Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, home of New Providence Community Church on Blake Road. For more information about the Salus Project, visit http://www.familymedicinecenter.org/salus-project.

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