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Eighth Annual Say Something Nice Sunday – June 1

The Eighth Annual Say Something Nice Sunday is June 01, 2014. It is a day to celebrate the people who bring joy to our lives. The goal is to turn down the harsh rhetoric and to replace it with speech that is affirming, uplifting and more Christ-like. The movement started at First Baptist Church of Charleston, the oldest Baptist congregation in the South, and has spread to most denominations including the Catholic Diocese of Charleston. This year the Baptist World Alliance will help promote the celebration.

The steering committee is presenting two civility challenges. These are voluntary and self-monitoring. Civility Challenge One: I pledge that during the next 30 days I will refrain from saying anything ugly, demeaning or derogatory to anyone in my workplace and/or daily activities. If I need to offer correction, I will do it in a respectful manner. I will keep a record for each day that notes whether or not I kept the pledge and any reactions directly related to the exercise. Civility Challenge Two: For the next 30 days I will say something nice, uplifting or encouraging to at least one person every day. I understand that comments that involve physical appearance are off limits for this exercise. I will keep a record for each day that notes whether or not I kept the pledge and of any specific reactions directed related to the exercise. Cardinal Dolan of New York said, “How wonderful it would be if all churches and their members decided to say something positive about other Christians and Christian groups at least one Sunday per year in recognition of our common belief in Christ.”

Pastor Jan Culpepper, pastor of Park Circle Presbyterian Church, North Charleston, SC, added, “Let’s make this more than a celebration for a day. Let’s make it a way of life.” There is nothing to buy or join. Free materials are available at www.fbcharleston.org. Click on Messages/Resources at the top of the home page and then click Say Something Nice Sunday on the right side of the page. Others are encouraged to develop and share their own materials. In 2014, Say Something Nice Sunday and Say Something Nice Day fall on the same day.

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Thankful Thursday – The Rev. Bobby and Rose Boston

            On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the presence of Bobby and Rose Boston in my life. Bobby and I first became friends at Furman University where I knew him as Bob. Eventually we both landed in Charleston. Bobby became the minister at Circular Congregational Church and later started their counseling center. Don and Martha Gardner often left after my Sunday school class at FBC to go hear Bobby at Circular. Bobby and Rose were married while he was at Furman. He attended the Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia and pastored a small rural church. They migrated to Kansas City where he was an associate pastor and became famous for praying for snow. His prayers were answered abundantly that year. Bobby was a chaplain during the Vietnam War. He came to Charleston to start a new Presbyterian Church in Summerville. He and Rose purchased the home of Lucille Maclennan. Roughly ten years ago, he started a wonderful service with his therapy dog, Holly. They go to schools where the children read to Holly. Holly also visits the VA Hospital and the Presbyterian Home in Summerville. One of the ladies made Holly a clerical collar. Both Bostons are avid gardeners and Rose is a great baker. Recently they have joined the Park Circle Presbyterian Church where he says he is just a regular member not a clergyman. He is a mainstay of the Monday Lunch Bunch. He is currently writing his memoirs and reads portions to Carol and me from time to time. He and Rose share a wonderful life together.  On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Rose and Bobby Boston bring to my life.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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