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THE RELIGION CORNER: What Do YOU Believe?

Join the DC Belief Host Committee this week as we celebrate Oprah Winfrey’s “Belief Series.” Delighted to join folks from around the world in promoting this docu-series, I thank God for this opportunity. Oprah Winfrey presents this exciting new seven-day series, a groundbreaking, international television event exploring humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves. This original series invites viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers.

This is a great opportunity to bring people together to discuss faith and beliefs, something we all differ on so much. You are invited to join in with people around the world and watch this series on beliefs, which will bring people of all races, colors creeds and faiths together under the banner of peace and love. The docu-series will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network nightly at 8 p.m., from Sunday, Oct. 18 through Saturday, Oct. 24.

Per Oprah Winfrey, “For several years, my team and I have traveled to 33 countries to film the beliefs of all races, colors, creeds, religions in an effort to show how somehow we are all very much alike.”

Journeying to the far reaches of the world and to places cameras have rarely been, “Belief” searches the origins of diverse faiths and the heart of what really matters. From the epic to the intimate, webbed throughout each hour are stories of people on spiritual journeys, taking them to sacred spaces.

Our kickoff on Oct. 18 is our special free celebration that will be held at The Worsley Mansion, 1410 Missouri Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. Wednesday night, join us at The National Mall, Sylvan Theater. Both events are from 5 to 9 p.m. A special thank you goes out to Ms. Lillian J. Huff and the Rev. Dr. Unnia Pettus, who have served as co-chairs. Thank you to Sister Jenna, Kanu Kogod, and the Rev. Sylvia Sumter for financial donations and continued support; it has been my pleasure to serve as chair of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The D.C. Host Committee will watch the world premiere of the kickoff of the Belief Series, with a reception, which will be followed by a panel discussion from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Panelists are former Mayor Sharon Pratt, the Rev. Dr. Jacquie Hood-Martin, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Rocky Twyman and minister Lynn Strange. Attorney CeLilliane Green will read a special poetic message. There will be other entertainment. There will be simultaneous events going on in a similar fashion throughout the DC Area, give me a call if you would like to host a “Breaking Bread” Event in your home.

Then on Wednesday, Oct. 21, Sister Jenna and I are pleased to invite you to join the D.C. Belief Host Committee at The Sylvan Theater at The National Mall. We will present a distinguished panel, including Andrea Pennington, a medical doctor, and Dr. Pennington is flying in from England. We have Roland Martin. National TV Journalist and attorney Georgia Goslee; Kanu Kogod, from Bridges in Organizations, the Rev. Sylvia Sumter, pastor of Unity of Washington Church; Julianne Malveaux, president emeritus, Bennett College; Cindy Pearlman, New York Times best-selling publisher; and Dr. E. Faye Williams, CEO of the National Congress of Black Women.

We will also watch the docu-series on The National Mall. The program will begin promptly at 5 p.m. with a special welcome by Joshua DuBois, CEO of Values Partnerships. All are invited.

At the Sylvan Theater or Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Howard University Gospel Choir, sponsored by Attorney Jack H. Olender, will perform, Christin Clyburn, 13-year-old award winner will recite an original poem she has written, and she will recite one of Maya Angelou’s poems, accompanied by a violinist. Join us.

Lyndia Grant is an author, inspirational and motivational speaker, radio talk show host and columnist; visit her new website at www.lyndiagrant.com or call 202-558-2107. Tune in Fridays at 6 p.m. to the radio talk show, 1340 AM, WYCB, a Radio One Station.

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Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more. Well-known for appearances on national network programs, including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and others; Malveaux is booked to offer commentary on subjects ranging from economics to women's rights and public policy. She has also hosted television and radio programs. She has also lectured at more than 500 colleges/universities and corporate events. For the last 5 years Dr. Malveaux has focused and centered her efforts on public speaking appearances and her work as a broadcast and print / journalist and author.

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