By Chuck Redfern
This is a happening: A must-must-must event, a rare day of entertainment and networking. I can just feel the gathering wind of intellectual and spiritual power even as I speak. Flee the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun slot machines. Everyone who is anyone will flock to the “there” that is genuinely there: St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1125 Stafford Avenue in Bristol, 6 p.m., on August 27, where Creedible.com will host its first annual celebration. There will even be music and entertainment – and no one needs to rent a tux or a glittering dress.
What’s more, the happening, which doubles-up as a fundraiser, will be dirt cheap: Tickets are on sale for $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Click here to discover more details and information on how to pay: http://www.creedible.com/creed/index.php/featured-content/6-top-stories/549-creedible-to-celebrate-first-anniversary
Simmons launched Creedible.com to fill a void left by shrinking, cost-cutting newspapers: Few deem “religious news” important, so it’s the first department to meet the line-item guillotine. A little probing would show that people of faith play vital roles in international peace efforts and disaster relief. Think of it: Who were the first to cut through the red tape in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? Who runs inner-city thrift shops and soup kitchens? To whom do the emotionally disturbed initially flee? Hint: Many cannot afford professional therapists. Besides, America is the most religious of all the industrialized nations. Eliminating coverage blinds us to a thick chord in our national psyche. The budget axe falls, leaving readers and viewers with the impression that most religious people meet in dark enclaves to scream their heads off and brew up attacks.
Tracy has thrown herself into her task and covers religion for all its worth. Best of all, she has given a has-been, washed-out journalist a chance to shoot off his mouth. That would be me. I write a column for Creedible.
Be there. On August 27.