Former cop and innocent convict share message of reconciliation in ‘The Gathering’

Former cop and innocent convict share message of reconciliation in ‘The Gathering’

Tuesday’s “The Gathering” featured Lee Camp sharing the story of reconciliation between Andrew Collins and Jameel McGee. Camp interviewed the two men about how they met. Collins, a former police officer in Benton Harbor, Michigan, saw McGee walking down the street one day. Since his day was coming to a close, and he had put no one behind bars, he wrongfully arrested McGee, claiming he saw the law-abiding citizen with drugs and the intent to sell. McGee faced four years in prison after being charged with possession of one ounce of crack cocaine. “I felt like I was guilty until innocent,” McGee said. “Everyone thought I was guilty right off the bat…even my family thought I was guilty.” While McGee was still locked up, Collins was found out and charged with falsifying reports and lying under oath. This earned him a year in jail. “It was almost immediately after I was caught that I started getting the old me back,” Collins said. “When I was in jail, I felt God was calling me back to Benton Harbor to seek reconciliation . . . Everyone thought I was crazy and needed to flee.” To everyone’s bewilderment, Collins returned to the city in which his crimes took place. There, he began working through a faith-based employment agency. As luck, or Providence, would have it, it was the same agency McGee used. Instead of doing what most people would do and hurting, ignoring or harassing Collins, McGee chose to forgive him. “The situation was hurting me further,” McGee said. “I was hurting people in prison because I was hurt, and that was...
Full Moon Fest 2018 gallery

Full Moon Fest 2018 gallery

Lipscomb students raised $6,130 for inner-city Nashville kids Friday evening at Full Moon Fest, a student-led, 1950’s-themed benefit concert and dance party in the Student Activity Center. “I’m really excited to support YES because I think they’re doing a really great thing with the community,” student Allie Chambers said. Story here by Maria Morales. Gallery by Anna Rogers. « ‹ 1 of 3 ›...
Lipscomb to host 55th-annual Singarama, ‘It Takes Two’

Lipscomb to host 55th-annual Singarama, ‘It Takes Two’

Lipscomb will host its 55th Singarama in Collins Alumni Auditorium on April 5, 6 and 7. This year’s theme is “It Takes Two.” The musical production will feature both individual and collective musical performances from hosts Berkley Boglin, Luke Howard, Madeline McPherson, Hudson Parker, Peytan Porter and Savannah Stewart. “I’m excited to see the shows,” Parker said, adding that rehearsing with the other hosts and hostesses is “a blast.” Vince Law, a Singarama director, is most looking forward to the first performance, when everything comes together. “Aaron and Laurie Sain are looking to push the production to the next level,” Law said. “They’re definitely holding the writers to a higher standard.” Law’s show’s theme is “Name and Address,” which features social clubs Alpha Zeta, Gamma Lambda, Phi Sigma and Sigma Iota Delta. “Fun and Games” is the theme of another show, which will be performed by social clubs Delta Omega, Delta Sigma, Delta Nu, Sigma Omega Sigma and Tau Phi. “Rise and Fall” is the final show, featuring Kappa Chi, Phi Nu, Pi Delta and Theta Psi. Lipscomb holds a nostalgic place in its heart for Singarama. Every year, students, alumni, friends and family members pack Collins Alumni Auditorium to witness the production. For some students, like Law, the performance is special because it’s his senior year. For others, like Parker, the show is sentimental because it’s an important piece of his family’s past. Not only was his brother, Grant, a host in last year’s performance, but his father, Blake Parker, was also a host during his junior and senior years nearly 30 years ago. “I literally wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for Singarama,”...
Frankie Henry photo gallery

Frankie Henry photo gallery

March 5-9 was Women’s Empowerment Week on Lipscomb’s campus, and the week concluded with a message from social activist Frankie Henry. Henry spoke on Friday in Ezell chapel, sharing incredible and moving stories from her life and experience in activism.   Photos by Ellen Butterfield...