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7APRIL 2016BODY OF CHRIST NEWS paid and unpaid directly or indirectly involved in the care of children and youth 2. Develop and implement an ongo- ing education plan for the con- gregation and its leaders on the reality of child abuse risk fac- tors leading to child abuse and strategies for prevention 3. Advise children and young per- sons of an agency or a person outside as well as within the local church whom they can con- tact for advice and help if they have suffered abuse 4. Develop and implement safety procedures for church activities such as having two or more non- related adults present in class- room or activity leaving doors open and installing half-doors or windows in doors or halls pro- viding hall monitors instituting sign-in and sign-out procedures for children ages ten or younger and so forth 5. Carry liability insurance that includes sexual abuse coverage 6. Assist the development of aware- ness and self-protection skills for children and youth through special curriculum and activi- ties and B. Denominations should 1. Develop safety and risk-reduc- ing policies and procedures for Denomination-sponsored events such as camps retreats youth gatherings childcare at 12th Annual Commanders of The Rite Banquet Elvin R. Caldwell Jr. Vice President of the Denver Commanders of the Rite announced the honorees for the 12th Annual Commanders of the Rite Banquet to be held on Saturday May 7rd at 6 pm at the Doubletree Hotel 32nd and Quebec. Tommie T. Lewis Jr. 33 mason and a member of Mtn. Plains Consistory 33and PLLR B. Louise Dave member of Mtn. Plains Assembly 49 are being honored. Members of the Commanders of the Rite are all 33 masons the highest level in masonry. The banquet was started in 2004 by Elvin R. Caldwell Jr. 33 Tommie T. Lewis Jr33 Osie Winds 33 and the late Bill Wooden 33 Interdenominational MinistersWives And Widows She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 3126 For 32 years the Denver Local Council of Interdenominational Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows MWMW have hosted a Leadership Conference and Luncheon in the Denver area. On Saturday March 5th 2016 the brilliant bright and beautiful women of the MWMW did not let the Denver community down with National President of the International Association of Ministers Wives and Ministers Widows Inc. Dr. Beverly Groves as the conference speaker and Dr. Sandra Powell of Soul Care Ministries presenting at the luncheon the audience was ener- gized and electrified. Adding to that a dynamic an angelic youth dancers and the house was on fire. Dr. Nita Henry presented a sizeable scholarship to Dr. Claudette Sweet the President of the MWMW for their literacy program. Oddie Kennedy First Lady of Unity C.O.G.I.C was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate from the Denver Urban Institute. Dr. Claudette Sweet and the Denver Council of MWMW exemplify the words in Proverbs 3110 An excellent wife who can find She is far more precious than jewels. Saying Goodbye to Rev. Dr. Paul Martin The Denver community and many around the state mourn the loss of a great spiritual leader who was known by so many. The Rev. Dr. Paul Martin passed away on March 23 while in Denver. He and his wife Agnes had moved to California but often returned to Denver to visit. Rev. Martin was the current presi- dent of the American Baptist Seminary of the West. He served nearly 60 years in the ministry. Many of those years as head pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church in Denver. Former Mayor Wellington Webb of Denver and his wife Wilma were close friends with Rev. Martin and is sad- den by the loss of someone he called a great person. When Paul first came to Denver from Los Angeles we had two things in common. We were members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He would kid me a lot saying I reminded him of Tom Bradley. And also when he pledged Kappa one of his line broth- ers was Johnny Cochran. So he called up both Johnny Cochran and Tom Bradley to host a fundraiser for me when I ran for mayor for the first time said Wellington Webb. Paul wanted me to be the first Black mayor of Denver and make history. That was an important step in our campaign efforts. Wellington and Wilma Webb and the Martins became close friends. Rev. Martin even officiated the reaffirmation of Mayor Webb and Wilmas wedding vows in the state capitol building on the floor of the House of Representatives back in the mid-1990s. Webb also appointed Rev. Martin as the chair of the Stapleton Neighborhood Association in overseeing the redevel- opment of that area. Wilma Webb was no stranger at Macedonia Baptist Church as guest speaker on different occasions. I spoke with Paul the night before he passed stated Webb. He had just came back from Rose Hospital. And Agnes was worried about him. His breath was kind of lumbering and he had difficulty breathing. Then we got a call from Agnes that morning of the big snow storm that he had passed. It was a shock. And you never know when you are going to pass. Only God knows that. He will truly be missed. The Rev. Dr. James Peters also recalls what a good friend and spiritual leader Rev. Martin was. He was loved and respected by the people at Macedonia and he had always stayed in touch with them Rev. Peters said. Rev. Peters worked with the members of the church during that transition of getting a new pastor after Rev. Martin and his wife moved to California. I was the advisor to the church dur- ing that period. But Paul Martin had a great ministry in California before he came to Denver. He was a great leader who will be greatly missed. Rev. Martin grew up in South Central Los Angeles where he com- pleted his secondary education in the public schools. He graduated with honors from Pepperdine University with a bachelors degree in Religion Psychology and Greek. He received his Master of Divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and went on to earn his Doctor of Philosophy at the California Graduate School of Theology. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Denver Seminary along with addi- tional study at Fuller Seminary the Claremont School of Theology and the Union Theological Seminary. Back in 2007 US Rep. Diana DeGette paid a tribute to Rev. Martin and how he left his imprint on the commu- nity. Under his leadership he allowed Macedonia Baptist Church to be that shining light and beacon of hope. In her words on that day says a lot about the late Rev. Dr. Paul Martin. Martin Luther King Jr. once noted that everybody could be great because everybody can serve. Rev. Martin has burnished a reputation of spiritual leadership that I think is the opposite of what most people think. His leader- ship is not only guidance it is service. It is caring for one another. It is serv- ing alongside those whom you lead. It is service which is ordinary and yet extraordinary. TRIBUTE Continued on Page 21 Sister Kennedy Dr. Mary Watson Dr. Tracie Allen of Las Vegas NV. Dr. Beverly Glover International President from Macon GA Dr. Claudette Sweet President of Denver Local. Osie Winds left Tommie T. Lewis Jr. right CHILD ABUSE ... continued from page 6 James Peters Wellington Web