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Pinky Promise

A few weeks ago, I covered the first inaugural Pinky Promise Ball held in Memphis. About 40 girls, were presented to their family and friends in a debutante-style ceremony that revolved around sexual purity before marriage.  Dressed in formal regatta, these high school girls took a purity pledge, danced a waltz their fathers and received sapphire purity rings.  Shelby County has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state, according to the most recent data.

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(center) Keandria Craft waits with other girls to join in a ceremonial pledge of abstinence at the inaugural Pinky Promise Ball.

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(center) Jalen Burkins waits with other escorts to present girls to their family and friends before taking vows of abstinence at the inaugural Pinky Promise Ball.

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(right) Jameel Hasan kisses his daughter (center) Cardeisha Morris on the cheek after presenting her with a ring to commemorate her vow of abstinence at the inaugural Pinky Promise Ball held at the Cook Convention Center.

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John13:12-17

“When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them,“Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

J.R. Ratliff soaks his feet in a foot bath during the monthly foot clinic for the homeless held at the Manna House. The ministry helps the homeless with anything from foot pains to providing a new pair of shoes. 

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Legacy

June 10, 2012 — Dozens of former altar boys who served under Father Nicholas Vieron during his 57-year tenure as pastor  and pastor emeritus of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Memphis, TN line up to serve once again under Vieron for a reunion of the altar boys. Some of the oldest in the group were in their seventies, who served as some of Vieron’s first altar boys.