Category: Michael Goings’ Columns

The personal reflections and commentary of Bishop Michael Goings, a well-known pastor and author, on local, state, national, and international issues

Aging Without Becoming An Antique

To be honest about it, this article that you are reading today had its genesis over sixty-seven years ago, when yours truly was conceived and born in the year of 1951.

Kudos To The United Methodist Church

Recently, at a special session of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference (that convened in St. Louis, Missouri), an attempt was made to lift the denomination’s band on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy.

Black History Month: Women Preachers

During the entire month of February, I am going to dedicate my column each week to the task of celebrating and citing blacks who have played an essential role in helping to shape the African-American community and culture of Dillon County.

African-American Builders And Contractors

Due to the fact that ever since my father was a young man, in his mid-twenties, working under the tutelage of Mr. J. E. Thomas (a white bricklayer and contractor), construction and building has been a part of my family’s professional and occupational legacy and tradition.

The Green Book Of Dillon County

A very historical and popular movie that came out in 2018, received a few Oscars was entitled The Green Book.

African-American Firsts In Dillon County

In the third installment of my tribute to Black History Month, I am going to focus my attention on African-Americans, who were the first of their race in Dillon County to achieve or accomplish something that was truly noteworthy and historical.

Honoring A Hometown Hero

Recently, we lost a man who, in my estimation, was a genuine hero and role model for all of us in Dillon County, especially the African-American community.

Part Four: Growing Old In Newtown

I do not believe that it would be right or historically accurate for me to share memories of my childhood without including some of the naughty, dastardly deeds that I either perpetrated individually or those I was a participant in.

Part Three: Growing Old In Newtown

These underappreciated, undervalued, and underpaid professionals are the unsung heroes and heroines in the stories of so many of our lives, particularly African-American lives like mine that arose in the era prior to the major accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement in the rural South.

Part Two: Growing Old In Newtown

In my column last week, I shared some excerpts from my autobiographical book, Growing Old in Newtown.