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Church of England head says it ‘colluded with’ sex abuse

The Church of England “colluded” with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized to the victims who spoke out and helped bring ex-bishop Peter Ball to justice as the church published a detailed report on how it handled the case.

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Creative program funds buildings for rapidly growing Georgia parishes

Making room for everyone at the Lord’s table is the spirit behind a focused new program in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The Special Projects Program is funding the expansion of basic worship and religious education space in a few uniquely challenged parishes whose churches cannot hold all the people coming for Mass or religious education. The program immediately will address needs in three churches – a parish and two missions in Cedartown, Gainesville and Lilburn.

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Ministry allows Christians to worship in the wild of national, state parks – News – Wicked Local – Boston, MA

A group known as A Christian Ministry in the National Parks hosts worship services each summer weekend in more than 25 national parks.

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Utah — The short, black cross is almost an afterthought, wheeled out of a supply closet moments before introductions begin. Its arrival wraps up 20 minutes of guitar practice and nervous chatter, all part of prepping for a weekly worship service.

Source: Ministry allows Christians to worship in the wild of national, state parks – News – Wicked Local – Boston, MA

How religious literacy can save lives | Religion News Service

(RNS) While on clinical rotations, I helped treat a patient who seemed to be fainting every other day from hypoglycemia.

Ms. K. had been diagnosed with diabetes over a year ago but had only started to have this problem recently.

After learning more about her social history and background, I discovered that she was a practicing Muslim and was fasting because of the holy month of Ramadan.

Source: How religious literacy can save lives | Religion News Service

World’s Top Religious Leaders Issue Rare Joint Appeal – World Religion News

World religious leaders have for the first time partnered up in a rare appeal for world peace. The appeal includes messages by 22 leaders, all appealing to the people of the world to make friends with people outside of their faith group. The appeal has been made as part of an initiative by the Elijah Interfaith Institute.

Source: World’s Top Religious Leaders Issue Rare Joint Appeal – World Religion News

Catholic groups launch conversation about female deacons | Religion News Service

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Several progressive Catholic groups are launching an initiative aimed at giving lay Catholics and clergy across the U.S. a direct say on whether the church should ordain women deacons.

Their actions follow the appointment of a panel of experts set up by Pope Francis to consider the controversial question.

The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, FutureChurch and Voice of the Faithful have launched DeaconChat in a bid to promote education and dialogue on the topic.

Source: Catholic groups launch conversation about female deacons | Religion News Service

My Body, My Life – Lion’s Roar

For me, practicing mindfulness is about showing up in the best way possible in my body and in my life.

As an authorized lama in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, I am trained in Mahamudra, a system of meditation and philosophy that is concerned with revealing the true nature of mind and phenomena. Mahamudra emphasizes calm abiding (shamatha) and insight (vipashyana) meditation. Calm abiding is learning to allow the mind to be as thoughts, emotions, and perceptions flow in and out. Insight is the practice of discerning what the mind is by exploring and analyzing phenomena of mind. Training in the initial stages of calm abiding is essentially mindfulness training, and it is taught that without the stability derived from concentrated calm abiding practice, insight meditation would be difficult.

Source: My Body, My Life – Lion’s Roar

Video seeks to bring sacred words to masses | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Released last Friday, a new music video features Australian popular singer and performer Nathaniel Willemse singing a prayer by Baha’u’llah.

The song, titled “Power Over All Things,” was composed this year in honor of the two hundred year anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, which is being commemorated in October. Inspired by the hopeful vision in the Baha’i writings, the song is one of countless musical expressions unfolding across the planet in this momentous year, ranging from grassroots initiatives to national and international projects undertaken by professional artists.

Source: Video seeks to bring sacred words to masses | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)