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10 Questions for a Theologian


Source: The Beacon News,2_5_AU29_10QUESTIONS_S1.article

If you look up “theologian” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Martin Forward.

Forward is the executive director of the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action at Aurora University, and a full-time truth-seeker. He teaches religion at AU, which generally means he helps his students ponder the big questions of life. Originally from England, Forward is a British Methodist minister. He’s worked at prestigious universities in Cambridge, and in Hyderabad, India, teaching and studying the world’s religions.

With the Wackerlin Center, Forward puts his faith and natural curiosity into action, bringing local churches, mosques and synagogues together to explore religions and customs.

And Forward is working on a dictionary of his own. He’s been chosen to edit a new book on Christian-Muslim relations. With a team of more than 60 collaborators, Forward will put together a book of entries on topics of interest to Christians and Muslims, from both perspectives. The book is scheduled to come out in 2012.

$12M Pledge to W&M Withdrawn


Source: Daily Press,0,1902634.story?coll=dp-news-local-final

WILLIAMSBURG — A longtime donor to the College of William and Mary has revoked an approximately $12 million pledge to the university over the Wren Chapel cross controversy, school officials confirmed Tuesday.

The money, earmarked for the school’s $500 million Campaign for William and Mary, had been pledged as an estate provision in the donor’s will.

The donation – pledged to the campaign fund before Gene Nichol became the university’s president – was revoked because the donor, who wasn’t identified, disagreed with Nichol’s decision to remove a brass cross from permanent display on the chapel’s altar, spokesman Mike Connolly said.

Nichol said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday afternoon that he was “heartsick” to learn of the decision. “It represents a serious setback to the college,” he wrote. “And while I know it is intended to make a policy statement, ultimately it only hurts our students.”

The rescinded donation is another blow to a university struggling to deal with what has become a national controversy.

Nichol decided in October that a cross displayed in the Wren Chapel should be stored in a sacristy to make the chapel welcoming to students of all faiths. The cross could be brought out upon request at any time. He later said the cross should be returned to the altar each Sunday.

2,000 In Clearwater, Faith Communities Come Together in Prayer and Compassion

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On September 10, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times reported, “The Rev. Leddy Hammock held a candle and looked up at the dozens of people at an interfaith remembrance service for Hurricane Katrina victims Tuesday.

‘We gather to rebuild a levee against all human tears,’ she told them.

A few minutes later, the lights were dimmed, and each person in the octagon-shaped sanctuary held up a single lighted candle, asking God to help the evacuees and to forgive the dead of their misdeeds, if any.

The event at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater brought together religious leaders of several faiths and traditions, including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Scientology and Jewish.

The idea for the special service came from Ahmed Bedier of the Council for American Islamic Relations.”

2,000-Year-Old Christian Community in Iraq Gains a Spiritual First in Baghdad


Source: The New York Times

There is neither a cross nor a sign on the heavy metal gate to indicate that this is the official residence of one of the country’s most prominent Christians, the first in Iraq in modern times to be elevated to cardinal by the Roman Catholic Church.

The simple structure, in a dilapidated neighborhood of this capital, opposite empty former ministry buildings, is the home of Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, whom the pope named on Oct. 17 to the College of Cardinals along with 22 others from around the world.

The only outward sign that this compound is Christian is in the garden, where a lawn surrounded by roses and zinnias is watched over by a graceful white statue of the Virgin Mary.

Many of his fellow cardinals come from Latin America, Africa and the Far East, places where Catholic practice is only a few hundred years old. But Cardinal Delly, 81, the patriarch of the Baghdad-based Chaldean Church, comes from Mosul, in northern Iraq, a place where Christian rites have been practiced for nearly 2,000 years.