Christianity

Exodus - From Pulpit to Parliament

July 26, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AllAfrica.com/East African Standard

http://allafrica.com/stories/200707250757.html

Is religion set to stamp its authority on Kenya's politics? That is the question given the unprecedented high number of clergymen and women making a beeline for elective politics, particularly parliamentary.

With the 2007 General Election only five months away, the number of clergymen declaring their interest in politics continues to...

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Moscow's Oldest Monastery Wins Back Bells from US

July 24, 2007

Author: Dmitry Solovyov

Source: Reuters

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L24767313.htm

MOSCOW, July 24 (Reuters) - The Soviet Union sold the sacred bells from Moscow's oldest monastery as scrap and they ended up in the United States. Seventy-seven years later, Russia is bringing them home, drawing a new line under its communist past.

Charles Crane, a U.S. industrialist and diplomat with a passion for Russian art and culture,...

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Lowell Bells Get Russian Farewell

July 24, 2007

Author: Anton S. Troianovski

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=519373

MOSCOW—Lowell House's new bells got quite a send-off on Tuesday as the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church consecrated them at a ceremony attended by the Moscow mayor, a crush of news media, and hundreds of believers.

Even though it will be a year until all of Lowell's current bells return to the Moscow monastery where they...

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Threatened, Christians Flee the Mideast

July 23, 2007

Author: Rod Nordland

Source: Newsweek

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19762050/site/newsweek/

July 23, 2007 issue - He refused to leave Baghdad, even after the day last year when masked Sunni gunmen forced him and eight co-workers to line up against a wall and said, "Say your prayers." An Assyrian Christian, Rayid Albert closed his eyes and prayed to Jesus as the killers opened fire. He alone survived, shot seven times. But a month ago a note was left at...

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"Pope's Intolerant Comments May Set Stage for Positive Dialogue, " a Commentary by Dean Koldenhoven, former Mayor of Palos Heights

July 16, 2007

Author: Dean Koldenhoven

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/opinion/guests/469760,161GUC1.article

Pope Benedict XVI expressed his intolerance of Christian churches that are not Catholic by saying " ... the Catholic Church is the one true church, and other Christian bodies shouldn't be called churches."

It is very difficult to comprehend that such a learned man as Pope Benedict would issue such a...

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‘We Stand with Victims of Terrorism,’ Say Church Leaders

July 7, 2007

Author: Maria Mackay

Source: Christian Today

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/we.stand.with.victims.of.terrorism.say.scottish.church.leaders/11459.htm

The Church of Scotland will join hundreds of other concerned people from across Scotland at Saturday’s ‘Scotland United Against Terror’ rally.

The rally, to be held at 1.30pm in Glasgow’s George Square,...

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Episcopal Bishop Suspends Priest Who is Also Muslim

July 6, 2007

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode_island/articles/2007/07/06/episcopal_bishop_suspends_priest_who_is_also_muslim/

SEATTLE --Rhode Island's Episcopal bishop suspends a Seattle priest who says she is both a Christian and a Muslim.

The Reverend Ann Holmes Redding will not be able to preach or work at any Episcopal church in the next year while she considers conflicts in the...

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United Methodist Interfaith Body Sets Global Priorities

July 5, 2007

Author: Linda Bloom

Source: United Methodist News Service

http://www.wfn.org/2007/07/msg00036.html

The United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns wants to help the denomination put its interfaith and ecumenical agenda in context.

That means explaining how hard it is to separate the church in the United States from history, culture and government, according to the Rev. Larry Pickens, the commission's chief executive....

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Egyptian Court Accepts Appeal of Christians to Reclaim Religious Identities

July 2, 2007

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/02/africa/ME-GEN-Egypt-Conversion.php

CAIRO, Egypt: An Egyptian court accepted an appeal Monday from 45 Copts who were denied the right to reclaim their religious identities after they decided to convert back to Christianity from Islam, a lawyer and court officials said.

A lower administrative court ruled against the...

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Task Force Issues Divestment Recommendations

July 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR070307A.html

LAWRENCE, Massachusetts...(July 2, 2007)... The New England Conference of The United Methodist Church has issued its Divestment Task Force report, including recommendations for divestment from twenty companies identified as supporting the Israeli occupation in Palestine.

Based on the research and findings of the Conference's Divestment Task...

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