Christianity

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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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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Hispanic Reformation

June 30, 2007

Author: JOE RODRIGUEZ AND ICESS FERNANDEZ

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/story/110957.html

When Milca Molina moved to Wichita from Los Angeles nearly 20 years ago, there were two evangelical churches in the city that had a predominantly Spanish-speaking congregation. Today, there are more than 15, according to Molina, who helped start one of them -- Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Jerusalem, 1650 S. Broadway. Molina serves as...

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Methodists 'Bordering Anti-Semitism'

June 27, 2007

Author: Yaakov Lappin

Source: YNetnews.com

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3418316,00.html

The United Methodist Church's call to divest from companies linked to Israel "is bordering on anti-Semitism," Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham Foxman told Ynetnews on Wednesday.

Foxman furiously condemned recommendations made by the New England branch of the Methodist Church for its members to divest "from twenty companies...

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Row Over Religion's Role in US Jails

June 25, 2007

Author: Justin Webb

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6228854.stm

Supporters of President George W Bush say it's one of his greatest achievements: encouraging religious organisations to help with the provision of basic social services.

Bobby Lytle says the InnerChange programme has changed his life

The White House has doled out millions of dollars of public funding to these bodies - many of them representing...

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Malaysia: Authorities Demolish Church in Muslim-Run Northeast State

June 19, 2007

Author: Bonny Apunyu

Source: SomaliNet News

Wire Service: AFP

http://somalinet.com/news/world/World/11247

In what has sparked anger among the indigenous people who say they own the property, authorities have demolished a church in a Muslim-ruled state in northeast Malaysia, a religious official said on Tuesday.

a minister and secretary general of the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Malaysia, Wong Kim...

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Roman Catholic School, Convent 'Desecrated' in Attacks in Gaza Strip

June 18, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Union Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20070618-1310-gaza-churchdesecration.html

A school and convent belonging to the Gaza Strip's tiny Roman Catholic community were ransacked, burned and looted during clashes around a major security headquarters, the head of the community said Monday.

Crosses were broken, a statue...

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Hindu Mob Beats, Strips, Parades Pastor

June 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Compass Direct News

http://compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=short&idelement=4903&backpage=summaries

June 12 (Compass Direct News) – A mob of Hindu extremists on Friday (June 8) beat a pastor and tried to set him on fire before parading him naked in the suburbs of Bangalore, capital of Karnataka state. Some 150 people allegedly led by Hindu...

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Bush Reassures Pope on Iraqi Christians

June 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Taipei Times

Wire Service: AFP

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2007/06/11/2003364774

US President George W. Bush sought on Saturday to reassure Pope Benedict XVI over the plight of Iraq's minority Christians and also to mend fences with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi after months of bilateral tensions.

The pope "did express deep concern about...

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Pope Reinstates Islam Department

May 28, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6699247.stm

Pope Benedict XVI has reversed a controversial decision he took a year ago to downgrade the Vatican department which deals with the Islamic world.

The Council for Interreligious Dialogue will be restored to its former position as a department in its own right.

It is not clear if the department's former head, British archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, will also be reinstated.

His removal was...

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