Christianity

New Monastery to Replace Trailer Park as Monks' Home

June 30, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 30, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "For a year and a half, 25 monks of the Abbey of St. Mary and St. Louis...have lived five men to a five-room trailer in a trailer 'park' on the abbey grounds...Midsummer, the monks will move into a new monastery south of their three-tiered, thin-shell concrete Abbey Church" in St. Louis.

Protestants and Catholics Go on Mission Together

June 30, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 30, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church and St. John Vianney Catholic Church, who are neighbors, "for the first time...will embark on an adult foreign mission trip together [to Dublin, Ireland]...The two-week trip has three goals: to help at two cash-strapped camps that bring together Catholic and Protestant children; to offer a model of how Catholics and Protestants from Houston can work together; and to learn more about the believers who have been their neighbors for years."

Methodists Plan New Building to Replace Burned Down Church

June 30, 2001

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

On June 30, 2001, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "the Tongan United Methodist Church, which lost its historic west Salt Lake City sanctuary to fire a year ago, has bought property for a new building -- but it could be years before the cash-strapped congregation can begin construction...The June 2000 blaze [was] set by two teen-age boys who were church members...[The congregation] welcomed back the two repentant arsonists after their recent completion of juvenile detention sentences."

Dismissal of Charges of Promotion of Paganism Is Appealed

June 30, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 30, 2001, The New York Times reported that "the guardian of two children in the Bedford school district has asked the United States Supreme Court to overturn a ruling dismissing claims that the district promoted paganism, New Age thinking and the occult." The claims were made by "three Roman Catholic families in 1996 [who] asserted that a high school Earth Day ceremony with drum-playing and the offering of gifts crossed the line into worship of the planet."

Prison Education Program Ruled Unconstitutional

June 30, 2001

Source: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

On June 30, 2001, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that "some Tarrant County Jail prisoners" mourned the closing of the prison's Christian education program. They "shed tears...one day after the Texas Supreme Court struck down the...program...County officials reassured prisoners that...voluntary religious programs for prisoners will remain...The Texas Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the religious program violates the constitutional wall between church and state because it is supported with taxpayer money."...

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Physician Teaches Role of Religion in Medicine to Future Doctors

June 30, 2001

Source: Newsday

On June 30, 2001, Newsday reported on Dr. Frederick Smith. "As associate chief of internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset [New York], the...56-year-old physician has found that religious faith can help his patients, and he's trying to teach that to a generation of up-and-coming doctors. His 2-year-old course, Religion and Medicine, is part of a growing move to sensitize doctors to the role faith plays in their patients' lives."

Baptist Group Calls for Respect of Judaism

June 30, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 30, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "in a panel discussion with a an Orthodox rabbi, a prominent member of an organization of moderate Baptists suggested that the singling out of Jews [for evangelism by Baptists] be renounced." The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is "an association of 1,800 congregations, [that] started...as moderate Baptists began separating from the increasingly conservative...convention."

Faith-Based Group Given State Grant

June 30, 2001

Source: The Ledger

On June 30, 2001, The Ledger reported that Lakeland's Community and Faith Based Coalition in Florida "has been awarded a grant under a state program that promotes faith-based solutions to community problems." The grant is intended for a Family Unification Project, "which is intended to help families in crisis through personal contact with volunteers recruited from local churches. The grant is one of 10" that has been awarded since "Gov. Jeb Bush signed a law that created a state Community and Faith-Based Organizations Initiative."

Weddings in Many Faiths Share Similarities

June 30, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 30, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "June...is the time when brides and grooms fill churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and banquet halls with promises of love, fidelity and care. Traditions vary...But most couples taking a leap into married life begin by professing love and faithfulness until death parts them, if not for eternity. And even those who profess no religion often look beyond themselves on their wedding day to seal their commitment. 'People intuitively understand that [it] is something sacred...

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Eastern and Western Traditions Come Together in Washington Church

June 29, 2001

Source: The Columbian

On June 29, 2001, The Columbian reported that "at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church [in Vancouver, Washington]...a certified Qigong instructor teaches the ancient practice of movement and meditation once a week." Qigong was created in China more than 4,000 years ago.

President of Dusquesne Pledges to Deepen Catholic Commitment

June 29, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On June 29, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "in a meeting with international leaders of the religious order that founded the school, Duquesne University's president-elect promised to 'work to deepen our Catholic commitment.' Charles Dougherty...spoke to 50 Spiritans, or Holy Ghost Fathers, from 35 nations and four continents who have gathered at Duquesne...'I think that Catholic universities in general, and Duquesne in particular, have to be more reflective and intentional about our religious tradition,'" said...

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Amish Communities Use Pay Phones

June 29, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On June 29, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "use of the telephone would seem in conflict with the Amish community's...lifestyle. But [Indiana] area Old Order Amish families have had pay phones in their settlements for decades. 'They don't view the phone as evil,'" explains a professor of history at Goshen College. "'They view the phone as a tool that must be controlled, or it will control them.'...Amish families generally use community phone booths for three types of calls: to report a medical, fire or...

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Prison Education Program Ruled Unconstitutional

June 29, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 29, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "an intensive Christian education program at the Tarrant County jail unconstitutionally promoted the religious views of the former sheriff, the Texas Supreme Court ruled...Inmates who volunteered for the program spent 120 days studying...'orthodox Christianity.'...Participants had to accept the Bible as infallible truth, believe in Jesus Christ as deity and be 'born again' to attain salvation." The sheriff and chaplain "would not allow instructors to discuss any other...

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Judiciary Committee to Vote on Faith-Based Initiative

June 28, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On June 28, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "legislation mirroring President Bush's faith-based initiative moves forward today after the White House and lawmakers reached an agreement on constitutional concerns. The full House Judiciary Committee will vote on whether to recommend" the bill. "The legislation...has been altered to strengthen the wall between church and state."

Visitors Convene in Minneapolis to Discuss Religion's Role in Public Service

June 28, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On June 28, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that "more than 3,000 visitors assemble in Minneapolis... for the National Conference on Community Volunteering and National Service...Much discussion during their conference will focus on the role of religion in the nonprofit sector." The topic has been much discussed since Bush introduced his faith-based initiative.

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