Churches and Synagogues Building More Schools

July 2, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On July 2, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that, "fueled by shifting populations, expanding or consolidating churches, a growing unease with public education, school choice vouchers and the wealth created by the recent economic expansion, churches and synagogues [across southeastern Wisconsin and the nation] are pouring millions" into construction of their own schools... According to the U.S. Census Bureau, faith-based primary and secondary school construction rose 234%, from $728 million in 1993 to $2.4...

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Latino Churches Take Up Economic Development

July 2, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 2, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "now, with more Latino churches springing up within the Protestant evangelical movement, in which individual churches have substantial autonomy, more Latino church leaders are signing up for Economic Development 101," imitating the faith-based economic development promoted by many African-American churches.

"Nomadic Pilgrim" Dives into Monastic Life

July 1, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On July 1, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on "William Claassen, a self-described 'nomadic pilgrim.'...Claassen spent 2 1/2 years traveling around the world, visiting 40 monasteries in 12 countries. He broke bread with Greek Orthodox monks on Mount Athos, walked with Catholic brothers in Spain, watched whirling dervishes in Turkey, meditated with Zen monks in Japan and sat at the feet of Hindu gurus and Jain pujaris in India."

Mennonite Churches Merge

July 1, 2001

Source: Lancaster Sunday News

On July 1, 2001, the Lancaster Sunday News reported that "the plan is to transform the Mennonite Church, based in Elkhart, Ind...and the General Conference Mennonite Church (GC), based in Newton, Kan., into one denomination called Mennonite Church USA...The transformation could heal a rift that began in the 1860s when the GCs wanted Sunday School, more mission work, and more English used in services and the MCs wanted to continue with German and more traditional and conservative ways."

County Should Uphold Zoning Regulations

July 1, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On July 1, 2001, The Seattle Times published an opinion piece on the ongoing battle between King County, Washington, Executive Ron Sims and churches in King County, led by the Catholic and Mormon hierarchies: "religious organizations, like everyone else seeking to build in rural communities, must conform to a size and scale that is compatible with the surrounding area and that respects the environment... Overriding principles of the growth-management idea should prevail."

Jimmy Carter Seeks Cooperation Among Moderate Baptists

June 30, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On June 30, 2001, The New York Times reported that "former President Jimmy Carter, who last year broke with his denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, over its increasingly conservative direction, has been host to two meetings of leaders of moderate Baptist groups to seek 'common ground' among them." Carter "said a common effort among moderate Baptists could cooperate with other groups, including African-American and European Baptists, and even, he said, the Southern Baptist Convention."

Vietnamese Baptists Gather for Conference in North Carolina

June 30, 2001

Source: News & Record

On June 30, 2001, News & Record reported that "more than 700 Vietnamese Baptists from around the nation are expected to meet in High Point [North Carolina]...for the Vietnamese National Baptist Fellowship...The national organization [is] part of the Southern Baptist Convention." The conference includes seminars on Vietnamese culture, cooking and business meetings.

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 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] 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."