Christianity

Armenian Church Celebrates Anniversary, Faces Loss of Faith

January 27, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On January 27, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "Archbishop Khajag Barsamian of the Armenian Church of America will baptize 24 recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union on Sunday at a service here that also will celebrate the 1,700th anniversary of Armenia's conversion to Christianity. It is a case where new spiritual life also is keeping an ancient ethnic tradition alive. 'It's very difficult to run an ethnic church without ethnics,' said Russell Kashian, chairman of the parish council at St. John...

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Use of Jesus' Name in Bush's Inauguration Discussed

January 27, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 27, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Jesus was a popular figure at President Bush's inauguration." The invocation by the Rev. Franklin Graham was closed with a prayer "'in the name of the father, and of the son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit.'" The benediction by the Rev. Kirbyjon H. Caldwell ended with the words, "'We respectfully submit this humble prayer in the name that's above all other names, Jesus the Christ.' Newspapers around the country have been publishing letters from readers offended...

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Latin American Bible Institute's New President Encourages Academic Rigor

January 27, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 27, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that Isaac J. Canales's "combination of intellect and charisma built his Mission Eben-Ezer Family Church in Carson into a dynamic church of 1,500 members. That demanding but deeply spiritual style of teaching earned him a reputation as a popular professor at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and one of the most respected Latino theologians in the country." Canales, 51, was appointed president of the Latin American Bible Institute in August 1999. "The institute is...

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Brings Together Denominations

January 26, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On January 26, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Rev. Jason Samuel, rector of Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Lake Saint Louis, the Rev. Gerald Kleba, pastor of Immaculate Conception, and the Rev. James Erdman, assistant pastor of Living Lord Lutheran (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) in Lake Saint Louis led an ecumenical service on Wednesday. The service was held in celebration of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from January 18-25. The event began in 1908 to recognize that although...

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Evangelical Group Begins to Engage Wider Culture, Other Churches

January 25, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On January 25, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) "recently moved its headquarters to Southern California, a shift that reflects changes in its outlook and mission. 'Our location sends a huge signal as to what we see NAE becoming,' says Kevin W. Mannoia, its energetic president. What it is becoming, says Mannoia, a bishop in the Free Methodist Church of North America, is a group that actively engages a culture and society that is increasingly multiethnic, globalized and urbanized,...

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Historic St. Louis Parishes Survive Today

January 25, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On January 25, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked "what does it take to keep a church alive when the neighborhood is full of empty lots and board-ups, and the cost of needed tuckpointing, roof repairs and weatherproofing can reach more than $ 2 million? The experts say it takes a nucleus of strong, faithful people, neighborhood support and programs for the neighborhood. An endowment, profit from a cemetery, a benefactor - all of these things help." The report looks at the stories of five parishes in historic north...

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Black Churches Face New Challenges as Membership and Funding Explode

January 25, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On January 25, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "the Faithful Central Bible Church's recent purchase of the Great Western Forum - the 17,600-seat arena that once housed the Los Angeles Lakers -offers a window into the triumphs and challenges facing black churches today. The $ 22.5 million purchase comes as black churches...are attracting record numbers, becoming major players in urban renewal, and wrestling with their missionary mandates to revitalize both individuals and the communities in which they...

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Hispanic Bishop Appointed to Denver Archdiocese

January 24, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On January 24, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "local Hispanics were excited and surprised Tuesday by the addition of a Hispanic bishop to the Denver Catholic Archdiocese. 'This is a tremendous opportunity for us,' said Richard Pabon, president of the parish council at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in northwest Denver. 'We have wanted an advocate for our interests.'" Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput had requested that someone be appointed to help him serve the archdiocese, and says that "'Father Gomez has been...

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Serbian Orthodox Church Celebrates 100-year Anniversary

January 24, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On January 24, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of McKeesport-Duquesne is planning a full year of celebration in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the church, which was established when Serbian immigrants to the United States established their church in the U.S. Current membership in the church is 280 families, including 65 children who attend the church school.

Use of Jesus' Name in Bush's Inauguration Discussed

January 24, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

On January 24, 2001, USA Today reported that "when President George W. Bush called out to churches, synagogues and mosques in his inaugural address on Saturday, his speech came sandwiched between two prayers invoking Jesus by name, rather than the usual blessing for the new administration with overarching references to God. While many thrilled to hear clergy make the nation's greatest podium a pulpit for Jesus, others complained that such prayers leave out many Americans." Martin Marty, a leading scholar of American religious history,...

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Billy Graham's Son to Give Invocation at Bush's Swearing-In

January 16, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On January 16, 2001, The Washington Post reported that Franklin Graham, 48, had "been chosen to give the invocation at President-elect Bush's swearing-in ceremony Saturday" in place of his father, 82-year-old evangelist Billy Graham, who was too ill to attend. Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, "one of several black religious leaders who have voiced support of Bush's faith-based initiatives program," gave the benediction. "Franklin Graham said one thing he appreciates about the president-elect is...

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Some Concerned that Ashcroft Cannot Balance Religious Views and Political Duties

January 14, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On January 14, 2001, The New York Times reported on the importance of faith to John Ashcroft, President-elect George W. Bush's choice for United States attorney general. He denies that he will use this position to impose his religious beliefs on others. "However, Mr. Ashcroft has said it is the role of government to 'legislate morality.' To judge morality, he has said he relies on God, Scriptures and his faith. He has opposed homosexuality, abortion, pornography, needle exchanges for drug addicts, the National Endowment for...

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Church Celebrates Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 13, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/News/011301/Citrus/Church_embraces_legac.shtml

On January 13, 2001, the St. Petersburg Times reported on the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by members of the African-American congregation of the Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church. The church's pastor, Leroy E. "Ed" Jones, says King's greatest lesson is the importance of peace and love. "King's message was not just for black people,...

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