Christianity

Armenians Celebrate Christmas and Anniversary of Armenia's Conversion to Christianity

January 6, 2001

Source: Daily News (New York)

On January 6, 2001, the New York Daily News reported on American Armenians' celebration of Christmas this year. "Armenians celebrate it Jan. 6 because they use both lunar and solar calculations to set dates for religious holidays....Millions of other Christians - almost all members of Eastern Orthodox churches established after a split with Rome in the 11th century - celebrate Christmas tomorrow, but "for most Christians, Jan. 6 is...the Epiphany, which, depending on church doctrine or tradition, celebrates the three kings'...

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Episcopalians and Lutherans Celebrate New Alliance

January 6, 2001

Source: Dallas Morning News

On January 6, 2001, the Dallas Morning News reported on the "Called to Common Mission" agreement between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church. The agreement "will allow the two churches...to swap clergy and share mission projects." The agreement was ratified by Lutherans in 1999 and by Episcopals in 2000.

Christian Unity Week Celebrates Unity of Different Denominations

January 6, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 6, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on Christian Unity Week, which begins Jan. 18 with a concert in Orange County. "The unity week will feature eight days of prayer and two programs designed to bring together Christian denominations." The Times calls the event "a promising truce in the bitter near-1,000-year family squabble between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches....The Great Schism of 1054 between the Roman Catholic church in the West and the Orthodox church in the East...

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Proposed School Calendar Changes Accommodate Jewish Holidays

January 6, 2001

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On January 6, 2001, The Tampa Tribune reported that Hillsborough County's proposed 2001-2002 school calendar "includes a day off in September coinciding with the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. The calendar also shows a spring break from March 25 to April 1, 2002, which would span both Easter and Passover." Jewish parents call the proposed changes to the calendar "a step in the right direction." Phyllis Rogoff, a Jewish parent who served on the district's calendar committee, said the changes...

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Observance of Epiphany Spreads Among Christian Denominations

January 6, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On January 6, 2001, The Denver Post reported on the increasing observance in the United States of the Christian holiday Epiphany, "which commemorates the visit by the Magi, or wise men, to the newborn Jesus." Also called the Festival of Lights, Epiphany "means appearance or manifestation, and in the Christian view it means the bodily appearance of the divine." Said the Rev. Tom Troeger, "for the first 300 years of Christianity, followers celebrated both Christ's birth and the Epiphany on the same...

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Archbishop reaches out to immigrant parishioners

January 5, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On January 5, 2001, The Washington Post reported on the "newly installed Roman Catholic Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick...as the new spiritual leader of a half-million Washington area Catholics. An estimated 4,000 parishioners and dignitaries attended" the Mass of Installation to welcome him to the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. "From the altar, McCarrick looked down on one of the nation's most diverse group of Catholics...Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Pope John Paul II's...

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Pact Celebrates Unity of Lutheran and Episcopalian Churches

January 1, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 1, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that a unity agreement between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be formally signed on Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral. The Called to Common Mission pact "allows members of the two denominations to receive communion in each other's churches and call either an Episcopal priest or a Lutheran minister their pastor." The agreement stems from the recognition that "both denominations have more in common than not....

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New Year's Traditions of the Black Community

January 1, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On January 1, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that every New Year's Eve African-Americans crowd churches in celebration of "Watch Night," a tradition that, according to oral tradition, "dates back to Dec. 31, 1862, the night before the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. That evening slaves gathered at churches to stay awake through the dawn for protection and inspiration. They literally watched the night pass until they were free." The celebration of Watch Night varies from church to church: many pastors in the South,...

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New Hampshire Focuses on Holistic Health

January 1, 2001

Source: India New England News

In January, 2001, India New England News reported on Saraswati Mandiram, the Institute of Holistic Health, Music, Yoga, Science and Philosophy, in New Hampshire. It celebrated the official anniversary of the Baghavad Gita, a text which "is central to the institute's teachings. Holistic health...does not just focus on the physical self but also on the health of the spirit, mind and emotions. One of the institute's stated goals is to provide a place of worship...that will 'explore and promote the good in both Eastern and Western...

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Pentecostals Celebrate 100-Year Anniversary of Their Movement

December 31, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On December 31, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Pentecostal movement, which "has, by some estimates, as many as 500 million members worldwide" turns 100 this New Year's Day. "Several thousand Pentecostals are expected to attend a special celebration of the anniversary at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka" on New Year's Eve. Tim Miller, chairman of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Kansas, says "some scholars describe the rise of the Pentecostal movement as important as the...

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Muslims Celebrate End of Ramadan

December 31, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 31, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that while many were celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, hundreds of Muslims gathered in the San Fernando Valley this year for Eid-al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which "commemorates what Muslims believe was God's revelation of their holy book, the Koran, to the prophet Muhammad nearly 1,400 years ago. It is a month of prayer, reflection, goodwill toward those less fortunate and fasting from dawn to dusk. Eid al-Fitr...is celebrated with family and feasts, and...

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Schoolbus Driver Treats Children To Christmas Gifts

December 31, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On December 31, 2000, The Times-Picayune reported that Debbie Beck, a schoolbus driver in New Orleans, LA, delivered gifts to children in need for the holidays. Rev. Eugene Wellington, director of Community Christian Concern, said that Beck is truly dedicated to the children. She sought to find a family to adopt after she donated more than 40 gifts to CCC for children. At the CCC's Christmas party, children were treated to tours of the city in a limousine. Wellington said that the community's response to the program for children has...

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Bishop Oversees Purchase of Entertainment Arena for His Church

December 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported the formal announcement by Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer that the Faithful Central Baptist Church in Inglewood "had signed a $22.5-million deal to buy" the 17,500-seat Great Western Forum. The sale "marks the first time a U.S. church has bought such a large sports and entertainment venue." Since the popular Ulmer "arrived at Faithful Central on Florence Avenue in 1982, the congregation has grown to more than 8,000. That has made it one of the largest in Southern California, but...

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Celebrating the Anniversary of the Establishment of Christianity in Armenia

December 30, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On December 30, 2000, The New York Times reported that "the arrival of Jan. 1 will...have a specific meaning within the history of Christianity, for 2001 will mark 1,700 years since the faith's establishment in Armenia," when St. Gregory the Illuminator converted the Armenian king to Christianity. According to Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, head of the Diocese of the Armenian Church in America, "for 1,700 years, enlightened by the faith St. Gregory brought to Armenia, we are able not only to survive but also to have...

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Mormons Will Reenact Journey to 150-Year-Old Trek To Southern California

December 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "more than 200 Mormons dressed in pioneer garb and traveling in covered wagons" will cover the 800-mile trail between Salt Lake City and San Bernardino this spring and summer to "replicate the Mormon journey to Southern California 150 years ago." "The wagon train is scheduled to leave Salt Lake City on April 25 and arrive in San Bernardino at the end of June for a three-day festival at Glen Helen Regional Park." Most of the pioneers will be southern Californians. "...

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