Christianity

Clergy Object to Christian Coalition Voters Guides

October 13, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On October 13, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "A group of clergy from Missouri mailed 3,000 letters this week to pastors, rabbis, imams and other spiritual leaders across the state asking them not to distribute the voters guides from the Christian Coalition of America." The guides focus on the two major candidates for US President, Al Gore and George W. Bush. The Coalition is especially concerned with the "marriage tax penalty and other tax issues, abortion and school vouchers." Some are concerned that...

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Babysitting Swap Between Methodist Church, Reform Congregation

October 12, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On October 12, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "members of Evergreen Church, a new United Methodist congregation in Leesburg, helped out the Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation during the recent Jewish High Holy Days, watching young members while their parents worshiped at the Ruritan Club in Sterling. The Rev. Chip Giessler, Evergreen's pastor, said he proposed the swap last year when his church was about to celebrate its first Easter service. 'We didn't want to have to pull anyone out of services to care for the...

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Numbers of Catholic Nuns Dwindling; Mississippi Order Fighting to Leave Their Legacy

October 10, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 10, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "during Barbara Dreher's first year as province director of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 27 elderly nuns died. More important, no young women enrolled to take their place. Those who remained were aging rapidly, and the order lacked the long-term resources to care for them. A mortality study showed that the 350-year-old order was destined to disappear one day without a trace. Dreher's leadership team took drastic action. They sold property and cut living...

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New Mascot to be More Inclusive

October 10, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 10, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the quest for a politically correct Christian mascot for Wheaton College has ended. The former Crusaders are now...the Thunder. The decision concludes two years of soul-searching and debate at the conservative Illinois college, whose alumni include evangelist Billy Graham. A few months ago, Wheaton's president sacked the Crusader emblem, saying it was too barbaric for modern times and offensive to Muslims and Jews. A committee was appointed to find a 'gender-neutral,' '...

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Ex-Nun Explains Religious Differences

October 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on Karen Armstrong. It explained that, "for years she was tagged the 'runaway nun,' the rebellious ex-Catholic with outspoken opinions about religion--comparing, for example, Pope John Paul II to a Muslim fundamentalist. Now, with her 12th book, "Islam, a Short History" (Modern Library), Karen Armstrong has changed her image. She can still be sharp-tongued, inclined to draw conclusions that get a rise out of critics. But something closer to reconciliation, rather than anger, is...

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Christians React Strongly to Vatican Statement

October 7, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On October 7, 2000, The New York Times reported that "On Sept. 5, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who heads the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a document titled 'Dominus Iesus' ('The Lord Jesus') that condemned certain 'relativistic Theories' of religious pluralism. A month later, the dust has still not settled. In some eyes, Cardinal Ratzinger was only saying the obvious and doing his job. Haven't Christians always believed that it is through Jesus Christ and the church of the Gospel that salvation has...

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Interfaith Families Create New Traditions

October 6, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On October 6, 2000, The Boston Herald published an article entitled, "Guiding Light: Interfaith Families Share Ancient Traditions - and Create New Ones."

Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 6, 2000

Source: The Buffalo News

On October 6, 2000, The Buffalo News reported that in an event "described as the first such meeting in recent memory, local Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders came together under one roof Thursday to denounce the violence that has erupted in Jerusalem and has threatened hopes of reviving the Middle East peace process. The local leaders signed a statement pleading for President Clinton to redouble his efforts to bring the parties back to the negotiating table so this conflict can be settled with conversation and not...

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Catholics Celebrate Jubliee

October 4, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On October 4, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "about 22,000 area Roman Catholics are expected to attend the Washington Archdiocese's Eucharistic Congress, a four-day celebration of the Catholic faith starting tomorrow at the Washington Convention Center. A year in the planning, the congress is the archdiocese's most important Jubilee Year 2000 event. Based on registration, church officials predict that the congress's concluding Mass on Sunday--celebrated by Cardinal James A. Hickey--will be the largest gathering of...

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Bush to Address Christian Coalition

September 30, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On September 30, 2000, The New York Times reported that "after some prominent Christian conservatives grumbled about Gov. George W. Bush's decision to skip the Christian Coalition's annual conference this weekend, the Bush campaign reversed itself today and announced that the governor would address the convention by videotape on Saturday. The announcement of Mr. Bush's change of heart came after Pat Robertson, the Christian Coalition chairman and founder, had complained earlier this week, and again today, that Mr. Bush was "taking...

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Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

September 30, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On September 30, 2000, The Washington Post reported that "the Defense Department has agreed to rehire a Lake Ridge woman who lost her job at the Fort Belvoir Commissary when she refused to sign a loyalty oath for religious reasons, her attorneys said yesterday. Michelle Hall, 37, had filed suit in U.S. District Court in Alexandria last December saying that an affidavit required of almost all 1.8 million executive branch employees violated the First Amendment's protections of free speech and free exercise of religion. But she and...

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A Buddhist in a Presbyterian World

September 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times told the story of Ai Tasedan. She has "attended services at St. Mark Presbyterian Church faithfully for the past 25 years. She got married there. She goes on church-sponsored mission trips and volunteers wherever needed." And, surprising to some, she is a Buddhist. "It's an ecumenical twist that doesn't bother the liberal Newport Beach congregation very much, if at all. St. Mark's elders decided in 1975 to help rescue Tasedan and her family, Vietnamese refugees who were in living in a...

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Greek Archbishop Speaks of Faith, Culture

September 30, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 30, 2000, The Houston Chronicle published an article which reported that, "Archbishop Demetrios, spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, wants the 1.5 million members to share their faith and culture. 'Orthodoxy by nature is a church that is not selfishly turned in on itself,' the archbishop said during his first visit to Houston last week. 'It is an absolute necessity for this church, if it is going to be genuine, to reach out continuously. By reaching out I don't mean any propaganda attempts. I...

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Image of Virgin Mary Appears on New York City Window

September 27, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On September 27, 2000, The New York Times reported that "not every pedestrian on Washington Street here sees an apparition of the Virgin Mary in the smudgy colored streaks of the thermal pane window. But just as in the miracles frequently reported in small Southern towns, or the one that played out for months in a suburban yard in Marlboro, N.J., a few years back, none of the faithful here are demanding unanimity. The streaks in the window, in Ramona and Marcelino Collado's second-floor apartment, started changing colors and...

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"Criticism of Hindu Plucked from Web"

September 23, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On September 23, 2000, The Plain Dealer published an article entitled, "Criticism of Hindu Plucked from Web." It reported that "some members of a Christian conservative group apparently believe Congress erred when it allowed a Hindu priest from Parma to give a historic invocation before the House of Representatives last week. But the Family Research Council, best known for its former leader, one-time presidential candidate Gary Bauer, backed away yesterday from its criticism that Venkatachalapathi Samuldrala's prayer in the Capitol...

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