Christianity

Pagan Pride Celebrated, 2000

September 21, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 21, 2000 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "more than 300 pagans gathered Wednesday to dispel myths about their ancient religion, which they say has been unfairly demonized by Christians pushing for prayer in public schools. 'Our point is, you can have no religions in the public schools or you can have all religions in the public schools, but you are not going to have just the Christian religion in the public schools,' said rally organizer Ginger Strivelli. She is a co-founding...

Read more about Pagan Pride Celebrated, 2000

Temple to Open Amid Controversy

September 19, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 19, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on a controversy brewing in a Boston suburb over the construction of a Mormon temple. The dispute has been in and out of the courts for over four years, with local residents contending that the "three-story temple threatens the character of a bedroom community known for decades as 'a town of homes.'" Opposition to the temple came from some residents of Belmont who "forced the Mormon Church to scale back a design featuring six golden spire towers--the main one 13 stories tall...

Read more about Temple to Open Amid Controversy

Shrine Erected for Our Lady of Guadalupe

September 17, 2000

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On September 17, 2000, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that 500 people recently gathered at a Milwaukee street corner to "dedicate a shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico... With a Catholic Mass, mariachi music and cries of 'Viva!', the 5- foot-4-inch statue created by Mexican muralist and sculptor Alejandro Romero was unveiled in the grotto surrounded by rocks, roses, chrysanthemums and greenery that now dominate the street corner. Weighing 1 1/2 tons, the statue is made of reinforced...

Read more about Shrine Erected for Our Lady of Guadalupe

Catholic Nun, Hindu Priest Offer Prayers Before the House of Representatives

September 16, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 16, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that the "House of Representatives welcomed the first Roman Catholic nun to open the body with prayer" last week. "Sister Catherine Moran, a member of the Dominican Sisters in New Jersey for 55 years, served as guest chaplain and offered the opening prayer at the start of the session, according to the Associated Press...The House chaplain, the Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin, said Moran was the first non-ordained woman to offer the opening prayer in the House. Coughlin is the first...

Read more about Catholic Nun, Hindu Priest Offer Prayers Before the House of Representatives

Antiochian Orthodox Church in California Celebrates Anniversary

September 16, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 16, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on the 50th anniversary of the St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church. Begun in "1950 when a handful of Lebanese and Syrian immigrants in Los Angeles came together to build an Orthodox church of their own...the congregation has multiplied to more than 800 families--2,000 members of ethnicities that include Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian, Jordanian, Palestinian, Russian and Ukrainian...Additionally, as the gritty downtown Los Angeles neighborhood known as Westlake was transformed in...

Read more about Antiochian Orthodox Church in California Celebrates Anniversary

Enrollment in Faith-Based Colleges on the Rise

September 14, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On September 14, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported that enrollment in faith-based colleges is on the rise in the United States. It reported that between the years "1990 and 1998, the student population at the 100 member schools of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) jumped 35 percent. It rose 12 percent over the same period for all institutions with religious affiliations. That compares with a 5 percent increase at private colleges and 4 percent at public universities." Robert Andringa...

Read more about Enrollment in Faith-Based Colleges on the Rise

Companies Faced with Resolutions from Religious Orders

September 11, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On September 11, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that this year "General Electric, Wal-Mart, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Exxon-Mobil and many other corporations were confronted with shareholder resolutions offered by religious orders...Diane Bratcher, a spokeswoman with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, which coordinates many such resolutions, said her organization has grown to 275 member groups with $110 billion of investments. They represent Catholic, Protestant and Jewish denominations, though some city and union pension...

Read more about Companies Faced with Resolutions from Religious Orders

Controversy Over Prayers at Football Games

September 10, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 10, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article entitled, "Prayer Advocate Plots Plan; Public Proclamation: Stadium-Visiting Minister Says Fight is to Recognize Religious Freedom." It reports that the Rev. Curtis Turner "appeared at a high school football game in Jonesboro on Friday, urging the crowd to stay standing after the national anthem and recite the Lord's Prayer."

"We're not fighting to get prayer at games," Turner said. "It's to get the message out that for...

Read more about Controversy Over Prayers at Football Games

Vatican Releases Statement on Other Religions

September 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Cardinal Roger M. Mahony sought Friday to reassure non-Catholic Christians and those of other faiths that the Roman Catholic Church remains committed to interfaith dialogue despite a strongly worded Vatican statement critical of other churches and religions...The Vatican statement, 'Dominus Iesus'--Lord Jesus--said this week that followers of non-Christian faiths have 'gravely deficient' chances for salvation. It also said that other Christian churches have 'defects' but...

Read more about Vatican Releases Statement on Other Religions

Vatican Releases Statement on Other Religions

September 9, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On September 9, 2000 The Times-Picayune reported that "several Protestant and ecumenical leaders around Louisiana said Friday they aren't very disturbed by this week's Vatican declaration that only the Roman Catholic church contains the fullness of Jesus Christ's teaching and work of salvation. 'My first reaction is that this is barely a ripple in the ecumenical stream,' said the Rev. C. Dana Krutz, an Episcopal priest who heads the Louisiana Interchurch Conference, a statewide ecumenical council of more than a dozen Christian...

Read more about Vatican Releases Statement on Other Religions

Jewish Leaders Make Statement on Christianity

September 8, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On September 8, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that a "group of Jewish religious leaders is about to release a provocative statement that challenges widely held views within the Jewish community about God, the Bible and the relationship between Christianity and Nazism...The statement, which is being released by the Baltimore-based Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies," was published on September 10th, in the local Baltimore paper and in the New York Times. "Titled 'Dabru Emet' (Hebrew for 'Seek the Truth'), the statement...

Read more about Jewish Leaders Make Statement on Christianity

Pages