Christianity

Community Meeting to Be Held in Los Angeles Regarding Mideast

December 3, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 3, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Biola University in La Mirada is set to hold the region's first major town hall meeting on the crisis Monday with Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Christian university's forum--expected to draw 3,000 people under the eyes of extra security guards--will attempt to move beyond finger-pointing to discuss concrete peacekeeping ideas. It reflects what organizers say is the small beginning of a return to dialogue, two months after the outbreak of violence that froze the peace...

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Atlanta Quakers Contemplate the Significance of Silence

December 2, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On December 2, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "it is Sunday morning at Atlanta Friends Meeting House on Howard Street in Decatur. The Friends, better known as Quakers, gather here each week for their special form of worship, a comfortable togetherness interrupted only if the Spirit moves someone to talk. Some weeks no one speaks at all. As churches across the country begin the almost constant activity of Advent and Christmas from musical programs to pageants to parties, the Quaker...

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Baptist Church Gets Innovative with Advent

December 2, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 2, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that " with solemnity and joyous expectation, Christians across the Southland and around the world usher in the season of Advent on Sunday. The four-week season preceding Christmas is traditionally a time of introspection, anticipation and preparation for the coming of the child of Bethlehem. This is especially true in churches with a tradition of formal liturgical worship, among them the Roman Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran churches. But Advent is not typically observed by many...

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American Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

November 28, 2000

Source: The Denver Rocky Mountain News

On November 28, 2000, The Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that "Ramadan began Monday for the 1.1 billion followers of Islam - 15,000 of whom who live in Colorado. But Ramadan has another side - after dusk. That's when Muslims break each day's fast with a feast. The Jodehs decided to end the first day of Ramadan with four special friends, all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 'The first night of Ramadan is special, and the tradition is to invite your most dear family and friends. I can't...

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Church Contests City's Zoning Rules

November 26, 2000

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On November 26, 2000, the St. Petersburg Times reported that "it was 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, when a city code enforcement inspector observed the clear violation of city law at 1444 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. 'A person in front was standing with his head bowed while speaking,' city code inspector R. Hall noted, 'the group (was) standing and appearing to sing.' The Church of Hope was again conducting services to spread the word of God to the city's homeless, and contrary to city code, church was in session on a parcel of less than 20,...

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St. Louis Africans Give Thanks and Celebrate Unity

November 26, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On November 26, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "what was likely the largest, most diverse group of African refugees ever to congregate in St. Louis met Saturday for food, song and dance at St. Pius V Catholic Church. The event was organized by the African Refugee Service, a 3-month-old agency that attempts to support people fleeing violence and persecution in African countries. The vast majority of the 175 people who attended the Thanksgiving-themed event have come through enormous stress, said one of the...

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Los Angeles Church Awaits Reconstruction After Damage from Arson

November 23, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 23, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Worshipers at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church often shudder during the early morning Masses delivered by Father Ignatius M. Kissel. The message of God's love is inspiring, but it's the biting chill in the air that gets to them the most these days. 'It's cold,' said Dorothy Flowers, a 20-year member of the parish, 'particularly when it's 42 degrees outside. I don't know how long we can stand it.'The Fullerton church lost its sanctuary in August, when someone intentionally...

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Immigrants in America Give Thanks for Freedom

November 22, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On November 22, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "as religious persecution expands around the world, according to experts, America remains a relatively rare haven of religious tolerance. Around the globe, attacks on religious freedom are "absolutely on the upswing," says the Rev. Steven Snyder, president of International Christian Concern, a Maryland-based Christian human rights group. Religious liberty is 'deteriorating,' and today only one-quarter of the world's people enjoy broad religious freedom....

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North Amityville Churches Struggle Over Zoning Codes

November 19, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On November 19, 2000, The New York Times reported that "THEY have names like The Revelation Church of God in Christ, Ephesus Church and Living Waters Evangelistic. They are scattered about North Amityville like seeds sown by the wind...Wherever they are, the neighbors who wake up one morning to find that they are living next to a church often find it anything but a blessing. Peter Casserly, Babylon's commissioner of planning and development, said that neighbors often called the town to complain of increased traffic and noise,...

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Discuss Abortion and Academic Freedom

November 18, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On November 18, 2000, the St. Louis Dispatch reported that "Roman Catholic bishops who gathered in Washington this week issued some of their most dramatic rhetoric yet on abortion and struggled with a request from the pope to take more responsibility for what is taught in the theology departments of Catholic universities...Each morning, the bishops confronted stacks of heavily footnoted studies, resolutions and background material, prepared by various committees with the assistance of the professional staff of the United...

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Catholic Bishop Speaks of the Value of New Immigrants

November 18, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On November 18, 2000, the New York Times reported that a "vast wave of new immigrants -- from Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe -- has been altering the face of parishes from coast to coast, a trend that began three decades ago. It is a demographic transformation such as Catholics have not seen since many thousands of Germans, Irish, Italians, Poles and other Europeans poured into the United States a century ago. 'You're increasing by 25 percent the size of the church in one generation,' said Bishop...

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