Christianity

Egyptian Christianity Established in Maryland

April 28, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On April 28, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported on the Coptic Church, an ancient strain of Christianity from Egypt. The Coptic congregation at Savage, MD is the only Coptic congregation with its own building in the state; they worship in an Assembly of God church. Members worship in traditional style, chanting in Greek in a building decorated with an altar from Egypt and a wooden icon carved by workers brought from Egypt specifically to create it. They hope to pass their heritage on to their children, including knowledge of the...

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Ohio Motto Declared Unconstitutional

April 27, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On April 27, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "pinions were plentiful yesterday in the aftermath of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Ohio's 41-year-old state motto -- 'With God, all things are possible' -- is unconstitutional." Some wonder why the US national motto "In God We Trust" has been allowed while this motto is considered unconstitutional; others argue that the national motto is more vague than Ohio's and thus shows less of a bias toward Christianity specifically. Americans United for...

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Passover and Easter

April 16, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On April 16, 2000, The Boston Herald published an article entitled, "Interfaith Households Face Challenge at Holidays: Finding Common Ground Can Ease Celebration of Passover, Easter."

A Call to Celebrate Easter on the Same Date

April 1, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 1, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that a panel representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and U.S. Eastern Orthodox churches have endorsed a call for all Christians to celebrate Easter on the same date. Currently, both Western and Eastern Christianity observe Easter on the Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, but Eastern and Western churches use different calendars, so they mark the equinox on different days. The panel said that consideration should be given to the Orthodox view...

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"Cleveland-Area Orthodox Christians Worship In Unity"

March 20, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On March 20, 2000, The Plain Dealer reported that "more than 2,000 Eastern Orthodox Christians set aside ethnic and national differences yesterday to commemorate the annual Sunday of Orthodoxy with the Cleveland area's first unified Divine Liturgy in decades...These shared celebrations are viewed as an important step toward the dream of an independend church in the United States that would unify Greek, Romanina, Russina, Antiochian, Albanian and other Orthodox Christians under one administration." Unity would potentially...

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Cardinal Law's Apology

March 14, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 14, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC), an umbrella organization for many local and statewide groups, wrote to Cardinal Bernard Law about the apology he offered on March 11th for sins committed by Catholics. The letter, written by Donald Siegel, president, and Nancy K. Kaufman, executive director of the JCRC, praised Law and pledged to move forward in their joint fight against discrimination: "Jews and Catholic together know much needs to be done to fulfill...

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Pope's Apology - U.S. Response

March 13, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On March 13, 2000, The Boston Herald published an article on the reactions of greater Boston Catholics to Pope John Paul II's apology. Richard Buttermore, of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Carver, MA, stated: "I'm impressed with the pope as we are taught as Catholics to recognize our shortcomings...The pope is saying Catholics are human and he is setting an example we should follow." Rev. Richard Ganung, Protestant chaplain at Milton Academy, was on hand at Holy Cross Cathedral to see his 15-year-old daughter, Elisabeth, convert to...

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Pope's Apology - U.S. Response

March 13, 2000

Source: New York Daily News

On March 13, 2000, the Daily News of New York reported the reactions of several Holocaust survivors to the Papal apology. Saul Klausner, who lost dozens of family members in the Holocaust, stated: "What he did is noble. It's an acknowledgment...But he left out an important segment." Nellie Schreiber of Brooklyn, NY whose parents and 13 siblings died in Polish concentration camps, stated: "He should have apologized a long time ago...But the apology is accepted. It is never too late." Schreiber continued: "It makes me feel better...

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Pope's Apology - U.S. Response

March 13, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On March 13, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that Pope John Paul II asked for God's forgiveness for sins committed or condoned by Catholics over the last 2,000 years in a homily on Sunday, March 12th from St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The Pope divided the sins into seven broad categories: sins "in the service of truth", sins against Christian unity, sins against Jews, sins against other religions and cultures, sins against women and the unity of the human race, sins against individual rights, and sins in general. In...

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