Monthly Archives: September 2008

Word of the day: Civitas

civitas 1. the body of citizens who constitute a state, especially a city-state, commonwealth or the like 2. citizenship, especially as imparting shared responsibility, a common purpose and sense of community Have you noticed that the Religious Right isn’t the … Continue reading

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Greensburg bishop to speak at Red Mass

Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt of Greensburg will preach at the Red Mass noon Thursday at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. The Red Mass is celebrated annually for lawyers, judges, lawmakers, students and government officials. Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the … Continue reading

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Does texting have a place in worship services?

A United Methodist church in O’Fallon, Mo., is experimenting with texting during Sunday sermons, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports. Congregants with cell phones can interact with the pastor, asking questions for him to answer in real time during his … Continue reading

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Interview with ELCA Bishop Mark Hanson

The Rev. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, said Sunday he was disappointed with the World Council of Churches‘s decision to co-sponsor a dinner and dialogue last week with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hanson, who … Continue reading

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Describing Catholics who are pro-abortion rights

People’s stances on abortion are often nuanced, with many folks supporting or opposing abortion in some, but not all, circumstances. As a writer, I think it’s tricky to employ one or two adjectives and hope to capture someone’s viewpoint in … Continue reading

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ELCA leader to preach in York

A national leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America comes to York Sunday. Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson (at right) plans to stop by Christ Lutheran in York to help celebrate the congregation’s 275th birthday during a 10 a.m. … Continue reading

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Pastor’s answer to ‘The Purpose Driven Life’

Pastor and theologian Bruce Epperly will speak and sign copies of his newest book, “Holy Adventure: Forty-one Days of Audacious Living,” 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Lancaster Theological Seminary‘s Dietz Refectory. Epperly has described his book as a “progressive and … Continue reading

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Magazines pulled from LifeWay shelves

Here’s news in the same vein of our story last week about women in the pulpit and women in politics. The magazine Gospel Today was removed from more than 100 LifeWay Christian Bookstore racks because the cover pictured women pastors, … Continue reading

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Forum on ‘Muslims in America’ in Harrisburg

The Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University is the keynote speaker at a “Muslims in America” forum Wednesday evening at the WITF Public Media Center in Harrisburg. Billed as an “interfaith discussion of challenges facing Muslims in America,” Imam Yahya Hendi … Continue reading

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Word of the day: Equinox

Happy First Day of Fall! Today (actually, a couple hours ago) marked the autumnal equinox – the day in the northern hemisphere when the sun crosses the equator going south, and day and night everywhere are of equal length. Also, … Continue reading

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