Monthly Archives: November 2008

Mumbai memorial service tonight in Lancaster

The Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center in Lancaster and York has organized a memorial service for 8 p.m tonight (Nov. 30) for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. Among the dead was a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi, Gavriel Noach Holtzberg, … Continue reading

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Word of the day: Puritan

The words puritan and puritanical today imply a zeal for keeping people from enjoying themselves. I hope that’s not the case for you this holiday, dear readers. I’m getting in the car this morning for the drive to Tuxedo, N.Y., … Continue reading

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Media covered religion as much as race in election

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has an interesting report about media coverage of religion and the election. An excerpt: … when religion-focused campaign stories were covered by the mainstream press, often the context was negative, controversial or … Continue reading

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Teachers can attend ‘See you at the Pole’

Last week, Carlisle’s school board voted that teachers can take part in the annual See You at the Pole prayer event, provided they make clear “they are doing so in their individual capacities, and not in any way in their … Continue reading

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Update: Sentencing for synod’s ex-treasurer

In case you missed it, a federal judge sentenced Barry R. Herr of Lancaster to 2.5 years in prison Nov. 21 for embezzling more than $1 million from the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Herr, … Continue reading

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Cult studies: 30 years since Jonestown

Last week’s Sightings column, scholar Brian Britt writes about the 30th anniversary of the murder-suicide of more than 900 followers of Jim Jones at a commune in the jungles of Guyana: “While public memorials have been slow to appear and … Continue reading

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Word of the day: Karuna

Today’s word karuna came to mind because of a new campaign from the Humane Society of the United States called “All Creatures Great and Small” that aims to increase awareness about our moral responsibilities to animals, including those raised for … Continue reading

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Interfaith dinners in central Pennsylvania

Last Thursday, groups of 10 strangers met in private homes around central Pennsylvania to take part in the Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues. They shared a meal and discussed the role of faith or spirituality in their lives. During dinner, they … Continue reading

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A pioneer among female black clergy

When Vashti McKenzie became the first woman bishop of the oldest historic black church in America, she said, “The stained glass ceiling has been pierced and broken.” She was elected as the first female bishop in 2000 — more than … Continue reading

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A reporter who asked Obama about faith

Beliefnet has reprinted an interesting 2004 interview that a Chicago Sun-Times reporter did with Obama that explains a lot about his faith. Apparently, it’s been quoted and misquoted many times but never before published in full-transcript form. Check it out.

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