Monthly Archives: March 2009

Is the economy making us cuss more?

Does a foul economy mean more foul language? Yes, according to Los Angeles psychotherapist Nancy Irwin. From MSNBC: “There are a lot of elements that are out of our control right now and as a result, there’s a lot more … Continue reading

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Sightings: The Decline of Denominational Publishing

In religion scholar Martin Marty‘s latest Sightings column, he notes that, with few exceptions, denominations are closing their bookstores around the country, including even some on seminary campuses. A time for lamentations? Read on.

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Butterflies for lost loved ones

The Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover & Spring Grove Hospice will release a cloud of live butterflies 2 p.m. June 7 at Hope Baptist Church in Heidelberg Township in memory of lost loved ones. A service just before the release … Continue reading

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Church agrees to restrictions on concerts

Remember the Church of Universal Love and Music, which sued Fayette County in western PA because it had denied it zoning permission to continue using its property for religious concerts? The county zoning board claimed that church founder William Pritts … Continue reading

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Sightings: The Decline of the Culture Wars

The latest from religion scholar Martin Marty. An excerpt: Culture wars, like other wars, can get heated up after cooling, but they are not likely to take the forms they did, nor keep media over-awed again. Read the full Sightings … Continue reading

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Burmese and Iraqi refugees headed this way

Burmese and Iraqi refugees will soon be arriving in southcentral PA. Lutheran Refugee Services is having an informational talk about refugee needs and opportunities 7 p.m. March 30 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Middletown and 7 p.m. April 14 … Continue reading

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Churches host peace walkers

About 20 interfaith peace walkers and Japanese Buddhists plan to pass through York Thursday through Saturday on their way from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., promoting nuclear disarmament and a peace-time economy. Members of Trinity United Church of Christ and Faith … Continue reading

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Sightings: A Crackdown on Miracles?

The latest Sightings column focuses on the rumors of a Vatican crackdown on miraculous claims. Read on at the jump.

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Seminaries try to adapt in ailing economy

I’ve posted before about some of the challenges facing seminaries in this recession. USAToday had a piece by Jeff MacDonald about some of the things schools are doing to adapt. He quotes the president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at … Continue reading

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Word of the Day: Quodlibet

Courtesy of quodlibet (KWOD-li-bet) noun 1. A subtle argument, especially on a theological or philosophical issue 2. A musical medley: a whimsical combination of popular tunes Etymology: From Latin quodlibetum, from Latin quod (what) + libet (it pleases), meaning … Continue reading

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