Monthly Archives: July 2009

Pastor finally prays before Pa. lawmakers

Gerry Stoltzfoos made headlines recently when the Pennsylvania House refused to let him pray using Jesus’ name. Rather than edit his prayer, Stoltzfoos pulled out. “If you pray to no God, it’s like a letter not being addressed to anyone,” … Continue reading

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What would Dumbledore do? Read about the Harry Potter Alliance, which uses moral lessons from the beloved series to educate and mobilize fans around issues such as workers rights and fighting genocide.

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Sightings: Giving

Religion scholar Martin Marty’s latest Sightings column looks at a recent report on charitable giving, which found the first decline in giving since 1987. Read more at the jump.

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What’s Ralph Reed up to?

The former head of the Christian Coalition has a new startup, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, which Reed hopes to use social media to capture a broader, younger and more diverse audience, the AP reports. He’s got a feed on … Continue reading

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Rowan Williams on ‘our Anglican future’

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, said Monday the church may have to accept a “two-tier” model for the worldwide Communion, in which believers can hold different opinions about gay clergy and same-sex unions, the … Continue reading

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Sightings: Homosexuality and Slavery in the Bible

In his latest Sightings column, religion scholar Martin Marty writes about the “lose-lose battles over the blessing of gay marriages and ordination of homosexuals” in Protestantism. Read more at the jump.

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Word of the day: Jehu

Today’s word is inspired by the cab driver I had in Baltimore recently. He missed his calling to drive a firetruck. jehu noun A driver especially of a cab or coach; specifically: one who drives fast or recklessly

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Francis Collins on evolution

Francis S. Collins, Obama’s pick to head the National Institutes of Health, published a piece in the recent issue of Sojourners Magazine about science and faith. An excerpt: I regularly get e-mails from young people in crisis: Having been raised … Continue reading

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York priest reporting from Episcopal convention

Lots of news out of the Episcopal convention in Anaheim, Calif., this week, where church members declared gays and lesbians eligible for “any ordained ministry” Tuesday — a move likely to disappoint world Anglican leaders who wanted the U.S. church … Continue reading

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The vision behind Hearts & Minds

Podcast alert: Christy Tennant of the International Arts Movement interviewed Byron Borger, co-proprieter of Hearts & Minds bookstore in Dallastown, about the vision behind his store, why it carries a wide selection on “culture-making” books (and other merchandise not stocked … Continue reading

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