Monthly Archives: September 2009

Sightings: Navigating Religion News

A recent Sightings column by religion scholar Martin Marty about what kind of religion news coverage is still out there amid the decline of beat coverage by print media. Read the column at the jump.

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Youth speak out about ELCA’s struggle

Youth in the regional Lutheran synod have spoken out about the recent change in the ELCA’s gay clergy policy and the turmoil its causing in some congregations around the country. The Lower Susquehanna Synod‘s Lutheran Youth Organization board drafted a … Continue reading

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‘Creation’ film gets a U.S. distributor

Update: Looks like the Darwin biopic “Creation” will be screened in the U.S. after all. Distributor Newmarket Films picked up the movie. Newmarket also handled the release Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” The film should hit theaters around … Continue reading

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Pa. Episcopalians study merging 2 dioceses

The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is considering whether to reunite with its neighbor, the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. A resolution at the Pittsburgh diocesan convention later this month would call for a committee to study “the potential long-term impact of … Continue reading

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Darwin biopic can’t find U.S. distributor?

Producers of the film, “Creation,” which opens in Britain Sunday, cannot find a distributor in the United States, reports the UK press. It still may land a deal, however. “Creation” stars Paul Bettany as Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his … Continue reading

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Atheists unearth Pa. history lesson

While I was on jury duty last week, an interesting historical tidbit landed in my inbox from the Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, a group of atheists, agnostics and other doubters based in York. The subject is Pennsylvania state legislator named Rogers who, … Continue reading

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Looking ahead at Lutheran CORE meeting

Later this week (Sept. 25-26), conservative Lutherans involved with the group CORE will meet in Indiana to discuss the possibility of creating a “free-standing synod” that would include members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, along with others that … Continue reading

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Sightings: Self-loathing

After an August break, the Sightings column from the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago Divinity School is back. This week’s focus is how Muslim immigrants are remaking western Europe — a review of Christopher Caldwell’s book, “Reflections … Continue reading

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Faith groups hold vigil at Capitol

Faith groups are beginning round-the-clock prayer vigils at the state Capitol in Harrisburg today, praying for an end to Pennsylvania’s budget crisis, according to an announcement by the regional conference of United Methodist churches. Read it at the jump.

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What teachers can’t wear in the classroom

Laws banning religious clothing used to be fairly common, but today Pennsylvania is one of just three states that prohibit teachers from wearing religious clothing in classrooms. Court rulings in both Oregon and a federal court in Pennsylvania have rejected … Continue reading

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