Monthly Archives: December 2009

Sightings: Searching for God

The latest Sightings column comments on a new Pew study and the changing “quality” of religious committments. Read on at the jump.

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The Voodoo of Disney’s ‘The Princess and the Frog’

Among the criticisms of Disney’s much-trumpeted “The Princess and the Frog” are those saying it desecrates religion: That the movie’s depiction of Voodoo is misinformed and that it ignores the Catholicism embedded in New Orleans where the animation is set. … Continue reading

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Notre Dame’s president reflects on 2009

The president of the University of Notre Dame, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, tells the South Bend Tribune he knew his invitation for President Obama to speak at graduation would be controversial. But he didn’t expect the intensity of the … Continue reading

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Kwanzaa founder on York, Obama and dialogue

Kwanzaa, which begins today, has a 43-year history. Founder Maulana Karenga came through central Pennsylvania this month to address students at Millersville University. (Read our story.) Africans and those of African descent in the world have a responsibility to explore … Continue reading

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Lutherans gift building to Coptic Christians

A 81-year-old Lutheran church in Harrisburg is moving out of its building and turning the facilities over to a Coptic Christian congregation. Membership is in decline and maintaining the large building had become too much for the Lutherans. They’ll hold … Continue reading

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Oral Roberts’ funeral today

Hundreds are lined up to get into the memorial service this afternoon for evangelist Oral Roberts on the campus of his eponymous university. The legacy of Roberts, who passed away last week at 91, will be the religious community that … Continue reading

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Top religion stories of 2009

Religion journalists voted last week for the No. 1 religion story of the year. They chose President Barack Obama’s June speech in which he pledged a new beginning in Muslim-U.S. relations during a visit to Cairo. Rick Warren, the California … Continue reading

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Sightings: The Prosperity Gospel and the Financial Crisis

Religion scholar Martin Marty’s latest Sightings column reflects on how a certain sector of the church played a part in the part of the real-estate crash. Read it at the jump.

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A Pennsylvania Dutch-style Christmas

In time for holiday shopping, there’s a re-issue of the folklife history “Christmas in Pennsylvania,” explaining the folk origins of Christmas in the Keystone State. From the publisher: “Composed of interviews and contemporary newspaper reports, it records holiday traditions from … Continue reading

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Another gay bishop for Episcopal Church

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans, said Sunday that the choice of the U.S. church to elect a second gay bishop raised “very serious questions” for the divided church and urged restraint. The … Continue reading

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