Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Week in Pa. religion news: Oct. 31, 2010

Is there politics after death? The grave doesn’t keep some from the ballot box in York County. A Muslim man from Northeast Philly claims a trucking company fired him after he refused to transport a load of alcohol, according to … Continue reading

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Bishop McFadden’s new video blog

Bishop Joseph P. McFadden has recorded the first edition of what a spokesman says will be a regular video blog on the diocese’s YouTube channel. McFadden’s message focuses on his extension of the diocesan Marian Year, which seeks to bring … Continue reading

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‘Today Show’ features local missionary team

“The Today Show” did a feature on the well-drilling project in Ghana that’s sponsored by Aldersgate United Methodist Church in York Township. The story was part of “Today’s” Your Life Calling Today with Jane Pauley series. Read YDR’s 2006 article … Continue reading

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The Week in Pa. religion news: Oct. 24, 2010

All four candidates for the state’s top races (U.S. senate and governor) are Roman Catholic, and all four play the Catholic card, “evoking throughout the campaign images of parochial education and tightly knit, blue-collar family upbringings,” the Patriot-News reports. Another … Continue reading

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Trick-or-treating on the Sabbath

This week, several communities have planned trick-or-treating hours for Friday or Saturday — Oct. 29 or 30 — rather than on Sunday, which is Halloween. Could this be to avoid trick-or-treating on the Christian Sabbath? That was the motivation of … Continue reading

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Sightings: ‘American Grace’

Religion scholar Martin Marty looks at the new book “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us,” co-authored by political scientist Robert Putnam of “Bowling Alone” fame. How can Americans be both divided and united by religion? Read the column … Continue reading

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The Week in Pa. religion news: Oct. 17, 2010

The sale of three Catholic hospitals has become politicized in northeastern Pennsylvania, where a Catholic group is running radio ads blaming the sale on two prominent Democratic congressmen who voted for the health-care overhaul. says it opposed the legislation … Continue reading

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Nonprofits get discount for stadium use

Stadium officials will grant the nonprofit groups Bridge of Hope of York County and the York County Library System $5,000 worth of marketing expenses and other perks to host events rent-free in Sovereign Bank Stadium in York next year, according … Continue reading

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Wenrich retires, case closed

The church case against a Mechanicsburg Lutheran pastor is now closed, resulting in his retirement from ministry 22 months after he was accused of soliciting sex from a woman he counseled. The Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church … Continue reading

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Churches apologize to American Indians

While marking 300 years since Europeans settled in Lancaster, groups of Presbyterians, Mennonites, Quakers and others apologized to American Indians on Saturday for “wrongs” committed against native groups that once thrived in the region. The Presbyterians atoned in particular for … Continue reading

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