Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Week in Pa. religion news: Dec. 27, 2010

Delayed by war and nearly a century late, a German Nativity scene arrived at an Erie church in time for Christmas. Across the commonwealth, thousands of families struggling financially were able to offer gifts because of donations and toy drives … Continue reading

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Christmas baby for Pastor Sayward

It was a Christmas baby for the Rev. Sayward E.G. Lippincott and husband Kevin … Thaddeus Jayr Lippincott was born Christmas morning at 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 19 inches long. Congratulations to the Lippincotts and their family at First … Continue reading

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Being Jewish on Christmas (Eve)

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, there’s other stuff to do this weekend, including a games-and-movies night at Temple Beth Israel in York Township. The 4 p.m. party (with a Chinese food dinner) will be followed by a musical during a … Continue reading

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Third county church leaves ELCA

A Codorus Township congregation for a second time voted overwhelmingly to end its affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Today’s was the second vote that Zion (Shaffer’s) United Lutheran Church needed to quit the ELCA, the nation’s largest … Continue reading

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The Week in Pa. religion news: Dec. 19, 2010

Bishop Joe McFadden lost a friendly wager with his counterpart in the Lehigh Valley when Allentown Central Catholic High School won the PIAA State Championship game Friday over Harrisburg’s Bishop McDevitt High School. McFadden owes Bishop John Barres of the … Continue reading

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The Nativity story in the digital age

Check out “Christmas 2.0,” complete with Joseph buying the donkey on Farmville, Mary instant-messaging the angel Gabriel, and the three kings following the Bethlehem star on Twitter.

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Giving sags at Protestant congregations

A growing number of Protestant churches have seen their Sunday collections drop this year, according to a LifeWay Research survey reported in the Tenneseean. This is the case at some local congregations that have cut staff or frozen salaries and … Continue reading

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The Week in Pa. religion news: Dec. 12, 2010

In lighting the Capitol Christmas tree in Harrisburg, Governor Rendell was joined by Chilean officials and representatives from three Pennsylvania companies that played roles in the Chilean mine rescue. Baby actors take turns playing Jesus in area Nativity productions. A … Continue reading

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Sightings: Oklahoma’s Shariah Law Ban

Religion scholar Martin Marty weighs in on Oklahoma’s “shariah law ban,” noting that shariah — like Catholic canon law and the Jewish code, halakha — holds no base or potential for civil legal action in the United States. “What drove … Continue reading

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The Week in Pa. religion news: Dec. 5, 2010

The official White House Christmas tree — an 18-foot Douglas fir (above) — arrived in D.C. delivered by Chris and Brandi Botek of the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County. The mayor of Philadelphia decided to reinstate the … Continue reading

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