Monthly Archives: April 2011

More county churches hope to leave ELCA

At least two more York County churches are on their way to quitting the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. If members affirm the departures in coming months, they’ll be the fourth and fifth county congregations to leave the country’s largest … Continue reading

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Bishop-elect Waltersheid to be ordained today

A priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg will be ordained an auxiliary bishop for Pittsburgh by Bishop David A. Zubik at 2 p.m. today in Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Bishop-elect William J. Waltersheid, 54, has served in … Continue reading

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Bill would repeal ban on teachers’ religious ‘garb’

A bill in the state House would lift restrictions on Pennsylvania teachers who may not wear clothing, emblems or insignias indicating their religious affiliation in the classroom. Pennsylvania and Nebraska are the only two states with such laws left on … Continue reading

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‘Radical forgiveness’ series on Ill. death penalty

For Easter, I’d like to highlight a series called Radical Forgiveness by Manya Brachear about families of murder victims, who — inspired by their faith — fought capital punishment in Illinois (and, this spring, won). Here’s Manya’s introduction: Their loved … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges to speak at Gettysburg seminary

Chris Hedges, a journalist and former war correspondent for the New York Times, will speak at 2 p.m. May 4 during the spring convocation at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The convocation focuses this year on storytelling and narratives … Continue reading

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County council of churches looks to future

The York County Council of Churches board will not disband the organization but move to hire a new executive director to tackle a renewed mission, according to a letter sent to member congregations and others last week. Earlier this year, … Continue reading

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The week in Pa. religion news: April 10, 2011

A Lutheran church near Harrisburg vowed to rebuild after arson damaged the sanctuary, and a church in Seven Valleys lost its roof in Monday’s storms. Christian street preacher Michael Marcavage has no right to sue police who, citing safety concerns, … Continue reading

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Lifetree Cafe offers conversations on life, faith

A new coffeehouse-type program offers weekly conversation about on topics relating to “life and faith.” The Lifetree Cafe is a free, hour-long event with refreshments and informal discussions with others, all hosted by Zion United Methodist Church in West Manchester … Continue reading

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Sightings: Fasting for the Poor

Religion scholar Martin Marty’s latest Sightings column asks why the faithful should care about government cutbacks. Read his essay at the jump.

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The week in Pa. religion news: April 3, 2011

The number of Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia suspended for alleged aberrant behavior involving children grew to 29, as officials placed two more clerics on administrative leave. The Philly case has the U.S. bishops defending the credibility of … Continue reading

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