Monthly Archives: May 2011

Daughter of Lutheran bishop ordained a rabbi

A local “pastor’s kid” was recently ordained at a Bronx rabbinical school. She now leads a 100-family congregation at a synagogue in Brooklyn. A NYT profile Monday guesses Heidi Hoover is a first — a Jewish convert, now rabbi, with … Continue reading

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York’s historic Trinity UMC is for sale

UPDATE: Read about new developments in this story. Preservationists believe it’s a good sign that a historic York church headed for demolition is now for sale. The asking price for Trinity United Methodist’s building on East King Street is $225,000. … Continue reading

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Rethinking prayer at public school graduations

In the waning days of spring, we expect grilled foods, outdoor concerts and … fights over prayer at public-school graduations. Over at Religion Dispatches, Duquesne University law professor Bruce Ledewitz says it’s time to reconsider the implications of the ban … Continue reading

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Priest marks 75th year since ordination

At 98, Hanover native Monsignor Vincent Topper is the the oldest and longest-serving Catholic priest in the 15-county Diocese of Harrisburg. Topper will celebrate the 75th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with a Mass and testimonial dinner at … Continue reading

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Encouraging confession among young Catholics

A New Freedom priest urges pastors and Catholic educators to do more to encourage confession among young people, in this month’s issue of US Catholic magazine. For years, the Rev. Robert Nugent — a Salvatorian priest and adjunct clergy at … Continue reading

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Carry on, carry on: A look at ‘rapture’ coverage

I thought the rapture story would never end. Now that May 21 is well behind us, here’s early criticism of how the media covered the non-event: – The schadenfreude “turned sinister,” wrote Tiffany Stanley of the New Republic. Some coverage … Continue reading

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Sightings: Thoroughly Mainstream Mormons

The runaway success of the obscenity-laced musical “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway is a sign Mormonism has become “solidly mainstream,” religion scholar Brian Britt argues in a recent Sightings column. Read on at the jump. Andrew Rannells, center, performs … Continue reading

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Local observations of National Day of Prayer

Christians have planned several observances of the 60th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday. You can read President Obama’s proclamation about the event here. – Noon at Sovereign Bank Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York: Highlights include a welcome … Continue reading

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Sightings: American Christians and Capitalism

Is the free market at odds with Christian values? Read the latest Sightings column from religion scholar Martin Marty.

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Bishop Nathan Baxter on death of bin Laden

Bishop Nathan D. Baxter of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania issued a statement today on the death of Osama bin Laden. While dean of the Washington National Cathedral, Baxter prepared and led two memorial services in the aftermath of … Continue reading

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