Monthly Archives: December 2011

Can we talk?

With two days left in 2011 (but one working day), I wanted to deliver an update on my religion beat outreach efforts. If your church hasn’t heard from me yet, you will. I am up to the Cs and just … Continue reading

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When neighbors are different

Israel is embroiled in a religious controversy that began when an 8-year-old girl tried to walk to school in Beit Shemesh, a city between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Naama Margolese, 8, was spit on and harassed by ultra-Orthodox Jewish men … Continue reading

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Is the Pope a Socialist?

Rick Santorum seems to think so. Our former Pennsylvania senator must be feeling a little left out as seemingly the only Republican candidate yet to have a turn atop the polls. In a bid to generate some passion for his … Continue reading

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Sports stars and their faith

Sports and religion has been intertwined since the first ball was thrown. And it’s always been a comfortable relationship, from the John 3:16 signs often hung at stadiums to the athlete kneeling in prayer after a score. We’re used to … Continue reading

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Tim Tebow and Billy Sunday

Google “sports” and “religion” and take a step back. If you have even a passing interest in the intersection of these topics, you’ll waste a lot of time reading random stories about Troy Polamalu living for four days in a … Continue reading

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New start for St. Jacob’s

St. Jacob’s (Stone) Lutheran Church in Codorus Township, which broke with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America over the ECLA stance on homosexuality, is concluding a difficult year with Christmas Eve services at its new home. The Rev. Paula Murray … Continue reading

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A world snapshot

Today’s blog post is a quickie due to a whole lot of breaking news and a little bit of Tebow (that’s called a teaser in the business). Just wanted to share the results from a fresh survey of the world’s … Continue reading

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A 2012 plan

Having never covered religion before, I had a big challenge ahead of me when I took this job Sept. 1. One of my foremost concerns was fairness. There are 600-plus churches in York County and it wouldn’t be fair to … Continue reading

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Dead Sea Scrolls coming to Pa

Looking for a unique Christmas gift for the curious worshiper in your home? How about tickets to see the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Franklin Institute and Discovery Times Square in Philadelphia in May? Organizers say the new exhibition features … Continue reading

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One man’s Nativity collection

Frank McKee didn’t like how Christmas decorations were trending. “I was admiring Christmas decorations and saw there was no reference to the true meaning of the season,” he says. So the West Manchester Township man decided to do something to … Continue reading

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