Monthly Archives: December 2012

Public Religion Research Institute survey: Catholics more likely to favor gun control

As the gun control debate simmers on the back burner amid fiscal cliff negotiations, let’s break down how various religious adherents feel about gun laws. According to a new survey by Public Religion Research Institute, 52 percent of the public … Continue reading

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Newtown questions: why does God allow evil?

I have delayed writing about God, faith and Newtown on purpose. First and foremost, I was there last week and I can’t say I was completely objective. I initially wrote about my experiences from my hotel room. Since then, I … Continue reading

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Rev. Robert F. Renjilian recalls growing up in Newtown

The Rev. Robert F. Renjilian of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York said Newtown, Conn. was about as safe a town as you could find in America. Renjilian’s parents moved the family to Newtown when he was in elementary school and … Continue reading

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Guest blog post on Bill Gates and David Green

Turning the blog over today to the Rev. Jim Driskell of First St Johns Lutheran Church in downtown York. He writes an insightful piece on philanthropy. Thanks to Pastor Jim for sending it. SAVED BY WHAT YOU DO? OR WHO … Continue reading

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Why Nativity scenes are a December staple

This is my second holiday season as the religion reporter here at the YDR and I am still impressed by the variety of Nativity scenes in York County. It seems every church is putting together its own special version of … Continue reading

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What are the biggest faith issues facing Americans in 2013?

I am working on a faith story to wrap up the year Dec. 27. I want to do a Q&A with a diverse group of faith leaders on what the biggest spiritual/religion issues are as we turn the calendar on … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve church services planned across York County

Update II: Many thanks for the response. It far exceeded my expectations. Apologies for stepping away from the blog for a few days. They sent me to Newtown and that was an unexpected trip for most of last week. I … Continue reading

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New York, New York, the city so nice, it gives us ethical quandaries

Two interesting stories from New York City over the past week and both raise serious moral and ethical issues. Story No. 1: A NYC police officer buys a pair of boots for a barefoot homeless man. This incident actually took … Continue reading

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Sarah Kovacs puts life on hold to teach children of Ghana

I am slowly completing interviews with Sarah Kovacs, a member of York First Church of the Brethren. I say slowly because Sarah is in Ghana teaching elementary school to poor village children. When I first heard what she is doing, … Continue reading

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Mother of Nickel Mines shooter to speak at St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter’s Church in Springfield Township is hosting a special guest this Sunday — Terri Roberts, whose son, Charles Carl Roberts, carried out the shootings at the Nickel Mines Amish school house. The Rev. Tom Beck told me about the … Continue reading

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