Category Archives: Denominational doings

Omaha! Montana pastor calls audible; bolts Sunday service for NFL playoffs

If Rev. Tim Christensen wanted to create a viral sensation from the pulpit with his Sunday sermon, he succeeded. Head pastor at Gold Hill Lutheran Church in Butte, Mont., Christensen is also a huge San Francisco 49ers fan. And the … Continue reading

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Catholic diocese buys $500,000 mansion for NJ bishop; bad move in Francis era?

When I read the news late last week that the Camden, N.J. Diocese is buying a $500,000 mansion for Bishop Dennis Sullivan, my first thought was ‘That’s not a wise move.’ With a few days to read more on the … Continue reading

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Winterstown UMC to host ecumenical fundraiser to pay for Corey Haley headstone

It isn’t every day that Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans and other nondenominational Christians come together for Sunday fellowship. But the Rev. Keith Coco felt it was time. The praise and worship pastor at Winterstown United Methodist Church in North Hopewell Township … Continue reading

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St. Patrick selling tickets for an all-expenses paid trip to see Penn State in Dublin

When Terry Mahoney was looking for an idea to raise funds for St. Patrick Catholic Church in York, she leaned on her 32 years as a development director. She came up with a unique trip of a lifetime. The church … Continue reading

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Father Samuel Houser of St. Patrick takes leave due to ill health

Joe Aponick of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Harrisburg says Father Samuel Houser of St. Patrick Catholic Church in York is stepping aside for health reasons. Houser was named senior priest and assigned to Saint Margaret Mary Church in Harrisburg. … Continue reading

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Rev. Schaefer one of many pastors officiating gay weddings in defiance of church

I’ve been following the saga this week of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist minister from Spring City who was convicted under church law of officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony. He was suspended for 30 days Tuesday … Continue reading

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Vatican planning to poll parishes for input on church teaching

In an extraordinary measure, the Vatican has asked national bishops’ conferences around the world to conduct a wide-ranging poll of Catholics asking for their opinions on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. Whoa. It did what? Is this … Continue reading

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Lifeway poll reveals top 10 most influential pastors in America today

When I was growing up in the 1980s, the American faith landscape was dominated by televangelists like Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell and Jimmy Swaggart. As the decade wound down, scandals would touch Swaggart, Jim Bakker and others. But the preachers … Continue reading

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A classmate reflects on the loss of Father Kevin Kayda

When I heard the news, I immediately recognized the name. Kevin Kayda had been on the list of newly assigned priests I received via email over the summer. He stood out to me because he was from Carlisle. And now, … Continue reading

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Christ Lutheran Church in York celebrates 280 years; readies for a new pastor

Christ Lutheran Church could have a new pastor by the end of the year. The venerable downtown York church has been without a permanent pastor since the popular Rev. Patrick Rooney retired in January 2012. At the time, officials said … Continue reading

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