Category Archives: Worship

Rise of atheist megachurches a cultural phenomenon

Want a church feel of community without the religion tie-in? Turns out, you are not alone. What began as a lark by two British comedians — atheist church — has caught fire and is spreading across the globe. Nearly three … Continue reading

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The ethics of religious refusal of treatment; Ohio girl could die

I am taking a class on ethics at the moment and we had an interesting discussion last night on whether employers can force employees to be in better shape. That means requiring them to lose weight or quit smoking. The … 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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A Christian issue: how to choose a new church

Someone close to me is “church shopping” as they say. It’s a term I’ve heard a few times and it fit rather well with how our society has evolved. Everybody wants choices today, and I say that without judgment. No … Continue reading

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Is Pope Francis losing the right wing of the Catholic Church?

Pope Francis has generally received glowing reviews since being elected pontiff in March. Admirers gush over his down-to-earth style and rejection of the comforts afforded the pope. Just the other day I saw a picture of Francis carrying his own … Continue reading

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York mosque plans special Ramadan food giveaway

Ramadan is underway and that means for one month, Muslims will take in no food or water from sunup to sundown. Ramadan, which began July 9 and ends Aug. 8, is the centerpiece of the Islamic faith and the month … Continue reading

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Cardinal Dolan, new museum, help celebrate faith of Gettysburg soldiers

As we get set to raise the curtain on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, it’s worth noting the religious tie to the battlefield. After all, some 750,000 soldiers died during the Civil War and many of them … Continue reading

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Chalk talk on God outside Otterbein UMC of York

When the Rev. Jason Schwartzman started thinking about ways to engage the community around Otterbein United Methodist Church in York, he recalled something a Kutztown church tried. The church near Kutztown University put a slate comment board along a street … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on government meeting prayers

The news was somewhat buried Monday amid the tragedy in Oklahoma, but the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will step into the fray and rule on yet another issue testing the delicate dance between the separation of church and … Continue reading

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George Beverly Shea dies at 104; longtime partner of Billy Graham

Sad news last week from North Carolina, where George Beverly Shea, Billy Graham’s longtime partner in evangelism, died at 104. A Grammy-winning gospel singer, Shea appeared before an estimated 200 million people at Graham revival meetings worldwide. He also sang … Continue reading

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