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  • [liberal] National Council of Churches urges Kavanaugh’s nomination be withdrawn

    10/03/2018 8:31:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/03/2018 | Diana Stancy Correll
    The National Council of Churches, a partnership of 38 Christian faith groups in the United States, is urging for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to be withdrawn, citing his temperament and demeanor before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. “Judge Kavanaugh exhibited extreme partisan bias and disrespect towards certain members of the committee and thereby demonstrated that he possesses neither the temperament nor the character essential for a member of the highest court in our nation,” read a statement released by the council Wednesday. Additionally, the group pointed to what the statement described as “several misstatements and some outright falsehoods”...
  • The Fault in Their (Social) Gospel: Churches should not buy into salvation by social activism.

    09/06/2018 11:25:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/06/2018 | Darrell B. Harrison
    As I compose this commentary, there remain segments within the American evangelical church that continue to advance and propagate the principles and tenets of the "gospel" of social justice. Increasing numbers of evangelical churches, pastors, and ministries are buying into what I consider merely a new presentation of an old soteriology: salvation by social activism. One such organization, Evangelicals For Social Action, describes itself as "a catalyzing agent for Christ's shalom via projects focused on cultural renewal, holistic ministry, political reflection and action, social justice and reconciliation, and creation care. Rather than a typical "think" tank, ESA is a "do"...
  • Why has Rwanda Closed 8,000 Christian Churches?

    08/22/2018 6:31:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 8/17/18 | Mark Woods
    Headlines in Western media saying an African country has closed 8,000 churches are always going to make Christians sit up and take notice. There are so many stories of the church under pressure, and many of them are true – Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world. In Rwanda, though, where this story comes from, it's not quite that simple. It's true that the government has closed 8,000 churches – but why, and what do the Christians who live there think about it? Forever shadowed by the 1994 genocide in which around 800,000 Tutsis were murdered by...
  • Religious leaders hit GOP tax law after it imposes new tax

    06/26/2018 6:50:45 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/26/2018 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    Religious leaders are slamming the new GOP tax law after the measure required them to start paying a tax on some of the fringe benefits religious institutions offer to employees. Politico reported Tuesday that the new tax law requires the groups to start paying a 21 percent tax on some of the benefits, including those for transportation, meals and potentially gym memberships. Republicans eliminated tax breaks for employees' fringe benefits in the law to cover the cost of tax cuts for corporations and individuals. Because nonprofits don’t pay income taxes, lawmakers implemented a tax on the organization's fringe benefits. Religious...
  • German churches preventing deportations

    05/25/2018 6:47:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.25.2018 | Ben Knight
    German churches stopped or delayed 498 deportations of asylum seekers in the first quarter of 2018, new government figures have shown. The new figures are no great increase on 2017, which saw 1,478 deportations prevented through church asylum throughout the year, but a significant increase on 2016, which saw only 527 cases in the whole year. The German interior ministry figures came from an official answer to a parliamentary question put by the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has long been critical of the German churches, despite insisting that Christianity is part of Germany’s cultural identity. The church tradition...
  • Suicide Bombers Strike Three Indonesian Churches

    05/12/2018 7:56:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Police in Indonesia say suicide bombers have struck three churches in the city of Surabaya on the island of Java. Officials say at least two people were killed and 13 others injured in a blast Sunday in front of the Santa Maria Catholic Church. There was no immediate word about injuries at other sites. Surabaya is Indonesia's second-largest city. Debris is seen outside Santa Maria church, where an explosion went off in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, May 13, 2018. Media reports say simultaneous attacks on churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya have left casualties.
  • Saudi Arabia 'agrees deal with Vatican to build churches ...

    05/04/2018 2:22:47 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 May 2018 | Tim Stickings
    Saudi Arabia has agreed a deal with the Vatican to build churches for Christian worshippers in the Arab country, it is claimed by Middle Eastern media. If confirmed, the supposed agreement between Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Mohammed bin Abdel Karim Al-Issa of the Muslim World League would mark a historic first in Saudi history. The cardinal has visited Saudi Arabia this year and met the royal family, urging the Muslim country to treat its citizens equally.
  • Michigan churches join Muslim prayers against 'gun violence', stage symbolic walkout

    04/20/2018 4:35:57 AM PDT · by LeoHohmann · 20 replies
    LeoHohmann.com ^ | April 19, 2018 | Leo Hohmann
    Parents, pastors, politicians and educators will join a Muslim imam at a mosque Friday in Oakland County, Michigan, to pray and discuss how to make their schools and community safer in an era of mass school shootings. The Muslim Unity Center, a mosque in the wealthy Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, is hosting an "Interfaith Prayers and Symbolic Walkout Vigil" April 20 that feeds off of the anti-gun fervor created in the wake of the Parkland High School mass shooting that killed 17 students in February.
  • Seeking Reverent SoCal Church

    04/01/2018 2:39:09 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 113 replies
    April 1 | self
    I am relocating in a few months and would like to live in Southern California. It could be almost anywhere -- Santa Barbara to Temecula. The one **attraction** I am after is to find an evangelical (and Bible teaching) church with a choir, no entertainment, no band nor drum set on stage. Maybe, even a place where the pastor-teacher wears a tie and slacks, not jeans and a t-shirt. Seriously --- Am I hoping for too much?
  • Churches create ‘Love Boxes’ for women considering abortion

    02/15/2018 1:53:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Feb 14, 2018 | Amy Ford
    A national pro-life organization has launched an initiative involving Love Boxes that are given to young women with unplanned pregnancies who may be targeted for abortion. Thousands of Love Boxes have been issued around the nation from the Embrace Grace corporate office in Hurst, Texas, but now they have ignited the church to get involved as well. Share the Love outreach events can be hosted within churches, empowering the church to get involved in helping moms be brave and choose life. They rally their members for a fun evening to assemble love boxes that include items like Best Gift Ever...
  • Reconstruction of Ancient Churches Begins in Albania

    02/03/2018 7:03:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 2/1/18
    Many ancient and beautiful churches and monasteries, dating from the Byzantine era and dotting the mountainous landscape of Albania, have fallen into ruin due to years and decades of neglect. However, a program is has recently begun for the reconstruction of ancient temples, with the hope of attracting more tourists, reports tvkultura.ru. Before the First World War Albania was Turkish, and became socialist after the Second. The regime, which was one of the most severe, fell in the early 1990s, but during the reign of Enver Hoxha from 1944 to 1985, churches continued to deteriorate. Churches and mosques were often...
  • Warning to Churches: 'WikiLeaks for Religion' Is Here

    01/31/2018 10:57:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/31/2018 | Paula Bolyard
    We live in an age where privacy is quickly becoming a relic from the past, much like dial-up modems and AMC Gremlins. No longer can we have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" in our communications, whether online or on our smartphones. Oh, legally we still have some privacy rights, but rogue individuals and organizations are increasingly releasing sensitive information in pursuit of some perceived higher calling. It used to be that conversations with medical professionals, counselors, lawyers, and clergy were inviolate — what you said in the privacy of their offices stayed between those four walls. No more. Now we almost...
  • Russia’s Orthodox Church has opened 30,000 places of worship in last 30 years

    01/02/2018 2:16:20 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 01-02-2018 | Zelda Caldwell
    Russia’s Orthodox Church has opened 30,000 churches over the last 30 years, although it is expected to take until 2050 to return to what it was before the 1917 revolution, reported The Tablet. “Houses of worship aren’t built as architectural or artistic monuments – they’re there for the people,” Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the Moscow Patriarchate’s external relations director told Rossiya-24 TV. “And we don’t build churches to obtain impressive statistics, but because people want them. It shouldn’t be forgotten that the construction or renovation of most churches is financed by the faithful – both small people and big entrepreneurs.” Metropolitan...
  • The Russian Patriarchate: Churches and Monasteries Need to be Rebuilt in Syria

    12/21/2017 6:10:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 12/19/17 | Iacopo Scaramuzzi
    Metropolitan Hilarion, in Bari for an honorary degree, talks about the relics of St Nicholas in Russia, and persecuted Christians in the Middle East and UkraineAfter the "complete liberation of Syria from the fighters", it will be necessary to "rebuild Churches and monasteries", "guarantee jobs to the population, especially to young people" and "recreate Syria's traditional economic infrastructure". The Metropolitan of Volokolamsk Hilarion Alfeev,"Foreign Minister" of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow and all Russia, said this during a visit to Bari. After the relic of St. Nicholas - patron saint of Russia as well as of the Apulian capital -...
  • Lap covers warm hearts Women create handmade items for those who have served

    12/02/2017 4:46:46 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — For more than 20 years a group of women — most of them members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sierra Vista — have been making lap covers for hospitalized veterans. On Dec. 4, about 20 members of the group — The Crafty Ladies of Immanuel — will travel to the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (hospital) in Tucson to present veterans with 175 lap covers. Some are knitted, some crocheted and others are machine sewn. The women also make body covers, sewn in patriotic colors and used to cover veterans who have died while hospitalized. “If...
  • Washington Metro Catches Catholic Church Sending Message

    11/29/2017 1:23:21 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Nov 29, 2017 | Terry Jeffrey
    Just over a month ago, an organization sent the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority an advertisement it was ready to pay good money to post on the backs and sides of Metro buses. The ad used only four words: "Find the Perfect Gift." These words were spelt out in the main message of the proposed ad as well as in a web address (FindThePerfectGift.org) printed beside it. Two of the words also appeared in a social-media hashtag printed at the bottom of the ad (#PerfectGift). Now had this advertisement been produced by Macy's, Nordstrom or Target -- to draw traffic...
  • Mika Brzezinski Suggests Trump Is Okay With KKK Bombing Black Churches

    11/22/2017 10:24:19 AM PST · by ForYourChildren · 45 replies
    MRC Newsbusters ^ | 11/22/2017 | Chris Reeves
    On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, while discussing President Trump’s remarks to reporters yesterday on the White House lawn, NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt decided to do an impromptu campaign ad for Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones, who is Roy Moore’s opponent in the Alabama special election. Part of Hunt’s pitch involved the fact that Jones is best known for prosecuting the perpetrators of the infamous 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls. Co-host Mika Brzezinski instantly saw a connection between this piece of information and Trump’s earlier claim to journalists that Jones is “soft on crime.” From...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Sunday After the Octave of All Saints: The Dedication of Churches (Gueranger)

    11/11/2017 9:06:26 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Domum Dei decet sanctitudo: Sponsum ejus Christum adoremus in ea. Such is the Invitatory Antiphon, which sums up the liturgical thought of the day: “Holiness becometh the House of God: let us adore therein Christ her Spouse.”What is this mystery of a house that is at the same time a bride?—Our churches are holy because they belong to God, and on account of the celebration of the holy Sacrifice therein, and the prayer and praise offered to the divine Guest who dwells there. More truly than the figurative tabernacle or the ancient temple, they are separated, solemnly and forever...
  • Concealed Carry in Churches

    11/05/2017 2:00:31 PM PST · by marktwain · 61 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    According to concealedcarry.com, concealed carry is banned in only two states, Nebraska and Louisiana. It requires permission from a church leader in seven states, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Carolina. In the other 41 states, you have the right to conceal carry in church just as you do in other private property. The church may ban the practice, just as you may in your own home. But there is no law to prevent you from exercising the Second Amendment in church. Dean Weingarten Gun Watch
  • Database Launches To Single Out Churches Opposed To Gay Marriage

    10/24/2017 5:19:42 AM PDT · by kevcol · 55 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundations ^ | October 19, 2017 | Joshua Gill
    An online database launched Wednesday singles out churches opposed to homosexuality ostensibly to encourage clarity in whether various churches support LGBT lifestyles. The database, called Church Clarity, scores churches on whether they are “clear” or “unclear” in their message of being “affirming” or “non-affirming” toward LGBT relationships. Church Clarity takes aim specifically at evangelical churches and accuses them of having a dangerous “capitalist mindset” and of being purposefully unclear in their policies toward LGBT relationships .