Christianity

Diversity Is the Theme of Catholic Youth Convention

February 10, 2001

Source: The Buffalo News

On February 10, 2001, The Buffalo News reported that "diversity within the Catholic Church will be the theme of this year's Catholic Youth Convention next weekend in Niagara Falls. More than 1,000 teenagers and adults from 70 parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are expected to attend the event...The featured speaker for Friday's opening session will be Brian Johnson, youth director for the Galveston-Houston Catholic Diocese in Texas...Johnson, an African-American who grew up in Baltimore, served as a facilitator for "...

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Wisconsin Elects Christian Scientist as Governor

February 9, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On February 9, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Wisconsin's first Christian Scientist governor, Gov. Scott McCallum. Christian Science is "a remarkably democratic religion -- one with local autonomy, no clergy and no formal doctrines...Few Wisconsin residents know much about the religion other than a vague sense that it emphasizes faith rather than medicine in healing...That might raise questions about the fact that one of McCallum's first policy initiatives was a proposal to make prescription drugs more...

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Mormon Church Makes Plans for Arrival of Olympic Games in Salt Lake City

February 8, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

On February 8, 2001, USA TODAY published an article about the Mormon Church's plans to take advantage of the Olympic Games being held in Salt Lake City next year. "Mormons founded this city as their own Kingdom of God, built the temple that is its visual icon and, while constituting more than 70% of Utah's population, largely sway state politics. And the fast-growing Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...isn't reticent about self-promotion...For the Olympics, it will 'try to tell the story of Mormonism in every possible way.'...The...

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Ashcroft's Appointment Marks Shift In Role of Pentecostals

February 7, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On February 7, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article by Donald E. Miller, which said that "the Senate approval of John Ashcroft as attorney general signals an important shift in the religious demography of the United States. For years, the religion of choice for members of Congress and major presidential appointments was from the so-called Protestant mainstream denominations...But now we have a Pentecostal, a member of the Assemblies of God, holding one of the nation's most influential political posts...Pentecostals...

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Hispanics Complain of Discrimination in Chicago Archdiocese

February 5, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On February 5, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that three employees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago have filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying they were discriminated against because they were Hispanic. "Their allegations include verbal harassment, intimidation, unfair working conditions and denial of resources. The women also filed gender discrimination charges...The problem has been discussed before...In an Aug. 16, 2000, memorandum...the Rev. Esequiel Sanchez, director...

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Vietnamese New Year Celebrated in New Orleans Church

February 4, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On February 4, 2001, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that the tenth annual Tet celebration at Mary Queen of Vietnam Catholic Church in New Orleans drew thousands of Vietnamese Americans on Jan. 26-28. The festivities included food, singers, bands, and dancing. "According to the Vietnamese lunar calendar, Jan. 24 was the first day of the New Year, the Year of the Snake, and it is the year 4699...The first day, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are worshipped; the second day is a memorial day for deceased ancestors; and the...

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Jewish and Christian Clergy Form Interfaith Group

February 4, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On February 4, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article about a newly formed interfaith group among Jewish, Lutheran, Unitarian, Roman Catholic, and Episcopal clergy from Pittsburgh's northern suburbs. Rabbi Art Donsky hosts the meeting of the group once a month at his synagogue, Temple Ohav Shalom in McCandless, Pennsylvania. "'It's a really great opportunity for people of different faith traditions to be in dialogue with one another,' said the Rev. Duane Morford, senior pastor at the Ingomar United Methodist...

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Historic Church Remains Monument to German Tradition

February 3, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 3, 2001, the Los Angeles Times published an article on the First German United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. "On Sunday, anywhere from 50 to 80 people fill the small church to hear pastor Thomas Hildebrandt offer services almost entirely in German--a tradition, unique among United Methodist churches in the United States, that has spanned nearly 125 years...Members say the church remains a monument to their rich German heritage...Although German immigration slowed decades ago, First German remains a gathering place...

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Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 2, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On February 2, 2001, The Washington Post reported on Bush's "maiden appearance before the annual National Prayer Breakfast," where he spoke about his new faith-based initiative. He "extolled the influence of faith on his life and on the life of the nation" and said that "the days of discriminating against religious institutions simply because they are religious must come to an end." Adopting an inclusive theme, he said that "an American president serves people of every faith and serves some of no faith at all." Although Bush...

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Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 2, 2001

Source: .The Houston Chronicle

On February 2, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported on some more responses to Bush's new faith-based initiative. One leading critic of Bush's plan is the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Another critic, Jim Harrington, of the Austin-based Texas Civil Rights Project, said Bush 'wants to almost constitutionalize religion.'" The program also has many supporters, including Carl Esbeck, a lawyer and director of the Center for Law and Religious Freedom. Esbeck concedes,...

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Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 2, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On February 2, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article by Jim VandeHei of The Wall Street Journal on President Bush's new faith-based initiative. "In many ways, these moves simply advance a trend, visible in both parties and on display in Bush's early days in office, toward a more open acknowledgment of the role religion plays in public life." VandeHei described the InnerChange program in Texas, which Bush sees "as a model of the sort of thing he would like to see spread across the country...It...

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New Holy Land Park Stirs Controversy

February 2, 2001

Source: USA TODAY

On February 2, 2001, USA TODAY reported on the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida, which claims to "transport" visitors to the ancient Middle East. Its 15 acres include a replica of the temple of King Herod, a cement copy of the Qumran Caves, where ancient Jews stashed the Dead Sea Scrolls, a palm-tree grove mimicking the Via Dolorosa, the path to Jesus' crucifixion, a Jerusalem City Gate, and "Calvary's Garden Tomb, where [people dressed as ancient Israelites] celebrate the resurrection of Christ." Costumed dramatists tell Old and...

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Use of Jesus' Name in Bush's Inauguration Discussed

February 1, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On February 1, 2001, The Christian Science Monitor reported that, after preachers prayed in the name of Jesus at Bush's inauguration, many Americans have "made their distress heard in letters to the editor and on op-ed pages of local newspapers." A Boston public-school educator wrote that it would be better to be silent than to offer a prayer that does not include Americans of all religious faiths. Others point to an inconsistency "between the prohibitions against public prayer in the school classroom and at football...

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Arizona Court Ruling Bans Religious Discrimination Against Prospective Jurors

February 1, 2001

Source: Arizona Business Gazette

On February 1, 2001, the Arizona Business Gazette reported that, "in a precedent-setting move, the Arizona Court of Appeals has expanded the list of prohibited reasons for striking jurors to include their religion. The judges concluded that allowing attorneys to use their peremptory strikes to get rid of Roman Catholics because church leaders oppose the death penalty 'would condition the right to free exercise of religion upon a relinquishment of the right to jury service.'" The judges said, however, that it is still okay to...

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Neighbors Clash with Congregation Over Ringing of Church Bells

January 31, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On January 31, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Ruth Cook of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and some of her neighbors "are fighting to muffle the sound of [church] bells that they say rattles crockery, shakes walls and makes outdoor conversation impossible. She has taken her fight to the Common Council. Cook is leading a lonely fight" in this church-friendly town. Father Bill Olnhausen of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church and his congregation "have shortened the ringing time and have tried to muffle the...

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