Christianity

UCLA Establishes Nation's First Scholarly Program in Korean Christianity

November 17, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 17, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "The dynamic tradition of Korean Christianity, which is reshaping both the Los Angeles religious landscape and the broader Christian world, came of age in academia Thursday as UCLA announced the establishment of the nation's first scholarly program in the field. A four-year grant of $ 504,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation will enable UCLA, one of the leading centers of Korean scholarship in the nation, to probe such questions as why so many Koreans have defied Asia's...

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Religious Clergy Call for Strengthening Institution of Marriage

November 15, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On November 15, 2000, the Washington Post reported that "Leaders of several major Christian organizations called on churches yesterday to do more to strengthen marriage, 'God's first institution,' by developing programs that help keep couples together. Citing the 'alarming' effect of a high divorce rate on American society, the religious leaders said the nation is threatened by 'a high divorce rate, a rise in cohabitation, a rise in non-marital births, a decline in the marriage rate, and a diminishing interest in and readiness...

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Regulation Curbing Creche in Boston Sparks Debate

November 15, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 15, 2000, the Boston Globe reported that "A Knights of Columbus council is suing the town of Lexington for refusing to allow it to put a Nativity scene on the town's historic Battle Green. In a suit scheduled to be filed today in federal court, the Catholic religious group accuses the town of unconstitutionally limiting religious expression by preventing a creche from being placed in a public area...Jeanne Krieger, chairwoman of Lexington's Board of Selectmen, said the new regulation was passed only to preserve the...

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Florida's Saint Leo Abbey Hosts Vocational Fair

November 11, 2000

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On November 11, 2000, the St. Petersburg Times reported that "Saint Leo Abbey's Fall Festival featured games and food while promoting vocational awareness. Hundreds of people spent this past Saturday playing carnival games, eating and listening to bands, as monks and nuns intermingled with families...'Saint Leo Abbey is one of Florida's best kept secrets and we wanted people to come out and see for themselves,' said Father Paul Romfh. The Saint Leo Jubilee Year Fall Festival was held to promote vocational awareness. Father...

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Alabama Church Honors Its Paintings and Heritage

November 11, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 11, 2000, The Plain Dealer reported that "in the dome of Malbis' Greek Orthodox Church, the Almighty is the same yesterday, today and for the foreseeable future, thanks to the family of Jason Malbis. The story of Jason Malbis is only a century old, but the Byzantine sanctuary built in his memory appears a relic of generations past. On a steamy summer afternoon, an air-conditioner hums inside the ornate chapel. Massive pillars of claret and cream rise high above, supporting a star-studded plaster canopy. Glass tinted red...

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Catholic and Muslim Unity Celebrated at Interfaith Gathering

November 11, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 11, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that "For years, Roman Catholic leaders have forged warm and friendly ties with Imam W. Deen Mohammed, leader of the Chicago-based Muslim American Society, the nation's largest body of African-American Muslims. Mohammed has become a friend of Baltimore Cardinal William H. Keeler, who in 1996 escorted the son of the late Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad to Rome to meet Pope John Paul II. The next year, Mohammed invited Chiara Lubich, founder of Focolare, a worldwide lay...

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Central Ohio Muslims, Christians and Jews Gather for the First Time

November 10, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 10, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "Mazhar Jalil, Norman Hosansky and Monsignor Stephan Moloney...are members of a committee that has organized the 'Building Religious Tolerance' conference Nov. 19 at the Fawcett Center at Ohio State University." This is the first time that Central Ohio Muslims, Christians, and Jews have met all together. The representatives say that the initiative is due partly to the increasing number of Muslism in the area. In response to growing diversity, the community wants to...

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New City Ordinance Regulates Religious Displays in Omaha

November 9, 2000

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On November 9, 2000, the Omaha World-Herald reported that "the Papillion City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve an ordinance that would regulate the holiday displays in the [city] park...The new ordinance requires residents to apply for a permit between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. All requests must designate a Papillion resident as caretaker for the decoration, which can be displayed from Nov. 15 through Jan. 3 and fit inside a 20-foot-by-20-foot space...One of the factors prompting the council action was a letter from...

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ACLU and Local Residents Debate Symbolism of Local Cross

November 5, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 5, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that a 66 year old cross is the subject of debate between local citizens and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The cross, situated in the Mojave National Preserve, was erected in honor of WWI veterans. Today, the ACLU contends that it is a violation of the 1st amendment to allow it to remain on federal land. Many local citizens, however, say that the cross is about more than religion. In fact, it serves as a meeting place for residents for Easter sunrise services,...

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Vietnamese Catholics Acquire Burial Ground

November 5, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 5, 2000, the Columbus Dispatch reported that a dedication of a new section in Resurrection Cemetery gives the members of Rev. Joseph Bay's Vietnamese Catholics a place to gather. About 200 gravesites have been set aside for the congregation. Members walked in a procession to the cemetery section on Saturday, following a gong and drum. The section is marked by a monument and statue of Our Lady of Lavang. Vietnamese Catholics believe that the Virgin Mary appeared in Lavang, Vietnam in 1799 to comfort Catholics who...

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Christian Coalition Voter Guides Misrepresent Candidates' Views

November 4, 2000

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On November 4, 2000, the Omaha World-Herald reported that the Nebraska office of the Christian Coalition was asked on Friday not to distribute its voting guide. Alan Jacobsen, 1st District congressional candidate and former Gov. Ben Nelson feel that their platforms were misrepresented in the guide. Mike Avery, a member of the state board of the Christian Coalition, said the misrepresentations were an attempt "to persuade people of faith to vote for Republicans." He also added that the mistakes were not intentional. The guides...

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Local Latino Artwork Displayed In Conjunction With The Days Of The Dead

November 4, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On November 4, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that local Latino artists will be displaying their work as part of the Days of the Dead holiday. The holiday predates the Spanish conquest of Latin America. In Minneapolis, MN, the Days of the Dead began over the weekend and will continue until December 8. Families build traditional offrendas, or altars on which they placed things their loved ones enjoyed in life. Juan Zaragoza, originally from Mexico City, remembers how his grandmother used to celebrate the holiday in his childhood. His...

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Women's Ordination Conference Calls for Action

November 3, 2000

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 3, 2000, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a billboard stating "You're waiting for a sign from GOD? This is it! Ordain women" went up on Milwaukee's east side. Leaders of the group say they hope the sign will inform people that papal efforts to silence the debate have not succeeded. The 25th anniversary of the Women's Ordination Conference will be marked with a convention at the Milwaukee Hilton. The conference overlaps a "three-day national Call to Action conference or reform-minded Catholics at the...

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Native Africans Find Community In Local Columbus Church

November 3, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 3, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that the Ebenezer United Methodist Fellowship, a church that caters to native Africans in central Ohio, is known for its sense of community. Members say they can rely on each other for support during trying times. The congregation, which formed in March, is "trying to meet both the spiritual and secular needs of African immigrants," according to David Orgen, board chairman. Last summer, the congregation moved from Orgen's home to the basement of Linden United Methodist Church...

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