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My wife and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. The planning of how we would mark the occasion was at my discretion. Maybe I should have taken her on vacation – a second honeymoon of sorts. Instead, I planned a gathering of a few dozen friends back home. Maybe I’m cheap, but one of …

This story originally appeared on LX.com To members of the LGBTQ community, it may seem that there is no place for them in the world of faith and religion, especially in Christianity. When you are a queer person of faith and your faith seems to be heavily militarized against who you are, it is one …

Becky Frederick welcomes women to the MDCCW Virtual Convention at St. Martin of Tours Church in Martinsville.(Photo provided) MADISON – “This convention shows the unity of our Catholic women as well as your deep commitment to the Catholic faith and your individual parishes,” said Mgr. Duane Moellenberndt, spiritual advisor for the Diocesan Council of Catholic …

June 24, 2021 President Joe Biden ordered troops in Afghanistan to return home by September. Why does a man from North Carolina promise to continue his work there? David Zucchino, winner earlier this month of a Pulitzer Prize for his book “The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy”, lives in Durham. …

Colorado baker and cake maker Jack Phillips has shared his current battle with another case regarding his Christian beliefs about cake making. Speaking to Brandon Showalter on the Christian Post’s Life in the Kingdom podcast, Phillips revealed how God had provided him throughout the legal struggle. Jake Warner, legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), …

On Shabbat afternoon March 25, 1911, the upper floors of the Jewish-owned Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Lower Manhattan caught fire. Due to the building’s structural flaws, the number of people working at the time, and the lack of responsive emergency personnel, 146 lives were lost in just 18 minutes. As labor lawyer Jonathan D. Karmel …

“This must be a scam!” I thought, looking at my screen in disbelief. Social media is generally not a place where Saints are created. My own Facebook feed has become a jumble of travel photos, heated political opinions, and online quiz results that reveal what friends of romantic comedy characters would play based on their …

During our school days, we were taught a lot about the importance of educating girls. I remember that writing an essay on it was considered one of the expected questions of the exam. Much work has been done to raise awareness about this, but educating girls remains a challenge. An uneducated child is still much …

WHO vult finem, vult mediam …. He who desires the end must desire the means to that end. Our Constitution announces one of the policies of the State: “The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and must protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution …” My thesis is simple: We …

Dr Rania Awaad was participating in a virtual religious program this Ramadan when the discussion turned into an unexpected question: Is it religiously okay to say a prayer for someone who has committed suicide? Suicide is a complex and delicate subject that Awad, as director of the Muslim Mental Health and Islamic Psychology Laboratory at …

(June 27, 2021 / Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies) To what extent is a party whose roots are in the Muslim Brotherhood movement, and whose history is intertwined with the struggle against Zionism and the State of Israel, able to renounce its religious and national goals and to be satisfied with municipal conquests? This question …

Supreme Court case goes beyond LGBTQ + rights vs. Catholic rights

The Supreme Court of the United States.”/>The Supreme Court of the United States. By DAVID CALLAWAY Religious Freedom Specialist for the Freedom Forum Last week’s unanimous Supreme Court decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia has been touted as a flashpoint in a cultural warfare between religious freedom and LGBTQ + civil rights. In as …

There is an irony to where they ended up, as the narrowness of their campaign was, to begin with, a winning strategy. For years lawyers demanded marriage equality circumscribes their cases as narrowly as possible, so that judges who are already ambivalent about extending rights to same-sex couples see nothing more at stake than national …

A spate of minor subdivision permit applications have received denial requests from the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council, reflecting a new awareness of growth and demand for real estate, officials said. The opposition is not typical of the tribe, Kootenai County director of community development David Callahan said in a recent meeting with commissioners. Initially, he …

The discovery of the anonymous graves of 751 people, many children, near a Catholic residential school for Indigenous children has caused growing angst in Canada, as it does after the discovery of a mass grave of 215 children near another Catholic boarding school in the country. Indigenous peoples are asking for an apology – and …

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein of the Union of Orthodox Synagogues of South Africa called on Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town to condemn Hamas and allied terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip, after speaking out publicly against Israel during the last 11 day escalation. During the Israel-Gaza conflict, Makgoba accused Israel of apartheid, dismissing …

The following statement was issued by Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak. On behalf of Bishops Andriy Rabiy and Ivan Bura, clergy, religious and faithful of the Archparchy of Philadelphia, I greet Bishop Basil Losten and celebrate the 50th anniversary of his episcopal service. This half-century of dedication to God and to the Church has been rich …

Ofsted boss warns ‘militant’ activism in schools is a threat to education |  Schools

England’s school watchdog official denounced a new brand of ‘militant’ activism in school communities which she said led to confrontations inside and outside school gates and had a potentially limiting effect on education. Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman has raised concerns not only about recent parental and community protests, which have forced children to cross …

Located a seven-hour drive east of Vancouver, the Doukhobor Discovery Center occupies a handsome collection of red brick buildings flanked by manicured fields and gnarled apple trees. A white dove emblazoned with a crest on the side of a barn led me in, and a “Work and Peaceful Life” sign above the entrance porch suggested …

What happens when you bring together 80 children, 80 adults, and a community in need of simple spiritual service? This is “Camp Cadiz”, now in its 11th year – and with no signs of slowing down. With the collaboration of 14 local churches, the last three days of good weather have been spent reaching out …

Social media has lit up since Monday when Las Vegas defensive end Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to declare himself gay. The 28-year-old defensive lineman for the Las Vegas Raiders, from West Chester, and former Penn State Nittany Lions, broke the news via video on Instagram in the most pragmatic fashion. He …

Photo by Matteo Miliddi on Unsplash Traveling together Back to normal! What normal? Hosffman Ospino Wednesday 23 June 2021Faith Help us extend our reach! Please share this article on social media Returning to normal requires us to ask ourselves: exactly what normalcy do we want to return to? Hosffman Ospino The excitement of returning to …

Rwanda cancels marriages after increase in Covid-19 cases

By AFP Kigali, Rwanda announced new restrictions on Monday, including a ban on marriages, as it struggles to contain an increase in coronavirus infections. “All social gatherings, including celebrations of all kinds, are prohibited,” a government statement said Monday evening. “Traditional, civil and religious marriages are suspended.” Other measures due to go into effect on …

Kansas City, Missouri 2021-06-22 22:45:00 – Chillicothe, Missouri (KCTV) – A small town retains one of the oldest churches of its kind. The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is a local landmark in Chillicothe. Built in 1868, this church is the oldest AME church north of the Missouri River. The congregation has declined over the …

PARIS – A landmark cyberbullying trial in Paris, involving thousands of threats against a teenager who trashed Islam in online posts, paves the way for efforts to punish and prevent online abuse. It also raised uncomfortable questions about freedom of speech, the freedom to criticize a religion and respect for millions of Muslims in France. …

Every home has a story to tell, but there are some Knoxville properties that have been on the market in recent years have either had some truly unique owners or have been used in quite unusual ways. They are still standing despite everything and have even been revived thanks to the work of recent residents, …

The Tennessee Department of Transportation, along with State Senator Ed Jackson, announced last week that the city of Jackson will receive a $ 950,000 Multimodal Access Grant from TDOT, which will fund “crosswalks at high visibility ‘and pedestrian crossing signals, as well as ensuring accessibility to both, along State Route 20 at the intersection of …

Thomas Jefferson described a “wall of separation” between Church and State. The courts still give a large place to this wall. The Iowa Supreme Court recently ruled on a case in which a plaintiff asked them to pierce that wall, or at least cross it. Ryan Koster sued the Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) and three …

After five years as captains of the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Suisun City, Majors Randy and Tracie Hartt will be stepping down for new positions in Sonoma County. The Hartts will be transferred to the Salvation Army’s Santa Rosa Corps and their last day at the Kroc Center will be Sunday, where they will …

Our Christian churches in the United States suddenly seem to not only tilt to the right, but rather slide down a hill to join the conservative Republican right wing. This happened last week in the Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Church which had a battle for power, and even in many evangelical churches in …

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – A man has been accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars of money from Christ King Cathedral through digital transfers, some from the country of Colombia. A criminal complaint was unsealed on Saturday, following a request from the U.S. District Attorney for the North …

CAMDEN – Nestled on Mt. Battie Street in Camden is the Christian pantry of the Camden area. Many in the community might be shocked to learn that the pantry will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next September. Others might be surprised to learn that food insecurity in Camden and eight surrounding communities continues to be …

Twenty-five states have taken steps to limit the teaching of critical race theory or to restrict how teachers can discuss racism and sexism, according to a recent analysis by Education week. But the president of the National Education Association said on Tuesday that educators are “doing a disservice” to students by failing to teach students …

A new Christian high school is slated to open in Kirksville this fall for its first school year. Northeast Christian High School is accepting student applications as it prepares for fall. Dawn Fountain, a former teacher and administrator of Christian education, is the head of the project and will now be the principal of the …

Two Catholic churches, which were on reserve lands in British Columbia, were destroyed by “suspicious” fires on Monday morning. Sacred Heart Church, which was built in 1911 on Penticton Indian Band lands, has been reduced to ashes, as has St. Gregory Church built in 1910, in the Oliver area on the Osoyoos Indian Band lands. …

After more than two decades of creation, the Isle of Wight County portion of the Park-to-Park Trail from Carrollton to Smithfield is finally complete and open to the public. The 10-foot-wide, $ 8.6 million-wide asphalt bike and pedestrian path now stretches 3.1 miles along Nike Park and Battery Park roads. A city-funded segment will eventually …

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Detectives and crime scene analysts walked through a neighborhood in Gifford and spoke to residents looking for evidence of a reported shooting shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Nearly a dozen patrol cars, crime scene vans and unmarked detective vehicles had gathered in the 3700-3800 block of 47th Street around 1 …

Authorities knew that charging $ 50 a tonne would not meet carbon emissions targets, even though then Environment Minister Catherine McKenna had repeatedly promised before the 2019 election that the rate would never increase, said The Blacklock reporter. “Projections from the Department of the Environment suggest that the current level of carbon pricing contained in …

A group organized to preserve the legacy of John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School suffered a legal setback Tuesday, but said it would continue both its legal battle and plans to open a new school this fall. Orphans Court Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper has ruled that Friends of Hallahan – a group organized after the …

Mariflor Ventura hits the headlines earlier this year for helping his neighbors in Buckingham during the pandemic. Nicknamed an “Arlington superwoman” by ABC 7, Ventura found and distributed donations and distributed food and basic supplies for a year – a life-changing experience. But now she is drowning in gifts and giving in under the weight …

Jesse Lee Church is pleased to announce that a new community pantry has been installed at its campus on Main Street in the heart of Ridgefield, CT. It is a “give and take” pantry. People who have non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies they would like to donate are encouraged to leave them in the …

The dismantling of the Golden Temple replica in Punjabi Bagh Bharat Darshan Park was completed on Tuesday, said Manjinder Singh Sirsa, chairman of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara management committee. The replica built by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation was dismantled by members of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara management committee after discovering that it was against the …

Sitting with her 65-year-old husband Eugene on a loveseat in their Washington, DC home, Beverly Russell recalled how they first met after a soccer game at Armstrong High School. She was a cheerleader, and he was a linebacker and defensive back. “We started talking, and I guess we’ve been talking since,” she said. For more …

Bill Perkins passed away suddenly at the end of November 2019 and Shirley Verenne pays tribute to him by playing 100 pieces of music from memory, a Captain Tom 100 challenge. The duo were formed in 1993 following a Shirley ad placed in the Worthing Herald. Bill thought he was going to “give it a …

GALESBURG – Repair work to help save a set of iconic stained glass windows from one of Galesburg’s most recognizable structures is underway this week at Central Congregational Church, 60 Public square. And church moderator Ann Ehler couldn’t be happier – or relieved. Jacksonville stained glass Jacksonville began work Monday morning on Phase 1 of …