Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gov. Brown vetoes AB 569

Self-declared critic of Catholic Church gets post at Santa Clara: Comedian W. Kamau Bell named Frank Sinatra Chair, once said: "You’re not going to find a bigger critic of the Catholic Church than me"
Pro-life organization becomes target of vandalism, theft: Posters put up around Bakersfield by Right to Life of Kern County were slashed, broken and stolen
Gov. Brown vetoes AB 569: Bill, opposed by California's bishops, would have made it illegal for employers to punish workers who get an abortion or use birth control

Catholicism, the World and a Warrior Angel

Eastern European Resistance to Islamization

William Kilpatrick

If you’ve ever seen Casablanca, you won’t have forgotten the scene in Rick’s Cafe where the German officers who are singing “Die Wacht am Rhein” are drowned out by the French patrons who burst into a rousing rendition of the “Marseillaise.” Something similar happened last week at the National Opera in Cluj Napoca, Romania. A […]

Catholicism, the World and a Warrior Angel

Fr. John A. Perricone

Until recently, the word snowflake enjoyed only one meaning: frozen rain in winter. But in the last year or so the word assumed a secondary meaning: students in elite college campuses who fall to pieces at the least offense or contrary opinion to their own. This new youthful brittleness makes perfect sense in the context […]

Thoughts, prayers and condolences are not enough

Church members at The Grove Presbyterian Church are randomly paired and commit to monthly meetings as a way to deepen connections between them.

A pastor whose mother and cousins were killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston speaks out for Everytown for Gun Safety, saying God gives us not only prayer but motivation and willingness to take action.

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The author, who was present at a 2002 mass shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, says faith leaders must not only console their communities after gun violence but also hold them responsible for making a change in our society.

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What's the solution to the firearms dilemma for a pastor in gun-loving Texas? Visiting and listening. That allows a pastor to see how isolated and fearful people are, and it offers a chance to connect them to community.

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In an era when ministry is rapidly changing, theological schools must be more sensitive to the needs of both students and the church, even if it means questioning long-held approaches, says the pastor and theological educator.

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Today's Christians face a troubled world, writes a Baptist pastor and activist. Will they have the spiritual audacity to change it?

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Just what is the Museum of the Bible trying to do?

Amid decline, one Lutheran church strives to live up to its namesake's spirit
Religion News Service: In Cary, N.C., Christ the King Lutheran Church is pushing forward with a new vision, one that has less to do with upholding the purity of Luther's theology and more with the spirit of Luther's reform agenda.

Just what is the Museum of the Bible trying to do?
Politico: The Hobby Lobby CEO behind it says it will be nonsectarian -- but it looks a lot like a Protestant evangelical's take on the Bible.
The Washington Post: Sneak peek: D.C.'s huge new Museum of the Bible includes lots of tech -- but not a lot of Jesus

More Americans think God is unnecessary for morality, Pew study shows
Newsweek: More Americans think it's not necessary to believe in God to be moral, including both religious and non-religious people.

What is "Judeo-Christian," anyway?
Religion News Service: Jeffrey Salkin will join the battle for Judeo-Christian values, if they're the right values.

The religious right carries its golden calf into Steve Bannon's battles
The Washington Post: The prophets have become clients, and the priests have become acolytes, Michael Gerson says.

We’re all living in Hobby Lobby’s Bible nation

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Most Pastors Feel Energized and Supported

The Evolving Spiritual Identity of Jewish Millennials
By Barna Group • October 10, 2017
The Jewish Millennials Report: Details and Definitions
By Barna Group • Oct 10, 2017
Most Pastors Feel Energized and Supported
By Barna Group • Oct 3, 2017
Generations & Generosity: How Age Affects Giving
By Barna Group • September 26, 2017

America’s Views on Booze

  New Release  
The Buzz About Alcohol: America’s Views on Booze
As we enter a few consecutive months known for festive drinking, what better time to look more closely at American adults’ drinking habits? An interesting new Barna survey examines views of this debatable—and often deeply personal or spiritual—topic.
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