Day: August 28, 2007

Methodists denounce the Institute for Religion and Democracy

The Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church is proposing a resolution, to be considered by their General Conference in 2008, condemning the tactics of the Institute for Religion and Democracy and calling for all Methodists to cease working with this organization.

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Using economics to improve your faith life

Who has not yawned their way through a sermon or prayer at one time or another? How do you keep your mind from wandering from the divine service to thoughts about grocery shopping later in the day or your next work assignment?

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Nominees for bishop of Chicago

Five nominees, including one lesbian candidate, for the 12th Bishop of Chicago were received from the Bishop Search Committee and announced Aug. 28, 2007 by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago’s governing body, the Standing Committee, subject to completion of background checks.

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Churches failed in Rwanda’s genocide

Rwandans used to be very proud of their country’s trust in God. There was a saying about wherever a person travels, he or she should “make sure to come to sleep in Rwanda,” because of the perception of safety. That all changed in 2004. “God went and left and never came back.”

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Sri Lankan church becoming peace center

The war-scarred church has been the venue for seminars and workshops on peace and inter-religious concerns since it opened as a conflict analysis centre in April 2006. The aim of the project is, “not to repair the church to its original grandeur but to retain the scars of war,” while repairing damaged portions to ensure its structural stability.

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Missing Saints and Psalms

Reduced knowledge of the Saints is one of the casualties of the modern prayer book. This year we lost the feast of Mary Magdalene on July 22nd even though that date fell on a Sunday. The 1979 Prayer Book mandates that when a saint’s day falls on a Sunday, the saint’s day is subordinated to Sunday liturgy. Another casualty is the psalms.

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Augustine of Hippo

In his system, Pelagius posits and distinguishes three faculties, by which he says God’s commandments are fulfilled,–capacity, volition, and action: meaning by “capacity,” that by which a man is able to be righteous; by “volition that which he wills to be righteous; by “action,” that by which he actually is righteous.

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