Day: October 31, 2008

Ghostbusters go to church

An Episcopal parish in Staten Island has been the site of some ghostly investigations according to news reports. St. Andrew’s on Staten Island allowed a organization to come in to look for evidence of “paranormal” activity and the report of the investigations is to be released just in time of Halloween.

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Why do so many evangelical teen-agers become pregnant?

Bearman and Brückner have also identified a peculiar dilemma: in some schools, if too many teens pledge, the effort basically collapses. Pledgers apparently gather strength from the sense that they are an embattled minority; once their numbers exceed thirty per cent, and proclaimed chastity becomes the norm, that special identity is lost.

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Canadian bishops release post-Lambeth statement

The Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada have concluded their first gathering since they participation in the Lambeth Conference. They’ve released a statement in which they pledge to uphold the three moratoria until the 2010 General Synod.

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Next steps in the Covenant process

Following the discussions on the proposed Anglican Covenant in Lambeth this summer, the Covenant Design group has met in Singapore and released a compilation of the concerns raised by the bishops this summer. In addition they have outlined the next steps that they suggest be taken in the process and included a questionnaire.

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Each occasion

we glimpse them:

that turn of a head,

that smile,

the way she walked,

his sense of humor,

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What Halloween means to me

For many decades, few mainstream horror films failed to follow the old-testament formula. They enumerated reasons why victims deserved to die—promiscuity, drunkenness, whatever—showed us their deaths, and provided us with a hero free of sin who conquered the evil and lived on. (Not coincidentally, the villains typically have the ability to bend reality and are more or less immortal.)

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