Day: March 19, 2010

Next stop, immigration reform

This weekend a number of people representing many groups, including churches and faith groups, will come to Washington to rally and lobby for immigration reform. Several stories talk about the issue from the religious perspective.

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Don’t worry, talk deeply

People are happier when they spend less time in small talk and more time in deep discussions such as the state of the world or the meaning life.

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Anglican woman of courage

Jestina Mukoko, a Zimbabwe Anglican and human rights activist, has been presented with the 2010 International Women of Courage award by the U.S. Department of State.

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Glasspool reactions

The reactions to the news that consents for Mary Glasspool’s consecration as bishop suffragan of Los Angeles and first lesbian bishop has followed the expected

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Churches engaging politics

Catholic and black protestant churches are usually more politically active, while white mainline Protestant churches and white Evangelical churches were the least politically active, according to a national study.

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Joseph’s world

It is a common assumption that the New Testament clearly states in several places that Joseph and Jesus were carpenters, but that is not the case. There are only two references to their trade. Mark refers to Jesus as a carpenter (6:3), and Matthew calls him “the carpenter’s son” (13:55). . . . Many scholars believe that “carpenter” is an inaccurate translation, although it has become a deeply rooted tradition.

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Hot cross buns

During Lent, which was — as I understood it — all about giving up things, the sweet, iced buns would inexplicably appear on our Formica kitchen table instead. A treat — and yet, not entirely. No matter how recently they had arrived from the bakery, they always tasted stale. They were called “hot cross buns” but they were never (in those pre-microwave days) remotely warm. That, I reasoned, was why they were okay to eat during a season of gloom.

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