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Friday October 26, 2007
News in brief
 
• Susan Spear Dyer is now the associate dean of Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt University. Dyer is the former executive director of the Nashville Public Library Foundation and brings more than 15 years of business development experience to her new position.
Drury University’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team placed second at the annual SIFE World Cup Championship in Toronto, Oct. 5–7. The competition drew 45 teams and was judged by business leaders and CEOs from around the globe.

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Saturday December 15, 2007
Presbyterians draw Jewish criticism for assembly resolutions on Israel
 
NEW YORK (ENI) — Resolutions affirmed by the Presbyterian Church (USA) on Israel and Christian–Jewish relations during its June 26–July 3 General Assembly triggered a rebuke from Jewish groups.
The criticism became so heated that the denomination issued a public clarification on actions taken during the assembly, held in Richmond, Va.

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Members vote to keep pastor accused of misspending money at Southern Baptist megachurch (10/9/07)

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WASHINGTON (AP, 10/1/07) — Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani compared the scrutiny of his personal life marked by three marriages to the biblical story of how Jesus dealt with an adulterous woman.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP, 10/1/07) — A church group that resettles foreign refugees in the United States with federal oversight said Friday it will close its Hagerstown office after nearly three years of operation because the western Maryland city is perceived as “unwelcoming.”
MESA, Ariz. (AP, 10/1/07) — It’s not just your spiritual health that concerns today’s churches. A majority of congregations surveyed are actively involved in ministering to the physical and mental health of their communities, whether or not you’re a churchgoer.
NEW YORK (ENI, 9/29/07) — The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons has said it will return “non-approved” religious books and other materials that were removed from the shelves of federal prison libraries because of concerns over the threat of terrorism.
GENEVA (ENI, 9/29/07) — At a meeting with religious leaders in New York, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has defended his country’s atomic research program, which western countries fear is a cover to build a nuclear bomb.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP, 9/28/07) — Diane Ross-Neal grew up learning about her Cherokee heritage. So when the tribe began to promote cultural organizations for the thousands of members living in California, she was eager to share her story.
DALLAS (AP, 9/28/07) — A denominational leader who got her start as a church secretary is likely to become the first woman president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP, 9/27/07) — Jurors rejected a defense attorney’s argument that the prosecution of a polygamous sect leader was religious persecution, convicting him as an accomplice to rape for forcing a 14-year-old follower to marry her 19-year-old cousin.
NEW ORLEANS (AP, 9/27/07) — Even the fiercest critics of the Episcopal Church’s liberal drift say it’s too soon to know whether the bishops’ latest pledge to “exercise restraint” in approving another gay bishop will go far enough to help prevent an Anglican schism.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (9/27/07) — Six Catholic nuns have been excommunicated for heresy after refusing to give up membership in a Canadian sect whose founder claims to be the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary, the Diocese of Little Rock announced Wednesday

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Saturday November 10, 2007
Region will host anti-racism events
By Beckie Supiano, DisciplesWorld contributing writer
BERKELEY, Calif. — The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California–Nevada will hold three anti-racism conversations in coming weeks as part of the region’s commitment to transformation.
The decision to hold the conversations was not sparked by a crisis, but rather by a “recognition of where God is calling us,” said Sandhya Jha, minister of transformation, who will host the events.

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Offbeat Stories

PINECREST, Florida (AP, 9/15/07) — They call it a torah time-share.
GRANTS, N.M. (AP, 9/14/07) — New Mexico is one of the most environmentally friendly states in the country.
WILLS POINT, Texas (AP, 9/13/07) — A species of spider collaborated to create a sprawling web that blanketed 200 yards of trees and shrubs at a North Texas park, according to entomologists who studied the unusual formation.
TRAPPIST, Ky. (AP, 9/11/07) — A group of low tech monks in central Kentucky have gone high tech in an effort to boost their numbers.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP, 9/10/07) — A minister who sued the city of Zachary after a police officer allegedly threatened to arrest him for disturbing the peace wants a judge’s order saying he may preach in public while his lawsuit is still in court.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP, 9/8/07) — A 65-year-old woman who went into a supermarket to buy wine was turned away because she did not have an identification card with her to prove her age.
MUMBAI, India (AP, 9/7/07) — Mumbai’s top civic agency is trying public shame in hopes of keeping its employees from spitting in the halls and stairways at work.
MIAMI (AP, 9/5/07) — A former CIA operative and Cuban exile plans to auction what he says is a lock of Che Guevara’s hair, snipped before the Argentinian revolutionary and friend of Fidel Castro was buried in 1967.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP, 9/4/07) — For a generation already buzzing on energy drinks, here’s a new snack — potato chips coated with caffeine.
BEIJING (AP, 9/3/07) — China’s Shaolin Temple has demanded a public apology from an Internet user who claimed a Japanese ninja beat its kung fu-practicing monks in a showdown, a lawyer said Friday.

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Faith and civic leaders reflect on Va. Tech lessons (8/31/07)

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Friday October 26, 2007
Community rallies around congregation after fire destroys church
 
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — When agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms escorted pastor Jack Russell to his office to survey the damage after a deliberately set fire ravaged First Christian Church here, the first thing he saw was a communion set sitting unharmed on the shelf.
“To me, that was a sign that everything was going to be all right, that Christ is still here,” Russell said.

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‘Mountain Santa’ preparing for Christmas (12/11/09)

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Wednesday October 31, 2007
Disciples pastor elected to head North Carolina NAACP
 
GOLDSBORO, N.C. — William J. Barber II, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., has big plans for the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Barber was elected president of the state chapter on Oct. 8. During a speech in late October to several hundred participants in the Progress NC 2005 policy-making conference, held in Raleigh, he outlined his five-point plan to focus and re-energize the civil rights organization.

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The Son of Man is coming
Sharon B. Fields
The end of the world?
Janet and Victor Parachin
Sacrificing the essentials
Stephen G. Ray Jr.
Of prophets and covenants
William W. McDermet III
Warnings and hope
Susanna W. Southard
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Stone-Campbell Dialogue launches new phase (11/25/09)

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Sunday October 28, 2007
Pastor completes Communion pilgrimage
 
PORTLAND, Ore. — Fred Jensen, a Disciples pastor with a chalice and a mission, shared the Lord’s Supper with congregations across the U.S. during a cross-country trip to General Assembly.
The spark for the project came as Jensen, pastor of Cleveland Heights Christian Church in Buffalo, N.Y., drove home from the 2003 General Assembly in Charlotte, N.C. He wanted to put together a youth choir and travel from New York to Portland.

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Hair today, gone tomorrow: Disciples raise money for children’s cancer research (4/11/09)

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Winter’s hope
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6 Ark. nuns excommunicated for heresy (9/27/07)

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Gospel of Mark is focus of Craddock Seminar lecture (10/4/07)

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Japanese traditional puppet theatre meets Christian gospel (10/23/07)

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Missionary imprisoned during WWII dies (9/19/07)

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Disciples News

OMAHA, Neb. (9/11/07) — On Sept. 19, author Anne Lamott will present a lecture on “Faith and Writing and Whatever” at the Holland Center for the Performing Arts in Omaha.
DALLAS (9/10/07) — Robert Welsh, president of the Disciples’ Council on Christian Unity opened the 30th series of the Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity by naming Christian unity as “the essential core of our DNA” during a lecture Saturday at East Dallas Christian Church.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (DNS, 9/8/07) — The social hall at Diamond Springs Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Virginia Beach, Va., was filled to capacity on Aug. 26. The people came to hear Carl Zerweck, director of the Office of Disciples Volunteering in Disciples Home Missions (DHM). Zerweck was there to educate the district’s churches on how to become a mission station church like the churches that have hosted Disciples mission teams in the Gulf region.
SINCELEJO, Colombia (9/7/07) — After two years of searching, Global Ministries placed a new missionary, Michael Joseph, in Colombia this May.
INDIANAPOLIS (9/6/07) — While the replica of the Amistad slave ship journeys over the Atlantic on its 14,000-mile freedom tour this year, Disciples are being invited to journey into the world of 1839 when slaves took over the ship, only to be imprisoned when landing on American soil.
ASHTABULA, Ohio (9/5/07) — While many people would consider themselves lucky to pass their 80th birthday, longtime Disciple E. Lee Neal will soon celebrate the 80th anniversary of his ordination.
FULLERTON, Calif. (9/4/07) — Members of the churches of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) gathered in Fullerton Aug. 25 to celebrate the ministry of Don and Linda Shelton.
FULTON, Mo. (9/3/07) — The circus is coming to town next week, as Disciples-related William Woods University (WWU) kicks off its sixth year of participation in the “One Read” program with Sara Gruen’s novel “Water for Elephants.”
BLACKSBURG, Va. (8/31/07) — A visitor to Virginia Tech’s campus this summer would have noticed several stone buildings under construction. But Norris Hall, site of the April 16 massacre by student Seung-Hui Cho, is not one of them. The building has been reopened so that faculty and graduate students can access offices and labs. Classrooms remain closed.
PUYALLUP, Wash. (8/31/07) — A Celtic tradition says heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in the “thin places” that distance is even smaller. Thin places are where only the thinnest of veils exists between oneself and God; places where the spiritual and natural worlds intersect and we experience a deep sense of God’s presence in everyday life.

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Muslims say UW College Republicans are fostering racism (10/22/07)

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