Religion

Have a Little Faith Video: The atheist church

By Sally Morrow Singing, ice breakers and talks on science are all part of the Sunday Assembly, a gathering of atheists. Zach Anner, host of SoulPancake, meets with Sarah, an atheist at the Sunday Assembly in L.A. that is a, “godless congregation that celebrates life.” The post Have a Little Faith Video: The atheist church appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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23 charged in massive retail theft investigation

Nearly two dozen people have been charged in a retail theft investigation across South Florida and in Orlando. The Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office will hold a news conference Thursday to give further details on the investigation. Authorities say 23 people were charged in the joint investigation that went as far north as the Orlando area. Police on Thursday arrested all those involved in the organized crime enterprise, from the shoplifting thieves to those who sold the stolen goods. The organized crime ring is estimated to have $15 million in stolen merchandise. Also participating in the news conference are Miami-Dade police, Doral police, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Homeland Security investigators. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Commissioners to vote on future of Miami circle site

Commissioners in Miami are expected to vote on a plan to both preserve and build at the site of a major prehistoric Native American village in the city’s downtown. Developers, archaeologists and city officials reached an agreement last week that would preserve two sections of limestone that once held Native American structures. The two circle formations carved into the bedrock would be surrounded in glass and put on display in a building that would also house a movie theater, restaurants and a hotel. HistoryMiami would also operate an exhibit at the site. The village’s discovery set off an intense debate between archaeologists and developers. City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said the new plan was modeled off historic preservation sites in London and Barcelona and is likely to pass Thursday’s vote. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Religion

Pope Francis hosts President Obama for ‘cordial’ talks

By Eric J. Lyman VATICAN CITY (RNS) According to an official statement from the Vatican, Pope Francis and President Obama said the two men discussed immigration reform and “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection.” The post Pope Francis hosts President Obama for ‘cordial’ talks appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Christian

The Third Chapter: Goodness and Peace in Man

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK TWO: THE INTERIOR LIFEThe Third Chapter: Goodness and Peace in Man FIRST keep peace with yourself; then you will be able to bring peace to others. A peaceful man does more good than a learned man. Whereas a passionate man turns even good to evil and is quick to believe evil, the peaceful man, being good himself, turns all things to good. The man who is at perfect ease is never suspicious, but the disturbed and discontented spirit is upset by many a suspicion. He neither rests himself nor permits others to do so. He often says what ought not to be said and leaves undone what ought to be done. He is concerned with the duties of others but neglects his own. Direct your zeal, therefore, first upon yourself; then you may with justice exercise it upon those about you. You are well versed in coloring your own …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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Education

Book Club in a Bag 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

– Weston Reference Desk Interested in starting your own book club? Join the book-club-in-a-bag program today! When you join, you will receive a kit that contains 10 copies of a title, and all the tools you will need for your own book club. To get started, please contact Linda Abraham 954-357-5304, or stop by the Reference desk. …read more Source: Broward County Library     ...
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Religion

A papal audience * A shocking reversal * Bacon flavors: Thursday’s Roundup

By Yonat Shimron President Obama had a 52-minute audience with Pope Francis. World Vision does an about-face on same-sex marriage. Ritz releases a kosher-certified, bacon-flavored cracker. The post A papal audience * A shocking reversal * Bacon flavors: Thursday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Slow church movement fights the ‘McDonaldization’ of church

By Bob Smietana (RNS) The book’s authors are part of a loose network of writers, friends, theologians and pastors who apply the lessons of the slow food movement to congregational life. The post Slow church movement fights the ‘McDonaldization’ of church appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Christian

Christian School Says Concerns About Female Student ‘Far Beyond Hairstyle and Tomboy Issue’

By Heather Clark TIMBERLAKE, Va. – A Christian school in Virginia is refuting the claims of the great-grandparents of an eight-year-old girl, who went to the media to state that they had to remove the child from school because officials took issue with her lack of femininity. “With all due respect, the facts are not as S.K.’s great-grandparents have portrayed them,” officials at Timberlake Christian School wrote in a press release on Wednesday. “This matter is far beyond a simple ‘hairstyle and tomboy issue’ as inaccurately portrayed. It is not about that at all.” As previously reported, local television station WSET first broke the story on the matter, interviewing Doris and Carroll Thompson (originally identified as the grandparents), who raise eight-year-old Sunnie. Mrs. Thompson told reporters that the couple pulled the child out of school because administrators took issue with her choice of clothing, short hairstyle and tomboyish demeanor. Mr. Thompson asserted that the girl was the subject of “discrimination.” “How do you tell a child when she wants to wear pants and a shirt, and go out and play in the mud and so forth, how do you tell her, ‘No, you can’t. You’ve got to wear a pink bow in …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Federal Court Rules Kansas Can Strip Planned Parenthood of Title X Funding

By Heather Clark DENVER – In a 2 to 1 ruling, a federal court in Denver has ruled that Kansas officials may strip Planned Parenthood of Title X funding, contrary to the organization’s contentions that it violated their free speech and association rights. The Kansas legislature had passed a bill in 2011 that required funds from Title X, a federal family planning program, to first go to public health departments and hospitals. The result of the bill, some concluded, would be that the state would then pass by Planned Parenthood, as funding would already be allocated to other locations. Planned Parenthood then filed suit in federal court to challenge the legislation, asserting that the organization was being purposefully targeted because of its advocacy for abortion. It stated that the law violated Planned Parenthood’s constitutional rights, and warned that the new law could close the Planned Parenthood office in Hays, which does not offer abortion services. Following a hearing on the matter, U.S. District Circuit Court Judge J. Thomas Marten sided with Planned Parenthood, issuing an injunction against the law while the case moves forward in court. But on Tuesday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver overturned Marten’s decision, stating that there was no proof that …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Christian

Christian Auto Dealership Granted Temporary Exemption from Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate

By Heather Clark HASTINGS, Minn. – A Christian automotive dealership in Minnesota has been granted a temporary exemption from the abortion pill mandate in Obamacare until the U.S. Supreme Court decides the Hobby Lobby case in June. As previously reported, The Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas filed suit last month on behalf of Hastings Automotive, Inc. and Hastings Chrysler Center, along with their owner, Doug Erickson, who is a Christian. The organization notes that Erickson’s beliefs as a Christian prevent him from being involved in acts that destroy human life. “Plaintiffs base their challenge on their sincerely held religious belief that life begins at conception and certain of the FDA-approved contraceptive methods, such as emergency contraceptives Plan B and ella, as well as certain intrauterine devices (‘IUDs’), can destroy a human embryo,” the federal complaint outlined. “Plaintiffs believe that it is immoral and sinful for them to provide a group health plan that includes coverage for such contraceptive methods.” Erickson’s dealership includes an on-site pastor and regular voluntary prayer meetings, and the business also financially supports Total Life Care Centers in Minnesota, which are multi-site pregnancy care centers that help abortion-minded women choose life. “Erickson characterizes the work he does through the dealerships as ‘marketplace …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Vote for favorite spacesuit design

NASA is requesting your help in its latest mission: space fashion! Three designs for the new Z-2 suit have been posted online. NASA wants internet users to determine which one should be created. The favorite suit will be used by astronauts in tests at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Voting is open until April 15. A prototype of the suit that is chosen should be fully built by November 2014. To check out the options and cast your vote, click here …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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FHP looking for driver after hit & run crash in West Miami-Dade

Florida Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help after a fatal hit-and-run crash in West Miami-Dade. It happened on March 21 around 2 p.m. Troopers say a car traveling eastbound on State Road 836 just east of Northwest 57th Avenue hit a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was ejected and died from their injuries. The driver left the scene. FHP is looking for a black car, possibly a Mercedes, with damage to its right passenger side. They believe there may be motorists who witnessed the hit-and-run and possibly obtain a tag number, a partial tag number or a better description of the vehicle involved in the hit & run. Anyone with information should contact Corporal C. Ruiz or the Florida Highway Patrol at (305) 308-0586. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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