Religion

Prominent N.Y. church picks woman as pastor for first time in its history

By Reuters Staff ( Riverside Church in New York March 14, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Segar) New York’s Riverside Church, one of the best-known liberal Protestant congregations in the United States, selected a woman to lead it for the first time in its 84-year history, the church said on Monday. The Rev. Amy Butler was elected on Sunday as the church’s seventh senior minister after a two-year search. Butler has served as the senior minister of the Washington-based Calvary Baptist Church since 2003 and spent years before that ministering to homeless women in New Orleans, according to the church’s website. The previous senior minister for the church, the Rev. Brad Braxton, resigned in 2009 about a year after being selected, citing divisions in the congregation about the church’s future. “Riverside Church, you are a remarkable community of faith. You have a grand history and a prominent public voice, it’s true. But the deepest strength and richest beauty of this community is found in all of you,” Butler wrote in a letter on the church’s website on Monday. Butler will take the helm of the 1,600-member congregation in mid-September, following her departure from Washington in July. The interdenominational Riverside Church in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan was built by American …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Religion

Egypt bans unlicensed preachers and tightens grip on mosques

By Reuters Staff (Saudi preacher Mohamed al-Eraify speaks during Friday prayers in Amr Bin Aaas mosque in Cairo June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany ) Egypt has banned unauthorized preachers from giving sermons or teaching Islam in mosques and other public places, according to a decree on Saturday marking a further step in official efforts to curb Islamist influence. The decree issued by interim President Adly Mansour’s office also threatened fines and jail for freelance imams, especially if they wore clerical garments associated with the respected Al-Azhar center of Sunni learning in Cairo. Selected employees of the religious endowments ministry will be empowered by the justice ministry to arrest anyone caught violating the decree, it added. “No preacher will mount a minbar next Friday without a permit,” the ministry said on its Facebook page, referring to the traditional raised pulpit in a mosque. The decision was taken to “preserve national security,” it said. The military-backed government sees mosques as recruiting grounds for Islamist parties and has moved to bring them under tighter control since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July. It said in April it had licensed more than 17,000 state-approved clerics to give Friday sermons to stop mosques from falling “into …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Religion

Protests erupt over new Emir of Kano, Nigeria’s second-highest Islamic authority

By Reuters Staff (Nigeria’s former central bank governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at the World Islamic Economic Forum in London October 30, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) Hundreds of youths protested on Monday against a decision to appoint Nigeria’s former central bank governor as the country’s second-highest Islamic authority. Sunday’s state government decision to make Lamido Sanusi the Emir of Kano, one of the most influential positions in the largely Muslim north, surprised many who had expected the job to pass from father to son as a sign of stability when the north faces an Islamist insurgency. Sanusi, an outspoken critic of the government’s record on corruption, became the Emir two days after the death of his great uncle, the last emir. Protesters backing the late emir’s oldest son, Lamido Ado Bayero, chanted “Ba ma son”, or “We don’t want” in the Hausa language, and “Kariya ne”, meaning “It’s a lie”, near the emir’s palace in Kano, the north’s main city, witnesses told Reuters. Sanusi was popular among international investors for his inflation-fighting policies. But his past clashes with the government could make him a more divisive figure on the local stage than his predecessor, who largely stayed out of politics “They are really wild and angry with the state governor about …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Education

SBBC Approves Collective Bargaining Agreements for Non-Instructional Units

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, has unanimously approved the ratified Collective Bargaining Agreements reached by the District with the Federation of Public Employees (FOPE) Food Service, Clerical, Maintenance/Transportation/Facilities/Security Specialists & Campus Monitor Employee Groups; Broward Teachers Union – Education Support Professionals (BTU-ESP); and the Police Benevolent Association (PBA). …read more Source: Broward County Public Schools     ...
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Education

Our inaugural One Day, One Wave campaign was an amazing success! We received m...

By Florida Atlantic University Our inaugural One Day, One Wave campaign was an amazing success! We received more than 250 gifts totaling over $16,400. Thank you!!! #GoOwls Also, we had a few prizes to give away and here are the winners: First 50 Swag Pack – Theresa Winter Alumni FAU Bag – Janet Towell Lunch with Men’s Basketball Coach Michael Curry – Graciela McCarthy Tickets to FAU Football versus Western Kentucky – Dan Johnston Naming of the Student Union for a day – Richard Heshike Student Government Golf Cart use for a day – Lisa Metcalf Tickets to 2 Festival Rep Performances – Ahmad Tina If you missed out, you don’t need to wait until next year, you can OWL-ways make a gift today! Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Inc.fauf.fau.edu …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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Religion

France’s Marine Le Pen rebukes her father in new anti-Semitism row

By Reuters Staff (France’s National Front party leader Marine Le Pen hugs her father Jean-Marie Le Pen at a campaign rally before the European Parliament elections in Marseille May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier) Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN), rebuked her father and former party head on Sunday for remarks reviving long-standing allegations of anti-Semitism soon after a major poll victory. Marine Le Pen, who took over the anti-immigrant and anti-EU party from Jean-Marie Le Pen in 2011, said a controversial quip he made about a French Jewish singer that included an implied reference to concentration camp ovens had been misinterpreted. But for an experienced politician like her father, she said, “not to have foreseen how this phrase would be interpreted is a political mistake the National Front is (now) paying for.” Marine Le Pen, who has made the FN more acceptable to voters by playing down some hardline traditions, led the party last month to first place in French voting for the European Parliament, the first time it has ever won a nationwide poll. French and European Jewish groups denounced her father’s comments as anti-Semitic. Another prominent leader of the FN, speaking out before Marine Le Pen, said his attack was “politically stupid …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Religion

Indian gov’t vows to uphold free speech after Hindu book withdrawal

By Reuters Staff (A worker reads a newspaper in front of stacked sacks of onions and potatoes at a wholesale vegetable market in Jammu June 14, 2012. EUTERS/Mukesh Gupta) India’s new government sought to ease concerns that freedom of expression is under threat on Saturday, promising to strengthen the independence of the state-run broadcaster and to consider allowing more foreign investment in Indian media. Fears for freedom of expression have grown this year, particularly after a controversial book on Hinduism was withdrawn from sale following criticism from hard line Hindus. The withdrawal of “The Hindus: An Alternative History” by academic Wendy Doniger in February by publisher Penguin came months before the Bharitiya Janata Party (BJP), a conservative Hindu nationalist party led by Narendra Modi, won a landslide election victory. The Information and Broadcasting Minister said he understood that many publishers feared prosecution under a law that bans acts intended to offend religious feeling, which Penguin said made it very difficult to uphold international standards of free expression. “I am willing to meet publishers and listen to them,” Prakash Javadekar told the TV channel Headlines Today. Concerns that Modi’s government will take a tougher line with the press and publishing industries are “absolutely unfounded”, he said. Javadekar said the government will …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Religion

Update: UK schools report finds ‘campaign’ linked to Muslim extremism

By Reuters Staff (Muslims arrive at Al Hidayah, a youth camp at Warwick University in Coventry, central England, August 9, 2009. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty ) A culture of “fear and intimidation” exists in some British schools due to an alleged Muslim extremist plot, the top school inspector said on Monday, citing faith and gender segregation and funding misuse. A government investigation, launched after an anonymous letter reported a campaign dubbed “Operation Trojan Horse”, found evidence of a drive to impose Muslim cultural norms in some schools in the central city of Birmingham, said Michael Wilshaw, head of the Ofsted schools inspectorate. The investigation heard from some headteachers that the campaign, whose organisers were not named, aimed to alter the “character and ethos” of their schools by appointing members to school boards and staff who wanted to favour Muslim values. “Some of our findings are deeply worrying, and in some ways quite shocking,” said Wilshaw. “In the most serious cases, a culture of fear and intimidation has taken grip.” The Muslim Council of Britain questioned the criteria used to inspect the schools and said: “There is a strong fear that these reports will be considered the results of a witch-hunt.” In his nine-page report sent to Education Secretary Michael Gove, Wilshaw …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Education

The School of Urban and Regional Planning within the College for Design and Soci...

By Florida Atlantic University The School of Urban and Regional Planning within the College for Design and Social Inquiry recently presented “C’est La Via: Rethinking the Alleyways,” an urban design demonstration meant to transform the alleys in West Palm Beach into useable, livable and walkable spaces. FAU – ‘C’est La Via: Rethinking the Alleyways’ in West Palm Beachwww.fau.eduThe School of Urban & Regional Planning within Florida Atlantic University’s College for Design and Social Inquiry recently presented “C’est La Via: Rethinking the Alleyways,” an urban design demonstration meant to transform the alleys in West Palm Beach into useable, livable and walkable spaces. T… …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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Christian

The Sixteenth Chapter: True Comfort Is to Be Sought in God Alone

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSOLATIONThe Sixteenth Chapter: True Comfort Is to Be Sought in God Alone The Disciple WHATEVER I can desire or imagine for my own comfort I look for not here but hereafter. For if I alone should have all the world’s comforts and could enjoy all its delights, it is certain that they could not long endure. Therefore, my soul, you cannot enjoy full consolation or perfect delight except in God, the Consoler of the poor and the Helper of the humble. Wait a little, my soul, wait for the divine promise and you will have an abundance of all good things in heaven. If you desire these present things too much, you will lose those which are everlasting and heavenly. Use temporal things but desire eternal things. You cannot be satisfied with any temporal goods because you were not created to enjoy them. Even if you possessed all created things you could not be happy and blessed; for in God, Who created all …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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