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May 4 - Venice labyrinth has some churchgoers balking at circles
Article: Emerging Church
With its burned-out lawn
and overgrown bushes, the corner lot next to Bethel Tabernacle Church in
Venice struck sculptor Robin Murez as ripe for resurrection. So Murez
laid plans to turn the church-owned lot into a pocket park with
an in-ground labyrinth, where neighbors
could gather to chat, and aging churchgoers could park there for suppers
and Bible study.
"A labyrinth is
a very serene place made for spiritual
meditation," Murez said. "The neighborhood needs
some healing. The site looked like a scar." After months of plotting and
planting, the Oakwood Labyrinth at 6th and San Juan avenues
was officially unveiled on Saturday
World Labyrinth Day.
and many neighbors are delighted by the change, the dozen or so elderly
churchgoers (oldest member: 94) remain divided on the merits.
"My neighbors told me it was a pagan-type thing,"
said Carol Powell, a member who lives a few blocks from the
church. "My concern is you don't walk
in a circle. You come inside the church to worship."
Moore and Smith said
they have done their best to explain to the congregation
the concept of a labyrinth as a path for personal,
psychological and spiritual transformation. After
all, one of the most famous prayer labyrinths, dating from about 1200,
is embedded in the floor at Chartres Cathedral near Paris.
Alyson Horn, who
lives across the street, said the
labyrinth "creates a feeling of community and
actually ends up making the area safer. It changes the energy."
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July 4 - Benedict XVI Calls for Silence to Hear God
Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days
Silence might be a fearful
thing to modern man, but Benedict XVI is encouraging
an acceptance of interior and exterior silence, so as to be able
to hear God's voice, and the voices of our neighbors.
His trip marked the 800th
anniversary of the birth of Celestine V, the only Pope in history to
abdicate Peter's Throne.
The Pope went on to glean
relevant teachings from the saint's life. The first he highlighted was
the importance of silence.
"[St. Peter Celestine]
went in search of truth and happiness, he went in search of God and, to hear
his voice, decided to separate himself from the world and to live as a
hermit," he said. "Silence thus became the
element that characterized his daily life. And it is precisely in external
silence, but above all in internal silence, that he succeeded in perceiving
God's voice, a voice that was able to guide his life.
"Here a first aspect that
is important for us: We live in a society in which it seems that every
space, every moment must be 'filled' with initiatives, activity, sound;
often there is not even time to listen and dialogue. Dear brothers and
sisters! Let us not be afraid to be silent outside and
inside ourselves, so that we are able not only to perceive God's
voice, but also the voice of the person next to us, the voices of others."
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July 1 - Zoo to bring dead animals back to life, 'Jurassic Park'-style
Article: Genetic Engineering and Cloning
at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, and San
Diego Zoo have collaborated to create stem
cells from the skin cells of a dead drill monkey, an
endangered monkey native to Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Cameroon.
scientists, speaking at the International Society for Stem Cell
Research in San Francisco, hope that the "induced pluripotent stem"
(iPS) cells thus created can then be
biochemically persuaded into becoming sperm and egg cells. They can
then be implanted into the womb of another monkey, and will
hopefully form a viable foetus.
Zoo's Frozen Zoo project has taken samples from 8,400 individuals of
more than 800 species. It is hoped that these samples can be used in
IVF programmes to improve captive breeding projects. Jeane Loring,
one of the Scripps researchers, told New Scientist:
"You could actually breed from animals that
The team used
genetically engineered viruses fitted with specific human genes to
reprogramme adult skin cells into becoming iPS cells. The process
worked in drill monkeys, but failed in white rhinoceros cells,
implying that it may be necessary to use species-specific versions
of the cells in some cases.
There are also
concerns that the reprogramming process can cause the iPS cells to
become cancerous. However, other researchers have developed
techniques for creating iPS cells without leaving the reprogrammed
genes in the new cells.
process is being used on endangered species,
it would be technically
possible to use it for extinct animals, using surrogate mothers from
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June 29 - Scrap dollar as sole reserve currency: U.N. report
Article: One World Government
A new United Nations
report released on Tuesday calls for abandoning
the U.S. dollar as the main global reserve currency, saying it has been
unable to safeguard value.
But several European
officials attending a high-level meeting of the U.N. Economic and Social
Council countered by saying that the market, not politicians, would
determine what currencies countries would keep on hand for reserves.
"The dollar has proved not to be a stable store of
value, which is a requisite for a stable reserve currency," the
U.N. World Economic and Social Survey 2010 said.
The report supports
replacing the dollar with the International
Monetary Fund's special drawing rights (SDRs), an international reserve
asset that is used as a unit of payment on IMF loans and is made up of a
basket of currencies.
"A new global reserve system could be created, one
that no longer relies on the United States dollar as the single major
reserve currency," the U.N. report said.
The report said
a new reserve system "must not be based on
a single currency or even multiple national currencies but instead,
should permit the emission of international liquidity -- such as SDRs --
to create a more stable global financial system."
and China have also supported the idea.
July 9 - PCUSA Assembly OKs Lifting Gay Ordination Ban
Article: Perilous Times
Leaders in the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) narrowly voted Thursday
to open ordination to partnered homosexuals.
Following the 373 to 323
vote on Thursday, General Assembly moderator Cynthia Bolbach said in a
press conference that the action they took "is
just part of an ongoing conversation Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has
been having for the past 15 years" or so.
who supports the "full inclusion" of LGBT
(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) persons, drew parallels
between the debate on homosexual ordination and the debate from 70 years
ago on women leaders.
She noted that
society has now moved on to pretty much
full inclusiveness while the church continues to try to
decide how it feels about the role of gays and lesbians in ordained
"The standards that the governing bodies will be
held to is to evaluate the totality of a candidate's life, to interview
them and see what their gifts are, what their talents are, what their
whole life is about rather than one aspect of their life and ...
all of this to be done under the
Lordship of Jesus Christ," she contended. "I think
that is an incredibly high standard."
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July 10 - Scientists control worms with nanoparticles, next step 'whole animal'
PHYSICISTS at the
University of Buffalo in the US have discovered a way
to remotely control animal behaviour. By
introducing clusters of magnetic nanoparticles into the cell membranes
of tiny worms, researchers then showed they could
control the worms' movements.
"We could use this method
to make them go back and forth," assistant professor of physics Arnd Pralle
said. "Now we need to find out which other behaviours
can be controlled this way."
He said the next step was
to adapt the technology to a "whole animal" approach, which could
lead to "innovative new pharmaceuticals".
However, the university's
research has drawn comment from detractors claiming it's
a dangerous step towards giving "nanobots"
the capacity to control the minds of humans.
Prof Pralle says the true
value in the findings lay in its potential to manipulate specific cells,
which could lead to innovative new cancer treatment techniques or diabetes
therapies. The nanoparticles could be sent to target and kill specific
cells, or used to control insulin release.
Wired.com posed the
question as to where the nanoparticles could used on
the human body to control it in a similar way to the worms. It claims the
same recoil response was evident in fingers, causing them to "jump
back when we touch something too hot". "But little is
known about other places where this happens in the body," it said.
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